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Aquinas College
Nangreave Road
Cheshire SK2 6TH

Aquinas is a thriving Catholic Sixth Form College in Stockport with approximately
1850 FT students.

We require enthusiastic and suitably qualified AS/A2 teachers with a real passion for their
subjects to join this popular and successful college. Candidates must be able to show a clear
commitment to delivering quality teaching to inspire students of all abilities to reach their full

Teacher of Law (0.40 FTE) – limited term (1st September 2011 to 1st June 2012)

Teacher of Biology (0.52 FTE) – limited term from mid September 2011 (maternity cover)
up to 2 terms

Teacher of Music (0.65 FTE) – limited term from mid September 2011 (maternity cover) up
to 3 terms. Additional allowance available for exceptional teacher with proven results

The above appointments will be made on the Sixth Form Colleges’ Teachers pay scale points
1 to 6 (plus P.S.P for eligible candidates), up to £33,454 (pro rata for part time, pay award

we also require the following support staff posts to start mid October

Learning Support Assistant (33.75 hours, term time) limited term (maternity cover up to 3
terms) actual salary £12,086

As a college committed to equal opportunities, we positively welcome applications from all
sections of the community. The college and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding
the welfare of children and young people. This post is subject to a Disclosure Application of
the appropriate level to the Criminal Records Bureau.

Applicants must complete the college’s application form and a pack is available on our
website or alternatively by email or telephone 0161
483 3237. Closing date for completed applications midday Friday 8th July 2011. Interviews
will be held w/c 11th July 2011.
Details for prospective applicants for employment

Statement of Purpose, Values and Vision

Aquinas College strives to be a Catholic college for the whole community.

Christ is at the very heart of our philosophy. This is expressed in our commitment to the
Gospel values of freedom, justice and love. “I have come so that they may have life and have
it to the full.” John 10:10.

We affirm and value each member of our community, recognising the dignity and unique
nature of each individual. In this way the presence of Christ is celebrated. We share each
other’s strengths, support each other in our weaknesses, and strive for the highest standards of
achievement in all we do. We also encourage a questioning stance towards the values of our
increasingly secular society.

In short, we aim to provide reasons for living and hoping.

The College

Aquinas College is one of the largest Catholic sixth form colleges in the country. The college
has about 1,875 full time 16-19 year old students with about 118 full time equivalent (FTE)
teaching staff and 50 FTE support staff. The college has grown to this size from modest
beginnings. In 1980 it was opened in the premises of a former high school to provide sixth
form education to Stockport’s expected 200 Catholic 16-18 year-old students.

The college now draws students from its four Catholic partner schools (three in Stockport and
one in Buxton, 18 miles away) and from many other schools in Stockport and neighbouring
areas. It has become one of the most over-subscribed colleges in the country, receiving
applications from up to twice as many students as there are places available. The admissions
policy gives priority to Catholic students, others from Catholic schools, and to siblings.
Beyond that it works on a strictly >first come first served= basis. Having received unsought
national publicity for overnight queues, the ‘first come, first served’ policy has been has been
managed through a telephone queueing system since 2006.

We have refused to become academically selective, welcoming all students for whom we
have space and suitable courses. This is fully in keeping with the college=s ethos and the
importance we place on personal relationships. We believe that it is these aspects of the
college which keep its reputation high, rather than our success in league tables and against
national criteria. Nevertheless, and in spite of our comprehensive intake policy, the college
has always been amongst the highest rated colleges in the country ever since the league tables
were first introduced.

The college was inspected by Ofsted in October 2008 and was judged outstanding in its
overall effectiveness, its leadership and management, and the quality of its provision. The
inspectors also commented on the excellent individual support for students together with the
college’s outstanding response to educational and social inclusion. The resultant report was
published on 21 November 2008 and is available at

The college is classed as excellent by the Learning and Skills Council and was one of the 29
highly successful colleges upon which was based Ofsted’s publication “Why Colleges
Succeed”. Both the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) and Ofsted named the college as one
of the best providers in the country in their Chief Inspectors’ annual reports in 2004 and 2005
respectively. It also featured in the Ofsted report “A comparison of the effectiveness of level
3 provision in 25 post-16 providers” published in September 2008. This concluded that “the
most effective group of providers among the sample visited was sixth form colleges”.

In July 2009 the college was awarded Learning and Skills Beacon status, being the only sixth
form college to receive this accolade in that round.

About 90% of each year’s intake follow AS and A level courses (including Applied A levels
and BTEC and OCR A-level equivalents), with the remainder undertaking level 2 courses
together with some GCSEs. There is also provision for some level 1 literacy and numeracy,
as well as entry level courses on our Pathways course for students with moderate learning
difficulties. We offer about 50 subjects at AS/A2 level, in any combination, with all students
also undertaking a core skills course including tutorial, ethics and appropriate study skills.

In addition to the 16-19 year-old students, the college has around 1,000 part time adult
students who attend mainly in the evenings as well as some in the daytime – including some
at our outreach adult centre in Brinnington. They follow a wide range of courses including
some HE courses offered through our links with Manchester Metropolitan University.

In the summer of 2010 we moved into a complete £42 million rebuild of the college created
on the immediately adjacent site. This has replced all the previous accommodation with the
exception of the excellent sports hall which has been retained. This landmark new building
has provided state-of-the-art facilities, suited to the needs of the 21st century, for all
curriculum areas. The demolition of the previous buildings has recently been completed and
the official opening of the new Aquinas College took place in May of this year. After two
terms in the new accommodation, we are delighted with how the building functions and feel
that the huge amount of effort which has gone into ‘getting it right’ has paid off handsomely.

In common with other sixth form colleges, the college is centrally funded by monies from the
Young People’s Learning Agency which come to us via the Local Authority, with some adult
funding coming from the Skills Funding Agency. However, as a designated college, the
premises remain the property of the Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury. All staff are employed
directly by the college. The terms and conditions of employment are, in common with all
sixth form colleges, those nationally negotiated by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Forum (SFCF).
In broad terms salaries and contractual arrangements parallel those in secondary schools.

Title: Standard Scale Teacher


      To support the aims and values of the college as detailed in the college's statement of
       purpose, vision and values
      To teach in the college and in other areas according to expertise and to contribute to
       curriculum development
      To monitor, support and report on the overall progress and development of students as
       a teacher within the pastoral structure and as a personal tutor


      Head of department and/or senior tutor as appropriate


      Other teachers within the curriculum area, group tutors, senior tutors: support staff
       and relevant staff with cross college responsibilities.


1265 hours on 195 days per year


Standard scale


Teaching and Learning

      To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a
       standard scale teacher
      To undertake the assessment of students' work in conjunction with the college's
       assessment policy
      To have regard to the principles expressed and implied in the college's statement of
       purpose, vision and values and the college charter
      To put in to practice the college's obligations as outlined in the student college
Operational/strategic planning

      To contribute to the development of resources, schemes of work, marking policies and
       teaching strategies in the curriculum area
      To actively monitor and follow up student absences and withdrawals
      To implement college policies and procedures eg equal opportunities, health and
      To work with colleagues to formulate aims and objectives for the curriculum area
       which have coherence and relevance to the needs of students and to the aims and
       objectives of the college
      To contribute to the planning activities of the curriculum area, and to ensure that the
       planning of the curriculum area reflects the needs of the students and the aims and
       objectives of the college
      In conjunction with the head of department to foster the application of IT within the
       department, including the development of materials for independent learning

Curriculum Provision and Development

      To contribute to the development and delivery of your curriculum subject(s)
      To ensure that Inclusive Learning initiatives are implemented in the curriculum area
       and that effective support is provided for students
      To contribute to the development of key skills within the department.

Staff development

      To be involved in staff development activities where appropriate
      To contribute to the annual review system

Deployment of staff

      To ensure that appropriate arrangements for classes are made when absent
      To work as part of a team and to ensure effective working relations
      To cover for absent colleagues within the department

Quality assurance

      To ensure the effective operation of quality assurance systems and implementation of
       quality procedures
      To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum area in line with
       agreed college procedures including evaluation against quality standards and
       performance criteria
      To contribute to the process of the setting of targets within the curriculum area and to
       work towards their achievement
      To implement common standards of practice within the curriculum area and develop
       effective teaching and learning styles
      To contribute to the college's procedures for lesson observation
       To contribute to modification and improvement where required
       To contribute to the internal verification system in the curriculum area (where
        appropriate) and within key skills delivery

   Management Information and Administration

       To ensure the maintenance of accurate and up to date information concerning students
       To analyse and evaluate performance data
       To identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and
        reports, setting deadlines where necessary and reviewing progress in the action taken
       To contribute to reports within the quality assurance cycle
       To contribute to reports on examination performance, including the use of value-
        added data
       In conjunction with the head of department to take responsibility for decisions
        regarding entry of students for external examinations and for checking details of
        examination entries
       To ensure that correct procedures are followed by the organisation of coursework and
        other external assessments


       To ensure familiarity with the curriculum areas aims and objectives
       To ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with parents of
       To liaise with partner schools, higher education, industry, examination boards,
        awarding bodies and other relevant external bodies where appropriate

Liaison and Marketing

       To contribute to the college liaison and marketing activities eg the development of
        effective subject links with partner schools and the community, attendance at Open
        Evenings and parents' consultation evenings and the collection of material for press
       To contribute to the department's collection of data on destinations

Pastoral system

       To monitor, support and report on the progress and development of students
       To act as a personal tutor and to carry out the duties associated with that role


     To attend meetings in accordance with the college meetings schedule
     To manage the teaching space to provide a stimulating environment that is also
      healthy and safe
To undertake any other appropriate duties as assigned by the Principal

The Music department endeavours to offer a very broad musical experience to Aquinas
students through study of many musical genres and participation in extra curricular activities.
Music is delivered at AS and A2 following the Edexcel specification. In September 2010 the
BTEC Certificate in Music (Performance) was introduced. There are currently one AS class
and one A2 class. Numbers at A2 have remained stable of the past two years, however
numbers at AS have reduced slightly as students have migrated to the BTEC course. The high
number of students on BTEC Music account for a new demographic of student and also
students who would previously have taken AS Music or Music Technology. The current
Head of Department who is on maternity leave has engaged the services of 7 highly qualified
peripatetic instrumental teachers and a professional piano accompanist to ensure the best
possible instrumental coaching and tuition. In recent years the Music department has enjoyed
a very high proportion of students progressing to higher education in music and related
subjects. The music department offers enrichment of Orchestra, Choir, Swing Band and
Music Theory coaching. There are also opportunities for students to become involved in
chamber groups. Each year the Performing Arts department produces a large scale musical
with which there is a very broad range of opportunities for Music students to be involved.
Music is taught within the area of Performing Arts, which includes Drama, Dance,
Performance Studies, Theatre Production and Music Technology, at AS / A2 and BTEC level
3. The subjects are taught in state of the art facilities including a theatre, a dance studio, a
Music Technology classroom, a dedicated Music teaching room, instrumental practice rooms
and a recording studio.

The department enjoys a strong tradition of extra curricular activities including both those
with a musical focus (orchestra, instrumental groups etc) and activities in collaboration with
colleagues in the wider performing arts department - for example the recent production of
West Side Story. The performing arts area prides itself on the broad profile of production
work; in 2010/11 there were six major productions and an extensive range of other
‘showcase’ evening performances. The candidate would be expected to lead extra-curricular
work and contribute to the next college musical and other production work over the year.
This is an exciting time to join the Performing Arts team at Aquinas and this post would suit
a newly qualified teacher, or an experienced music teacher keen to develop their experience
of the Sixth Form sector.

It is envisaged that the appointee would teach principally on the music AS and A2 courses
and contribute to the music element of the Performance Studies AS and A2 teaching. The
percentage advertised will be timetabled over 4 days.

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