HEAD OF MATHEMATICS
Required from September 2021.
The Mathematics Department
The department comprises a large, lively and exceptionally well-qualified team of 20 mathematicians. Mathematics is taught in Old School, a beautiful stone building in the heart of the campus, with classrooms enjoying sweeping views of Knole Park. The department is well resourced, and is staffed by a large body of specialist teachers who possess a wide range of experience within both Pure and Applied Mathematics.
The department teaches all students in all years, a mathematics course being included in every pupil’s IB Diploma, so every Sevenoaks student studies Mathematics for the full seven years of their secondary education. In addition to encouraging pupils to be confident and achieve well in the subject, our main aim is to develop mathematical thinking.
There is a collaborative spirit within the department, and its members’ wide range of specialised interests gives it real strength. Ideas, resources and responsibilities are shared. The Head of Department delegates specific responsibilities to members of the department and welcomes individual creativity and initiative.
Students are grouped by ability in all years, apart from Year 7. Pupils in Year 7 are taught in four class groups of about 20, and class sizes in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 range from eight to 22. Year 9, 10 and 11 candidates are prepared for the Edexcel IGCSE course. All our students take part in national mathematical competitions, and the top five sets take Additional Mathematics alongside their IGCSE in Year 11. There are two main courses in the Sixth Form IB Mathematics programme: Analysis and Approaches and Applications and Interpretations. Both courses are offered at Higher Level or Standard Level. Analysis places greater emphasis on algebraic manipulation whilst Applications utilises technology to a greater extent.
The department runs several enrichment classes for highly able students, and offers a great deal of support in the form of revision classes and extra lessons. The most able IB Higher Level students pursue extension work. The department regularly prepares students for Oxford or Cambridge entrance and STEP papers. Examination results are excellent at all levels. There is a lively enrichment programme of speakers, Olympiad entry and Mathematics clubs.
The successful candidate will be a well-qualified graduate who may have already had experience either running, or helping to run, a department. They will be able to lead through encouragement and enthusiasm as well as exemplary class-room practice. There is a range of teaching experience within the department; key to the role is to coordinate and support all the members of the department. The Head of Mathematics is involved in all the admissions procedures – the points of entry are at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The applicant should have excellent administrative skills and some experience.
of the moderation of internally or externally assessed work. The Head of Department must be willing to encourage a wide range of students. While all of our students are academically ambitious and successful some require Learning Support. The Head of Mathematics at Sevenoaks is a key to the life of the school and would be expected to play a significant part in the school’s development. We seek applicants with vision and imagination and an ability to foster team spirit. A commitment to excellent pastoral care and enriching co-curricular and outreach activities is expected.
For more information and how to apply, please visit: https://www.sevenoaksschool.org/about-us/vacancies/academic-vacancies/
Applications should be submitted by midday on Wednesday 3 March 2021.
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Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HU
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Secondary School
- Students of mixed gender, age 11 - 18 years
Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.
Sevenoaks School is a large, co-educational HMC school. Founded in 1432 by William Sevenoke, the school has over the last 50 years developed an internati...