8 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    25 April 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    4 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS - UPS

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative teacher to lead the Computer Science department. The successful applicant will be an excellent practitioner with a clear vision of a curriculum and approach to teaching which will inspire and motivate students to make sustained and substantial progress. The post holder will be given the scope to build on good foundations to create an exceptional provision. The successful applicant will be joining a highly supportive environment, working with students who are well-behaved, motivated and keen to learn. Please refer to the 'Role of a Head of Department' document on the job vacancies page of the school website for a comprehensive list of specific responsibilities associated with the position.


Experience & Skills

  • Have the ability to teach across all abilities and key stages
  • Have the ability to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences: staff, students and parents/carers
  • Experience of developing initiatives in collaboration with other staff
  • The ability to use an imaginative range of teaching strategies to promote high expectations and high levels of challenge in the classroom
  • The ability to plan for progression in learning, using intervention as necessary
  • The ability to use assessment for learning to improve teaching and learning as well as to assess and record student progress
  • The ability to establish a safe and purposeful working atmosphere that supports learning and in which students feel secure and confident
  • A commitment to working collaboratively within the curriculum area and across the school
  • The ability to plan for progression in learning, using intervention as necessary
  • An interest in planning and facilitating extra-curricular activities to enhance students’ learning experience
  • Sound experience of planning, teaching and assessment and methods of recording and assessment
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • Ability to enthuse, engage and motivate a diverse student population

What the school offers its staff

About Us

The Holy Cross School, founded in 1931 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, is a voluntary aided Roman Catholic School for girls aged between 11-18. At Key Stage 5 the school has worked in curriculum partnership with our local boys school, Richard Challoner, for the past thirty years and post 16 lessons are co-ed. The school converted to Academy status in August 2012. The school is proud to be acknowledged by the SSAT as being in the top 1% of all schools nationally for progress made from Year 7 to 11. The school currently has 980 students on roll and employs over 100 staff. The Holy Cross School can offer you the opportunity to work in an outstanding and highly supportive school environment with well-behaved, motivated students who are keen to learn.


School Awards

We were delighted to have been awarded ‘World Class Schools‘ accreditation in 2017 and were recently granted lifetime World Class Schools status. Recently the school was awarded the Silver RACE Charter Mark. This award, recognised nationally, acknowledges our commitment to improving race equality and prioritising an inclusive culture where staff, students, parents and partners of all ethnicities are equally valued.

Staff Development

We believe that effective professional development is an essential component in our drive for excellence. We are committed to providing training as appropriate to your role, stage in your career and future aspirations and will support your on-going professional development.

Continuing Professional Development

We offer an array of training opportunities to support staff development. These range from safeguarding training given to all members of staff, CPD sessions based on identified training needs for all teaching as well as non-teaching staff, external courses and participation in nationally recognised Leadership Programmes. We particularly encourage staff to train as examiners for GCSEs/A Levels in order to further raise attainment. We facilitate mentoring for staff in new roles and provide a tailored support programme where necessary. Further development is also identified through learning walks and lesson observations and is discussed as an integral aspect of the staff appraisal process. Staff may opt to train as First Aiders or undertake Minibus Driver training.

Staff Induction

If your employment at Holy Cross commences at the start of the academic year in September you will be invited for an induction day towards the end of the Summer Term. All other new staff will receive induction and this will be arranged at a mutually convenient time either prior to employment or as soon as possible.

Staff Benefits

​Membership of a Pension Scheme

All staff that join the school are automatically enrolled into a pension scheme. For Teachers, this is the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme and for Non-Teachers the Local Government Pension Scheme. Each month, the school contributes towards these funds for all staff that are members of the schemes. The current rates of the school’s Employers’ contributions is 23.68% for Teachers and 22.20% for Non Teachers of an individual’s pensionable pay. A member of staff may opt out of a scheme at any time by providing a written request to do so.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The cycle to work scheme is available to all staff and works by way of salary sacrifice. It enables you to get new bikes and accessories tax-free, saving on average about half the cost.

Employee Assistance Programme

‘Health Assured’ is a confidential, independent provider of support services, including counselling available to council employees. All Holy Cross staff will have access to this free service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is accessible by phone, email, online and via instant messaging.

Eye Care

Staff are entitled to claim up to £20 towards the cost of an eye test, as part of their role, if they regularly use a computer, laptop or other display screen equipment (DSE). You can claim up to£50 towards the cost of glassesif you are diagnosed by the optician as requiring either glasses for sole use with DSE or those for generaluse incorporating a special prescriptionspecifically for use withDSE.

Our Ethos and Values

At the Holy Cross School we aim to provide a rounded education for girls of all abilities. The Holy Cross has very strong Catholic values. They are clear and explicit and inform all that we do. We are a thriving school with a strong community spirit. Our Catholic ethos is reflected in our Mission Statement below.

​Mission Statement

We are the children of God and in the spirit of St.Francis and Mother Bernarda, we aim to create a happy family environmentin which all may grow: in faith, hope and love for God, in love and respect for one another and the world around us, in learning and wisdom, so that we may live life to the full and joyfully share this life with others, especially those who are in any way disadvantaged.

Diversity in our school community

We pride ourselves on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming school and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and the diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in the workforce.

Location

Situated in the leafy green Greater London suburb of New Malden with excellent train links into central London (only 25 minutes by train into London Waterloo), the school’s location is idyllic. The deer in Richmond Park and the buzzing riverside market town of Kingston upon Thames (with shopping, bars and restaurants well-catered for) are a short car, train or bus ride away. Close to the A3, the beautiful Surrey countrysideis easily accessible by car and the coast is only one hour’s drive away.


Commitment to safeguarding

Safer Recruitment Statement
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references will be required prior to the commencement of this post.

Diversity in our school
We pride ourselves on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming school and aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, currently under-represented in the workforce.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to apply@holycross.kingston.sch.uk

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About The Holy Cross School

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
977 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
02083954225

The Holy Cross School, founded in 1931 by the Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Cross, is a Roman Catholic School for girls aged 11-18. At Key Stage 5 the school has worked in curriculum partnership with our local boys school, Richard Challoner School, for over thirty years, and post 16 lessons are co-ed. The school converted to academy status in August 2012. With over 980 students on roll and over 100 staff employed, the school is proud to be acknowledged as being in the top 1% of all schools nationally for the exceptional progress made from Years 7 to 11. The Holy Cross School can offer you the opportunity to work in an outstanding school environment with well-behaved, motivated students who are keen to learn and where your professional development will be fully supported. The school has been awarded 'World Class Schools' accreditation.

Arranging a visit to The Holy Cross School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email apply@holycross.kingston.sch.uk.

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