This job expired on 3 June 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    3 June 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    17 May 2024

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time

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What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish good and productive working relationships, and work well in a team
  • Determination to encourage the highest quality of learning experience for all students
  • Ability to engage students through dynamic teaching and active learning techniques
  • Ability to effectively manage student behaviour both in the classroom and around the school
  • A sense of fun, flair and energy
  • Unwavering commitment to the department
  • A ‘whole-school’ person, who is a good communicator
  • Organised
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • Creative in approac
  • QTS Status
  • Knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
  • Able to make good use of ICT as a learning resources
  • Evidence of good/outstanding teachin
  • Experience of using a range of teaching and learning strategies for whole classes, individuals and groups which stimulate, challenge, engage and motivate student
  • Experience in leading a departmental or whole school improvement strategy

What the school offers its staff

We are looking for an outstanding, enthusiastic and dynamic Head of Drama who would embrace this exciting opportunity to join this high achieving, forward thinking department.

The Drama department believe wholeheartedly in developing and stimulating the whole child, allowing them to hold values which are pivotal in their development. The department radiates a feeling of belonging and the importance of the Arts across the school; this is evident in the range of extra-curricular activities which are undertaken by such large numbers of students. We currently offer a breadth of extra-curricular opportunities such as trips to the Theatre, a Drama Club, our Student-Led Pantomime and our highly acclaimed Whole School Productions, which is often described as one of the school’s greatest accolades. Last year we staged ‘Legally Blonde’, which included a large company of over 120 students. We strive for success in all we do, mirroring this in our practice every day. We have a loyalty to our students and energy to nurture and develop talent; investing time to do this is one of our highest priorities.

We have a relentless drive to develop and improve, which permeates through the department at all stages, regardless of ability.

There is an unswerving commitment to delivering the most dynamic and diverse curriculum, allowing the students to capture a sense of the world of Drama and Theatre through the eyes of different practitioners. To understand a variety of social and cultural experiences through the powerful use of performance really is at the heart of the Drama department at Calthorpe Park.

The strive to be exceptional is bound with the individual fibres of the department, the high expectations of our students, fostering a real sense of responsibility in all we do is essential to the success of the Drama department. There is a deep sense of both practical and academic buy-in where the students are expected to be tolerant, kind and caring towards each other.

Drama in Years 7 and 8 is taught in mixed ability groups. Students study a wide range of topics and learn a wide range of performing, devising and evaluative skills. The progress and outcomes of students is at the forefront of the dissemination of the pathways of study at both KS3 and 4, with a focus on the interleaving of skills. Students learn how to work independently, as part of a group and develop their ability to become inclusive, kind and nurturing. Drama is a very popular subject at KS4, with many students opting to take it at GCSE level. We are proud of the high-achieving nature of the department and the continuous and relentless strive to encourage the best possible outcomes. This has led to the results being consistently good for many years.

The Drama department enables students to feel safe, grow in self-confidence, resilience and prepare them for the demands of adult life. Enriching and stimulating the whole child, for the rest of their life is at the core of our business of learning.

Commitment to safeguarding

Calthorpe Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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About Calthorpe Park School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1530 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01252 613483

Calthorpe Park School is a highly successful place to learn and grow. The school is in an exciting phase of ongoing development as its numbers increase year on year within the context of outstanding standards of care and expectation. The school’s projected growth over a number of years creates many ongoing opportunities for staff to develop, enhance and advance their careers within the same institution. The recently completed building work also offers staff and students first class learning and teaching environments.
We pride ourselves on the excellence of our exam results but our ethos is to support all students to have the opportunity to succeed and the experience of success in a culture of care and consideration; challenge and commitment; respect and responsibility; integrity and impression. These four are the tenets of ‘The Calthorpe Way’. We aim to educate the whole child for the whole of their life: no ceilings or parameters; aspiring to excellence in everything we do.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email school.recruitment@cps.hants.sch.uk.

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