Vacancy – Subject Leader, Maths Ref: TCAT000591
Following the retirement of the current, long-standing post holder, Howden School is looking to appoint an outstanding maths practitioner to lead and further develop the maths department.
'Mathematics is a universal language. Having a good understanding of key mathematical concepts, and an awareness of how mathematics impacts on your everyday life, will provide you with an understanding of how the world works. It will enable you to make sense of the world around you, to interpret the news media, to develop analytical and reasoning skills that help you to make good decisions in both your personal and professional life. A good grasp of mathematics will put you ahead of the rest in your job interviews and applications for university. It will provide you with opportunities not open to everyone and enable you to fulfil your ambitions in life’. – Mr Russell
The Maths team is an experienced, highly committed and effective group of six practitioners, who work closely with one another and under the direction of the SLT Link, the Headteacher. There is a strong focus on the development of good quality teaching and learning; students in both key stages are provided with stimulating and challenging lessons that are designed to develop and enhance their understanding of key mathematical concepts, in order to help them make sense of maths in the world around them.
We aim to help students become comfortable and confident with mathematics by encouraging a mastery of the subject through 'teaching for understanding'. Developing a broad and sound level of understanding of key mathematical concepts enables students to develop a fluency in the subject, whereby they have a 'mathematical toolbox' full of skills from which they can choose, to apply to solving problems.
There is a cohesive team ethos within the department and we work well together to create a supportive environment, where student progress is at the heart of all that we do. We always celebrate strengths, share ideas and seek areas for development. Opportunities will always be available within the team for leading initiatives, implementing new strategies and for increased professional development.
Exam results are consistently good, with progress 8 scores consistently positive and making a significant contribution to the overall school performance figures. Progress 8 performance is particularly strong for more able students in maths. Residuals for the maths department are always positive. We have closed the progress gap significantly between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.
Howden School is a rural secondary school with over 690 students. As a relatively small secondary, there are numerous opportunities to undertake additional responsibility and be involved in the wider school community. The value and ethos of ‘Team Howden’ is evident across all departments and between both students and staff. Individuals respect each other and are aware of how their actions will affect themselves and others.
Standards of Achievement at Howden School
In 2019, 68% of students achieved a 9-4 GCSE grade in English and Maths. An outstanding 64% of students achieved a 9-4 grade in Combined Science. 80% of students also achieved a 9-4 in GCSE Maths and 75% got 9-4 grades in GCSE English.
The Consortium Academy Trust (TCAT), based in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was formed in September 2017 by the coming together of Cottingham Academy Trust, The Hessle Community Academy Trust and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College to form a new Multi Academy Trust. These three schools have a successful history of partnership working, having operated Consortium Sixth Form arrangements for over 25 years. The Trust seeks to build on these relationships to create a regional structure that will see like-minded schools working together effectively within a partnership based on mutual trust and shared values.
Although we are a relatively new Trust we have already grown from the three founding schools and TCAT currently comprises of six secondary schools and three primary schools, as well as two associate members, with a total of approximately 7700 learners and a significant staff team. Our academies include Croxby Primary, Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College, Hessle High School and Sixth Form College, Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College, Howden School, Keyingham Primary, Penshurst Primary, Winifred Holtby Academy and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College.
We believe in putting our children and young people first and that everything we do has that as its goal. Our vision is to be:
A Trust that promotes academic excellence, where exciting opportunities allow students to excel in all that they do, and leave prepared to achieve all their ambitions.
A Trust whose schools deliver the maximum potential for progress through inspirational teaching and learning, and outstanding school-to-school support.
A Trust with a leading community role, whose schools are the preferred choice for students, parents and staff.
Our core values underpin everything we do. They are developed in each academy to meet their needs.
Aspiration. We are ambitious and we aim high for ourselves and for others. We believe that we can make a real difference.
Respect. We respect ourselves and we respect each other. We respect our diverse environment and the community.
Integrity. We are honest with each other and ourselves. We do the right thing for the right reasons.
Responsibility. We take responsibility for everything we do. We see mistakes as an opportunity to improve and get things right next time. We do this in an environment where we can take appropriate risk in the pursuit of success.
East Riding of Yorkshire