Lead Teacher for Mathematics
MPS/UPS & competitive TLR (depending on experience)
April or September 2020
Waingels is a very successful 11 to 18 Comprehensive school serving its local community. Our successes and achievements can be attributed to our commitment to establish and grow a Better Never Stops culture, providing a safe, inclusive and rich learning environment where students feel safe and valued, founded on respectful relationships for all. Our ethos and culture are values based. We set high standards and expect all our students and staff to be respectful, kind, resilient and proud of our school, our achievements and our community. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated department and will have the opportunity to teach at KS3, 4 and 5.
We are looking for an exceptional Mathematics Teacher to compliment the Head of Subject and the Mathematics Leadership team with the aim of developing and implementing teaching and learning initiatives and strategies throughout the department to raise the teaching practice of all members of staff (for example through mentoring and/or coaching) and therefore raise student standards and progress. The right candidate should be able to role model excellent practice, maintaining a clear focus on outstanding Maths delivery (for example through the delivery of CPD) and take a lead role, working closely with the department to develop, implement and evaluate policies and practice that lead to department improvement.
Our values underpin our “Waingels Ready” expectations that we have for everyone within the Waingels community. These expectations form the basis of everything we do, and everything we believe in as a school and as a community.
We are very pleased with our recent Ofsted feedback (February 2018) and how it has endorsed the achievements, improvements and direction that we are travelling in. Ofsted noted that:
- Waingels “continues to be a good school…where standards are rising rapidly”
- Staff feel that they are “valued as their opinions are considered when reshaping practices” and that “people have the courage to try new things and we share success”
- “Pupils behave well in lessons and have a good attitude towards learning”
- “As a result of improvements that leaders have implemented, standards are rising rapidly”
Our students follow an academic core curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This includes the study of History, Geography and a Language as well as English, Maths and Science. But our students also have the opportunity to do a range of practical and vocational subjects including a wide range of creative and performing arts, physical education and other humanities like Business studies, Psychology and Economics.
Mathematics is a successful, large and supportive department. We deliberately have a mix of experience levels within the teaching team, finding that this gives us the best combination for our students. We have an excellent record on staff retention and the training and professional development of staff is at the core of our ethos.
With regard to the curriculum, we are currently in the process of migrating to a Mastery based approach in Year 7 with a view to developing stronger lifelong mathematics skills and see this as an exciting opportunity.
All of our students are entered for the Mathematics GCSE. We also consider, on a student by student basis, whether each student would benefit from access to other courses and qualifications. We enter some students for the Entry Level Certificate, as well as having the opportunity to prepare high achieving students to take the FMSQ Additional Mathematics qualification. We are introducing the Mathematics Awards for some Year 11 students this year.
We are a very popular department for KS5 students. Our Mathematics and Further Mathematics classes are usually full and we offer the Core Mathematics AS option. Our A level results are strong, with students regularly achieving double A*’s.
Outside the formal curriculum we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Our students travel the world – recent trips have been to China, Poland, Berlin, skiing in Utah, and Barcelona, along with many opportunities to attend fieldwork, theatres and museums more locally. Our students are also very active in the community working alongside local and overseas charities to raise money for good causes.
If you feel your values and ethos align with ours, this is an exciting opportunity for you! We are looking for someone with energy and vision that is ambitious for themselves and the young people of the school. You will have a growth mindset and believe in offering dynamic Maths learning across the Key Stages.
Working with us offers you the opportunity to;
• Join a positive school where effort and success is celebrated
• Engage in excellent and personalised professional development opportunities
• Have the support of a dynamic leadership team to ‘take risks’ in a supportive environment
-you have a passion for teaching and learning…
-you believe in curriculum innovation and enjoy thinking strategically…
-you believe in an aspirational education…
-you believe that better never stops…
…Waingels is the place for you to pursue and advance your career!
Our staff and students are proud of our school and we would be happy to welcome you if you would like to come and have a closer look. Please feel free to contact us for an informal conversation about this exciting role. Please telephone the college on 0118 969 0336 or email the Principal’s Personal Assistant, Karen Tagg, on Tagktg@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk
Download an application pack from our website www.waingels.wokingham.sch.uk
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews arranged accordingly.
The college is committed to safeguarding, equal opportunities and to promoting the welfare of all staff and students