We, the ICT and Computing Team at The Leigh Academy, have a great opportunity for a talented, inspirational and dynamic teacher to join us for September 2018. We’re an incredibly stable and committed team with an excellent track record of raising achievement in our students, and our successful candidate will be able to demonstrate this also. Our ideal candidate:
- Will consistently raise achievement and deliver excellent academic outcomes
- Can model excellence in the classroom
- Has the training skills and experience to make a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning
- Has the initiative, energy and enthusiasm to enhance community and external performance opportunities
- Is able to evaluate and improve their impact and effectiveness
- Will provide an active link with other key colleagues to support the research, development, innovation and evaluation of teaching & learning across the school
This post will give the successful candidate fantastic experiences as a teacher, working alongside high performing and enthusiastic colleagues. We are all focused on providing top rate outcomes for our students and achieve the highest rigour and standards in pedagogy, learning, behaviour, aspiration, enjoyment, progress and attainment in ICT and Computing.
You must be ready for the next challenge in your career and be the sort of person that can deliver outcomes with clear vision, efficiency, energy and conviction.
Recently rated by Ofsted as a ‘good school’, we have high, whilst being very achievable, expectations of all staff and students. This is a unique opportunity to take part in our journey back to ‘outstanding’ and influence the future of our students and make an impact on the diverse community we serve.
We will also offer you:
- Excellent CPD opportunities
- Extremely friendly and vibrant staff and students from a rich range of backgrounds
- Supportive and aspirational parents
- A school brimming with partnership opportunities including international links
- A chance to take part in a comprehensive extra-curricular programme
- The daily experience of working in an innovative school that just keeps getting better!
ICT at The Leigh Academy has a long history of success. The Learning Area has achieved outstanding results both at GCSE and at a range of course offered in KS5. Individually, students have achieved outstanding performances in CIDA examinations at Key Stage 4 with over 80% of students achieving A* grades at Level 3. Computing is a popular choice with many students studying the subject at A Level. The majority of students become accomplished programmers in both structured and object-oriented programming methodologies. The majority of Advanced Level ICT students proceed to higher education courses in Computer Science or related courses.
We have six fully-equipped specialist learning areas each with a capacity of 30 networked PCs running Windows. The Learning Area has five teachers employed full time teaching ICT and Computing. The curriculum at Key Stage 3 has been redesigned recently with considerable success. Students are now given opportunities at Key Stage 3 to program in Scratch, Python and Web Coding as well as opportunities to develop algorithmic and computational thinking skills. BTEC ICT is offered currently at Key Stage 4 as an option, in addition to GCSE Computing.
The Learning Area aims to develop its students by offering opportunities to work on projects of interest to local companies and our primary feeder schools. For example, in recent years students have organised and run classes in a local primary school, and additionally an after school games programming club for younger students at The Leigh Academy. Students have also created their own apps for a variety of different Operating Systems.
If this sounds appealing, apply today to be part of our team!
Working for the Leigh Academy: The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. The Academy is divided into four Colleges: Brunel, Chaucer, Darwin and Da Vinci - each has their own personality and range of specialisms, allowing them to be unique.
Overall, the academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic Leadership Team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages in their careers. Our award winning building and facilities are modern, light and airy and the open learning plazas and classrooms built around a day-lit wintergarden give the academy a unique and special character.
We can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and collaborative department not only within The Leigh Academy, but within the wider Trust as well. Full support will be provided and you'll have the tools and environment needed to teach in a way that works for you. We know that being a teacher can be both challenging and rewarding in equal measures and that you thrive on inspiring young adults and stimulating their curiosity. At The Leigh Academy we aim to give our teachers the freedom to innovate and inspire our students as we know this is a crucial ingredient to driving great learning outcomes.
Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers and share best practice at Academy level and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You will also be expected to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation. As part of the 'cluster' structure, all of our academies are grouped together in key geographical area to enable them to be able to support each other and share resources. It also offers staff access to career opportunities across the Trust allowing them to progress their career without switching employers. For more information on working for the Trust please visit our careers pages
Diversity at our core: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.
The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.