Anchored in Christ Dear Colleague, Thank you for requesting information regarding the post of Teacher of History(Maternity Cover) at Chelsea Academy. The Academy provides the opportunity to work in a new 11-18 school, which has both a local community focus and a distinctive Christian ethos and is located in one of the most vibrant parts of London. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly-skilled team of staff in a school committed to collaborative working and high aspirations. This is a hugely exciting and rewarding opportunity. Sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea Academy is a heavily oversubscribed mixed Church of England Academy for students aged between 11 and 18 years, at Lots Road, SW10, near Chelsea Harbour. We opened in September 2009, with places for 162 students per year group growing to capacity by September 2013. From September 2013 we have increased the number of students we admit into Year 7 to 180. This means the Academy’s roll will continue to grow slightly over the next few years. The Academy has received over 750 applications for Year 7 places commencing in September 2013. The Sixth Form opened in September 2011 and there are currently over 200 students studying A- Levels in Years 12 and 13. Chelsea Academy combines traditional values and high standards with an innovative approach to learning and teaching and a strong commitment to student leadership and co-construction. The Academy’s specialism is the sciences. Visitors to the school have consistently commented on the high standards of behaviour, enthusiasm for learning and confidence of our students, as well as the Academy’s £43m building. The Academy was awarded the Investors in People Gold standard during its second year. The Academy was judged as outstanding in all categories in its Ofsted inspection in May 2012 and in the subsequent SIAS inspection in July 2012. We are proud of our first ever set of A Level results this year 2013 which saw a 99.6% overall pass rate with 52% of all grades at A* - B. The Academy is seeking to appoint an innovative, inspiring and well-qualified Teacher of History (Maternity Cover) who is committed to maintaining a consistently high standard of learning and teaching to help ensure that this continues to be a truly outstanding school. The academy is looking to appoint an outstanding classroom practitioner with experience of teaching GCSE and A level History. For a suitably qualified candidate, this post could offer middle leadership responsibility in the form of Acting History Curriculum Leader. In particular, candidates should have: An excellent track record of teaching and developing history at KS3 and GCSE demonstrated through exemplary examination results. Experience of teaching AS/A2 level is desirable. The ability to inspire and motivate others and to manage change effectively High expectations of students in terms of learning, achievement and behaviour A clear understanding of the latest curriculum and pedagogical developments in history The ability to plan and develop a curriculum that allows for innovative learning and teaching, regular assessment of student progress and enrichment opportunities outside of lessons. Chelsea Academy T 020 7376 3019 Lots Road London [email protected] SW10 0AB www.chelsea-academy.org Acting Principal: Charlotte Harrison Anchored in Christ The deadline for applications is Monday 21st October at 12.00 noon. Interviews will take place on Thursday 24th October 2013 and will include a demonstration lesson, a written task and both student and staff-led interview panels. It will assist the short listing process if applicants can respond directly to the candidate specification in their supporting statements. Visits to the Academy are welcome and I or the Assistant Principal who line manages the Faculty are very happy to discuss any queries with potential applicants personally, and queries may be directed to the following people: Charlotte Harrison, Acting Principal – [email protected] Sabrina Broadbent, Assistant Principal – [email protected] Gareth Jones, Faculty Leader, Humanities – [email protected] I very much look forward to receiving your application. Yours faithfully Charlotte Harrison Acting Principal Chelsea Academy T 020 7376 3019 Lots Road London [email protected] SW10 0AB www.chelsea-academy.org Acting Principal: Charlotte Harrison Anchored in Christ WECOME TO THE HUMANITIES FACULTY The Humanities Faculty, like the rest of Chelsea Academy, believes in high expectations of everybody and accepts no excuses from anybody. The academy’s mission is to put students learning first and push them to achieve their very best, whether their ambition post-16/18 is to enter Further or Higher Education, employment or training. The Humanities Faculty expects its students to compete with students from fee-paying independent schools to enter onto the best possible degree courses at the most respected universities. We want everyone to pursue their ambitions to highest level. Chelsea Academy’s Humanities Faculty aims to broaden students’ horizons and help them develop an understanding of the world and its citizens. Our emphasis is on asking and answering questions, big and small, to develop our students’ thinking skills. We aim to develop our students’ literacy, through exposing them to different types of text and through activities designed to support extended writing in various forms. The students and curriculum The Year 7 humanities course is designed to introduce students to the humanities disciplines as discreet subjects and also to help students understand the links between them. There are nine units of work across the year and each one is designed to tie into one or more of the half-termly academy-wide themes. Each Year 7 group has one humanities teacher for three periods per week. In Year 8 students are taught three separate subjects, Geography, History and RE, each by specialist subject teacher, for one period per week each. All students make an early start to Key Stage 4 at the beginning of Year 9, when all students follow a GCSE RE full course, with some opting to study GCSE History and/or GCSE Geography, both of which are popular options. The five AS/A2 courses currently offered by the Humanities Faculty are: Geography; Government & Politics; History; Philosophy & Ethics of Religion and Sociology. We plan to offer sociology at Key Stage 4 in the future and to expand our offer at Key Stage 5, possibly to include geology (working with the science team) and classical civilisation. We have a team of Humanities Ambassadors, from amongst the student body, who we hope will play an increasingly larger role in running clubs, organising after-school events and assisting with academy-wide projects, such as Humanities Immersion Day and the Harvest Festival. Anchored in Christ We moved into brand new state-of-the-art accommodation in September 2010, with a suite of specialist rooms and access to the latest technology to support the most up-to-date learning and teaching. We hope our students enjoy their studies in the Humanities Faculty and take advantage of everything that is on offer, including trips, extended-curriculum clubs and leadership opportunities. Gareth Jones, Faculty Leader for the Humanities CHELSEA ACADEMY TEACHER OF HISTORY JOB DESCRIPTION Reporting Subject Teachers will report to their Curriculum Leader. Job Purpose To support the Leadership Team and Faculty and Curriculum Leaders in providing a clear vision, professional leadership and effective management for Chelsea Academy. To help secure the success and on-going development of the Academy, ensuring high standards of learning and achievement for all students within a specific Faculty. To help establish and maintain productive relationships with parents and carers and others who support the Academy in various capacities. Together with the Leadership Team and Faculty Leaders, to establish and develop the Academy’s values and distinctively Christian ethos within an inclusive, multi-faith community. To work with flexibility, resourcefulness and initiative, undertaking any duties necessary at the reasonable request of the Principal. Key Tasks will include the following: 1. To ensure high standards of learning and teaching and academic attainment and progress for all students within the curriculum area. 2. To support the development of a curriculum vision and plan for a curriculum area that enables the Academy to move from one year group to seven. 3. To implement an effective assessment system within the curriculum area in question. 4. To work with colleagues to develop innovative and engaging schemes of work, lesson plans and related learning resources that accelerate student progress. 5. To take a significant part in the development, delivery and the promotion of the Curriculum Area. 6. To assist in the management of the resources of the Faculty within the limits of the delegated budget and in accordance with the Academy’s financial procedures. 7. Along with the Faculty and Curriculum Leaders, to devise and implement quality assurance systems, including regular learning observations. 8. To contribute to the co-ordination and implementation of the Academy’s enrichment curriculum. 9. To help develop systems that facilitate effective and inclusive support, mentoring and guidance for Academy students. 10. To undertake and support subject-specific staff training and professional development within the curriculum area in question. 11. To support the development of the use of ICT within the curriculum area, in particular the Academy’s virtual learning environment (VLE). 12. To contribute to the Academy Development Plan and self-evaluation processes as required. 13. To network with teachers in other schools in order to identify and build on best practice. 14. Other key tasks will evolve in line with the Academy’s development. CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION Successful candidates are likely to be able to give evidence in support of all or most of the following: Professional Skills and Experience 1. Possess a good degree and QTS. 2. Be an excellent teacher with the ability to inspire students in their learning. 3. Show evidence of continued educational professional development. 4. Have experience or be able to demonstrate an aptitude for working in a comprehensive, urban and multi-cultural environment. 5. Demonstrate success in raising attainment, achievement and standards of learning and teaching. 6. Have some understanding of wider school leadership issues. 7. Have the ability to make accurate judgements with regard to the quality of learning and teaching and student progress. 8. Have an enthusiasm for developing innovative approaches to learning, teaching, mentoring and guidance. 9. Have experience of working in a school with a distinctive Christian ethos or the ability to articulate how such an ethos could be developed and the capacity to contribute to this. 10. Have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that relate to a establishing a completely new school People, Relationships and Communications 1. Be personally committed to developing a distinctive and inclusive Christian ethos in the Academy. 2. Be able to relate to all students in a positive and constructive way and inspire them to achieve more than they think possible. 3. Have relentlessly high expectations of students in terms of learning, achievement and behaviour. 4. Have a commitment to developing opportunities for student voice, leadership and participation, both within and beyond the classroom. 5. Share the Academy’s vision for effective one-to-one and small group coaching in vertical, not agespecific, groups. 6. Have qualities which earn the trust and respect of students, staff, parents and governors. 7. Possess integrity, optimism, credibility, resilience, calmness and a sense of proportion. 8. Possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 9. Have the ability to relate positively to parents and other stakeholders and engage them successfully in the life of the Academy. 10. Be able to build constructive working relationships with local schools and colleges, employers and the local authority Chelsea Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate must be able to satisfy an enhanced police / Security Criminal Records Bureau check (CRB).