We seek to appoint a Subject Leader for Computing from 1 September 2023.
The successful candidate will join the Department of Mathematics and Computing in the role of Subject Leader on a permanent full-time contract. We are looking for someone who can teacher Computer Science to at least KS4 and the ability to teach Business Studies (or any other subject) could be an advantage.
This is an opportunity for an ambitious and dynamic individual to continue the shift of emphasis towards Computing throughout the 11-18 curriculum and to strengthen further the subject and its profile within the school. Computer Science is a popular subject at GCSE and A Level with positive student outcomes and we are keen build on this success.
The successful candidate will be expected to work in conjunction with the Curriculum Leader for Mathematics and Computing to further develop and strengthen the relationship and consistent approach to delivery of the two subjects.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the Computing Department including managing its staff, resources and budget and leading teaching and learning and behaviour management strategies within the area. The Subject Leader will work closely with other subject leaders across the school, as well as supporting and working with the Curriculum Leader for Mathematics and Computing where appropriate.
Our Maths and Computing Curriculum Area is based in a modern purpose-built building, with IT suites situated across the school site. The department contains 16 staff (both full and part time) including the aforementioned Curriculum Leader for Maths and Computing. Backwell School offers its staff a vibrant and stimulating teaching environment and there is a broad range of professional support available for new members of staff both within the department and in the wider school.
Backwell School, part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Multi-Academy Trust, is a large comprehensive school with almost 1700 students of which 300 are in the Sixth Form. Judged by Ofsted as Good in January 2020 the school has an excellent reputation in the local area and is oversubscribed in regards to student applications. Our latest Ofsted report can be read here.
At Backwell School we prioritise staff wellbeing; planning time is generous with full time teachers teaching a maximum of 51 lessons out of 60. Our induction programme is highly regarded and new teachers can expect to be assigned a mentor in addition to professional development support. All members of staff are expected to act as tutors within the pastoral unit system.
The school has thriving extracurricular activities including sport, music and drama, and staff are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the school. Teachers are invited to run clubs for students around either personal interests or subject areas and the school has a wide range of these taking place. We also run an Enrichment Week once a year, including residential trips, which all staff are encouraged to assist and experience.
Our Trust values excellence and collaboration and has a key focus on staff development will deliver exciting and effective learning to our children and young people. The Trust provides us with curriculum collaboration and support opportunities with Chew Valley, Churchill and Gordano School as well as links with many of the primary schools in the local area. We also have a Trust wide Professional Development Team organising a wide range of staff training and development. We also provide a fantastic benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme, electric car scheme, fitness suite access and on-site parking.
We are committed to providing a comprehensive education for all our young people and this ethos is summarised in the Backwell School Charter.
Before making an application candidates are asked to match their qualifications, experience, skills and abilities against the criteria listed on the job and person specification below. To make an application please visit the: Backwell School Eteach page.
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 16 April 2023.
Those who are successful following shortlisting, will be contacted regarding interview arrangements. We plan to schedule the interviews to take place before the end of Term 5.