Head of Year Thornden School, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Job description

The Governing Body would like to appoint a Head of Year to take a year group through Years 10 and 11 and then progress to a new year group.

Heads of Year have high status at Thornden and have a key role supporting high achievement and a positive ethos. Previous experience as a Pastoral Head is desirable and applicants must have the skills to fulfil a pastoral role in a comprehensive school.

Thornden has a well-established year based system through which the pastoral system is proactive in supporting the achievement of students and in promoting a positive ethos. At Thornden, therefore, the principle that pastoral systems should support academic progress as well as supporting pastoral issues is very long established. The pastoral system has high status within the school and the Pastoral Lead is Judith Evans, Assistant Headteacher, who line manages the Head of Year team.

At Thornden, each Head of Year leads a team of tutors and has their own office, located in a central area of the school. Tutor groups typically contain between 28 - 30 mixed ability students. Heads of Year monitor the academic and social development of the students in their year group. They maintain appropriate records, identify under-achievement and take active measures with individuals and groups to promote appropriate learning behaviours, outstanding achievement and a positive year group ethos. Heads of Year are also responsible for the tutorial programme which is delivered by tutors in a 30-minute period each Wednesday. A full job specification will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

Thornden is not a school where the Pastoral System is overwhelmed with crisis management, although crises certainly do occur. There is scope for active pastoral work, and for a Head of Year to implement new ideas. The person appointed should confidently expect backing and support from the other Year Heads and the Senior Leadership Team.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

We are looking for a strong teacher, able to deal fairly, sensitively and firmly with students. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a pastoral team, leading and supporting a team of tutors.

We would welcome applications irrespective of subject background.

Employee benefits

TLR payment of £10,549

About Thornden School

Thornden is an oversubscribed, outstanding school serving the Chandler’s Ford and surrounding area with just over 1400 students on roll. The school is a well-established Teaching School, an accredited School Centred Initial Teacher Training provider and a Research School Hub. Thornden is also continuing to explore Multi Academy Trust status. We have an ambitious ethos based on high expectations for all, students are proud of their academic and wider achievements. The belief in their own success and ability to succeed continues beyond our school with a high percentage of Thornden students excelling at local colleges and then at further and higher education. Thornden is a busy and dynamic school with a strong focus on developing the whole child. We have a vibrant performing arts department that encourages students to embrace a rich cultural education beyond the more traditional subjects. Alongside our formal curriculum provision, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including sporting clubs and teams, author visits, Duke of Edinburgh Award and trips within the UK and abroad. We firmly believe that by engaging students and encouraging enjoyment we inspire them to learn and achieve therefore helping them to develop into fully contributing and happy members of our community. In the provisional results for 2019, 90% of our students achieved 5 or more 9-4 grades including English and Maths and 54% achieved the English Baccalaureate. Our value added performance was 0.66 in 2019 which puts the school at the top of the league tables for Hampshire.

Winchester Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 2DW
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