Petworth West Sussex GU28 0NB Tel: 01798 867392 Fax: 01798 867606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.seaford.org APPOINTMENT OF Teacher of Mathematics January 2013 Information for Applicants THE SCHOOL Seaford College is an independent coeducational day and boarding school for pupils aged 7 to 18 years. The Headmaster is a member of both the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the Society of Heads of Independent Schools (SHMIS). The College is wholly owned and managed as a charity by the Johnson Trust. The Governing Body comprises 10 members of the Board. For September 2011 the College roll was stable at 620 pupils, 200 girls and 409 boys of which the Prep School has 163 pupils. The Sixth Form numbers 132 of which 69 are in the Lower Sixth. Boarding has changed in nature at Seaford over the last 20 years. In 1990, the College was almost entirely ‘full boarding’ but, after the ravages of the recession, it is now predominantly day, flexi and weekly boarding. Boarding is organised by age group rather than in conventional houses. Full boarding is concentrated in the sixth form, where a number of pupils arrive from overseas, and the U6th all share facilities for their final year in Heden Hall. Two spectacular new boarding houses have just been completed which accommodate 100 students from Years 9 – L6 with spectacular modern facilities. The College is non-selective and has a deserved reputation for dealing with children with dyslexia. Academic standards are very good and we pride ourselves that the high achievements of many students would not be replicated if they were in other schools. Value added, especially at A level is very high. Indeed, the school has just been recognised as one of the 50 most improved schools at A level. Virtually all students go on to Higher Education and many gain places at Russell Group universities. Extra curricular activities and games flourish at all levels in the College. Major dramatic and musical productions are regular features of the school calendar. There is also a House system within the College which provides for a wide selection of competitions at all age levels. The day to day academic guidance and pastoral care is provided through year heads and a framework of tutors. The College is exceptionally well endowed with facilities following recent multi million pound development programmes. The second phase of Sixth Form Centre development was finished in 2008 and followed closely behind the new Science, Maths & ICT Centre (opened April 2005) and the new Music School (completed in Summer 2006). The College was also the first school in the country to put in fully irrigated water based hockey pitch in 1999. The Prep School, Wilberforce, since its expansion to Y3 and above last year is growing apace and currently has one form in each of years 3, 4 and 5. There is a 2 form entry at year 6, many from the local primary schools, with average class sizes of 11. A second entry age is at 11+ where the number of sets rises to 4 in each year group and average set sizes to 16. The main entry age for the Senior School is 13+ (Year 9). Up to 50 places are available annually at this stage. Set sizes have a theoretical maximum size of 20 in the Senior School where the range of options available, especially at GCSE and AS/A2 Levels, has been extended in recent years. The main winter games are rugby and hockey for boys and hockey and netball for girls. In the summer, cricket, athletics and tennis are the main sports for boys with rounders available for girls. The College has an excellent reputation for CCF and a thriving well-subscribed Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT Introduction The department is comprised of a strong and committed team of teachers. It has supported students in achieving a considerable improvement in Maths GCSE over the last ten years, results climbing steadily from 41% A* to C in 2000, through to an average of 84% over the last three years. Mathematics is a popular choice at A level and over the last four years, 75% of students have achieved passes at A* to C. Some students also are invited to complete an AS course in Further Maths, with a small number going on to complete the full A level. These students typically gain A or B grades. Staff and Accommodation The department is made up of nine mathematics teachers with a wide range of experience. Teachers have high expectations, and work well together to create an atmosphere in which all students can fulfil their potential. Members of staff teach across the age and ability range. The department has very good facilities with almost all lessons timetabled in the mathematics area of the school. The Mathematics suite comprises 4 large teaching rooms, which all have Smart Interactive Whiteboards. Curriculum At Key Stage 3 students are streamed and taught across three leaning pathways. We use the Cambridge Essentials Series of textbooks to support our National Curriculum based teaching. At Key Stage 4 students are also taught across three learning pathways and we use the Oxford GCSE Series of textbooks designed for Edexcel’s Linear GCSE course. At Key Stage 5 we follow the Edexcel Specification for all courses. Across all years, teachers are encouraged to use many other resources to enrich their teaching. Such resources can easily be found on the school’s intranet (see ICT below). ICT On the school’s network and intranet, there is a range of software including; Autograph, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Boardworks (KS3-5), 10Ticks, MathsWatch Revision Tuition Videos for Foundation and Higher Tier, a general range of mathematical programmes by “Classroom Video” available for instant viewing, and all textbooks are supported by interactive CDs, for use by teachers on their Smartboards in the classroom. The Suitable Candidate. The suitable candidate will have experience of working with all age groups, a good motivator, demonstrate a wide range of teaching strategies to support all learning styles. Excellent classroom management skills are an advantage and we have high expectations for all students across the ability range. She/He will an efficient administrator, as well as meeting all other deadlines, including reports and the prompt marking of work / projects. She/He will be committed to developing the schemes of work for their discipline. She/He will be be happy working as part of a team. She/He will be an effective communicator, who is committed to working with colleagues in a co- operative style. She/He will care about their working environment and maintain an orderly and well presented classroom. We offer the opportunity to: work in a highly-successful department of dedicated teachers enjoy excellent resources including interactive whiteboards and other such equipment join a Common Room of supportive and friendly colleagues undertake professional development appropriate to the post enjoy good prospects for promotion contribute to the success of a growing and forward-thinking school Application Process All applicants should return their application form along with a supporting letter to the Headmaster. Applications should be sent to: The Headmaster, Seaford College, Lavington Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0NB Or by e-mail to: email@example.com Closing date for applications Monday 24 September 2012. All applicants will be notified by e-mail or post that their applications have been received. SEAFORD COLLEGE GENERIC JOB DESCRIPTION FOR AN ACADEMIC SUBJECT TEACHER TEACHING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING All qualified teachers will: Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills in their specialist subjects, including health and safety requirements, ICT, literacy and numeracy. Develop an extensive repertoire of teaching strategies that engender enthusiasm and hence confidence in their students. Teach groups across the age and ability range as agreed with the Head of Department. Have knowledge of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for KS2, KS3 and KS4 and where appropriate post 16 syllabi. Ensure that students’ are taught according to their individual needs and abilities, following the syllabus and the schemes of work set by the Department. Have an understanding of the progression of students’ acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding through the Key Stages. Understand how students’ learning is affected by their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. PLANNING, TEACHING AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT All qualified teachers will Contribute to the development of the schemes of work within the department. Contribute to the development of teaching and learning materials for use by the departmental team. Plan their own teaching to maximise progression in students’ learning by identifying clear objectives, setting demanding expectations to challenge students, and by sharing clear targets for student learning, which build on their previous learning experiences. Make effective use of the assessment information on students’ attainment, learning styles and progress, to plan future lessons and to identify individual needs. Liaise with individual students’ Learning Support Teachers to support their progress. Prepare students for Public Examinations and provide evidence of their progress towards their Expected Grades to their Head of Department. To take responsibility for the standards of behaviour in their classrooms by maintaining high standards of discipline. Where necessary using initially their own sanctions followed by Departmental sanctions. Produce positive, productive relationships to nurture self belief and confidence in their students. Produce displays of work for both classrooms and Departmental areas. Protect the fabric of the classroom, furniture and display areas. Ensure that classrooms are left tidy after each lesson. ASSESSING STUDENT PERFORMANCE All qualified teachers will: Use different kinds of assessment for different purposes including all aspects of ‘Assessment for Learning’ Be aware of the benchmark data that is available for each student taught. Be aware of the Special Educational Needs for each students taught, including English as a Foreign Language or their very high ability. Work with their Head of Department to establish Expected Grades for each student at KS4 and KS5 where appropriate. Set Prep according to College and Departmental Policy. Follow the Prep Timetable. Mark work with detailed comments, both oral and written, according to College Policy. Keep records of the work covered and standards achieved by each student. To attend patents meetings and other events aimed at strengthening the partnership with parents. To write and complete reports adhering to the deadlines set by the Director of Studies. SUBJECT AND SCHOOL CONTRIBUTION All qualified teachers will Attend and contribute to Departmental, Tutor and Staff meetings. Attend ‘whole school’ INSET. Attend Chapel and Assemblies. Undertake the role of an effective Tutor, with particular emphasis on their role as the students learning mentor. Contribute to the Games or the Activities programme. To participate in enrichment activities To carry out an appropriate share of the collective staff responsibility to cover for absent collegues To assist with examination invigilation. Attend the College Open Mornings. Use the College Information System - Schoolbase, according to College Policy to keep accurate attendance and assessment data. As well as a record of Rewards and Sanctions. Keep ‘up to date’ through effective professional development. Participate in the College Performance Management System.
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