Information for Candidates
Thank you for your interest in this post. The enclosed literature is intended to give you a picture of Glyn Technology
Glyn is a popular school, having evolved from the Epsom Boys’ Grammar School into the only all-boys comprehensive
in Surrey LA. In January 2009 Glyn was deemed ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED – only the third secondary school in the
country to go from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘outstanding’ in one inspection. We are very proud of this achievement and continue
to strive for excellence in all areas of school life.
The school is led by a Leadership and Management team (LMT) currently comprising the Headteacher, two Deputy
Headteachers, and five Assistant Headteachers.
Glyn Technology School is an 11-18 school with over 1600 students. The school has grown in recent years to eight-form
entry. In September 2009, Years 7, 8 9, and 11 will have 240 students, whilst Year 10 will have 265 students. Glyn is
situated in the village of Ewell, adjoining the Surrey market town of Epsom. Colleagues working at the school commute
from Epsom and Ewell (the top-ranked borough in the UK in the 2005 Best Place to Live survey, 3rd place in 2007!)
itself, the immediate surrounding area, the Surrey commuter belt, London, Horsham and Brighton.
Specialist School Status
In 1994 the school gained specialist status in Technology, one of the first in the country to receive this designation. As a
school we deliberately chose a specialism that would embrace our local community and be of benefit to all subject
areas. Through our specialist status we have a community and link primary school programme. In October 2007 Glyn
was re-accredited until our next OfSTED inspection.
In 2003 the school gained Training School status. This has enabled us to develop our professional development
programme for all staff. In addition, this has enabled us to be at the forefront of the training programmes for new and
trainee teachers. In April 2007, we were re-accredited as a Training School for a further three-year period.
Glyn aspires to attain further specialist status in the medium to long term once we are a High Performing Specialist
School. Sports status is attractive as we are one of the few state schools that still offers Saturday morning fixtures
throughout the school year in football, rugby and cricket. We have extensive playing fields around a mile from the school
site at Priest Hill, next to NESCOT on Reigate Road.
At Key Stage 3 all students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, ICT,
Religious Education, French or Spanish, Physical Education, Citizenship/PSHE, Design Technology, Art, Music and
Drama (Year 7 only at present). Mixed ability groups are used except in Mathematics from Year 7 and Science from
Year 8. Students are grouped by ability in English, French and Spanish in Year 9.
At Key Stage 4 most students follow GCSE courses, which must include English and English Literature, Mathematics,
Technology, RE, ICT and Science. Choices from our guided option blocks are made available for students, which
include Modern Foreign Languages, the Humanities, the Arts, Business Studies. All students also study Physical
Education, ICT and Citizenship/PSHE.
The students with special educational needs, including those with statements, are supported by the Special Educational
Needs Faculty and its team of five teachers and six Learning Support Assistants. Many students have achieved
extremely good results at GCSE over the years.
Whilst recruitment to our Sixth Form is under significant pressure from other post-16 providers we have been able to
secure a viable and thriving uniformed Sixth Form of around 394 students. Most students study traditional ‘A’ level
subjects but we have an increasing provision of alternative study.
Student Support system
We have a House Horizontal student support system. This means that our support system is structured around a Head
of House who oversees a form of students from each ‘year group’ in the school. For example, Head of Abbey will
organise support for Year 7 Abbey students, Year 8 Abbey students . . . . . . Within this house structure students are
taught in classes with students from their own house. They will have Geography as ‘9 Abbey’ or Art as ‘8 Bourne’. In
this way we can support students both with their academic study and in their personal development.
The eight house names are linked to our local area and can be viewed in pairs: The TUDOR family names CAREW;
The BOURNE river goes through Chertsey, site of a BENEDICTINE monastery, there used to be an ABBEY at
MERTON which was called Merton Abbey, while DERBY and OAKS are two prestigious horse races that run one day
after each other in June at Epsom race course.
Form tutors have a very important role to play in transmitting the vales and virtues of the school through their daily
contact with the students in their form group. There is only one adult that each student in the main school sees daily and
that is the tutor.
We use the following system for the organisation of our Student Support structure:
40 Form Tutors in KS3 and KS4
Abbey Bourne Asst Carew Derby Merton Asst Oaks St Benet Tudor Asst
Assistant Head of Assistant Assistant Head of Assistant Asst Head Head of
Head of House Head of Head of House Head of of House House
House House House House
Head of Head of Head of Head of Head of Head of Head of St Head of
Abbey Bourne Carew Derby Merton Oaks House Benet Tudor
House House House House House House House
16 Form Tutors and an additional 13 Mentors in KS5
Head of Year 12: Head of Year 13:
Deputy Director of Sixth Form Studies: Deputy Director of Sixth Form Studies:
Director of Sixth Form Studies:
Year 7: Years 8 & 9: Years 10 & 11: Years 12 & 13:
AHT AHT AHT AHT
Deputy Headteacher KS3: Deputy Headteacher 14-19:
The Governing Body
Investors in Careers
In 2005 we were awarded the Investors in Careers award. This is a particularly important award for us as it recognises
the extensive support for our boys and the opportunities provided for student guidance. We were re-accredited with this
award in March 2008.
In recent years the school has grown from six form entry to 7fe and now 8fe. This reflects the growing demand for the
school. There is a positive and purposeful atmosphere around the school and staff work hard to promote this ethos.
Students respond well to the high standards required of them and understand the need for good behaviour. Although
fixed term exclusions are used, the numbers of students falling into this category needs to decrease as alternative
strategies are employed. There are many ideas that need fleshing out as we seek to improve our work in this area and
the new appointment would be expected to contribute fully. The working relationships between staff and students are
very good and reinforced through extra-curricular activities such as sporting events, school productions and trips, which
are an important aspect of school life. In 2006, over one hundred boys enjoyed a three-week rugby tour of Australia.
Annual trips include ski trips and a Year 7 camp in Surrey as well as Year 12 team-building induction events in
September. The school operates an annual activities week each July. In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a
positive aspect of school life for a significant number of students.
The uniform policy requires students to wear a blazer and adhere to the full school uniform. This can be seen on our
website. Students are encouraged to adopt high standards of concern for others and take personal responsibility within
the school. Committees are in the process of being established for each House with a view to each House and the Sixth
Form contributing to a new School Council.
The school buildings were erected at various times between the 1930s and 2005. The oldest building houses the School
Hall, school administration, staff room, school library, health and fitness suite, SEN and the Mathematics faculty.
Attached to this is the newest wing, costing £2.7m, containing a conference room, a purpose-built Sixth Form suite
(including study area, common room, tutorial rooms) and a sixty-seat lecture theatre as well as the Modern Languages
We have a Sports Hall, which offers potential to be used by the public in the evenings and at weekends, and playing
fields. The old tennis courts were converted into playground space in the summer of 2007. In addition we have a
Humanities block, Science block, Creative Arts (Art, Drama and Music) block, an English block, a Business/ICT block as
well as the Technology Wing. The School Canteen is housed in a separate building.
Specialist accommodation is generally good, and every faculty operates in their own area. There is, however, a need for
further development as the school site is built for around 900 students rather than the 1613 on roll at present.
The teaching staff (approximately 110 teachers) at Glyn Technology is an experienced team who do everything they can
to support the life of the school in terms of high quality teaching in the classroom and support for extra-curricular
activities. Colleagues appointed to the school are expected to make considerable personal contributions to the
academic work of their faculty and to take the opportunity to develop their own personal career. The Performance
Management process is firmly established within the school and time is given to support this programme.
Approximately fifty support staff colleagues are employed by the school. These include members of the site and
premises team, finance team, administration team, science and technology technicians, pastoral support assistants,
teaching support assistants, ICT Network support team, learning support assistants and the Library and Resource Area
Investors in People
As a school we are very proud of achieving and maintaining our Investors in People status. The accreditation was first
granted in 1997. Re-accreditation was granted in December 2008 for a further three years. We are committed to the
ongoing training and development of all our staff and offer a full and varied in house training programme. This
complements our Training School specialist status.
The sports hall is a fine facility that enables gymnastics, badminton, cricket, table tennis, football and basketball to be
taught. The health and fitness room is used as part of the GCSE and post-16 options.
The playing fields at Priest Hill are extensive and provide excellent facilities for football, rugby and cricket. We offer an
extensive extra-curricular sports programme for our students. We are pleased to hold the national Sportsmark award.
We have an active Governing Body that is aware of its collective responsibility for Glyn. The Governors are fully
involved in all strategic decisions and direction. Their contribution to the school is highly valued and they are very
supportive of the school.
The Glyn School Trust/The Parents and Staff Association (PSA)
The Glyn School Trust is a Registered Charity, whose major task is to raise money for capital projects. So far, it has
raised over £400,000, and projects to date include: the Resource Area; the Sports Hall; the Performing Arts Suite; and
the refurbishment of the School Hall.
The PSA plays an important role in supporting the work of the school. They provide additional financial support as well
as building parental involvement and other activities relating to the welfare of the school, rather than the progress of
The Leadership and Management Team (LMT)
The current roles and responsibilities of the team are:
Jon Chaloner Headteacher
Phil Wheatley Deputy Headteacher – L&T/Student Progress
Jack Mayhew Deputy Headteacher – Quality of Standards/Curriculum
Liz Ball AHT Learning & Teaching
Mark Leach AHT – E-Learning
Maggie Morton AHT – Bursar & School Operations
Jo Newton AHT – Curriculum for Learning
Kevin Sullivan AHT – Training for Learning
Hugh Proctor Associate AHT – TAG & Oxbridge Student Support
Guy Carter Senior Teacher
Matt Duffield Senior Teacher
The Leadership and Management Team members are experienced and ambitious for Glyn, committed to regular job
rotation in order to facilitate professional development. Each teaching member of the LMT acts as a link for a Head of
House and for Heads of Faculties, enabling that person to be involved in student support and curriculum monitoring,
development and strategic direction.
I trust that the information provided is sufficient for you to complete your application but if you have any further queries
please contact Pippa Hearn, Headteacher’s PA Tel: 020 8716 4986 or Email: email@example.com.
I look forward to receiving your application. This appointment is very important to us and we look forward to the working
with a new colleague and hope that you too in turn would enjoy working with us.