Head of Design Technology Faculty

Crown Hills Community College
Leicester, Leicestershire
Contract Type
Full Time
£28,000 – £43,685 + TLR1B
Start Date
To be confirmed
3rd February 2023 09:00 AM
Contract Type
Job ID
Start Date
To be confirmed
  • Contract Type :Permanent
  • Job ID: 1300728

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for expressing an interest in this key vacancy at our college. In addition to this letter I would also urge you to look at our website and the video about what it is we stand for and why you would want to join us.

Having said that though, we are not a College that is driven by OFSTED and the grade we hold, we want to be much more than that and I would like to think that when you look at what we have done over the last 5 years we are now at the forefront of educational excellence. We want to provide the best educational experience possible for the children in our care and thereby become a great school that goes beyond grades and targets. 

This is a significant leadership role and we have also spent a significant amount of time working on the values and behaviours that are expected of our leaders, including myself. We cannot become a great school without our leaders leading in a certain way, we need to set a standard and expect to be held accountable to those standards. 

The faculty consists of 9 teachers. It is part of the Discovery Zone which it shares with the Maths and Science faculties. It delivers the AQA GCSEs in Food & Nutrition and Art & Design in Graphics, 3D Design, Textiles and Photography and follows a two-year Key stage four curriculum.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Deputy and Assistant Heads of faculty to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the faculty and to create and implement strategic improvements in line with the College’s vision and policies. We expect applicants to be committed to equal opportunities, multi-cultural education and team-working.

As a Faculty leader this role will require significant strategic as well operational leadership. We are looking for somebody who is innovative, willing to take risks and looking to create educational excellence by leading a team that delivers quality first teaching in the classroom on a daily basis.

That process has already started and we have removed lesson observations from the appraisal process for over 5 years now and linked it to professional development. Currently staff are entitled to ‘visits’ and entitled to a professional dialogue to improve their practice. That is a risk we have taken but it is aimed at creating a learning community where teachers can teach and learners can learn without fear. Within DT however, there is some work to do with the progress that students make across the different specialisms.

However, curriculum is the progress model and the three things together: Curriculum, Responsive Teaching and Assessment are the driving force behind the improved progress of our students as is a clear and simple behaviour policy that expects students to respond first time every time.

In addition to responsive teaching, we have what we call a knowledge-first approach to our delivery. This places the emphasis on the teacher being the most knowledgeable person in the room and imparting that knowledge to students rather than engaging in a discovery model that wastes time with students trying to discover the new knowledge. Again, if you are interested in this post then this method of delivery is key to you securing the position. I would urge you to read more about our approach in our teaching and learning blog.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with the other Faculty Leaders within the zone to ensure smooth day to day running. They will also work as part of the wider Leadership Group to form and drive vision and policy across the college.

The successful candidate will not be given a tutorial role but we expect all staff to help students in their wider social and personal education. The successful candidate will be linked to a specific year group to support student achievement. Crown Hills has a strong commitment to personal professional development including specific training in the way we lead at CHCC. This is an excellent place in which to further a career in leadership and stepping stone into senior leadership.

As part of our recruitment process, it is important that you attend our information evening, as this forms part of the recruitment process. In order to be shortlisted you must attend either in person, online or ask for a recording. Please email Sinead in order to confirm your attendance.

Please read the attached job description and person specification. If you are interested in applying, please fill in the application form available on our website. Please include e-mail addresses of all referees, and e-mail it together with a letter of application (no more than 2 sides of A4, font 12) outlining your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to this post.

In particular, please tell us about any initiative or strategy you have introduced, led or used to raise achievement and the impact it had on outcomes.

I look forward to meeting you and receiving your application.

Yours sincerely,

Mr F Adam



Safeguarding Statement:

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants will be required to undertake pre-employment checks, such as an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. 
Crown Hills Community College

Crown Hills Community College