Heathcote School (11 – 18) has an ambitious vision and plans to provide the best possible local education for young people in Waltham Forest and we are inspired by our purpose to improve the life-chances of our most vulnerable pupils. We are highly inclusive, and our diversity is our strength. The school has been on a robust journey of improvement, looking to build on our ‘good’ status (Ofsted 2018) and for the school to ultimately become ‘outstanding’ in all areas. External reviews in 2021 have highlighted our ‘clear positive vision’ and ‘significant safeguarding strengths.’ This is an exciting time to be at a school in an impressive setting with lots of potential and a school-wide commitment to ensure that the pandemic does not prevent the ambition and success of our pupils and staff. Staff feedback is very positive about working in our school. Heathcote has undergone a transformational journey over the last 5 years and key performance indicators are strong in many areas, including being over-subscribed for the first time for Year 7 in 2022.
We are looking for a qualified and talented Teacher of Geography to teach across the ability range to GCSE, and A Level. You will be part of the Geography Department, based in a new building, who are committed to ensuring pupils have a wide range of opportunities to experience and succeed in and out of the classroom; the latter includes field trips, opportunities to be eco-ambassadors and a Duke of Edinburgh Programme. In the department, you will be working with and supported by an experienced team of strong teachers and an ambitious and passionate leader, who also work closely with other Humanities subjects.
We welcome applications from newly qualified or more experienced teachers that can demonstrate ambition, passion and impact whatever their journey so far. As an ECT at Heathcote School, you will be supported by experienced colleagues on a range of issues relating to planning, teaching and assessing with a dedicated mentor and a skills development programme that will provide you with the experience required to be a successful practitioner in education.
The school puts well-being and development at the heart of its work, and we have very talented staff who are encouraged to grow and develop collaboratively, within school and with local schools, to be the best they can be. We are working to raise standards in a ‘high challenge, low threat’ way and enable robust systems which ensure consistency in all areas and encourage growth and development for all. We are part of the North East London School Teaching Hub, Seven Kings Teaching Alliance, and the West Essex Teaching School Alliance. The school has excellent resources and an impressive, spacious site on the edge of Epping Forest including a staff car park and surrounding roads that do not require a parking permit. We are also a 15-minute walk from Chingford Station which has great links into the City.
We aim to ensure our staff body reflects the diversity of our community and use anonymised-recruitment processes in our short-listing. We employ staff with diverse skills and backgrounds and this ensures that our policies and systems are always inclusive of all our stakeholders. We value and respect everyone’s identity and our Equality Information and Objectives Policy confirms our commitment to the 2010 Equalities Act.
If you are interested, please look at our school website www.heathcoteschool.com where you will find application forms and further information. We encourage you to visit the school before making an application and please contact us on the below email if you wish to do so.
Completed application forms should be emailed to email@example.com.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 9am on Friday 24th June 2022
Interview process to be held: TBC
Please note: applications will be considered as they are received and we reserve the right to close this position before the date specified above. We therefore urge candidates to submit an application as soon as possible.
Heathcote School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy