Head of History (Maternity Cover)

St Helena School, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LE

This job expired on 30 November 2022

  • Job start date

    30 January 2023

  • Closing date

    30 November 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    14 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - January 2023 - August 2023

Full-time equivalent salary

Teachers Main/Upper Pay Scale £28,000 - £43,685

Additional allowances

TLR 2B - £5,027

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and inspirational Head of History to monitor and maintain high standards of student attainment and progress within the subject area of History and to monitor and support student achievement.

Do you believe that there are no limits to student achievement? If so, why not consider joining our school and make a real difference to our students.

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Be accountable for student progress and development within the department.
  • Be innovative in your own teaching and to develop and enhance the teaching practice of others.
  • To liaise with the Faculty Leader Humanities to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high-quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which complements the School Improvement Plan/School Evaluation.
  • To keep up-to-date with national developments in subject areas and teaching practice and methodology.
  • Ensure continuity and progression by supporting colleagues in choosing the appropriate sequence of teaching and teaching methods and setting clear learning objectives through an agreed scheme of work, developed in line with the School Improvement Plan.
  • Lead the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work and teaching and learning strategies in the department which reflect the school’s commitment to high achievement through effective teaching and learning.

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Person Specification).

We're looking for you if you have:

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Ability to teach lessons that challenge all students in Humanities (History, Geography and RS). A passion for teaching and making a real difference to young people
  • Commitment to safeguarding and child protection.

If you are a dynamic teacher who would like to work in a supportive and collaborative environment and you feel that you have the enthusiasm and commitment required to join our school, please apply.

What the school offers its staff

St Helena School has a research-informed CPD training programme that allows our staff to flourish and in addition a bespoke programme for ECTs. Our St Helena School Research Bursaries give colleagues the opportunity to research a school priority and to work with students and staff to further improve outcomes. Our staff access the full suite of NPQ leadership courses and qualifications at the appropriate stage in their careers. Weekly Teaching and Learning briefings and our half-termly Teaching and Learning Community sessions make sure that we are always talking about what matters most!

In addition to internal CPD at St Helena, staff have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the Sigma Trust to share resources, ideas and build collaborative relationships. Excellent support is provided by the Sigma Trust through Strategic Leads in each Faculty.

Our annual Sigma INSET day is an opportunity to hear from national speakers and share great practice across our family of schools.

Why work for The Sigma Trust, St Helena School?

We can offer you:

  • A Competitive Salary
  • Robust school CPD training programme that enables you to flourish
  • Opportunities to work with colleagues across the Trust to share resources, ideas and build collaborative relationships
  • Employee Benefits: Employee Assistance Programme, Pension Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme and Discounted Gym Membership at selected local gyms

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Trust and this school, please visit our website www.sigmatrust.org.uk

Further details about the role



(Maternity Cover in the first instance)

Pay Range: Teachers Main/Upper Pay Scale + TLR 2B

Actual Salary from: £28,000 - £43,685 (M1 – U3)

Start Date: 30th January 2023

Commitment to safeguarding

All posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

The Sigma Trust is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of any protected characteristics. This is embedded in our vision ‘To Be Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts’, where we believe we are strong and more successful working together, creating a workplace which celebrates diversity.

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About St Helena School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
990 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01255 750913

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