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This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, passionate Head of Science to join a forward-thinking and innovative team in this high-achieving 11-18 Academy.
About the school:
Ortu Gable Hall is a large mixed academy on the Thurrock/Basildon border. It is part of the Ortu Trust, which is made up of Ortu Corringham Primary School, Ortu Gable Hall School and the Ortu Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form Centre. Teaching opportunities are available from KS1 to KS5 across the Trust.
We know that helping shape students' lives and turning aspirations to reality have rewards that include, but transcend academic excellence. At Gable Hall School children and young people experience a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning journey through their secondary and post-secondary years. Staff and parents work hard together to create a caring and mutually respectful ethos to prepare students well for the demands of the 21st Century. Our highly personalised curriculum; exceptional extra-curricular opportunities; student leadership culture, and sound attainment make Gable Hall a very exciting place in which to learn, work and play. High quality teaching and pastoral care combine to make Gable Hall a truly unique school. Our staff are committed and determined to uphold and promote the long established high standards, which have ensured that our students progress confidently to college, university and employment, with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to lead successful, positive and productive lives.
Our challenge is to maximise our pupil's progress. Even with headline figures significantly above national, we recognise that we still have gains to be made. G.C.S.E results for 2019 show English Grade 9-4 at 68%, grade 5+ at 51%. Maths results show 60% at 4+ and 38% at 5+
Ofsted June 2018 said:
'Staff are proud to work at this school, feel well supported and say that leaders consider their well-being'.
'Middle leaders are highly supported and are given professional opportunities to develop their leadership skills.'
'Recently qualified teachers feel well supported by leaders. They feel valued by senior leaders and quickly adapt to the school's systems and procedures.'
'The school has made good use of the strong practice within the school to improve the quality of teaching.'
Here is why you should work at Ortu Gable Hall:
We are hardworking and are fully committed to our improvement journey. Staff development is an entitlement; we offer a range of high quality CPD both in house and through the Trust. Significant numbers of staff are able to access leadership training at all levels. Other benefits for all staff include cycle to work and childcare voucher schemes.
Ortu Gable Hall is a warm, welcoming place to work and relationships throughout the school are positive. Of course, we know that you enjoy working with young people and want to make a difference to their lives.
Extra-curricular activity, particularly in the Performing Arts, is our strength: sports, drama, music, art,community action, public speaking and enterprise as well as Duke of Edinburgh and Thurrock's Next Top Boss.
Information about the School
We, at Gable Hall School, are committed to achieving the very best educational and social outcomes for every one of our students. We do this by putting learning, challenge and care at the heart of all aspects of our work.
Our vision comes to life in our clearly articulated values which are respect for each other, integrity in all that we seek to achieve and the wholehearted pursuit of excellence in both academic attainment and social accomplishments. In working towards making these values visible in every student, we strive to provide a safe, healthy, stimulating and exciting environment for all to work, learn and play in, and in which access for all to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is free and equal.
Our pupils are encouraged to develop lively enquiring minds, to be capable of independent thought and to appreciate those areas of knowledge and understanding which will nurture wisdom, enable them to take responsibility for themselves and their actions, and prepare them for future life, employment and happiness. Academic excellence, respect and tolerance for others, resilience, self-discipline and self-confidence form the basis of our school's philosophy.
Our continuing successes and excellent reputation in the local community are based on a close relationship between well-qualified and dedicated staff, enthusiastic self-reliant and well-behaved pupils and interested, supportive and co-operative parents.
Gable Hall is a high-achieving Performing Arts Specialist 11-19 Academy in the North East of Thurrock. It is a Leading Edge School, has won several national awards for achievement and improvement in the past four years: International Schools Award (2012), Quality Mark in Study Support (2012), SSAT Top 20% Most Improved School etc (2012, 2013) and holds many prestigious national awards (IiP Gold (2012), EQualities Award (2013), Healthy Schools - Enhanced (2013), Sports Mark (2014) and Arts Mark Gold (2014), National Leaders in Parent Partnership Award (LPPA 2014) and ROQA Quality Mark in careers advice (2014), amongst others.
Gable Hall School converted to Academy status in 2011 and in 2013 became a Multi-Academy Trust.
We are, however, most proud of our young people; an increasing number of whom are winning places at top universities or competing successfully for some very high profile work positions. They have tremendous gifts, talents and potential. My staff and I, supported by their parents, gain tremendous satisfaction and pleasure in seeing them achieve.