Dear prospective applicant,
Thank you for expressing an interest in this key vacancy at our college.
Over the last six years we have been on a journey to try and make this school not only one of the best schools for children to attend but also one of the best schools to work in as a member of staff. that is extremely rare and we urge you to come and see us in action, speak to the staff and speak to the students. Every decision that we take is done with a lot of thought and consideration and we put well-being at the centre, so that teachers can teach and students can learn.
There is always a tension between well-being and accountability but I do believe that we are getting closer to finding the sweet spot between the two. Although it is not the end of our journey, we have been recognised for the work we do in this area; we have been shortlisted for the well-being school of the year two years running and we have also been shortlisted for the prestigious Pearsons Award for secondary school of the year 2023.
We are looking for a teacher of Graphics to join the Design Technology faculty is made up of 9 teaching staff, 5 are full time and 3 members of staff are on 4-day timetables. The leadership structure for the faculty comprises of one head of Faculty and 2 assistant heads of faculty. We are friendly, supportive, inclusive and always happy to share our love for our subject with other like-minded individuals.
At Crown Hills Community College we have a strong provision for Design Technology, with 3 lessons per week at both Key Stages, excellent facilities and class sizes of 22 at Key Stage 3 and around 18 at Key Stage 4. We currently offer 8 specialist areas through which we deliver content that covers the KS3 NC requirements for Design Technology, Food and Art and Design. Key Stage 3 students rotate through these 8 areas over a 3 year carousel journey, with extended 14 - 16 week projects in each.
At Key Stage 4, a full range of D&T options are offered and are popular with students. Our curriculum is well-planned through our Curriculum Maps and Unit Overviews. Within each Unit Overview, key Threshold Concepts are identified and we have taken great care to think about the most effective teaching of these. These curriculum details have been designed separately for Graphics. At Key Stage 4 we offer AQA Art and Design Graphic Communication. This is a very popular option subject currently with 2 classes in both Years 10 and 11.
We have a very different approach and we are trying to create a very different culture at CHCC, a culture whereby those in leadership do not hold authority and deserve to be followed; leaders at CHCC have to earn the right to lead and we welcome and appreciate challenge if we do not live up to the standards that are expected of us.
We are very clear that the gender, background, colour, poverty, wealth or social status of a child should have no bearing on how well they perform and staff here work extremely hard in trying to close that gap between the different groups of pupils.
We have removed lesson observations from the appraisal process 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.
As a result, we have improved our headline figures year on year and initial analysis places us in the top 12% of schools nationally for progress, although we know that we can still do better.
Our behaviour policy is clear and simple, “First Time Every Time,” no quibbles, no arguments just do as we expect. Teachers no longer have to do detentions, chase up absence, attendance or punctuality. These are all done centrally with a highly skilled team that has taken the workload away from teachers.
Curriculum is obviously now at the forefront of what we do and is the progression model. We have spent a significant amount of time ensuring that the curriculum is sequenced appropriately so that students are knowing, remembering and therefore able to do more.
I would also urge you to read our well-being charter that provides you with an understanding of things that we do to just make your job that little bit easier, not tokenistic but just genuine little things that help.
We have arranged an in person meeting to hear about our school and our vision and values. I would urge you to attend this as it will include a tour of the school. If you are unable to make it then please ask for the recording or attend virtually. The Information Evening in person or online is on Monday 12th February at 5.15pm, please let Sumaya Seedat know by email if you wish to attend.
In order to be shortlisted you must attend the event (online or in person) or ask for the recording.
I look forward to receiving your application.
Mr F Adam
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.