We wish to employ from September 2020 a well-qualified, enthusiastic and committed Teacher of Computing and ICT. The post is permanent; full time or part-time will be considered and would suit an NQT or experienced teacher. This is an excellent opportunity to join one of Oxfordshire’s largest and most successful schools judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Effective administrative systems support the two sites. Students are well-behaved and motivated, and there is a strong sense of community in Thame, with a committed parent support base.
The school is the only school serving the market town of Thame and
surrounding villages. It is a popular school and always oversubscribed. It is a split site school – Years 7-9 on our Lower School site and Years 10 -13 on our Upper School site. There are around 500 students in our Sixth Form and we attract many students from other schools, post-16. Teamwork is a key feature of school life and so is partnership with our feeder primary schools. There is a strong drive to establish powerful curriculum links cross phase with teachers collaborating on a range of projects.
The Computing and ICT Faculty
Computing is taught to all students through Key Stages 3. At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study Computer Science GCSE as well as Creative iMedia. At Key Stage 5, Computer Science is available as an option for those students who wish continue their studies at A Level. The school has over 1000 computers, many of which are housed in purpose-built IT rooms each with a data projector and whiteboard.
Computing and ICT are successful subjects and are very popular options. Both subjects are taught by a highly committed team of three IT teachers, supported by a team of five technicians. The faculty is committed to improving the ICT capability and digital literacy of all students. A good understanding of both subjects will support academic progress in all areas of the (school) curriculum as well as equipping students with the skills needed for life-long learning.
The faculty structure is currently:
Head of IT and Computing Faculty (TLR2C)
Team leader of ICT (TLR2B)
The Teaching Programme
In Key Stage 3 all students are taught in balanced tutor groups for one lesson a week and follow a course based on the Key Stage 3 national curriculum for Computing.
At Key Stage 4 students who opt to do Computer Science will follow the OCR course and will be taught in two lessons per week. Those opting to do Creative iMedia will follow the Cambridge Nationals course and will also be taught in two lessons per week. Students can opt to do both subjects. At A Level students follow the OCR Computer Science course.
There is a continuing development at all levels with an emphasis on providing a well-differentiated curriculum for all students. Faculty staff also use classroom strategies to promote Assessment for Learning and are actively involved in exploring how the functionality of ICT can support teaching and learning.
All members of the IT team play an important role in the development of course materials.