History Teacher Part Time OR Full Time

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History Teacher

PART TIME or FULL TIME considered

High Oaks
St Albans
Email:  admin@townsend.herts.sch.uk

History Teacher - - (Geography also useful but not essential)

Although we are a Hertfordshire School the higher London Fringe Pay Spine is payable.

Closing date – asap - apply now! 
We want to appoint NOW for a January (or as soon as possible) 2020 start and will proceed to appointment when we have a viable field of candidates.
N.O.R. c670 (c100) in 6th Form)

This is ideally a part time appointment BUT full time appointment will be considered and we would also be interested in hearing from teachers who can offer other humanity related subjects or areas of whole school experience. This is a great job someone wanting to teach history in a relatively small secondary school, or for an experienced colleague looking for new experiences and greater job satisfaction, and it would suit someone with relevant experience returning to the profession who shares the school vision for providing a first rate education for all students.

We are looking for ideally a history teacher, and will consider those with experience. The successful candidate should have a passion for history, have drive and ambition to maintain and raise standards in this popular and respected subject area.

This can be a Main Scale or UPS if you are alreadt awarded this.

We recognise that these current times are both unique and challenging therefore we have some flexibility and capacity to consider applications for a classroom history teacher who would like to contribute to other aspects of our school. The ability to teach other humanities subjects including Geograohy would be helpful but is not essential.

General School Information

Townsend is a lovely and relatively small and very friendly school with a great atmosphere (c670 currently on roll with c100 in the 6th Form). Townsend was rated as GOOD by Ofsted in all areas.  We urge you to read our recent Ofsted report to get a feel for this nice school. Our Section 48 OUTSTANDING inspection report also makes exceptional reading.  Both reports can be seen on our website http://www.townsend.herts.sch.uk

The school is located on the northern edge of the lovely Cathedral City of St Albans and is close to superb transport links.  The school is situated in close reach of the M25, M1, A1 and with easy access to fast main line train links to London.  We have a lovely 6 hectare (15 acre) site with countryside on three sides.

The higher London Fringe Pay Spine is paid.  We are happy to consider those currently paid on the main pay scale or those already paid on the Upper Pay Spine if you have already qualified for that payment. 

Although this is a Church School you do not have to adhere to the Christian faith to work here, but you must be in sympathy with our work and be able to support the aspects that give us our distinctive character as a Church of England School. We are happy to discuss this with you as we are seeking the best person to help drive our successful school forward in continuing to provide effectively for our pupils.

If you would like additional information or to discuss this vacancy - please email the school (admin@townsend.herts.sch.uk) for the attention of Mr Wellbeloved (Headteacher), or Miss Lingwood (Deputy Headteacher, and we can either email a reply or telephone you if you leave a contact number.

About the role

Required for January 2020 - although we are happy to discuss another start date for the right candidate.

We need an aspirational teacher with a passion for history and a driving ambition to continue to raise standards at all key stages, and it would be an advantage if you could also offer some Geography. (other examination subjects would also be considered),  and we want someone with a desire to succeed and an ambition to ensure that the subject remain a leading subject at Townsend. Candidates with all levels of experience will be considered – those with significant teaching experience, people looking for a new challenge, those returning to the profession - but primarily the post should attract those who are wanting to further raise standards, who enjoy working as part of a team, have a creative mind, a commitment to young people and a willingness for flexibility. This post is an exciting opportunity for someone to continue to drive up standards from a solid foundation.

History is a key subject in the school where standards have been consistently strong. Expectations for behaviour and achievement are high throughout the department and colleagues support each other effectively.  We believe the humanity subjects in Townsend lend themselves to cross-curricular school work; global learning, links with other countries; and support with other projects.

We want students of all abilities and needs to enjoy the subject throughout the school and to achieve the best results they are capable of.  Teachers are very supportive of each other in our school and we have a lovely purposeful, caring and sharing attitude among the staff. Learning is focused and students are encouraged to develop as enquiring and independent learners. All teachers are expected to teach classes where there is often a diverse range of needs. Children on the whole want to learn and want to do well. Many colleagues contribute regularly to the activities of our school Teaching and Learning group which runs weekly briefing sessions with all staff.  

Please do read our last two Ofsted reports and look at our website to get a feel for our school.

The Department

For humanity subjects including history, there are dedicated teaching and learning areas housed in their own area of the school. (although during the Coronavirus pandemic the organisation of the school has been redesigned on a tempory basis). The area is well-resourced and with good computer technology to support good learning.  Rooms have fibre-optic cable broadband internet access and interactive whiteboards. The department is located adjacent to a computer room and there is also a Wi-Fi network in the area.  Additionally, our Independent Learning Discovery Centre and well-resourced library is available to all curriculum areas to support independent work and to further learning, or for students to use one of the Discovery Centre's 50 wireless laptop computers, or 30 desktop computers, to support their learning.  Our six computer rooms can also be booked for class use and all staff are issued with a computer to aid preparation for learning and administration. 

The small history team is made up of specialist teachers who enjoy working collaboratively and resources are shared on a regular basis. All team members contribute to the ongoing improvement work and the development of resources – a weekly team meeting helps facilities this.

The school has an extensive extra-curricular provision and moving forward it is envisaged that history and humanity subjects will be featured strongly within this. Humanity related subjects have such an important relevance in everyday life that it is critical that all children are given the opportunity of engaging and enjoying the many different facets of the subjects.

In the history department we encourage staff to continue professional development through courses both internal to the school and external, that are in line with the school vision, departmental vision, and personal professional vision in terms of career progression and furthering the quality of teaching and learning in the department. High quality CPD is something we take pride in and encourage staff to take advantage of as attractive school opportunities.

The Candidate

Our ideal candidate will be an ambitious and aspirational teacher with a passion for history education and a driving ambition to raise standards at all key stages.  A track record of securing high levels of attainment and progress for students would be an advantage but others willing to learn would be welcome to apply. The successful candidate should be a team player committed to raising the profile of the history department and providing aspiration for all. An ability to offer extra -curriculum activities and to support clubs and whole school activities is highly desirable.

We are looking for the following in a successful candidate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the history curriculum and modern advancements in history teaching, used to put lessons into context and accentuate deeper meaning behind them.
  • Good awareness of current educational developments to ensure engagement and effective learning can be adapted to the students of the school.
  • Clear understanding of current issues related to the subject to embed the ethos of a historian.
  • Ability to plan lessons effectively and adapt these plans depending on the strengths and needs of the students.
  • An understanding and commitment to the ethos of the School.
  • Qualified Teacher Status. The department is very supportive of anyone in the developing stages of their career and will be very willing to share ideas and help to train future leaders of history to an outstanding level.  We are equally happy to support those returning to the profession or those seeking a new experience in a different school.
  • Excellent record of attendance and punctuality, as well as organisational skills expected as part of any teaching role.
  • Ability to work well in a team is absolutely essential because this is what leads to success in the team and an ideal working environment that thrives from the professional relationships between colleagues.
  • A sense of humour is key to helping develop those all-important relationships with colleagues across the school as well as in the department, and of course essential to developing cohesive mutual relationships with the children of the school.

    To succeed in this role, you must be an exceptional classroom practitioner, with the ability to lead, motivate and inspire students. We offer an excellent CPD programme for all staff.  We are committed to developing high quality and effective teachers.  Continuous training and professional development is embedded within our school culture and ethos.

    Closing date – asap - apply now! We reserve the right to move to shortlisting and interviews when we have viable applications. We want to appoint now for a January 2020 start but for the right candidate we may discuss other start dates.  Please feel free to discuss possibilities with us.

    To apply for this vacancy, please send a CV with a covering letter and an application form (downloadable from our website) to Mr Wellbeloved, Head Teacher, Townsend CofE School, High Oaks, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6DR or email to admin@townsend.herts.sch.uk or fax to 01727 834523.

    Townsend CE School is committed to the safeguarding of all students and all staff appointed are subject to the usual teaching vetting and compliance checks that include DBS checks, two satisfactory references, confirmation of identity, qualifications and barred list checks.


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Contact details

Mr Wellbeloved , Headteacher
High Oaks St Albans
Hertfordshire AL3 6DR

Telephone: 01727 853047
Fax: 01727 834523
Email: admin@townsend.herts.sch.uk
Website: www.townsend.herts.sch.uk
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