Head of Design and Technology
START DATE: 01/09/21
The Governors wish to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated teacher to lead a successful and thriving Design and Technology Department from September 2021. The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of GCSE and KS3 in Product Design and working knowledge of GCSE and KS3 in other areas within Design and Technology. They will also have a strong commitment to high standards of classroom practice and the ability to contribute towards raising student achievement.
Hurstmere School is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all students and a “culture of vigilance” to safeguard and protect all in its care. There are policies and procedures in place, including safer recruitment procedures. All staff and volunteers are expected to uphold this safeguarding commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and other employment checks.
Hurstmere School is a popular, non-selective Academy for 11-16 year old boys, with enthusiastic students, a dedicated staff and supportive governors. The school serves the local community of Sidcup; it is a special place with a strong sense of community and a determination succeed in all that we do. Hurstmere School offers a supportive and inclusive environment that celebrates and welcomes diversity. We expect everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and of each other. Our committed and well qualified teachers offer challenge, encouragement and support in order that our students may achieve their full potential. Hurstmere School is committed to ensuring colleagues achieve an effective work-life balance, in order that our students are taught by motivated, inspirational teachers. The provision of Continuing Professional Development opportunities is central to the school’s pledge to further develop teachers at every stage of their career.
This post is considered to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The school therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements.
Hurstmere School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and other employment checks.
About Hurstmere Foundation School for Boys
Hurstmere School is a well-established and respected school for boys. The staff, parents, governors and most importantly, pupils are very proud of the school and its achievements. We are a Specialist Sports and Science Academy which brings enhanced sporting and educational opportunities to our boys and members of the wider Bexley Community. The last Ofsted inspection in March 2014 judged the school to be ‘A Good School'. It praised the leadership, the school’s curriculum and the positive relationships between staff, pupils and parents. Ofsted found that ‘Students’ enthusiastic involvement in everything the school has to offer is seen in their mature, courteous behaviour in the classroom and around the school as well as in their keenness to learn.
Students are proud to be at the school. All students feel safe and valued.’. Our committed and well qualified teachers challenge, offer encouragement and support to the boys to succeed wherever their abilities lie. We have a commitment to each boy entering the School: our aim is to provide an effective and relevant education to equip our boys with the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will prepare them for their adult working life. We expect them to maintain a spirit of enquiry and to develop their independence so that they can look ahead with confidence to the challenges of the 21st Century.
Hurstmere School provides the full range of National Curriculum courses with additional subject options in Key Stage 4 leading to GCSE and vocational examinations. Continuity to higher and further education is provided through links with local sixth forms and further education colleges. Our boys benefit from a wide range of activities which enhance the curriculum and extend the learning beyond the classroom. The commitment of staff and the involvement of parents make school life more rewarding for all, and helps to develop the caring and challenging ethos. Once again, our results in GCSE this year have been excellent and stand the test of comparison with boys’ results in other similar schools in Bexley and beyond. The location and extensive facilities of Hurstmere School have a positive impact. We hope you will visit the school during normal lesson time when you will see a purposeful and hardworking student body. There is a feeling of a community with high expectations and success at Hurstmere which is a forward looking, high achieving school.