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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    15 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    2 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

Leadership scale, commensurate with experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you seeking a new opportunity to join a highly successful comprehensive school that is committed to providing an outstanding education of excellence for all? Are you someone who is a passionate Information Technology and/or Business teacher? Would you thrive when working with other committed and innovative practitioners?

The Halley Academy is now recruiting for aDirector of Learning -Business &ITjoining us from September 2024. This is a truly fantastic opportunity for a passionate educator to become part of a well established, collaborative and successful IT & Business team to ensure that students enjoy a challenging, dynamic and rewarding curriculum.

This is a permanent opportunity that offers a salary on the leadership scale, commensurate with experience.

Suitable and interested candidates are encouraged to make contact with Ben Russell, Principal, by contacting him atben.russell@thehalleyacademy.org.uk

We deem this to be a great position on the basis that;

  • We offer a vibrant and committed IT & Business Department, passionate and dedicated to supporting students throughout their learning experience and securing the best possible outcomes for them.
  • We offer pupils the very best in IT & Business learning opportunities by delivering high quality teaching via our bespoke curriculum, alongside inspiring extracurricular opportunities.
  • We believe in developing staff into outstanding practitioners through our excellent CPD programme.
  • All students in Years 7-9 study IT as part of our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. We offer Enterprise and Creative iMedia in Year 10 and 11, both of which are popular and successful.
  • We have a strong track record of delivering successful outcomes in BTEC Business and OCR IT at Key Stage 5, and we are delighted to be offering the new T-Levels in Digital Support Services.

What the school offers its staff

Working at The Halley Academy :I am delighted to welcome you to The Halley Academy. We are an aspirational, disciplined and inclusive academy where human-scale education, a dynamic curriculum, and excellent teaching and pastoral care, maximise student achievement.

Our core values - respect, achievement, collaboration, integrity and resilience - permeate everything we do. We believe in the potential of every student. We champion the highest outcomes for all young people. Our staff are driven by the belief that education can transform our students’ lives. We take our role as educators seriously and sincerely - we know that the culture of our academy affects the character of our students, which in turn shapes the culture of our society.

It is for this reason why we are so proud to be a caring community where everybody feels empowered and supported to be the best version of themselves. Students are inspired to work hard, play an active role with the world around them, and to achieve more than they thought possible. Safeguarding is of paramount importance; our students are happy, safe and successful in our care.

We build strong partnerships with parents and carers, working closely together to ensure all students enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding education. Our teachers lead with professionalism and scholarship; they are experts in their field and love sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject with their classes. All of us are part of a warm and compassionate family of staff, Governors and Trust colleagues who have boundless ambitions for those we work with and a deep commitment to learning and self-improvement. We know that working with children every day is the best job in the world.

The Halley Academy has a diverse and dynamic staffing body of committed, creative and hardworking educators who enjoy coming to work as they benefit from:

  • A calm, organised and professional learning environment;
  • An academy culture that is committed to the holistic development of children;
  • Evidenced-based teaching and learning policies rooted in the strongest possible evidence about how children learn best;
  • A clear and consistent behaviour policy which ensures that disruption to learning is minimal;
  • A visible and approachable leadership team;
  • A comprehensive weekly CPD programme that supports all staff in their academic and pastoral roles;
  • Opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from, colleagues across the Leigh Academies Trust.

Our ambitious world-class curriculum delivers an education of excellence for all. The Halley Academy has been an International Baccalaureate World School since 2019. We are committed to students engaging deeply and comprehensively with both substantive and disciplinary knowledge so that they achieve strong outcomes throughout each phase of the curriculum: the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7, 8 and 9; a two year Key Stage 4 where students study a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications in Years 10 and 11; and the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) and T Level programme in our Sixth Form.

We have enjoyed unprecedented investment and refurbishment as part of joining Leigh Academies Trust, providing excellent learning facilities in an historic listed building which has real character and charm. All students at The Halley Academy are given access to a personal Chromebook, which they use every day in lessons and at home to support their learning. All physical classrooms have a corresponding virtual classroom, and all teaching staff have Google Educator certification so that technology can enhance the learning experiences of students. With considerable investment from the Tallow Chandlers Livery Company, our new Engineering and Design Centre opened in June 2022. Students and staff also benefit from a modern sports complex on our 16 acre site and a number of cutting edge science laboratories. Construction has also commenced this January on our state-of-the-art visual and performing arts centre, to be completed in Spring 2024.

We know that happy and supported students will be successful and engaged in their learning. This is why students between Years 7-11 join one of our three small school communities - Easley, Franklin or Turing - each with a team of staff dedicated to helping them surpass their potential. Our fourth small school - Hawking - offers bespoke academic and pastoral support to our Sixth Formers.

Our curriculum is rich and dynamic because it invests deeply in the holistic development of our students. We offer a wide range of enriching extracurricular clubs both before and after school. We maximise opportunities for learning outside of the classroom through trips, visits from outside speakers, Cultural Capital Days and careers guidance that opens our students’ minds to the possibilities and opportunities in the world around them. Our Values programme and Global Citizenship lessons help develop the global mindedness of our students, whilst IT classes ensure that they can use technology safely and responsibly.

This is an exciting time for colleagues to be joining our Academy community. Our first cohort of Halley Academy students achieved the best ever GCSE results in the school’s history in August 2023. We’re immensely proud to now be one of the top performing mixed comprehensive schools in Greenwich, and we were celebrated in Schools Week magazine as the third most improved school in the country for the progress of disadvantaged pupils, compared with pre-pandemic performance. Our Year 13 cohorts have a consistent track record of outperforming international averages in the IBCP programme, and we are becoming oversubscribed in many Key Stage 3 year groups.

We are proud to be a local school of choice for the community we serve. Our school equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need so they can lead fulfilling and successful adult lives. If you feel that you want to be a part of our exciting and unique learning community, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Further details about the role

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st April 2024, our Trust comprises 32 geographically organised academies (16 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating more than 20,000 students and employing 3,000 talented staff. Nearly 40% of our academies are judged outstanding overall by Ofsted, versus 15% nationally. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Our future plans are found in our Vision 2030 document available on our website.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

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Our commitment to safeguarding:Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
medical
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Halley Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
876 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

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