Teacher of History, Barking and Dagenham

Closing date:Expiring soon

Jo Richardson Community SchoolBarking and Dagenham

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £29,664 to £48,244
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Please note that applications received between Saturday 6th April – Monday 22nd April will not be acknowledged until school re-opens on Tuesday 23rd April.


JRCS

This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful school as part of a friendly and very hard-working department.  Established as a brand-new school in 2002, we moved into our award-winning £30 million accommodation in 2005.  The school is located within easy reach of central London via the District Line and yet just minutes by car from the Essex countryside.

In 2017/18 JRCS achieved another set of excellent outcomes at both KS4 and KS5.  The school’s Progress 8 score was 0.28 which again placed us well above national average.  At KS5 our academic progress score was 0.04 and one of the best in the borough with an average A Level grade of a very strong C+.  Our vocational progress score was 0.69 with an average BTEC grade of Distinction*.  On both measures, JRCS is one of the best in the borough.  Our Sixth Form continues to work in partnership with four other schools in order to deliver the highest quality post-16 education pathways for our students.  We were recently awarded an Alps Certificate of Outstanding Progress which places us in the top 20% of Sixth Form providers nationally.

Also, to cap an excellent year at JRCS, in April 2018 we found we had been nominated for the Pearson Teaching Award School of the Year – Making a Difference.  Following a visit from the judges in June, we were informed we had made it to the finals in Central London in late October.  At the finals, Michael Morpurgo, renowned children’s author, presented us with this prestigious national gold award.  We are very proud to be the Pearson School of the Year 2018.

We pride ourselves on being a truly inclusive school and this is actively underpinned by our motto ‘Success for All’.  Academic rigour runs alongside a commitment to extra-curricular activities and we offer our students a wide range of opportunities to pursue their studies both inside and outside the classroom.  Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, together with trips to Rome, Berlin, France, Borneo, the WWI trenches in Ypres, skiing in the USA, and our highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh programme, is second to none and ensures all students get the chance to extend their academic, social and cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  New staff are encouraged to participate in trips.

The school’s most recent OFSTED report described the school as good with outstanding leadership and governance and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision; this judgement was reinforced at our last Section 8 inspection in November 2017.  

The school prides itself on providing staff with the most appropriate and effective support to ensure that their professional development needs are fully met and that there is a high level of challenge in the opportunities they are offered.  Wednesday afternoons are devoted to CPD and the school has a very strong record of developing staff; nearly half of the Heads of Department and Heads of Year joined the school as NQTs, as did two members of the Senior Leadership Team.  Please visit the “join us as a member of staff” page of our award-winning website to learn more about what makes JRCS such a special place to work.

History at JRCS

History is a hugely popular subject at JRCS. Over 200 students study the GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 and the department teaches A-level classes in Years 12 and 13. Achievement in the department is extremely high; the GCSE 4-9 pass rate of 63% was in line with the national average, whilst 32% of students achieved grades 7-9 well above the national average. At A Level, 100% students achieved A*/B grades last summer.  The department is committed to learning outside of the classroom and runs educational visits in all key stages; these include trips to Ypres, Belgium and Mountfitchet Castle and for the third year running, a very successful Year 13 trip to Berlin and Rome. The department prides itself on being at the cutting edge of history teaching and is constantly looking to enhance practice through links with organisations such as the Schools History Project and the Institute of Education, University College London.  The department is a friendly, close knit team; our work is built upon the principles of enthusiasm, challenge and achievement and we would warmly welcome a new member of staff who subscribes to those values.  Candidates should be prepared to teach across all key stages. The department is based in a suite of dedicated rooms, all equipped with projectors and visualisers.  

High quality induction, including a two-week NQT school-based immersion programme in July, is available to all staff at JRCS as part of our strong commitment to continuing professional development.

Please log onto our website www.jorichardson.org.uk for further details about the school, this post, a link to our recent Ofsted report and the application process itself. All applications should be made online by clicking the ‘Apply Now' link.  Please contact Margaret Stone on recruitment@jorichardson.org.uk if you wish to arrange a visit to the school.

JRCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date: Midnight on Thursday 25th April 2019

Interviews: Friday 3rd May 2019


Executive Headteacher: Ges Smith

Head of School: Lisa Keane

Patron:  Rt Hon Baroness Betty Boothroyd

Castle Green, Gale St, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN




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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 8270 6222
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At The Jo Richardson Community School we are committed to reaching the highest standards in everything we do. We want all our students to achieve the best possible examination results as well as have the opportunity to take part i...