The Computer Science department at WLFS is a young
department ready to be moulded into something special. We teach a Python based
curriculum from Key Stage 3, that ensures all students are equipped with the
skills needed to enter an evolving digital world. Currently, Computer Science
is a department of one, with teaching from Years 8 to 11. All pupils at WLFS receive
one 55-minute period of Computer Science a week in Years 8 and 9, and those who
chose it for GCSE receive three 55-minute periods a week. We are confident that
our first set of GCSE results this summer will be strong. The successful candidate
for this role will help the Head of Department launch a Computer Science A-level
at the WLFS Sixth Form from September 2024. The successful candidate will
become part of a small team that works closely with other departments to best
share knowledge in a way that allows both subjects to shine.
Key characteristics of the role include:
- to impart your passion for Computer Science to
the pupils you teach, whilst also ensuring their mastery of the subject.
- to assist the Head of Department in planning
and delivering schemes of work for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and monitoring their
- to monitor the progress of pupils according to
the department and school assessment policy.
- to enhance the quality of teaching and
learning in the department by taking part in collaborative planning, sharing
resources, mentoring and observing teachers, and participating in continuing
- to be a form tutor, and work collaboratively
with your year group team.
- to contribute to the wider school life, such
as events, trips, and co-curricular clubs.
successful candidate will have:
- strong subject knowledge, a passion for Computer
Science, and an ability to communicate that passion to pupils;
- an ability to teach Computer Science at
Key Stages 3 and 4 to all ability levels, including pupils with SEN; teaching
to A-level would be beneficial, but not a requirement.
proven track record of excellent Computer Science teaching
and, where relevant, outstanding outcomes for pupils at both GCSE and A-level;
- an understanding of the ethos of the West
London Free School, and a commitment to teaching a knowledge-based
- high expectations of pupil conduct and
- excellent team working skills;
- excellent communication skills with both pupils
willingness to contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme.
The West London Free School offers academic
excellence, attentive pastoral support and a thriving co-curricular programme,
allowing pupils to become the best version of themselves. As a member of the
Knowledge Schools Trust, we are driven by a common desire to overcome
inequality of opportunity through education. We believe that knowledge is a
good in and of itself, empowering pupils to understand and take an interest in
the world around them. The education we offer is not just a preparation for
work, but a preparation for life. As such, we value the knowledge of our
teachers, and the passion for their subject that they bring to the
We offer a
challenging curriculum, with a supportive environment, underpinned by fantastic
teachers. Through this combination, pupils at the West London Free School
excel. In 2023:
48% of entries were graded A* to A, and 77% were graded A* to B.
48% of entries were graded 9 to 7, and 86% were graded 9 to 4. Progress 8 was
0.69, and Attainment 8 was 6.1, placing us in the top 2% of comprehensive
schools in the country.
students went on to study at some of the best universities in the UK and
abroad, with seven students accepted to courses at Oxford or Cambridge in both
2022 and 2023.
- At the West
London Free School, we aim to build a culture of sustainable success. We have a
stable body of staff who feel supported and fulfilled.
leaders see it as their responsibility to ensure all teachers can teach without
disruption. School rules are non-negotiable, and poor behaviour is met by escalating
annual survey (conducted by EdSRS) revealed that 100% of teaching staff would
recommend the WLFS to other teachers as a good place to work (84% nationally);
71% said that staff morale is high (47% nationally); and 87% said that the SLT
are highly visible and approachable (71% nationally).
As well as a
knowledge rich education, the WLFS runs an extensive co-curricular programme
that encourages children to develop outside the classroom. The school
specialises in music and offers a range of sporting opportunities as well as
general interest clubs. All staff are encouraged to share their co-curricular
enthusiasm by committing one hour a week to running a school club.
The Knowledge Schools Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.
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