Academic Mentor

Durham Sixth Form Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 1SG

2 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    26 May 2022 at 10:00am

  • Date listed

    12 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term (End date 31.08.2023)

Annual or full time equivalent (FTE) salary

Grade 5 SCP (7-12)

Actual salary

Grade 5 SCP (7-12), £18,339 - £20,313

Academic Mentor job summary

This is an exciting time to join Durham Sixth Form Centre: we are an oversubscribed post-16 institution; our results are significantly above National Averages; we have expanded our premises; we have gained external recognition and national awards for our work and we are Outstanding as defined by Ofsted, March 2017.

We are looking to appoint a team of Academic Mentors to support our A level students. We are open to candidates interested in both full time positions and part time positions with a range of flexible working hours available. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of our most academic and high attaining students studying across a range of A Level subjects. This post may be suited to a hardworking graduate or even a current undergraduate looking to work on a part time basis.

You will have responsibility for working with a range of learners to help them achieve the highest grades. You will carry out teaching, learning and support activities in small group settings and participate in the planning, development and delivery of intervention sessions for targeted groups of students to help them to fully realise their academic potential.

The successful candidate(s) must be committed to working in an inclusive environment in support of the values, vision, purpose and direction of Durham Sixth Form Centre.

The Application Pack is available on our website

Applying for the job

Applicants should submit the following information on, or before the closing date:
- A completed Application Form using the Google Form which can be found by clicking APPLY NOW in the Current Vacancies section of the school website.
- A supporting Letter of Application of a maximum of two sides of A4, which includes information under the following titles:
1. Why are you interested in applying for the role?
2. How would your skills meet the needs of the post?
3. How would you best describe your behaviour traits?
4. What ‘extra’ would you bring to the role if appointed.

Note: The supporting Letter of Application should be uploaded in the relevant section on the Google Form. Applications without a supporting Letter of Application will not be considered.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

About Durham Sixth Form Centre

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 16 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1764 pupils enrolled
Age range
16 to 19

Welcome to Durham Sixth Form Centre and thank you for your interest in the advertised post. I hope the following information gives you an insight into our school.

Durham Sixth Form Centre is the largest post-16 school in the North East of England (and 1 of 3 nationally), with approximately 1,800 students on roll. We are situated in the middle of Durham City Centre, a couple of minutes walk from both the bus and railway stations. Students generally enrol at Durham Sixth Form Centre from over 50 different secondary schools from across County Durham, Sunderland and into Northumberland.

We were inspected by Ofsted on 1st and 2nd March 2017 and are delighted with the outcome. We are an Outstanding post-16 school. Our students have an excellent record of success; they work hard to achieve it.

Our A level results are above the national average and in the top 12% of schools in England.
Students’ grades and points for A level are above both the County Durham average and national average.
Students’ points and grades for their best 3 A levels are also above the national average.

Our Applied General results (broad vocational qualifications) are above the national average and in the top third of schools in England.
Students’ grades and points for Applied General are well above the County Durham average and national average.

Our award winning Careers, Progression and Aspirations Team is renowned for their success in supporting students progression, achieving competitive university places, higher and degree apprenticeships and employment whilst others continue with us into Year 14 completing some level 4 courses.

In 2013 we celebrated our Centenary year. We are housed in a 1913 former Girls’ Grammar School which was converted to Sixth Form accommodation in 1983. In addition to the original building there is now a Science Block; a 210 seated Theatre; our Hunter Resource Centre; Visual Arts Centre and Freemans Quay Leisure Centre. In 2019 we expanded further to include our new Digital Media Centre which houses a grab-and-go Café, Conference Facility, TV Studio, small cinema room and additional classroom space. We are currently in the process of building an onsite Art Gallery and Community Arts venue which is due to open later in the year.

Through sustained effort, and a clear focus and direction, Durham Sixth Form Centre is a truly embracing and dynamic organisation. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunities and we aspire to an environment where all our students and employees can develop their potential. We have a strong professional development programme and have achieved CPD Mark accreditation, Investors in People Gold and Governor Mark among others. Our most recent Ofsted inspection report said ‘The Headteacher and the highly skilled leadership team have established a culture in which students flourish and grow. Consequently, there is a healthy appetite for learning and achievement in an environment that demands high expectations for academic, vocational and personal excellence’.

The school operates according to values which we feel help to determine the culture, ethos and atmosphere of Durham Sixth Form Centre. We value:

high quality, inspirational teaching and learning;
excellent support, care and guidance;
personal and professional integrity;
ambition and progress for our students, our communities and ourselves.

If you are energetic and passionate about post-16 education and have the skills and aptitude required for the role then we would welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you.

Ellen Beveridge

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