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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    26 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    3 February 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

Full time: Monday-Friday

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

30,000 - 46,525

Pay scale

M1 - UPS3

Additional allowances

TLR 1B £11,612

What skills and experience we're looking for

The successful candidate will join an established and supportive mathematics department at an exciting time. Through high quality teaching and learning, good communication, consistency and mutual respect, the maths faculty work collaboratively as a team to raise student expectations and maximise achievement. We foster in students an enthusiasm and passion for the subject, inspiring pupils and instilling a desire to succeed and achieve their full potential and beyond in a supportive environment. A Level maths is a very popular subject.

The faculty consists of ten mathematics specialists and whilst there is a wealth of expertise in the department, we constantly look to further improve the quality of teaching and learning. We embrace, evaluate and develop new initiatives and have an embedded ethos of sharing good practice.

The director of mathematics will be responsible for securing high standards of teaching and learning in maths to enable achievement, progress and enjoyment for all students. As a highly valued school leader, the successful candidate will benefit from leadership development as well as having significant influence on whole school decision making.

We are looking for a teacher with a proven track record of strong teaching and a commitment to continued professional learning and development. The successful candidate will have experience of leading curriculum/learning initiatives and will be driven to make a positive impact on students’ experience of learning at Woodlands. In return we offer a friendly and supportive working environment where relationships between staff and students are very positive.

What the school offers its staff

This is an exciting opportunity to join our popular and successful 11-18 school, providing high quality education for 1420 students (200+ in the sixth form). The school is situated on the northern edge of the city of Derby in a very pleasant setting overlooking the Kedleston Hall National Trust estate. We work as a great team together and are committed to the continuing professional development of all colleagues.

Commitment to safeguarding

At AWS we are fully committed to safeguarding our students and staff. We take notice of and adhere to all the national and local policies and guidance in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a responsibility to safeguard children.
All appointments are made in accordance with safer recruitment practices and KCSIE. Online checks will be carried out for shortlisted candidates, and all appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and checks regarding suitability to work with children.

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About Allestree Woodlands School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1374 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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At Allestree Woodlands, we pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school. Relationships are important and we work to ensure that every student feels safe and happy. We strive for the best achievements for our students and believe that every young person deserves the chance to feel successful at school.

Our school aims are summed up in our mission statement:

Enabling aspiration and achievement for all, through delivery of a knowledge-rich curriculum underpinned by our CORE values:


This means that staff at Allestree Woodlands continue to review and improve our curriculum to ensure that knowledge acquisition is clear, coherent and that year on year learning builds on what has gone before so that students feel that they are moving forward and knowing more. As I have said to our students, this acquisition of knowledge gives power and confidence to believe in ourselves and put ourselves in new, unfamiliar, challenging and exciting situations in the future. We seek to equip all of our students to use their knowledge to plan for and achieve their next steps and to be aspirational for their futures. To do this, we must both support and challenge all young people to aspire, to dream of what might lie ahead and to work hard to make those ambitious goals possible. Why settle for less than our very best? When aspiration and hard work are combined, people achieve amazing things.

We are lucky to be a thriving school with a growing intake, a wide level 3 subject offer at post-16, superb extra-curricular opportunities in sports, technology and the creative and performing arts as well as possessing tremendous facilities. If you would like to know more, take a look at our website or arrange a visit. We have open evenings planned for this half-term for prospective students and their parents and you are most welcome to come along and get a feel for what Allestree Woodlands is all about.

Mrs G. Penny - Headteacher

Arranging a visit to Allestree Woodlands School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email k.challands@woodlands.derby.sch.uk.

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