Key Stage 5 Leader of Enterprise

The de Ferrers Academy, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire


Job details

Subjects Business Studies, ICT
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,373 to £40,490

Job description

Vision & Aims - The de Ferrers Trust
The de Ferrers Trust is a Multi Academy Trust comprising three Secondary Academies and four Primary Academies, currently based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Our vision is to ensure the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background. We aim to achieve this vision through:

Delivering a high-quality education
Recruiting, developing and retaining high-calibre members of staff
Establishing and developing robust governance
Ensuring financial probity and viability
Developing a highly efficient trust infrastructure and central services
Establishing effective systems to support the sustainable growth of the Trust

About Us
We benefit from a strong local reputation which is the reason we have increased our admission number to 410. Our expansion has been facilitated by the acquisition of a third site for our popular Sixth Form in the town centre. This has led to a re-organisation of our students, with Year 7 and Year 8 educated at the Dove Campus and Years 9-11 at the Trent Campus, which are half a mile apart.

We were delighted by our January 2017 Ofsted inspection which emphasised the outstanding aspects of our work, including high levels of progress and attainment. We value our staff team, and this is reflected in the wide range of professional development opportunities which are offered both internally and externally. In recent years, we have developed an international reputation for learning technologies, becoming both an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre; we provide a 1-to-1 iPad programme for all students in Year 9-Year 13.

The Department
All Year 7, 8 and 9 students (Key Stage 3) have one Computing lesson a week based around short projects that develop students’ computational and problem solving thinking. They will also look at the hardware and software required to facilitate different ICT systems and will apply computing and ICT skills to specific situations.

In addition, they have a second hour of study where they further develop ICT skills and also study basic elements of Enterprise, Business and Economics to provide them with a foundation for KS4 and to build their workplace skills for the future.

At Key Stage 4 students can choose Creative i-media, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Business Studies, GCSE Economics and NCFE Certificate in Business and Enterprise if they wish to continue to study Enterprise subjects. These are taught in option pools of three hours per week with examination at the end of Year 11. Students also have the opportunity to study the NCFE qualification on 1 hour per week as an additional, enrichment opportunity to develop essential skills for their future.

At Key Stage 5 Computer Science or BTEC Level 3 ICT are offered as options on five hours a week. BTEC ICT is also offered on 10 hours per week to achieve the equivalent of two A levels at the end of the course. Excellent results are achieved and ICT is always a popular A level subject.

We also offer three options for Business and Economics; either AQA GCE Economics; AQA GCE Business; or BTEC Level 3 Business and have strong numbers and a high success rate. BTEC Level 3 Business can also be studied across 10 hours a week across 2 years, providing students with a qualification equivalent to 2 A levels at the end of the course.

Enterprise is one of the most popular A/AS level subject areas in the Academy and this can be attributed to the exceptionally high quality teaching and learning, a stimulating and relevant curriculum and excellent results. We achieve very strong results in Year 13 to make a significant positive contribution to CVA.

In addition to our core curriculum, we also offer many extra-curricular activity opportunities to students across all 3 Key Stages, including young Enterprise clubs and competitions; a robotics club and computer programming clubs. Each year we provide the opportunity for KS4 and KS5 students to participate in the National Enterprise Challenge and National Skills Challenge.

After-Academy and lunch-time use of the facilities by students is popular and cross-curricular use of ICT continues to increase with computer clubs running on all campuses.

The Role
To be successful, you will be highly qualified and be able to support in the promotion of excellent standards of student learning, achievement, progress, attainment and behaviour through working effectively and collaboratively. You will be passionate about your specialist subject and seek to positively impact your field and Academy.

In Return
We strive to be an Employer of Choice and are committed to the wellbeing and development of our colleagues. You will join a supportive, warm and friendly community and enjoy an excellent benefits package, which includes:

Cycle to Work scheme
Taste Card
Discounts for days out, shopping, holidays and more, with different offers each month
Access to a fitness suite, located on-site

The Trust believes that professional development is key to successful teaching and offers excellent opportunities for colleagues to grow and achieve.

Closing date: 9am on 22nd April 2020

Interview date: 1st May 2020

If you do not hear back after 5 working days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage.

This Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.

Employee benefits

TLR 2.5 £4,654

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 2167 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website The de Ferrers Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

St Mary's Drive, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0LL