Head of Business Studies Blenheim High School, Epsom, Surrey

Job description

• To ensure that all students make maximum progress. This particularly applies to pupil premium students and the successful candidate will work closely with the Assistant Headteacher – pupil premium lead, in this regard.
• To ensure students of all ages are supported and challenged as necessary and achieve optimum levels of engagement with school life.
• To support and challenge members of the department as necessary thus ensuring that the student experience and progress is maximised.
• To help maximise student attendance by the department delivering creative, innovative and rewarding lessons.
• To role model excellent practices, actively encouraging other members of the department to do the same, going ‘above and beyond’, intervening with students outside the curriculum so they ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible.
• To support and challenge Heads of Year so that underachieving students have barriers removed from their learning and regularly show good learning behaviours including being properly equipped for lessons.
• To effectively lead the department so protocols are consistently followed e.g. deadlines are met, registers are taken, iPads are dropped off at the front of the class at the start of each lesson, students’ have challenging starter activities, the main parts of lessons involve students applying their newly acquired skills or knowledge regularly and expediently etc.
• To ensure lessons are well planned and follow schemes of work with regular and consistent assessments providing students with high quality feedback which they are accountable for acting upon via DIRT marking.
• To encourage a culture of shared practice in the department where resources are shared, practices are discussed and peer lesson observations take place on a regular basis; typically half termly.
• To communicate with parents on a range of issues, particularly where students are underachieving.
• To communicate appropriate information to teaching and support staff.
• To contribute to a confidential record of issues affecting the educational progress of students.
• To be highly visible and a point of contact for students.

Essential educational requirements

Educated to degree level or equivalent, ideally in specialist subject area.

Essential qualifications

QTS/PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification, ideally in specialist subject area.

Essential skills and experience

Be able to demonstrate academic leadership experience in schools or demonstrate clear leadership potential. Have outstanding academic qualifications, subject knowledge and passion for the subject area. Capable of delivering dynamic and effective lessons to the full ability range of students. Have highly effective communication skills both oral and written. Be organised, energetic and self-directed. Have a sharp and progressive vision of the subject. Have the ability to motivate pupils through a variety of methods, including competition, rewards, sanctions and the setting of SMART goals. Able to interpret and track student progress through the use of data;
Ability to successfully encourage students to achieve their academic and recreational potential. Commitment to individual continuous professional development, wanting to ‘get better’ by building on strengths but also recognising development areas and actively seeking to improve them.

Employee benefits

In addition to the annual salary, this role attracts a Teaching and Learning Allowance of £5,585, plus a potential recruitment and retention bonus of up to £5,000.

About Blenheim High School

Comprehensive state funded academy secondary school [mixed], based in Epsom, Surrey.

Longmead Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9BH
Blenheim High School website (opens in a new window)