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  • Earliest start date

    1 June 2024

  • Latest start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    26 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    9 February 2024

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS / UPS TLR 2b £5028

Additional allowances

TLR 2b £5028

What skills and experience we're looking for

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Lumen Christi Board of Directors and School Standards Committee of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School are seeking to appoint an outstanding Key Stage Coordinator in Science.

St Thomas Aquinas is a large and thriving Catholic comprehensive school in the south of Birmingham. Along with seven local primary schools, it is part of a growing Catholic Multi Academy. It is a place where staff and students from all faiths live out the school mission. Examination results in summer 2022 and 2023 were excellent and in the top group of schools nationally. Building on the ‘Good’ judgement by OFSTED, the Catholic Schools Inspectorate recently judged the school to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. As a result, we are an oversubscribed school and becoming more and more popular with families.

The school has improved using a knowledge-based approach; the highest standards of behaviour and academic challenge for all regardless of background. St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is unapologetically ambitious for the children we serve.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic teacher and leader who has the ability, confidence and talent to make a huge impact to our students’ education from day one. We are looking for someone who:

  • is enthusiastic about recent developments in the Science curriculum
  • is passionate about teaching practical Science across key stages 3, 4 & 5
  • has high expectations of themselves and their students.
  • has a proven track record of raising attainment through their teaching and learning, making a positive impact within their own classroom.
  • has a commitment to working collaboratively as part of a team and working strategically with the Head of Faculty and other post-holders.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate to build something special and make a huge contribution in a major Catholic comprehensive school.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to informally come and visit the school.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful candidates.

What the school offers its staff

Thank you for your interest in the post of Key Stage Coordinator in Science at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School & Sixth Form.

SCHOOL BACKGROUND

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School has a proud history; it opened in 1963 as the last grammar school to be built in England and has only had five headteachers in its history. The school has an established reputation as a good school based largely on considerable internal stability in a context of constant external change. The present staff is a good mixture of youth and experience with about six or seven new teachers joining each year most of whom are newly qualified.

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School became an Academy on 1st April 2015 as part of the Lumen Christi Multi-Academy Company. The MAC is now very well established and growing from strength to strength. It consists of one secondary school and seven primary schools and will expand further in the not too distant future.

Since September 2017 the school has pursued a distinct approach to school improvement and developed a vision around becoming a knowledge-rich school. Following significant changes to whole school routines, behaviour systems and the adoption of a new curriculum, behaviour is now very good and teaching sufficiently challenging. The school was judged to be ‘Good’ by OFSTED in November 2018.

Examination results in summer 2022 and 2023 were excellent. Building on the ‘Good’ judgement by OFSTED, the Catholic Schools Inspectorate recently judged the school to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. As a result, we are an oversubscribed school and becoming more and more popular with families.

While pleased with the report, we do not feel for a moment that our work is done. In reality, we have only just begun our school improvement journey.

EXPECTATIONS

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is unapologetically ambitious for the children we serve. Undoubtably, the next phase of development is to become a truly great Catholic school.

Any colleague seeking appointment at the school should be under no illusion that they will be expected to work very hard. Leaders operate within the highest professional standards and there is no room for complacency. We have a dedicated, talented and committed team of middle leaders and colleagues, who will quite rightly expect an analytical and robust strategic approach to departmental improvement allied with strong interpersonal skills from a peer.

SUPPORT & PROGRESSION

In return, you can expect to work in a successful school with students who are ready to learn, enthusiastic and

full of life and laughter!

Further details about the role

Person specification

ETHOS

  • A willingness to support the Catholic values of the school

KNOWLEDGE

&

EXPERIENCE

  • Evidence of continuing professional development relating to school leadership and management, and curriculum/ teaching and learning
  • Successful teaching experience so far in teaching career
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of successful teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of all pupils
  • A secure understanding of assessment strategies and the use of assessment to inform the next stages of learning
  • Secure knowledge of statutory requirements relating to the curriculum and assessment
  • Understanding of the characteristics of an effective learning environment and the key elements of successful behaviour management

SKILLS

&

ABILITIES

  • High expectations of pupils’ learning and attainment
  • Strong commitment to raising achievement for all
  • Be an excellent classroom practitioner
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing to a range of audiences
  • Ability to build and maintain good relationships based on high level interpersonal skills
  • Ability to remain positive and enthusiastic when working under pressure
  • Ability to organise work, prioritise tasks, make decisions and manage time effectively

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree
  • Teaching qualification
  • Qualified teacher status

APTITUDES

  • Optimistic and positive “can do” personality
  • Willingness to deliver success whatever the difficulty
  • Commitment to the highest standards
  • High level of motivation and versatility
  • Sense of humour

CONTRADICATIONS

  • Difficulties in relationships with colleagues, pupils or parents.
  • Inability to work under pressure
  • Pattern of absence from work

Commitment to safeguarding

St Thomas Aquinas is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory references, which will be requested prior to interview, an enhanced DBS check, online searches, medical, evidence of qualifications plus verification of the Right to Work (RTW) in the UK.

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About St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1168 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
0121 464 4643

St Thomas Aquinas is a large and thriving Catholic comprehensive school in the south of Birmingham. Along with seven local primary schools, it is part of a growing Catholic Multi Academy

Arranging a visit to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email c.tullett@stacs.bham.sch.uk.

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