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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    9 June 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    30 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5


Design and technology

Working pattern

Full time: Term Time

Contract type


Pay scale

MPS/UPS plus a bursary of £2,000 paid over two years to direct applicants

Additional allowances

TLR1b (currently £10,711 per annum)

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking an ambitious and inspiring Head of Design and Technology to lead an innovative and dynamic department. Our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to offer our students a broad range of rich and deep cutting edge experiences in all elements of design and technological development. These include Engineering, Cookery and Catering, Fashion Design and Construction. Our philosophy within the department is to be ambitious, creative and innovative. We encourage out of the box thinking and are a progressive school that is climatised to change.

You will have a track record of improvement and some experience of leading staff, but your passion is imperative! You must have the capacity to create a clear strategy to enhance and develop the department in achieving academic excellence. We will give you the freedom, autonomy and support to adapt and review the Technology curriculum in line with our vision.

You will need to be someone who cares, both for our students and for your team. We pride ourselves on the unity of our staff and our departments. The Highcrest family is an important part of academy life. The right candidate will embrace the school’s visions and values to be an integral part of our team.

We believe that our Heads of Department have a pivotal role in inspiring and challenging pupils of every ability in every year to raise their academic standards, in promoting their confidence and self-esteem, and in securing year on year improving GCSE and post-16 results.

What the school offers its staff

Highcrest offers both an excellent induction and support programme for ECTs and an innovative and extensive CPD package for more experienced teachers. This provision of training has been praised as outstanding by an external assessor and highlighted in the local press. For ECTs, we provide weekly CPD meetings with experienced members of staff, time-tabled and protected Mentor Meetings on a weekly basis, subject knowledge time with departments and an extensive personalised CPD plan.

“Staff feel very well supported by senior leaders. According to staff, they feel valued because senior leaders are approachable…”.Ofsted Report February 2020

A thriving and friendly academy in the heart of the community, with staff recognition schemes, free gym and staff sports teams, to counter the free breakfast, “Friday Treats” and on-site coffee shop! We also offer the possibility of shared staff living accommodation and on-site parking.

Further details about the role

You may be an inspirational teacher looking to develop their leadership capacity and take the Technology department to its next stage of development. Not only will you be an excellent and experienced classroom practitioner, you will be able to teach within the subject area to sixth form level.Offering Child Development/Health and Social Care would also be an advantage, but is not essential. You will be successful in securing the highest standards of Teaching and Learning, implementing new systems and developing the curriculum with a priority to improve results. You will develop our current DT team and raise the profile of Design and Technology throughout the academy.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Highcrest Academy is fully committed to safeguarding children (policies on web). All members of staff are in a “regulated” role under the Vetting & Barring Scheme and have to be DBS cleared prior to employment.

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About The Highcrest Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1068 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

"The school has a warm and welcoming atmosphere" and "Pupils at The Highcrest Academy happily live up to the school's motto of 'aspire and achieve'." Ofsted 2020

All who work at the academy reinforce our six virtues linked to our motto (Ambition, Sensitivity, Purpose, Integrity, Resilience and Eloquence), helping us instil a culture of excellence that runs throughout every strand of our Academy.

Situated in the leafy Chilterns and within easy reach of Central London, Highcrest is culturally and academically diverse and is the only academy in Buckinghamshire that caters for students of ‘all abilities’. Some of our students need all your support, whilst others need to be challenged and stretched. Our inclusive and successful House system, a wide range of clubs, visits and trips helps to bring our whole school community together. There are approximately 1,000 students on roll, including the Sixth Form. Recent additions to our site include a gym and restaurant/coffee shop for both staff and students, as well as a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre.

A thriving and friendly academy in the heart of the community, where your well-being is paramount. We offer staff recognition schemes, free gym and staff sports teams, plus a paid Well-being Day for all staff. There is also the possibility of shared staff living accommodation and on-site parking.

Arranging a visit to The Highcrest Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@highcrestacademy.org.uk.

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