Teacher of Computing, Haringey

Closing date:Expiring soon

Highgate SchoolHaringey

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main salary scale: £35, 920 - £56,678
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Highgate is looking for a well-qualified, enthusiastic and innovative computing specialist to teach pupils in the Senior School. The successful candidate will be interested in problem solving and in ways of making coding accessible to pupils aged from 11 to 18. They will teach the IGCSE and A level Computer Science courses and will work closely with other departments whose subjects require the ICT and data management skills.  Recent experience of teaching exam classes and the ability to teach some relevant mathematics would be helpful, although not essential.  The post could be full or part-time. 

The school has DfE recognised arrangements in place for the induction Year and the confirmation of NQT status and has considerable experience of, and success in, guiding new teachers to qualified status. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the school.

There are opportunities to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life at the school, both aspects of which are valued at Highgate.    

The Curriculum

All pupils have compulsory Computing lessons at KS3 and the curriculum develops pupils’ computational thinking and programming skills. We use a range of computer languages to teach computational thinking concepts practically, so candidates should have a good working knowledge of Python. Experience with JavaScript, Swift or Lua would also be useful, but this is certainly not essential. Candidates should also be familiar with the principles of web design using HTML and CSS.

Pupils at Highgate take the EdExcel IGCSE Computer Science course; the two parts of the specification are Principles of Computer Science and Application of Computational Thinking. Computer Science has been offered at A level (OCR) since September 2017, with a similar emphasis on background subject knowledge alongside with more algorithmic content and a significant practical programming coursework element.

The department provides opportunities for pupils to develop their coding skills and creativity in problem solving through extra-curricular clubs and extension classes, including preparation for national coding and informatics competitions. 

The Department

The department consists of two full-time Computing teachers and two teachers who teach both Computing and Mathematics. Highgate is looking to expand the size of the department to meet the increased demand for Computing as a GCSE and A-level option. Computing lessons take place in purpose-built ICT suites.    

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.  Salaries are competitive.  The school pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. 

Daryl Noyce, the Coordinator  of Computing for KS5, (daryl.noyce@highgateschool.org.uk), Andrew Dales, the Coordinator of Computing for KS4 or James Newton, the Deputy Head (Academic) (james newton@highgateschool.org.uk) are very happy to answer any questions. 

More about Highgate School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: North Road, Highgate, London, N6 4AY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8340 1524
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Established in 1565, Highgate is now one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools, with around 1,700 pupils aged 3-18.

Academic excellence

Academic standards at Highgate remain high, as our most recent exam results demonstrate. In 2018,...