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Director of Humanities (Geography Specialism)
(Part of the Extended Leadership Team)
Start date: September 2022
Leadership Scale: L7-11
King Harold Academy is a school with a clear and ambitious vision: to become one of the kindest, hardest-working, highest-achieving schools in the UK. We are a proud community school with incredible students, supportive parents and talented, committed staff members.
Expectations at King Harold are extremely high. We live by a clear set of values that drive everything we do:
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These values shape all aspects of the work we do: the curriculum we teach, our behaviour policy, our teaching framework, our enrichment programme, our approach to teacher wellbeing, our interactions with parents and students - everything we do.
King Harold Academy is a rapidly-developing, growing secondary school. It is an exciting time to come and work with us, to be part of a team who are building a school that transforms the life chances of young people in the community, with ambitions to become a beacon of excellence in the educational sector.
Members of our teaching team love working at KHA. We work closely together, reward and recognise each other's hard work and successes, and pride ourselves on the quality of our professional development. All of our staff run clubs and enrichment activities, and next year we'll be making this part of teachers' allocation of lessons, because we are committed to building strong relationships and developing well-rounded KHA students, who leave us with more than just qualifications.
As Director of Humanities, you will be part of our Extended Leadership Team, shaping your vision for an outstanding department and curriculum. You will lead a talented team of Humanities teachers who are determined, hard-working and incredibly invested in the success of our students.
We are looking for someone who loves teaching Geography and other Humanities subjects (History, RS, Sociology), believes passionately in their academic importance, and can build a team to deliver an inspiring, transformative curriculum. We would like our KHA scholars to be empowered and inspired to go on to further study in the subjects at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.
The post is an opportunity to make your mark as a senior leader in a rapidly-improving school, and take your career to the next level. You will join an exceptionally talented middle and senior leadership team, and learn a huge amount about educational leadership and school improvement.
If you're interested in playing a leading role in building a school community that provides a transformative education for its students, then King Harold Academy is an exciting opportunity for you.
The successful candidate will have/be:
● Kind, Hard-Working and Ambitious
● A passion for teaching Geography and other Humanities subjects;
● The ability to lead change, develop, motivate, challenge, support and inspire colleagues and students alike;
● Experience of teaching KS3 and KS4 Geography and some other Humanities subjects;
● An outstanding practitioner with a proven track record of examination outcomes at KS4;
● The ability to develop a highly ambitious, inspiring Humanities curriculum
● The highest aspirations and expectations for all students, yourself and our school;
● Aspiring to progress their career.
King Harold Academy also benefits from being part of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).
As an employee of TKAT you will benefit from:
● A wide variety of opportunities for professional development, including the potential to
develop your career at more than one TKAT academy;
● Opportunities to work flexibly, where possible;
● Our support for your wellbeing at work; and
● The rewards of working to improve the life chances of our pupils.
Application packs can be downloaded from our website www.kha-tkat.org. Completed application forms should be sent or emailed to Mrs Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to arrange an informal conversation with the Head of School prior to application, please contact Mrs Campbell.
Please note that CVs will not be accepted unless accompanied by a fully completed application form.
Health and Safety
King Harold follows the TKAT, Essex and Government COVID 19 guidelines in order to protect students, staff and visitors to the school.
TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
TKAT is committed to equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic for example race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit. This includes applications from individuals wishing to work full time, part time or on a flexible basis.
Closing date: Tuesday 24th May 2022
Interviews: Thursday 26th or Friday 27th May 2022
King Harold Academy is committed to the protection and safety of its students and the successful candidate will be subject to DBS, Bared List and two reference checks as part of the School's Safeguarding Procedures. The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post in accordance with the Immigration Act 2016.
Information about the School
King Harold is a vibrant 11-16 mixed comprehensive school where each student is valued. The school is part of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), whose aims are to raise achievement and establish best teaching practices as an “Accredited Schools Group”.