Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
Role commences: 1st September 2019
Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. Application forms, other recruitment material and a copy of the school’s prospectus are available on the school website under the ‘Join Us’ tab.
Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted). Accredited as a national Teaching School in 2017, we offer excellent opportunities for staff development and progression. The Teaching School provides experienced staff with the opportunity to become a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and thereby engage in school-to-school support and CPD both across the Trust and beyond. We currently have 15 SLEs across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Teachers earlier in their career can benefit from bespoke CPD in a wide range of areas through the Teaching School, including subject-specific training, the latest pedagogy, behaviour management and leadership. Whether you see yourself on a fast track to school leadership, want to focus on developing cutting-edge pedagogy or are interested in following a pastoral development path, we can provide appropriate training and opportunities.
We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.
This summer’s GCSE results were superb with 80% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 65% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 55.8 and our Progress 8 of +0.69 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.
DGS Maths Department
The Maths Department is staffed by an enthusiastic and talented group of thirteen teaching staff, who are always keen to share ideas and resources. We are exceptionally collaborative and very well resourced, as a result of careful, strategic and iterative curriculum development over a number of years. We also have a highly skilled Core Teaching Assistant who is permanently based in the department and a highly skilled part-time Progress Mentor who delivers small group intervention sessions to students in Key Stage 3 and 4.
The department has a clear vision for Maths Mastery and our own Mastery Specialist through the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, enabling us to be at the centre of both local and national developments in this key area.
The department is accommodated in specialist classrooms with interactive whiteboards, projectors and visualisers. There is also a dedicated maths team room, which serves as both a very sociable staffroom and a well organised resource centre, where a wide variety of tasks and activities are kept.
From September 2019 Didcot Sixth Form will be based largely at St Birinus School and we are in the process of creating bespoke teaching facilities for our staff who will be teaching across site in the mixed sixth form.
Maths is a very popular choice in the joint Sixth Form and we offer both Maths and Further Maths. We typically have 4 maths groups in each of Year 12 and Year 13 across the sixth form. Our Further Maths group is taught jointly with St. Birinus with one group in each of Year 12 and Year 13. All Maths students will sit the Edexcel A level at the end of Year 13. Further Maths students are currently studying Mechanics and Decision as their optional applied modules and they too will take the Edexcel A level at the end of Year 13.
Last summer, 80% of Year 11 students achieved 9-4 grades in Maths and 66% 9-5: 36% achieved 9-7 grades. Overall, A level Maths across the Didcot Sixth Form achieved ALPS 3. We are very proud of these successes and attribute them to inspirational leadership and teaching, a growth mindset and lots of hard work!
Our students regularly participate in Maths Challenges and we seek out appropriate and engaging trips including visits to Oxford University, ‘Why Further Maths’ and Maths Inspiration lectures. Maths clubs and revision sessions are run for KS3 and 4 both at lunch time and after school and these are very well attended. Sixth Form students and Year 11 prefects also run successful peer mentoring programmes in Maths.
This is a key post in a strong and innovative department. We are looking for a teacher with a genuine and infectious passion for teaching Maths who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; a teacher with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.
The successful applicant will ideally be able to teach KS3, 4 and 5, with A level teaching immediately available for the right candidate (although not essential).
This post is suitable for newly qualified teachers as well as more experienced teachers. Excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate. Both the school and the department have a strong record of providing fast track career progression within Didcot Girls’ School and beyond.
Leadership opportunities or other TLR may be available for the right candidate.
For further information about the department, please email Carole O’Connor, Joint Head of Maths at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to tour the school in advance of an application, or for any general queries, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Frances Adley at email@example.com
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) - paying particular attention to the ‘Relevant skills and experience’ section - and send it to Frances Adley at firstname.lastname@example.org:
The deadline for applications is as soon as possible and 9am on Monday 20th May 2019 latest. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we plan to interview on receipt of applications.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview.
I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application.
Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.