400 pupils enrolled
11 to 16
About Goffs - Churchgate Academy
We have an exciting opportunity to welcome a new member to our Humanities team at Goffs-Churchgate Academy.
We are passionate about helping students to reach their potential, and our exam success within the school reflects this. At Goffs-Churchgate, a rapid improvement in students' progress in Humanities has contributed to a remarkable 175% increase in the overall Progress 8 scores since the school's opening.
This role provides an exciting opportunity for a colleague to enhance and grow the school's Humanities provision.
Our Humanities Faculty is led by a highly experienced colleague who has outstanding expertise in Teaching and Learning, and developing staff. The Faculty has a well-balanced mix of experience covering History, Geography, and RS. At Key Stage 4, the department also leads on the delivery of Health and Social Care and Sociology. Due to the school's expansion, we are seeking a colleague who would be able to deliver multiple facets of these subjects to students across Key Stage 3 and 4.
In Geography, we teach the essential skills and knowledge to provide a foundation for progression into Key Stage 4. We teach the WJEC Geography specification, which is popular with students and has a high take-up at Key Stage 4. We undertake a range of Geography field trips, including Walton on the Naze.
In History, students learn critical skills including, reliability of the source, causation, and inference, as they learn about local and National History at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4, we undertake the Edexcel History GCSE. The History Trip to Berlin is a popular trip amongst our students.
For RS, our students learn about a range of faiths, and this knowledge is used to inform critical debate about a range of ethical topics. At Key Stage 4, students undertake Edexcel Religious Studies, which is a hugely popular course.
For more details on the our school's Learning Journeys and to see detailed curriculum maps showing our curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4, please visit our website at https://www.goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk/319/overview-2020-2021
The school is committed to ensuring that all students receive a balanced curriculum, including Humanities, and are committed to devoting ample curriculum time to the subject. We recognise the power that Humanities can have both in students' academic success.
We aim to inspire all colleagues to continue their professional development and offer excellent opportunities to do so. The Trust is known for its very high quality and personalised CPD, which includes a Leadership Academy, supporting and actively developing staff leadership skills at all levels of experience.
We are looking for a Teacher of Humanities who enjoys highly collaborative working in a friendly and positive environment, has a passion for learning and teaching, and who would relish the opportunity to develop new teaching ideas and resources. The Trust has a strong track record of nurturing and supporting new entrants to the profession and those at the start of their career, coupled with an equally strong track record of offering new opportunities and promotion. As such, this post would be equally suited to someone at the start of their career, or someone looking for future further opportunities.
If you are a committed and passionate colleague who shares our vision, we would very much like to hear from you.
GOFFS-CHURCHGATE AND THE GENERATIONS MULTI ACADEMY TRUST
Welcome to our information pack about Goffs-Churchgate and the Generations Multi Academy Trust. Goffs-Churchgate Academy is the first school to join the Goffs Generations Multi Academy Trust. The school is now in its fourth year of operation and continues to go from strength to strength
The school is a fully mixed comprehensive school from 11-16 years of age, with 470 on the roll; it is intended to rapidly expand this number to 120 per year group, making a school of 600. Over the past 3 years, the school has grown in its reputation, with the school receiving 600 applications for 120 places for 2021. This reflects the very high level of local interest in the school. Local estate agents report significant interest in parents moving to the locality with a view to being near Goffs-Churchgate: a very successful future is predicted for the school.
One of the school's key strengths is its highly cohesive and supportive community. As such, the decision to cap student numbers at 600 is entirely deliberate, enabling us to maintain a strong sense of community where everybody knows everybody else – if you visit, you cannot fail to be struck by this. It is a very special part of who we are.
The post offers a genuine opportunity to work in a school community that changes the lives of the young people we care for.
Professional Working and Learning Environment
The school has benefited from brand new facilities, opened in October 2016. These include brand new teaching and learning facilities for all subjects. The school also benefits from a recently installed 3G playing surface for PE, a gym with a professional sprung floor, a Dance studio, and an indoor swimming pool. The new facilities provide light, modern, professional, and a fit for purpose working environment for all. The Trust has also invested significantly in modernising additional teaching spaces, providing a fantastic environment for our students.
The Generations Multi Academy Trust
In early 2016, Goffs Academy received a direct approach from the DfE asking that they consider establishing a Multi Academy Trust and work in partnership with other schools. As a result, the Generations MAT was established from 1st September 2017, with Goffs as the lead school within the Trust. Goffs-Churchgate was born from that vision. The two schools are within walking distance of each other and already share many activities, including CPD for staff. One of the Trust's fundamental principles is that no one school is in any way more important or successful than the other. As such, CPD and other events are rotated through all schools in the Trust, with everyone learning from and sharing with each other. This collegiate and collaborative approach permeates our Trust.
The MAT is extremely financially secure. Finances are overseen by a Chief Finance Officer with considerable financial expertise in the private sector. The Trust created a dedicated Director of Income Generation position, and extensive lettings and business development work now occur across all sites in the MAT. This additional income – projected to reach c.£500k per annum – underpins generous staffing levels at both schools, plus many "extras" that would otherwise be unaffordable in the current funding climate.
Our future plans include establishing a nursery provision with subsidised staff places and looking at the opportunity to establish or join with a primary school, thus effectively creating an all-through education structure. The MAT offers extremely exciting opportunities for staff, students, and the local area and we are all very much looking forward to its growth.
Goffs-Churchgate secured an impressive set of GCSE outcomes in 2019. Our Progress 8 was a record result for the school and put the school in the top 20% of all schools nationally. In just two years, the school's performance at GCSE has improved significantly. GCSE highlights include:
• A remarkable 175% improvement in the overall Progress 8 scores since the opening of the school
• The proportion of students who achieved Maths and English at grade 4+ was 58%, an increase over nearly 20% in the past two years
• The proportion of students who achieved English and Maths at grade 5+ was 36%, a 24% increase in the last two years
• Overall Progress 8 is +0.47, with Maths, English, and Science all performing in line with National Averages. Our SEND students' performance was particularly impressive, with every progress measure being significantly above the National Average. Also, our disadvantaged students outperformed their non-disadvantaged peers
• Due to Covid-19, 2020 outcomes were calculated as a result of Centre Assessed Grades.
The Trust ran a forensic data process and were both pleased with the outcomes. It was satisfied that these outcomes were in line with what students were expected to get, with no undue grade inflation
Goffs-Churchgate prides itself on its sense of community – both within the school and in the wider locality. We are members of Cheshunt Extended Services (ChExS), offering a variety of extended school and community-based activities for both students and parents. Our students actively support local charity work and maintain strong links with our local primary schools.
We firmly believe in every student feeling a strong sense of community, and on entering the school, each student is placed in one of four Houses: Curie, Edison, Faraday, and Rubik. Each House is led by a team of student House Captains and has a clear sense of identity. Regular competitions and assemblies strengthen this sense of community. Students within each House arrange a variety of fundraising events throughout the school year. The House raising the most money in the year for our school charity will be awarded the annual Charity House Shield.
Our students have a wide range of student leadership opportunities open to them as part of actively encouraging leadership development. These student-led groups include:
Across the Multi Academy Trust, a large variety of annual school trips give students the opportunities to sample different cultures, while an extensive programme of off-site visits provides opportunities for students to experience the diversity that exists within the UK, including theatre, galleries, and museum visits.
Goffs-Churchgate is proud to be a genuinely comprehensive school, with students and staff from different religions and several languages spoken in the school. We recognise and celebrate what makes us unique and different and acknowledge that we are also part of one community. Our aim is for everybody to feel valued and respected, and we strive hard to ensure we create a positive culture within the school to enable this to happen.
Care, Guidance, and Support
Successful learning occurs when students feel safe, confident, respected, valued, and are engaged. Goffs-Churchgate believes in supporting and nurturing all students in their quest to become successful learners. As such, we place a high value on pastoral care as an integral part of the school's life. We have an extensive pastoral care system to support the welfare and progress of all our young people.
Generations Trust Dog
The Generations Trust has a school dog – a 4 year old cocker spaniel called Huxley.
Huxley belongs to the Executive Principal and is based in her office at Goffs. He spends time with students at break and lunchtime, undertakes the odd learning walk (ie romp), is available at the start of exams to help keep anxiety low, and also spends time in Learning + with our more needy students. Huxley has developed an obsession with pepperoni pizza, courtesy of his student partners in crime, and has also proved himself to be adept at playing Frisbee and football, although less adept at giving the Frisbee and football back….He is also available for staff cuddles as desired, and is very happy indeed to oblige, particularly if you’ll play with him. Staff who do not want any contact with Huxley of course do not have to have any. Full risk assessments and insurance are in place for Huxley.
Through the Generations Multi Academy Trust, the successful candidate will be able to access a range of staff development opportunities. The Trust has an extremely strong reputation for staff development, both teaching and support staff. Developing the next generation of school leaders, both middle and senior, and future Headteachers for those who wish to pursue this is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
We have a full suite of staff leadership development which staff can join, be they an NQT or highly experienced colleague.
In addition to innovative whole staff training days, we disaggregate a number of hours for training every year. This allows staff development to be highly personalised as staff can opt for the training which best meets their needs. All staff complete peer observations to observe best practices. Many use their disaggregated time to coach others or to receive coaching. Moreover, there are specific training sessions for NQTs and other interested staff which run every Wednesday after school.
We also place a lot of emphasis on 'on the job' training and support. A thorough induction scheme is available to all new staff, and mentors/buddies are assigned to guide you through those new routines. Finally, external courses can be booked if, on rare occasions, we cannot cater to a particular training need in House.
Alongside our very strong focus on outstanding professional development and promotion opportunities, we also offer a range of benefits, including:
Competitive base salary with a tailor-made development plan aimed at enhancing your future [earnings] potential through:
• High quality, personalised CPD
• Bespoke leadership development programmes
• Subsidies for Masters and Degree courses
• Secondment and shadowing opportunities
• As part of our Multi Academy Trust, "Generations", potential to work across more than one school to develop career-enhancing skills and knowledge
• Supported Nursery provision with All About Children at any of their nurseries in the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey area:
o 10% discount off advertised rates for one child.
o 15 % discount off advertised rates for a 2nd child from the same family (T&C s apply)
o All year round and term time (38 weeks) places available
o Nursery grant funded places available
o Dedicated person from our parent team to handle all enquiries and placements
Additional financial incentives and tax-efficient benefits, including:
• Exam marker payment of £400 plus 2 days paid leave to do the marking (1st year)
• Childcare voucher scheme
• Payments for staff taking weekend sporting fixtures: staff paid £200 for leading a minimum of six Saturday fixtures plus 6 weekly training sessions
• A daily allowance of £50 for school trips taken over a weekend or any school holiday:
• A £1,000 Employee Referral Scheme (i.e., finder's fee) for any qualifying positions that you refer the successful candidate for: £500 on the person starting, and £500 if the person is still at the school 12 months later
Access to a wide range of health and wellbeing resources, including:
• New, professional, and fit for purpose working environments
• Free use of a range of sports and leisure facilities, including a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.
• Occupational Health & counselling support
• Free flu jabs
• Subsidised social events
• 100% attendance reward – day in lieu, taken at each school's discretion
• Complimentary tea, coffee, and milk for staff