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Head of Mathematics

Westcliff High School for BoysWestcliff-on-Sea

The Mathematics Department at Westcliff High School for Boys (WHSB) has been a strong Department for many years. It has achieved consistently good results in GCSE and Advanced Level Mathematics, and the introduction of the GCSE in Further Mathematics to the top half of Years 10 and 11 has also produced strong results. The Department has a high uptake of Mathematics at A Level, approximately 65% of Lower Sixth, with about 20% of the same cohort opting to study Further Mathematics. 

The Department offers a variety of additional clubs which students can attend, some of these are aimed at helping those in need of additional support, or extending the more able. This includes an effective mentoring scheme, in which Sixth Form students mentor younger pupils.  Pupils in Years 8, 11 and the Upper Sixth will also sit the respective Junior, Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenges organised by the UKMT, and students often progress to the follow-on rounds at all levels.  The Department also offers a range of activities for Enrichment Days, such as the Architecture Workshop (Lower Sixth), Mathematics and Magic (Year 7), Fractal Geometry (Year 10) and Mathematics and Pirates (prospective Year 5 pupils).

The Mathematics Department consists of nine full-time members of staff.  Most of our colleagues teach from Year 7 through to Advanced Level. The successful candidate will be able to deliver Mathematics (including Further Mathematics) to Advanced and Oxbridge entrance level. The Department has a highly collegiate and supportive atmosphere. 

Currently, leadership in the Mathematics Department consists of a Head of Mathematics and Coordinators for the Sixth Form, Middle and Lower School. The successful candidate will work with the Senior Team to review and develop the leadership structure in Mathematics, therefore some experience of managing a team is desirable. The Head of Department would ordinarily teach 42 periods a fortnight. The School operates a 60 teaching-period, fortnightly timetable and teaching periods are 50 minutes in duration.

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