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Head of History

Park High School, Stanmore

Job details

Job role Leadership
Subject History
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Outer London payscale + TLR 2c (£6,827)

Job summary

Head of History

Park High School is a fantastic place to work and develop as a teacher. We would love you to come and join us!

We are now seeking to appoint a colleague who shares our passion for learning and our determination to change lives through the education we provide.

Applications from experienced Teachers would be warmly welcomed.

“Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and use imaginative and stimulating resources. They are very skilful at showing students how to work independently and think for themselves and at giving them time to work together and share their understanding.” Ofsted

Full Time - Outer London payscale + TLR 2c (£6,827)

Appointment for January 2021

Closing date: Friday 2 October 2020 at 9am

Details and application forms may be downloaded from the school's website or made online. Please also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Applications should be returned to Sharon Malone, HR Officer s.malone@parkhighstanmore.org.uk.

1. Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who wants to join an excellent department. This post is suitable for someone who would like to widen their experience, someone who will embrace the opportunities of working in a leading edge school. This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

Park High is an 11-18 mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive school of almost 1600 students, situated in the London Borough of Harrow. There are very high achievement levels and excellent facilities. Ofsted (2013) judged the school outstanding in all areas.

We can offer:

· An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do.

· An award winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.

· A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.

· Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.

· Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.

· A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring team within which to grow and develop.

· An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across three Key Stages.

2. Curriculum, staffing and resources

This is a dynamic History Department which welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject of History. A thriving and popular subject at both GCSE and A-level, we have a curriculum which is innovative, challenging and designed to bring out the best in our young people. Experience of teaching A-level is desirable but not essential. History is taught in three subject specific rooms in Key Stage 3 and 4, whilst A-level is delivered in our dedicated Sixth Form centre.

Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability groups. They follow schemes of learning devised in a collaborative manner with the whole department. The goal is to look at three different modes of study: a breadth study looking at a concept over time; a depth study focussing on an event or era; and group projects designed to encourage independent research and thinking on behalf of students. All of their work is designed to build a set of historical skills. We also run a number of trips to museums and other experiences for Key Stage 3.

At KS4 students follow the OCR A GCSE specification, with options on Germany 1925-55, War & Society and the English Civil War. The course is very popular with strong uptake. We have built a very strong relationship with OCR, working directly with course authors, whilst several members of History team are examiners or CPD leads working directly on improving outcomes for students. As part of their GCSE, students have the opportunity to visit Berlin, and also to visit the Castles of North Wales.

A-level History is both popular and successful, also following the OCR A-level. Many students have chosen to study History for the degree following on from their studies at Park High School. We currently study Alfred and the Vikings, Germany 1919-1963 and The Changing Nature of Warfare. Students are free to choose their own topic for coursework, and any member of the department who has relevant academic background can contribute to their study. We are innovators in A-level History teaching and have high expectations for both our students and ourselves.

3. Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School. Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is widely regarded as “leading edge”: we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions and we actively support our staff in pursuing Masters and other higher qualifications.

“Park High School has an incredibly strong developmental culture, with a real focus on investing in staff to better student outcomes. It is highly valued by staff and brilliantly led, with positive support from the Headteacher and senior leadership who are also quick to advocate its importance within school.” TDT Audit 2018

4. Tutor role

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic Education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive both as individuals and

members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally.

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.

If you are a genuinely passionate and committed teacher who wants to work in a school where teaching is a pleasure, and in a school that puts learning at the heart of all it does, then we look forward to receiving your application.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the successful applicant must provide satisfactory references and will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1503 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Park High School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email s.malone@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

About Park High School

Park High School

School location

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, HA7 1PL