Teacher of Product Design, Leicester

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

Crown Hills Community CollegeLeicester

Date posted:
Start date: 27/08/19
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPR/UPR
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Dear prospective applicant, 

Thank you for expressing an interest in this key vacancy at our college. 

The College has been serving the community since 1950 and continues to be a Good school after last being inspected in January 2016. 

Having taken over as Principal in August 2017, my desire is that we do not become a College that is driven by OFSTED and whether we are GOOD or OUTSTANDING. I want us to be at the forefront of educational excellence because we want to provide the best educational experience possible for the children in our care.  This is extremely difficult in a climate of ever increasing accountability and diminishing resources. However I sincerely believe that if we lead this community by staying true to our values then it is possible.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach product design and resistant materials at Key Stages 3 and 4. Knowledge of Key Stage 5 would be advantageous in order to help our pupils rise to the level of demand required of them by the new GCSE specifications. For your information, the faculty is delivering the AQA Combined Design Technology GCSE as well as AQA Food. 

The faculty consists of 9 teachers with varied levels of experience and career stages. At Crown Hills, we are seeking a creative and dynamic teacher who can play a full role in the Design Technology’s part in the College’s journey from good to great. An ability to plan and deliver effective learning to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of all pupils is essential. 

The Design and Technology Faculty is part of the Discovery Zone, which is made up of DT, Maths and Science. There is a zone staff base both to facilitate informal support and the sharing of best practice.

We are very clear that the gender, background, colour, poverty, wealth or social status of a child should have no bearing on how well they perform and staff here work extremely hard in trying to close that gap between the different groups of pupils. We are currently around zero for P8 and have been for the past two years and we know that although our pupils end up in line with pupils nationally they are well below on entry. 

We have an outstanding reputation for our inclusive work with EAL and SEND pupils. However one of our key areas of development is nurturing and growing our high prior attainers, both academically and culturally. 

We are looking for somebody who is innovative, willing to take risks and looking to create educational excellence by delivering quality first teaching in the classroom on a daily basis and also supporting this key group of learners. 

That process has already started and we have removed lesson observations from the appraisal process and linked it to professional development. Currently staff are entitled to ‘visits’ and entitled to a professional dialogue to improve their practice. That is a risk we have taken but it is aimed at creating a learning community where teachers can teach and learners can learn without fear.

We want to build a learning community that is built on trust and continuous professional development. 

If you have high aspirations for children from deprived backgrounds and experience of delivering educational excellence by improving pupil outcomes, then we would love to hear from you 

Should you wish to visit the College please contact my PA Jo Amey by email jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk

Please read the attached job description and person specification.  If you are interested in applying, please fill in the application form available on our website: www.crownhills.com, please include e-mail addresses of all referees, and e-mail it together with a letter of application (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining your experience relevant to this post to jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk by 9.00am on Monday 20th May 2019.

I look forward to meeting you and receiving your application.

Yours sincerely, 

Mr F Adam


More about Crown Hills Community College
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Gwendolen Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 5FT, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 116 273 6893
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