Head of Mathematics | Epsom College
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Head of Mathematics

An inspirational Head of Mathematics is required for a large and flourishing department of 16 teachers for September 2024.

Closing Date 01 March 2024

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This is an exceptional leadership opportunity for an inspirational and ambitious mathematician. Epsom is strongly committed to staff development and this significant middle management role would suit a candidate wishing to progress to a Senior Leadership post in the future.

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The School

Epsom College is an inspiring place to work, renowned for delivering an excellent all-round education to 1,100 girls and boys aged 11-18. We are proud to have been judged ‘Independent School of the Year 2023’ and named by The Sunday Times as the “UK’s Most Improved School” in its 2024 Parent Power league tables.

The College has grown significantly in the past six years, with pupil numbers rising 38% as the result of the opening of our Lower School in 2016, and strong growth throughout the rest of the College. We admit pupils into Years 7, 9, and 12, with an average of five applicants for every space.

Epsom is a happy school. The College values of kindness, ambition and integrity are at heart of all that we do. Almost all our pupils remain with us for their A-levels, and staff retention is equally strong. Around 60% of staff live onsite, which lends the College a sense of community and togetherness.

From 8am until 6pm, our 72-acre campus is alive with learning; academic lessons also take place on Saturday mornings meaning that pupils have time each day to learn and develop outside the classroom. Our co- curricular programme – which features a vast array of clubs, societies and activities each week – is award- winning (picking up the ‘Best of the Best’ accolade from The Week for six consecutive years); our CCF is one of the largest in the UK; and our Duke of Edinburgh programme currently has over 100 pupils completing their Gold or Silver award.

In addition, our timetable features wellbeing lessons, an award-winning Personal Social Development offering, and an hour each week for volunteering in the community. Last year Epsom pupils gave 8,500 hours of their time to help local charities, schools, and community groups.

When pupils aren’t busy with all of the above, they can relax and catch up with friends in their House. We have 13 single-sex Houses for all our pupils from Year 9 upwards (whether they are day pupils or boarders). This combination of single sex accommodation within a co-ed environment provides pupils with the best of both worlds.

The fact our Houses are physical buildings, where pupils can step through the door into a space that’s entirely their own, is key to the success of our pastoral programme. The Carnegie Centre for Excellence in Mental

Health in Schools honoured us with their Gold Award – making us one of just four UK boarding school to receive their top accolade – and in 2023 we were judged Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing.

Sport is central to the College. Last year, we won national titles in Squash, Tennis, Rugby and Shooting; and reached the national finals in Hockey, Golf and Swimming. Over 22 sports are offered to our pupils, and the aim is to encourage participation for all – we regularly field D and E teams, and see an average of 90% of pupils playing competitive fixtures.

Our focus on delivering an all-round education that develops the whole child, is regularly celebrated. In the past four years, in both the TES and Independent School of the Year Awards, we have been a finalist in the categories of Boarding School of The Year, Co-Ed School of the Year, SLT of the Year, Creativity in Teaching, Student Wellbeing, Community Initiative, and Sporting Achievement.

It is an exciting time to be joining the College, with Mark Lascelles taking up the Headship from September 2024.

We hope that you will want to come and join the fantastic teachers and support staff who work here.

The Department

The department teaches a challenging Key Stage 3 curriculum to National  Curriculum Years 7 and 8, followed by IGCSE with extension material from the AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics course used with the top sets.

In the Sixth Form, the Mathematics Department is the largest in the school, with approximately 170 pupils studying mathematics including around 40 Further Mathematicians. These pupils learn a variety of disciplines, from Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics, through to A-level, Further Maths and Oxbridge level. The Department also offers a Level 3 Core Mathematics qualification as part of the Sixth Form’s Core Curriculum.

The results are exceptional with 28% receiving grade 9 at IGCSE and 79% grades 7-9 in 2023.

Similarly, there were 36% A* grades and 71% A*/A at A-level Mathematics, with the A-level Further Mathematics results even stronger, recording 38% A* grades and 85% A*/A.

Departmental Principles & Aims

The mission of the Mathematics Department is to stimulate and nurture a love of, and interest in, Mathematics and to help students to understand the importance of the subject and its relevance to the wider world.

We strive for consistently high-quality and academically stimulating lessons to enhance the enjoyment of the subject and to achieve excellent academic outcomes.

Responsibilities & Expectations

Strategic Direction and Development

  • To prepare an annual Departmental Review and to set and monitor targets for departmental development in close liaison with the Deputy Head (Academic) and to prepare for and respond effectively to the recommendations of Departmental Internal Reviews (MOTs)
  • To embed College and departmental aims and policies in departmental schemes of work
  • To maintain and develop links with professional groups, prep schools, exam boards, in order to keep up to date with educational and subject-related best practice and thus assure and promote the excellence of departmental provision.

Leadership, Management & Organisation

  • To lead and manage the department in order that high-performance standards are achieved, recruiting, inducting, developing, deploying, motivating and appraising members of the department; to establish clear expectations of teachers and offer appropriate development opportunities;
  • To manage efficiently vital routine administration (examinations, cover, etc.);
  • To identify, in liaison with the Assistant Head: Staff & Examinations, the training needs required for departmental development and to promote the professional development of teachers in line with departmental and College aims;
  • To make effective use of departmental meetings to improve teaching and learning and to ensure that actions are recorded and implemented;
  • To create departmental documentation of high quality (Departmental Handbook, Schemes of Work, Subject Information, etc.) and to develop a vibrant presence on the College website and VLE;
  • To prepare and monitor a budget which promotes the cost-effective management of resources to support high-quality teaching and learning;
  • To ensure that the department is a safe, well-ordered and stimulating environment in which to teach and learn.

Teaching & Learning

  • To promote and inspire excellence in teaching and learning to ensure all pupils develop their potential in the subject – including the most able and those with learning needs;
  • To exemplify in own practice the skills of teaching and learning typified by lead professionals;
  • To identify, analyse and challenge underperformance in teaching and learning
    making effective use of raw and value-added data in collaboration with HMMs, HOYs and SLT;
  • To develop, review and implement schemes of work which support high standards of teaching and learning;
  • To ensure that individual pupil progress is regularly assessed, recorded and reported and used to inform future teaching and promote further progress;
  • To develop imaginative provision of co-curricular opportunities in order to promote pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of the subject – and their broader personal development – and to collaborate with other colleagues in supporting cross-curricular initiatives;
  • To support the work of the Careers Department in preparing pupils for the world of work and in preparation for UCAS applications and to give specific support to those pupils applying for the most demanding and selective courses – Oxbridge, Medical Schools, etc.

Epsom College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

This job description is indicative of the expected duties and responsibilities of a  teacher at Epsom College. Given the dynamic and evolving nature of teaching and
learning this job description is fluid and would expect to alter as the College’s teaching and learning strategy and academic developments evolve.

Criteria for Appointment

Essential

  • An excellent degree in Mathematics (or a Mathematics-related subject);
  • Evidence of an outstanding classroom practitioner capable of inspiring pupils with
    a love of Mathematics;
  • An impressive track record of GCSE and A-level results;
  • Display an appetite for using data to drive up academic standards;
  • Demonstrate a capacity to lead and develop colleagues;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take the lead in developing the department’s co-curricular activities and raising the profile of the department in College life.

Desirable

  • Display an innovative, imaginative approach to teaching and learning;
  • Evidence of creative and effective use of IT in teaching and learning;
  • Evidence of a continuing academic interest in Mathematics;
  • Experience of preparing pupils for Oxbridge entrance;
  • Experience of leading initiatives;
  • Experience of leading colleagues.

In order to arrive at a decision, the selection panel may enhance any or all of the desirable criteria and we reserve the right to appoint at any time during the recruitment process.

Offer of Post

 The College has its own salary scale, and offers a generous fee remission for the sons and daughters of staff, numerous other benefits and accommodation may be available.

The offer of the role would be made subject to receipt of references, proof of relevant qualifications, Teaching Regulation Agency and other relevant checks for teaching positions in the UK, obtaining a letter of professional standing from the professional regulating authority for teachers who have worked outside the UK where appropriate, a check of online search engines and websites of publicly available information that does not identify the candidate as potentially unsuitable to work within a school setting, sighting of birth certificate, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check at management level, an overseas check, if appropriate, and pre-placement medical assessment that are all satisfactory to Epsom College.

Proof of entitlement to work within the United Kingdom will be required. Prior to interview, an online search of internet search engines, websites and other publicly available and publicly accessible platforms to ascertain applicant’s suitability to work within a school environment will be undertaken on applicants that have been shortlisted.

All employees are required to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the College’s Health and Safety Policy. They should take reasonable care for their own Health and Safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or do not do. Staff should correctly use work items provided by the College, including personal protective equipment in accordance with training and instruction.

Anyone wishing to discuss these details further may contact Mrs Becky Brown, Deputy Head: Academic, by email: Rebecca.Brown@epsomcollege.org.uk

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to complete an online Application Form available via the button at the top of this page, along with a letter of application and submit these as soon as possible.

Applications will be assessed in order of receipt and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received. We therefore invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Please contact Vikki Stroud, Recruitment and HR Manager, with any queries regarding the application process Vikki.Stroud@epsomcollege.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 1 March 2024 at 9am.