Curriculum Leader – Design and Technology

Copthall School, London


Job details

Subject Design Technology
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £30,000 to £43,000
Leadership level Middle Leader

Job description

Curriculum Leader – Design and Technology

Are you passionate about Design and Technology? If so, we are looking for a teacher with experience of Design and Technology who is creative, positive and committed to ensuring that students achieve great outcomes and lead a department. As the Curriculum Leader in Design and Technology, you will lead, develop and manage the effective delivery of an inspiring and engaging curriculum across all disciplines. Experience across traditional processes, CAD/CAM and teaching GCSE is essential. The successful candidate will lead a small department.

Design and Technology is well respected, progressive and successful subject at Copthall, with consistently good results at GCSE Product Design. At KS3, we provide opportunity for students to enjoy learning in the following specialist areas; Product Design and Food.

The DT classrooms and food rooms are well equipped including ICT, CAD/CAM, laser cutter Metal Working, and Woodworking and Electronics facilities.

For the third year running, we celebrated another very successful year in our examination results. Our preliminary P8 score is +0.89, which places us in the top 1% in the country for progress. 90% of English grades were 9-4 with increases in outcomes for both Maths and Science. One of our students was the highest achieving history student in the whole country and gained a suite of grade 8s & 9s. Our A-level results were equally impressive with our A*-C grades increasing from 61% in 2018 to 74%. In addition to this, students who sat vocational subjects did equally well with the average grade a Merit+.

Copthall School prides itself on educating 21st century women for successful careers in STEM, human, social and health sciences, performing arts and creative industries. Our thriving Sixth Form, which is in the top 12% of schools for A Level results, offers both A-Level and Vocational pathways and we boast an excellent success rate in University applications.
Copthall has seen rapid improvements in standards across the school. Following our recent Ofsted inspection in May 2018. Copthall has been awarded ‘Good’ status “By implementing systems to raise staffs and pupils’ aspirations, leaders have established a culture of high expectations. As a result, the school has secured marked improvements to learning and pupils progress”. The full report can be accessed using the following link:

Candidates will:

• be an outstanding teacher or have the potential and desire to become outstanding
• be experienced in raising or have the desire to raise attainment
• have proven experience of working or the desire to work successfully with students of all abilities
• be committed to our ethos of high expectations and no excuses with the belief that every child can succeed
• have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of pupils

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

• Join a supportive team that has a good track record for student outcomes
• Access to continuous staff development. All staff receive coaching as part of our Incremental Coaching Programme and we strongly support NPQML & NPQSL
• Benefit from our Employee Assistance Programme (Wellbeing)

Visits to the school are welcome and encouraged. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange this.

Copthall School is committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

Appointment is subject to a clear enhanced DBS check.

Application forms must be completed and are available from the School website: or by phoning the school office on 020 8959 1937. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Completed forms should be returned directly to Copthall School at the above address or via email to

Closing date: Monday 30th March 2020 (12 noon) - Applications will be assessed as they are received and interviews may occur at any stage during the recruitment process.

Employee benefits

Completive salary with TLR subject to experience

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 886 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Copthall School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About Copthall School

Copthall School prides itself on educating 21st century women for successful careers in STEM, human, social and health sciences, performing arts and creative industries. We have approximately 1000 students on role, 120 of which are enrolled in our thriving Sixth Form which is in the top 12% of schools for A Level results. We offer both A-Level and Vocational pathways and we boast an excellent success rate in University applications. The school has improved year on year since the appointment of a new Headteacher in September 2016 which has led to outstanding GCSE results for two consecutive years placing the school in the top 3% nationally for progress. Situated in Mill Hill, Barnet we have fantastic outdoor space as well as access to sporting facilities at Allianz Park. Our indoor facilities are equally impressive with a specialist dance studio with sprung flooring, a dedicated STEM Scholars classroom and of course, well-equipped and spacious classrooms. Headteacher Evelyn Forde Values and vision Copthall prides itself on their Values of Respect, Equality for All, Support and Safety, Aspiration and Responsibility which have underpinned our rapidly improving school. Our Teaching and Learning vision has been instrumental in ensuring that all our students receive an excellent education which is enhanced by the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities available. We have a unique partnership with Mill Hill Independent School which benefits staff and students at both schools through a range of CPD opportunities, sporting activities and occasions for a shared curricular. Ofsted report Copthall received a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted in May 2018 whose key findings were: · Leadership of the school is purposeful effective and transformational · Quality of Teaching and Learning and assessment is Good · Pupils attend regularly and are polite and welcoming to visitors · Students benefit from strong teaching in the Sixth Form

School location

Pursley Road, London, NW7 2EP