To start: January 2018
As a Good school with an Outstanding Sixth Form, staff and students at Ridgewood enjoy the use of some of the very best facilities available in the country. We are enjoying a trajectory of continued success and look forward to welcoming a successful applicant who can join us on our journey. We became a standalone academy in 2011, and we are incredibly proud of the progress we have made as a school, having laid strong foundations for further improvement going forwards.
Our school motto, ‘Prepare for the road ahead’, represents our belief in preparing our staff and students for their future, not only in terms of academic achievement, but also in terms of the training, enrichment and experiences which make us all model citizens. Our school values – Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Enjoyment – underpin what we do and contribute to our ethos in everything we undertake as a school community. We set our standards high and do not compromise, because we believe in the best for everyone.
In a year when students across the country faced the challenge of more rigorous GCSEs, our students achieved extremely well, with 69% of students gaining GCSE passes in both Maths and English, and 13 students achieving the new prestigious Grade 9, placing them in the top 3% nationally. In a year when A*s and As dropped across the country, Ridgewood’s students bucked this trend and saw more top grades than ever. 27% of students achieved 9-7 in English compared with 13.6% nationally and 22% achieved 9-7 in Maths compared with 15.5% nationally. This success was also mirrored by our outstanding A-Level results, where one in every three grades was A* or A and 90% of students went on to university education.
We are seeking to appoint an exceptional teacher of History to work alongside our friendly and caring department of dedicated subject specialists. Our History department is thriving in KS4 and KS5, including the delivery of Government and Politics. The History team are part of our successful Humanities faculty (History, Geography, RE, MFL) and work closely with the other practitioners in the faculty to share ideas, approaches and strategies. Collaboration reinforces their accomplishments as a faculty and the successful applicant would become part of this high-performing team.
We are committed to offering the staff who work at Ridgewood every opportunity to become the best they can be. Our training packages, for staff at all stages of their careers, are second to none. As well as our Hyperion programme, designed to give teachers one-to-one coaching to develop specific aspects of their classroom practice, we also offer a range of individual and group development opportunities. We employ a dedicated Leadership Coach, whose role is to co-ordinate and deliver CPD for both teaching and associate staff, so we therefore can offer our staff a unique opportunity to develop personally and professionally. NQTs and RQTs are supported through their early years of teaching as they embed excellent classroom practice, developing and experienced teachers are prepared for positions of leadership and responsibility, and senior staff are trained to reflect on and evaluate their practice whilst simultaneously developing others. We can match training and development to everyone’s needs and wishes.
Are you a seeking an energetic, vibrant working environment, working alongside supportive colleagues who share your passion for teaching, and a dedicated team of senior leaders committed to whole school development? If so, Ridgewood School is for you.
For full details, to discuss the role or to request an application pack, please contact our recruitment partner, Aj Blyth at Hays Education on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 217 1556. We welcome visits from potential candidates – please contact Aj Blyth to arrange this.
The closing date for this post is Monday 16 October 2017. Please return your application form as soon as possible.
Ridgewood School reserve the right to close this advert prior to the closing date above.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. The school operates a no smoking policy.