Computer Science Teacher
Computer Science Teacher
Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
Role commences: 1st September 2019 (with paid induction available in June/July for candidates currently in their training year)
Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. Application forms, other recruitment material and a copy of the school’s prospectus are available on the school website under the ‘Join Us’ tab.
Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted). Accredited as a national Teaching School in 2017, we offer excellent opportunities for staff development and progression.
We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.
This summer’s GCSE results were superb with 80% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 65% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 55.8 and our Progress 8 of +0.69 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.
DGS Computer Science Department
The Computer Science department is already well established within the school and has achieved excellent examination outcomes this summer: over 90% of GCSE students achieved a 9-4 grade, which was 26% above the National Average. The A-Level Computer Science results are strong and constantly improving each year, with many of our students progressing to study Computer Science at university.
The department consists of two specialist Computer Science teachers delivering fully resourced schemes of work from Years 7 – 13. We are now looking to expand the department so that we can continue to offer a rich experience within the subject, as well as offering whole school enrichment projects. We are very fortunate to have connections with Oxford and Buckingham Universities, the Computing at Schools network (CAS), and we also have links with Microsoft and a range of international technological and engineering companies at Harwell Campus.
Computer Science is taught in Years 7 and 8 to introduce students to computational thinking, problem solving and programming in Python using both micro:bits and Edison Robots. Our students follow a three-year KS4 programme, with GCSE Computer Science a popular choice; we currently have two Computer Science classes across Years 9-11. We also offer an increasingly popular A-Level in Computer Science with our current Year 12 class being a 50/50 split of males and females. Both GCSE and A-Level courses follow the OCR specification.
The department is fast-paced, outward-facing and at the forefront of the school’s work on developing effective teaching, learning, planning and assessment strategies that support even greater success for students in reformed qualifications.
We offer weekly revision sessions for our GCSE Computer Science students as well as our own DGS Coding Club where KS3 students can independently develop their programming skills by creating their own applications.
If you share our growth mindset approach to both learning and life then we would love to hear from you!
This is a key post in a dynamic and strong department. We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion for their subject, who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; someone with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.
Due to the increasing roll of the school and the popularity of GCSE and A-Level Computer Science, we are looking to expand our highly successful Computer Science department for September 2019.
The post is suitable for candidates who are able to teach KS3 Computer Science, GCSE Computer Science and elements of the A-Level Computer Science specification. The ability to teach a second subject (particularly Maths or Science) is desirable but not essential.
We welcome applications from experienced teachers as well as those new to the profession and currently in training.
If the successful candidate is due to qualify next year and start teaching in September 2019, we are delighted to offer paid induction at the conclusion of their training and before the summer holiday.
Didcot Girls’ School is an accredited teaching school with a significant track record for successful fast-track career progression, leadership development and excellent CPD. There is the possibility of leadership responsibility on appointment for the right candidate. The school is also part of Ridgeway Education Trust, a growing multi-academy trust, which provides the opportunity for school improvement and leadership work across schools in the future.
For further information about the department, please email Nathan Rees, Head of Computer Science at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to tour the school in advance of an application, or for any general queries, please contact the Heateacher’s PA, Frances Adley at email@example.com
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) and send it with a response to the following task to Frances Adley at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching and learning looks like in Computer Science.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 10th December, with interviews later that week.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview.
Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.