Deadline is tomorrow

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 May 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    9 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4


Design and technology, Engineering

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances


What skills and experience we're looking for

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an outstanding Head of Design Technology, to join Whitcliffe Mount School. The successful candidate should be an inspirational leader with a proven track record of driving up standards; a committed and flexible team player who can inspire others to raise aspirations, through an exciting and ambitious curriculum.

As a Head of Subject, you will be required to lead, coach and inspire staff across the DT department, helping them to engage and enthuse learners of all abilities in Design Technology subject specialisms. At Whitcliffe Mount, we want all our students to enjoy DT and to become confident, independent learners. We want our staff to feel supported and inspired to achieve their personal best.

The successful candidate will strategically lead a large physical education department, with the support from the school’s leadership team. They will continue to raise standards, outcomes and promote the benefits exercise to all, helping to further develop physical education at Whitcliffe Mount School.

A specialism in Engineering and Resistant Materials would be preferred but not essential.

What the school offers its staff

Whitcliffe Mount Academy is a large secondary academy in Cleckheaton, within close commuter distance of Huddersfield, Bradford, and Leeds. The academy is committed to supporting all pupils to achieve, develop and thrive so that they can be happy and successful.

The academy is a proud partner of the well-regarded and high-performing SHARE Multi-Academy Trust and is part of the Teaching School Hub for Kirklees and Calderdale. Whitcliffe Mount provides staff with a wealth of support and a wide range of opportunities to collaborate, network, and share best practice.

Whitcliffe Mount has a wonderful academy community and is a great place to work, where all team members play a vital role in making a positive impact on the life chances of others.

The academy is proud to offer:

  • A supportive and ambitious environment where all students are encouraged to go beyond what they think they can achieve and to enjoy learning, helping them to lead successful, healthy and happy lives
  • A vibrant place to work which equips staff to deliver their best every day, under the strong belief that Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best is the key
  • A commitment that staff are happy, engaged and well supported at work, taking pride in students’ attendance, behaviour, progress and development as well as their own
  • Excellent training and guidance relevant to individual job roles, so expectations are understood and staff are motivated
  • Great benefits, as an employer of choice, including outstanding CPD, supportive line management, and meaningful networking opportunities across the trust to aid personal development
  • Supportive leadership, encouraging healthy work-life balance
  • A high-quality teaching and learning environment, alongside good facilities

A culture where children are happy, settled and confident, accessing a broad and balanced curriculum which provides a memorable educational experience for pupils and staff.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

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About Whitcliffe Mount, A Share Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1237 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01274 811152

SHARE Multi Academy Trust comprises of Woodside Green Primary, Heaton Avenue Primary, Luck Lane Primary, Millbridge Primary, Royds Hall, Shelley College, Whitcliffe Mount School and Thornhill Community Academy. A central team provides operational support.

We believe in helping staff and students achieve their personal best and are keen to recruit the very best talent to our trust.

More than six hundred people work hard across the trust to ensure we provide the very best education and service across all our schools, from invigilators joining us for a few hours a year, through flexible part-time work to many full-time teaching and support roles.

There are many reasons why you will enjoy working for the trust. You will be surrounded by supportive people, working together with a common goal for all of our students, aiming to value and support all colleagues in order to help them achieve their personal best.

If you decide to join us, we will ensure you have what you need to make a positive difference in your education role. We will seek out your ideas and ask for your opinions regularly using staff voice.

Our CPD commitment is second to none and the training and developmental opportunities on offer will empower you to make improvements in all aspects of your role. The training you receive will help you fulfil your potential whatever your stage of career.

For teachers and leaders, we offer fast tracked, first class developmental opportunities led by one of our academies, Shelley College, which is the Teaching School Hub for Kirklees and Calderdale. This includes National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), lead practitioner positions and trainee senior leadership positions, which build upon our middle leadership programmes.

Whitcliffe Mount School

Whitcliffe Mount School is a large secondary school of 1,250 students in years 7 to 11. Our new purpose-built school was opened in 2017 and boasts state of the art, specialist facilities across the breadth of the curriculum. We are located just off Junction 25 of the M62 and in close proximity to, and within easy access of Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds.

The leadership team are embracing the trust philosophy of “valuing people, supporting personal best” and are embedding these values into their daily practice, and into the vision and aims of the school. Staff are enthused by the opportunity to consistently improve their practice and work closely with peers from across the trust to develop and to share best practice.

Good behaviour routines and a consistent approach in the setting of high expectations permeates all that we do. Whitcliffe Mount staff work as a team to develop and to improve, and value good staff and student well-being. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and well sequenced and we are working hard to support our students in making clear links between components of learning so that they become confident, independent learners. Our teaching professionals are offered the flexibility to be creative and to develop their ideas in order to motivate and inspire students. We are focused upon offering students of all abilities, including the most vulnerable, the best educational experience, support and guidance to be happy, successful and aspirational in life.

A strong belief exists that offering a wide range of extended learning opportunities ignites students interests and allows them to uncover skills and abilities that support their sense of achievement and happiness in school and into adulthood. We believe that every child can succeed and it is our privilege to provide them the opportunities to identify their talents and their future dreams and aspirations.

Whitcliffe Mount is a wonderful school community and a great place to work, and where all our staff team members can make a positive impact upon the life chances of others.

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