Contract Type: Full Time
Head of Department
Salary: Competitive
School Type:
Academy Secondary Aged
School Size: 451-1000
School Age Range: 11-16
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AH
Ofsted Ranking: Requires Improvement 3


Head of Maths

At Ormiston Denes we place high value on staff development, both in teaching and leadership, we are looking to appoint a well-qualified, committed & talented leader to join our Mathematics department. You will inspire a highly committed team of professionals determined to develop the teaching of Mathematics, so that students of all abilities enjoy their learning and are motivated to succeed.

You will be joining a well-resourced, supportive academy full of strong practitioners, keen to share best practice and continue moving forward.  We work collaboratively with other Ormiston Academies, both locally and nationally.  This ensures we are at the leading edge of the latest developments and are able to deliver the highest quality career professional development, and provide progression opportunities within the Trust.

Our aim is for every student to make good progress in their subjects.  This is through receiving engaging teaching that focuses on engendering a love of learning.  If you are looking to work in a vibrant academy which expects high standards from students, places a high value on the professional development of its staff, and feel you have the qualities to meet the demands of this rewarding position then we wish to hear from you.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Is an outstanding practitioner and has a love of Mathematics.
  • Is innovative, self-motivating and able to inspire, encourage and challenge others.
  • Has the ability to teach good lessons across the age and ability range.
  • Has the highest expectations and enjoys working as part of a team.
  • Is determined to overcome any barriers to learning.

In return Ormiston Denes Academy will offer you:

  • An innovative learning community, constantly aiming for high standards.
  • A supportive, welcoming community of professionals.
  • Extensive development and collaboration opportunities, throughout the Ormiston network.

For further details or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Dawn Carver,

Main duties

  • Act as a role model and lead professional for members of the team.
  • Manage and conduct appropriate monitoring and evaluation procedures, including lesson observations, to ensure high standards of teaching and learning.
  • Maintain a positive climate for learning based on high expectations of students and their potential.
  • Take appropriate steps to support staff in developing their teaching practice including the organisation and delivery of appropriate training, advice and coaching activities.
  • Use and apply data effectively to ensure student progress is monitored against targets and prompt action is taken to address any concerns.
  • Ensure that marking and assessment procedures are followed consistently by all members of the team, in line with school and department policy, including the application of assessment for learning processes and techniques.
  • Plan and review schemes of work which incorporate all statutory requirements and which demonstrate the use of appropriate and varied teaching and learning strategies.
  • Ensure that the needs of all students are known and met effectively, including students with learning and behavioural needs.
  • Use appropriate strategies and support mechanisms to meet the needs of the students.
  • Develop opportunities for enhancing the curriculum experience for students including the provision of booster classes and other extension activities.
  • Monitor and review the range of curriculum options and opportunities offered to students and advise on and manage the introduction of new provision where appropriate.

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About Ormiston Denes Academy

Our ethos is simple:

Every young person has the potential to achieve the highest grades in English, mathematics and indeed all subjects that they take. By highest grades we mean a minimum of what is now a Grade C, but for a substantial proportion of our students this target will be an A. Our mantra of ‘every student every subject’ means that whilst English and mathematics are considered vital, we expect excellence in all curriculum areas, and set the highest standards for every individual student, regardless of their year group and whether they are aiming for a C or an A*.

Every young person has the potential to excel at something outside of their core lessons. Our gold standard enrichment programme, coupled with an extensive range of after school clubs, activities and trips, gives students the opportunity to explore a range of experiences outside of their main subjects; find something that they love, and pursue it.

As the largest Academy in Lowestoft we are fortunate to be able to provide first-rate facilities across the curriculum. Our new arts centre, refurbished technology classrooms, 3g astroturf pitches and extensive ICT infrastructure are a few examples. However, providing an excellent environment for learning is just one of the aspects ensuring that students are able to focus on the core purpose of being in school; their education. In addition to our relentless focus on standards, our traditional house structure, dedicated Heads of House and committed pastoral teams, offer students the support they require and give parents a clear point of contact.