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  • Start date details

    Required ASAP will consider September 2024 applications

  • Closing date

    18 March 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    9 February 2024

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Contract type

Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

MPS/UPS incl fringe allowance plus TLR2c

Head of Social Sciences (Sociology & Psychology) job summary

Head of Social Sciences (Sociology & Psychology)

Salary: MPS/UPS incl fringe allowance plus TLR2c

Permanent, Full time

Required ASAP will consider September 2024 applications

Rickmansworth School is judged to be an outstanding school (September 2023). We are an 11-18 heavily oversubscribed co-educational partially (35%) selective academy with around 1540 students on roll, increasing to around 1575 students over the next year. Academic results are strong at KS4 and KS5 with the vast majority of students securing their first choice university destinations.

The School is in a very strong, stable financial position with over £6M recently spent on school expansion including a new Sixth-form centre, performing arts theatres and an Innovation & Design Centre. The School is also supported extremely well by a fantastic PTA and Foundation. Our outstanding staff well-being programme includes access to our fitness suite and swimming pool, flu vaccinations, complimentary eye tests and a fortnightly wellbeing afternoon. Our students enjoy learning and are an absolute pleasure to teach. We believe every child deserves the best and we aim to achieve excellence in all aspects of school life.

About the Social Sciences Department

Psychology and Sociology are delivered solely in the Sixth Form and are popular subjects at A Level. The department follows the AQA A Level course in both subjects. The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher of both A Level Psychology and Sociology whilst possessing excellent leadership skills to lead and manage other teachers in the department. The Head of Department will also coordinate and lead the School’s increasingly popular Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) programme.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an outstanding teacher of Sociology and Psychology up to A Level

  • Teach students using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, ensuring that lessons are stimulating, differentiated and delivered at pace

  • Be responsible and accountable for the learning and progress of every student

  • Lead department planning for learning; this includes writing schemes of work or long-term plans and creating and sharing resources

  • Assess students’ achievements regularly according to School policy

  • Coordinate all aspects of the EPQ

  • Promote and deliver the taught element of the EPQ qualification to the students

  • Deliver assemblies to encourage and inform students to encourage uptake of EPQ

  • Supervise EPQ seminar groups

  • Work with students to select appropriate projects for the students to undertake

  • Manage the Project Q online portal and deliver any necessary training and updates

  • Lead the team of EPQ supervisors, ensuring they have the required training to successfully deliver the qualification

We can offer you:

  • Excellent CPD opportunities

  • A school recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted where students’ behaviour is exemplary

  • A professional working environment where teamwork is highly valued

  • A partially- selective school with a focus on academic achievement (Progress 8 in 2023 is +0.55)

  • Admission criteria where preference is given to staffs’ children

  • A school which invests heavily in the future

  • A hugely talented and cohesive support staff

  • An outstanding wellbeing programme

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and are an equal opportunities employer. Applicants must declare any criminal convictions and submit to a check with the Disclosing and Barring Service as the post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Further details can be obtained from the website www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk, by calling the School on 01923 773296 or by email to applications@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk.

We are required for only shortlisted candidates to conduct online searches about an applicant as part of our shortlisting process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance 2023 in order to identify any incidents or concerns which are publicly available online. On signing the declaration on application you will be agreeing to the acknowledgement that such searches will be conducted as part of the shortlisting process.

Deadline for applications: 08:00 18 March 2024

Interviews: W/C 18 March 2024

We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date.


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About Rickmansworth School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1511 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Rickmansworth School is an 11-18 heavily oversubscribed co-educational partially (35%) selective academy with nearly 1455 students on roll, increasing to around 1575 students over the next five years. Academic results are strong at KS4 and KS5 with the vast majority of students securing their first choice university destinations.

The School is in a very strong, stable financial position with over £4M recently spent on school expansion including a new Sixth-form centre, performing arts theatres and an Innovation & Design Centre. The School is also supported extremely well by a fantastic PTA and Foundation. Our outstanding staff well-being programme includes fortnightly well-being periods, access to our fitness suite and swimming pool, flu vaccinations and complimentary eye tests. The School’s admissions criteria gives preference to staff members’ children.

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