Head of House Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Job description

Purpose of Post
To be responsible for the academic progress, welfare and behaviour of students within their house.

Line Manager
The post holder will be responsible to the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)

Core responsibilities and duties
• To ensure that students are able to achieve the best possible outcomes and feel happy and safe at school
• To ensure that all students in the house are making good academic progress
• To ensure the effective personal development and welfare of students within the house
• Promote high expectations and our school values amongst students.
• Promote equality and enable the educational and social inclusion of all students.
• To lead a team of tutors, ensuring that all aspects of their duties are carried out effectively
Associated responsibilities and activities
• Identify and support vulnerable students within the house organising extra or personalised support where necessary.
• Oversee the work of House Captains, Year Captains and School Council representatives within the house.

Students: Welfare
• Provide leadership, vision and common purpose for students in all aspects of social development and pastoral care of students within the house.
• Encourage positive attitudes to the school community, learning and attendance.
• Liaise with colleagues and external agencies on matters of student welfare and attendance.

Students: Behaviour and Discipline
• Promote our recognition and reward systems to acknowledge and promote caring contributions to the school community, good attendance and behaviour.
• Support students in fulfilling the expectations of our behavioural systems.

Students: Communication
• Embody pastoral care at Furze Platt Senior School; be a point of contact for pupils, parents and carers.
• Liaise with colleagues to ensure appropriate support and interventions for students within the house.
• Liaise with colleagues including SLT, Pastoral Team, Tutors, Heads of Department, Learning Support, and Outside Agencies to ensure students have an effective and positive education at Furze Platt Senior School.
• Lead meetings and participate in events linked to the Head of House role.

Staff: Support and Professional Development
• Support new staff within house tutor teams.
• Contribute to the professional development of colleagues with regard to pastoral care.
• Contribute to the performance management of staff within tutor teams as required by school policy.

• Disseminate information which may improve the support of students.
• Track data for academic progress, attendance and welfare concerns in order to provide timely and effective support for students.
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date centrally-held individual records of students.
• Produce analysis of data on academic progress, welfare, behaviour and attendance of students.
• Produce reports and references, as required.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate degree in relevant subject

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Right to work in UK essential

Essential skills and experience

Experience of teaching required.

Employee benefits

Would you like to be part of a rapidly expanding school as well as enjoy the benefits of a new state-of-the-art three storey block and the prospect of using a new hall equipped for sports, theatre productions and much more?

We are looking for a qualified and experienced Teacher who is keen to join our team of eight Heads of House and assume responsibility for the academic progress, welfare and behaviour of students within an allocated House. We believe our Heads of House play a key role in ensuring that our students feel happy and safe at school enabling them to achieve their maximum potential. As head of House you will play an important role in leading a team of tutors and supporting them in carrying out their role.

Furze Platt is a highly successful mixed comprehensive school serving the children of Maidenhead. At Furze Platt, 1400 boys and girls of all abilities develop the skills and qualities to enable them to excel in the future. We are a highly ambitious, high-achieving and fully inclusive school in which our students are challenged and supported to achieve excellence. We are well placed for access, with good transport links to and from London and surrounding counties. You will be joining us at an exciting time as we enter the second year of access to phase one of an on-site expansion project, the building of a state-of-the-art three-storey teaching block incorporating science laboratories, classrooms, additional staff rooms and a meeting room. We will also be near to completion of the building of a new hall/theatre which will be used by the school and the local community.

We want our students to enjoy the time they spend with us by providing an education which is broad, stimulating and rewarding. We also believe passionately in music, drama, the arts and sport and have a Dance studio, two Drama studios, a recording studio and practice rooms and an all-weather astro-turf to support these. We are proud of the range of extra-curricular opportunities we provide for students outside of the classroom including Duke of Edinburgh, ski and theatre trips, visits overseas to enhance language skills and historical knowledge and many others.

We offer a friendly and harmonious campus atmosphere, with fantastic line support and a Senior Leadership Team who genuinely want to see you succeed and develop. Career opportunities allowing you to grow professionally within Furze Platt include working parties and coaching for experienced teachers and leadership training for aspiring and existing middle and senior leaders.

There are excellent on-site facilities including use of a recently installed gym, your own laptop, student laptops and interactive whiteboards. As well as access to an employee advice service providing information, helpful resources and other services, there will be invitations to whole school social events such as our Christmas party, and other gatherings to celebrate success, and freshly brewed coffee is ready for you during break-time!

About Furze Platt Senior School

Furze Platt is an extremely rewarding school in which to work. We are a highly aspirational and high achieving school seeking to offer outstanding educational opportunities. We encourage each and every member of our community to achieve excellence. We have 170 caring, committed and good humoured teaching and support staff, together with a diverse student body of 1400 students, who come to school ready to learn and who are supportive of the school’s policies and procedures. This is a school where staff and students work together to achieve high standards and excellent outcomes. Our student body is taken from the town of Maidenhead, less than 30 miles west of London, and from other parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Whilst overall the area is affluent, ours is a truly comprehensive school, with students from all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. The school is popular, oversubscribed and well regarded in the local community. Parents and carers are supportive seeking to work with us to support their children. The achievement of most students is good or better and has been significantly above national averages for a number of years. We are also a very inclusive school, and our vertical tutor group system, with six tutor groups in each of eight houses, emphasises the sense of community. We have a specialist unit for students with autistic spectrum disorder, and provide excellent support for those with academic or emotional difficulties. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, and aims to meet the differing needs of students. Students follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 including learning two modern foreign languages. Towards the end of Key Stage 3 students are supported with the selection of their GCSE options and the school works hard to ensure every student is able to study the subjects they have chosen. Our Key Stage 4 curriculum provides an appropriate mix of academic GCSE subjects including English Language and English Literature, Maths, and both Single Sciences and Combined Science as well as Ebac subjects. Some students can opt for more vocational subjects such as Creative iMedia, Business and Child Development. Standards are very high; students make good progress and many departments have results significantly above the national average. The Sixth Form is an undoubted strength of Furze Platt with 170 students joining year 12 this year. The broad curriculum offer and high standard of teaching has led to excellent examination results. A large number of sixth formers progress to university, including Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. Sixth Form students are also expected to undertake community work in or out of school, including paired reading and maths schemes, and acting as subject prefects or mentors. They make a significant contribution to the school. The Sixth Form block has been upgraded and now boasts state of the art teaching rooms, study facilities and a common room. We have excellent ICT facilities, with all departments having either a separate ICT suite or large numbers of laptops for student use. Our VLE (‘FP Online’) is first class, and enables staff and students to collaborate simultaneously over the Google ‘cloud.’ We also believe passionately in music, drama, the arts and sport, and have some excellent facilities to support these including a Dance studio, two state of the art Drama studios, a professional recording studio, practice rooms and a recent addition of a gym and all-weather astro-turf. As would be expected, there are a large number of music and drama productions, and students are able to get the most out of their sports lessons even in bad weather. We have a strong team of teaching staff and are committed to developing our teaching still further, and thus to ensure that even more students reach their full potential. To this end, we invest heavily in teachers’ professional development. In addition to twilight staff development time and teaching and learning-focused INSET days, staff are encouraged to join working parties focusing on aspects of pedagogy and benefit from staff coaching. Where appropriate, staff attend external courses, and we encourage staff to visit other schools to see examples of best practice. Our most recent Ofsted report (September 2016) highlighted many strengths of our school and rated us 'Good' in all areas. Furze Platt is an exciting school to work in, and this is an exciting time to join us on our journey as have recently opened a new three-storey teaching block giving us additional Science and English classroom and begin phase two of our expansion which, when completed, will provide us with a new hall with state-of-the-art theatre equipment.

Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ
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