Dean Close St John’s is a thriving independent, co-educational day and boarding school situated in beautiful surroundings overlooking the castle in Chepstow. The School is divided into two sections; Pre-Prep and Preparatory School, with children ranging from 4 years to 13 years. There are two other nurseries based in St Arvan’s and Newport.Dean Close St John’s promotes family values in a relaxed atmosphere where parents are positively encouraged to get involved in the community. Facilities include a sports hall, an astro-turf, indoor pool and two off-site cricket pitches. It is well known for its music and performing arts, and has a strong tradition of academic and sporting success. In June 2015 the School and Nurseries were acquired by the Dean Close Foundation which has given Dean Close St John’s a secure financial future. The Dean Close Foundation consists of Dean Close Senior, Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools based in Cheltenham, St John’s Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools in Chepstow, Dean Close Services Ltd which is the commercial arm of the group and Dean Close Nurseries Ltd which operates three (52 week care) separate Nursery businesses. The nurseries are base in Chepstow, St Arvan’s and Newport. There are approximately 630 members of staff in the Foundation. During the summer of 2015, a number of improvements were carried out to the buildings with more developments in the pipeline. This is a very exciting time for Dean Close St John’s and it is felt that this brand new post will offer lots of challenges and enjoyment. PrinciplesThe Director of Studies reports to the Head and is primarily responsible to her for the academic provision for all pupils in the Prep School, including the smooth day-to-day running of all academic aspects of the school. This includes the administration of the academic structure within the school and the successful operation of the academic timetable. The Director of Studies will also be a subject teacher, teaching approximately 65% of a normal teacher’s timetable in addition to his/her administrative roles.The Director of Studies will be expected:• to support the Christian ethos of the school• to support the values and aims of the school• to encourage the school’s commitment to the education of the whole person• to ensure that teaching and learning is excellent throughout the school• to provide clear and inspirational leadership on all issues relating to the teaching and learning within the school• to assist the Head and the Deputy Head in maintaining a vibrant and thriving school• to be a member of the Senior Management Team and have a high profile around the school and at school events such as sport, music and drama• to deputise for the Deputy Head, as appropriate• to work closely with key staff to ensure a balanced education is delivered• to possess high expectations and the determination to raise the level of achievement of pupils• to lead and support the whole staff team• to keep abreast of developments in the teaching• to be involved in the longer term planning and strategy of the school• to set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance• to continue a personal commitment to professional development• to support the Head in evaluating, co-ordinating and developing the academic aims and standards of the whole school in partnership with pupils, staff, trustees and parents • to be able to monitor and evaluate children’s progress effectively• to display excellent teaching skills within the classroom and when speaking to a larger group of children• to be fully ICT proficient in order to make best use of our electronic communication and reporting systems• to have a secure understanding of Special Educational Needs and to have a range of strategies to identify each child’s ability and ways in which to maximize their progressThe Director of Studies has responsibility for:• the efficient day-to-day running of teaching in the school• the overall shape of the academic day, in close consultation with the Head and the Deputy Head • evaluating and developing further the existing processes which monitor the delivery of the curriculum• the school timetable and setting arrangements, in discussion with the Head, Head of Pre Prep and Heads of Department• the co-ordination and resourcing of school exams, producing exam timetables • the reporting process for DCSJS, working with the ISAMS coordinator and proofreading as necessary• updating the school’s academic policies as necessary and ensuring the implementation of guidelines and rules contained within it• planning the termly INSET programme at the start of term• holding regular meetings with Heads of Departments• the development of tracking systems to monitor and evaluate pupils’ progress, achievement and attainment• keeping up-to-date with changes in educational theory and subject requirements: the National Curriculum, Common Entrance and Scholarship expectations• the oversight monitoring and development of the staff appraisal procedures• Oversee 13+ Scholarships and liaise with parents, pupils, Head of Departments and Senior SchoolsIn regards to Staff, the Director of Studies should:• assist the Head and the Deputy Head in the appointment of staff• play an important part in the induction and training of new staff• monitor the induction of NQTs • encourage and support colleagues in the development of good teaching practice with suitably high expectations• oversee and monitor lesson observations, work sampling, scrutiny and book checks• assist the Deputy Head in identifying appropriate CPD courses for staff• support staff when dealing with pupils and parents as necessary• support the Head and the Deputy Head in the process of staff performance appraisal • support academic preparation for senior school entry assessment, whether Common Entrance, Common Academic Scholarship or otherIn regards to Pupils and Parents, the Director of Studies should:• monitor/support any pupils whose progress is giving cause for concern, including meeting with parents• deal with parents and their concerns over the academic progress of their children• attend parents/staff/departmental meetings as requiredIn regards to general administration, the Director of Studies should:• have strong administration skills and have the ability to work with colleagues professionally• deal with paper work efficiently and manage time effectively to meet all deadlines• assist with the school for ISI inspections, update SEF, policies and other relevant documentation• bid for all relevant budgets and liaison with the Head and Bursar as necessary• be responsible, with appropriate support and after consultation, for preparing the annual school timetable, including lesson allocation, the shape of the day, and staff loading• manage all examination arrangements, both internal and external, including specific examination timetables, associated invigilation, marking and reporting to parents• set up and manage the academic 11+ scholarship process, working closely with the admissions staff• liaise with the Head and Admissions and Learning Support Staff on the placing of new pupils after testing/assessments• ensure that appropriate reports and tests are completed and passed on if pupils transfer to another school• monitor the learning and progress of all pupils through regular staff meetings, assessments and appropriate base line assessments • be involved in the preparation for and clear up after each term and school year, which will require some contributions out of term timeDirect Line Management of:• Heads of DepartmentPerson Specification - we are looking for someone who:• is fully committed to and supportive of the Christian ethos of the School • enjoys the company of pupils of prep school age• is passionate about education and has the ability to engender a life-long love of it to pupils• possesses high expectations and the determination to raise the achievement of pupils• has the ability to work as part of a team and to take initiative where necessary to secure the development of the school and the raising of standards as appropriate• has the commitment to see all pupils are encouraged to reach their potential irrespective of their ability• can motivate the staff and pupils by way of example and encouragement• possesses the ability to liaise successfully with parents and to work effectively with the other members of staff• is well organised, punctual and expects high standards from those involved in DCSJS, whilst maintaining a positive and affirming culture• has good interpersonal skills - to establish good working relationships with all staff, children and parents• is able to communicate effectively with staff, children, trustees and parents• has proven classroom management skills to enable children to learn effectively within the classroom• has the ability and willingness to use IT effectively to aid teaching and learning• is able to monitor and evaluate children’s progress effectivelyThis job description forms a basic outline for the specific role, but other details may be added. All members of staff are expected to play a full role in the life of the school as is reasonably required. Any role at Dean Close St John’s School can develop and change as appropriate.Closing Date: noon,Tuesday 24 January 2017Interviews: w/c Monday 30 January 2017This vacancy may be withdrawn at any time
St John's on the Hill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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St. John's, Dean Close
Castleford HillTutshillChepstowMonmouthshireNP16 7LE
Phase: Independent Preparatory & Senior
No. of Pupils: 450
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