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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    24 March 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    11 March 2023

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a Head of Humanities (history/geography specialist) with the drive, imagination and energy to deliver excellence. At Outwood Academy Bydales all students study both history and geography in years 7, 8 and 9, with all students choosing at least one humanity to study at GCSE.

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead our successful and supportive humanities department, who achieved outstanding results in 2022. We teach AQA Geography and we have developed a focused curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11, which prepares students well for the rigours of their GCSE courses and life beyond the academy. Our curriculum focuses on the 5 core concepts of Geography; sustainability, human and physical interactions, physical processes, climate change and development. In 2022, 82% of our students achieved a grade 4 or above; 66% a grade 5 or above and 42% achieved 7+. In History we have developed an exciting, innovative curriculum from Year 7 to Year 9 which builds key historical knowledge, concepts and skills which prepares students well for their GCSE studies and life beyond the academy. At GCSE we follow the Edexcel History course studying Medicine c1250 - present, Elizabethan England 1558 - 88, the American West c1835 - c1895 and Germany 1918 - 39. In 2022, 84% of our students achieved a grade 4 or above, 69% a grade 5 or above and 36% achieved 7+.

An excellent knowledge and understanding of humanities, together with a specialism of geography or history is essential.

The role of Head of Humanities would be ideal for either an experienced Head of Department or someone looking to make that next step. You will be supported extensively by a team of Humanities Directors allowing you to strategically lead the faculty, whilst having the support and advice from the Director team.

What the school offers its staff

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS - WHAT DO WE OFFER AS AN EMPLOYER?Outwood Grange Academies Trust supports colleagues by funding an extensive range of accredited training courses and apprenticeship opportunities up to Masters level. We also offer:Your starting salary with annual increments plus inflation linked increases. The starting salary within the grade advertised will be dependent upon your experience. You will also receive:

  • A comprehensive induction and training process
  • Automatic enrolment into an increasingly rare and valuable defined Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution rates
  • Flexible family friendly policies from day one
  • Enhanced occupational benefits available (such as maternity, adoption and parental leave) with no qualifying period
  • Holidays: A minimum of 25 days plus bank holidays (this increases with length of service)
  • A range of working patterns are available dependant upon the role

Automatic enrolment into our Employee Assistance Programme which gives you and your family members free access to:

  • Specialist information on a wide range of work-life issues
  • Emotional support and counselling for a wide range of personal and work issues
  • Legal guidance
  • Financial guidance and debt counselling
  • Child and dependent care support and advice
  • Support for managers

We are also a wellbeing employer with a dedicated wellbeing policy and menopause policy along with menopause champions based in our academies. Other benefits include:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Free onsite parking
  • Employee discounts such as competitively priced Synergy Car Leasing
  • Access to various discount sites

Commitment to safeguarding

Outwood Grange Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments are made in accordance with safer recruitment practices and the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education. Online checks will be carried out on all shortlisted candidates, and all appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and checks regarding suitability to work with children.
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About Outwood Academy Bydales

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
807 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01642 474000

It is an absolute pleasure to work at our Academy. We are privileged to work in a beautiful setting, with wonderful children and staff, We are a close knit community where the traditional values of kindness, and hard work are at the heart of who we are. Our children value their education and are proud of our academy. In a learning environment where teachers are ‘masters of their craft’, Ofsted 2018, our dedicated staff are deeply committed to providing the highest quality educational experiences for all our children. We are passionate about ‘getting it right’ for our children, ensuring they are equipped with everything they need to succeed and thrive in life, we understand who our children are and seek to bring out the best in them by having the highest of expectations of each and everyone. We are a successful and oversubscribed academy where staff are passionate, optimistic and tenacious in going the extra mile for our children. Teaching staff have an unwavering desire to teach the best of what has been thought and said in their particular area of expertise and through their enthusiasm they inspire appreciation, ambition and achievement in our children. It is exciting to be part of the team at Bydales, they are a very loyal, successful, hardworking and talented team of individuals that work together in a culture of inclusivity, that is underpinned by equity and fairness. All staff are experts in their respective fields and have a continued desire to be so, they invest time and energy refining their practice. It is an absolute privilege to be part of the team at Bydales, the behaviour and attitudes of our children allow us to deliver the highest quality of education and care. Staff are obsessive about attaining the HIGHEST STANDARDS to enhance children's life chances, they work together and value the part they each play in every child’s individual learning journey. Our children learn in a climate that is safe, calm, caring, purposeful and scholarly. Our staff encourage enquiring minds and a joy of learning to ensure students thrive. Our leaders are experts in their field, they enthuse endlessly about their respective areas - day to day – passing on their passion to colleagues and students respectively. They expect the best and nothing less, leading with compassion and kindness, they are the change they want to see. Teachers feel valued and supported in their continual strive for excellent T&L. Leaders are selfless (system 5 leaders) they demonstrate personal humility and indomitable will, working towards the same goal, the Trust vision of raising standards and transforming lives. ‘Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.’ George Eliot

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