Head of Media Studies, Dagenham

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Jo Richardson Community SchoolDagenham

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Start date: 01/01/2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £28,660 to £47,298 (includes ILA) – TLR 1a (£7,622)
Contract term: Permanent


This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful school as part of a friendly and very hard working department.  Established as a brand new school in 2002, we moved into our award-winning £30 million accommodation in 2005.  The school is located within easy reach of central London via the District Line and yet just minutes by car from the Essex countryside.

In 2016/17, JRCS achieved another set of outstanding outcomes at GCSE and A Level.  The school’s KS4 Progress 8 score was +0.45 which was significantly above national average.  At KS5, the progress score was also positive with the average grade for A Levels a strong C+.  For 2017/18, we are again predicting a positive Progress 8 score and our average grade at A Level has risen to B-.  This is a strong indication of the high quality of teaching and learning at the school.  Our Sixth Form provision works in close partnership with four other local schools, to deliver a high quality Post-16 education for our students. 

We pride ourselves on being a truly inclusive school and this is actively underpinned by our motto ‘Success for All’.  Academic rigour runs alongside a commitment to extra-curricular activities and we offer our students a wide range of opportunities to pursue their studies both inside and outside the classroom.  Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, together with trips to Rome, Berlin, France, Borneo, the WWI trenches in Ypres, skiing in the USA, and our highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh programme, is second to none and ensures all students get the chance to extend their academic, social and cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  New staff are encouraged to participate in trips.

The school’s most recent OFSTED report described the school as good with outstanding leadership and governance and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision; this judgement was reinforced at our last Section 8 inspection in November 2017. 

The school prides itself on providing staff with the most appropriate and effective support to ensure that their professional development needs are fully met and that there is a high level of challenge in the opportunities they are offered.  Wednesday afternoons are devoted to CPD and the school has a very strong record of developing staff; nearly half of the Heads of Department and Heads of Year joined the school as NQTs, as did two members of the Senior Leadership Team.  Please visit the “join us as a member of staff” page of our award-winning website to learn more about what makes JRCS such a special place to work.

Media at JRCS

JRCS have a rare and really exciting opportunity to appoint a motivated, dynamic and passionate Head of Media Studies to lead a highly successful department. Media is thriving at JRCS; we have a cohort of over 120 students in Key Stage 4 and 30 A Level students who we see flourish year on year. For the past 5 years our results have been significantly above national average, with 85% of GCSE students securing grades A* - C in 2018.  We currently teach the new Eduqas specification at GCSE and A Level, and the students are really enjoying learning a range of set media products from ‘Pokémon Go’ at GCSE, to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at A Level. We would love to hear from you if you feel that you could take the department from strength to strength and ensure the students continue to achieve great things within the subject!   

High quality induction, including a two week NQT school-based immersion programme in July, is available to all staff at JRCS as part of our strong commitment to continuing professional development.

Please log onto our website www.jorichardson.org.uk for further details about the school, this post, a link to our recent Ofsted report and the application process itself. All applications should be made online by clicking the ‘Apply Now' link.  Please contact Margaret Stone on recruitment@jorichardson.org.uk if you wish to arrange a visit to the school.

JRCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday 25th September 2018

Interviews: Friday 5th October 2018

Headteacher: Ges Smith

Patron: Rt Hon Baroness Betty Boothroyd

Castle Green, Gale St, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN

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More about Jo Richardson Community School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8270 6222
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