Head of Computing (to lead across Computing, Business and Economics)

Salary:                                                  MPS/UPS + TLR 2b (£4,222)

Contract:                                             Permanent, Full Time

Start date:                                          September 2018

Prince William School is a vibrant and friendly 11-18 school (1100 students on roll) located in Oundle, within easy commutable distance from Peterborough, Stamford, Wellingborough, Huntingdon and Corby.

We are excited to offer this opportunity for an inspirational and ambitious teacher of computing to join and lead our successful team as our new head of department. We are looking for a computing specialist who ideally has the ability to teach computing up to KS5. You will join a supportive team, working alongside a small and well-established computing department; you will also have responsibility for overseeing the business and economics team.

The successful candidate will be passionate about computing and have the drive to be part of a forward thinking department, focused on developing exciting and engaging learning experiences. This position would suit an ambitious teacher of computing looking for an opportunity to develop their leadership skills further.

We have incredible students at Prince William. We are passionate about providing them with the best possible education and we place them at the heart of everything we do. Our students are well behaved, happy, engaging, and inquisitive individuals, and they are very proud to be Prince William Students; they have high aspirations and look to all our staff to guide them on that journey.  Equally impressive are our staff who work tirelessly to achieve our excellent results and to help each student truly achieve their best.  We are extremely proud to have such wonderful colleagues and grateful for the life chances they are giving our young people.

We see the investment in our staff as crucial as we look to build on previous successes for our students and the school. The successful candidate will be given tailored career progression opportunities and continued investment from a caring senior management team who are keen to support staff to develop both personally and professionally.

You will be joining the school at an exciting time as examination results across the whole school at both A level and GCSE have seen rapid improvement and the school is expanding. In 2017, 70% achieved grade 4+ in both English and Maths, 49% achieved grade 5+ in both English and Maths, and our Progress 8 score was +0.36, putting the school in the top 19% of schools nationally for progress.  At A level, 55% attained A* – B and the proportion of students achieving AAB or better was 19%.

We welcome applications from colleagues who want to be part of a positive and successful team in this very exciting time for the school.

 The successful candidate will:

  • be an enthusiastic teacher who inspires students to learn,
  • be committed to delivering high-quality lessons for students of all abilities,
  • be passionate about the importance of the teaching of computing, and
  • have a sense of humour!

We offer:

  • a committed and supportive team,
  • superb career development opportunities,
  • students with good attitudes to learning and a desire to learn,
  • a personalised approach to CPD,
  • a caring and approachable senior management team, and if needed
  • an onsite nursery run by a private company.

If you are a committed teacher who shares our passion for educating motivated and enthusiastic students, we would love to hear from you.
How to apply

For more information, an application pack and to apply, please contact Mike Sherwin on:

T: 0116 253 2389 / 07525 889925

Closing date: midday Friday 23rd March 2018

Category Essential Desirable How Identified
Education & qualifications ·   QTS status


·   Good honours degree in relevant subject ·   Application form
Experience ·   Successful teaching experience with at least KS3 and KS4

·   Using ICT in the preparation and delivery of learning activities.

·   Successful experience in some aspect of leadership

·   Experience of Line Management.

·   Successful experience of teaching KS5

·   Ability to teach Computer Science


·   Application form

·   References

·   Letter of application

Teaching Ability to:

·   To deliver at least consistently good lessons

·   Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge students

·   Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

·   Plan and teach well-structured lessons

·   Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all students

·   Make accurate and productive use of assessment

·   Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

·     Have improved the quality of teaching on colleagues through coaching or mentoring.


·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Skills and abilities


·   Successful experience of leading colleagues and delegating tasks effectively

·   Effective communication skills both written and oral

·   Successful experience of using students’ progress data to inform planning and interventions

·   Good ICT skills and able to use relevant applications

·   Ability to prioritise and develop effective strategies for further improvement.

·   Ability to communicate the vision for the implementation of those strategies effectively.


·   Successful experience of leading colleagues in school improvement

·   Experience of holding others to account


·   Application form

·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Wider professional responsibilities Ability to

·   Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school

·   Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues, knowing how and when to draw on advice and specialist support

·   Take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues

·   Communicate effectively with parents with regard to students’ achievements and well-being.

·   Evidence of extra-curricular contribution in current role ·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Professional knowledge and understanding


·   Knowledge and understanding of current developments in curriculum and examinations of at least one of Computing, Business and Economics

·   Understanding of successful behaviour management strategies.

·   Understanding of a teacher’s duty of care and safeguarding.

·   Commitment to own professional development.

·   Knowledge of current curriculum and examination developments in more than one of Computing, Business and Economics.


·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Motivation and Personality


·   Ability to cope with the duties and responsibilities of the post.

·   Stamina, drive, resilience, energy, enthusiasm and determination to succeed.

·   Good team worker.

·   Ability to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement, and flexibility

·   Understanding and sensitivity.

·   Ability to establish relationships built on trust.

·   Ability to promote excellence

·   Commitment to and belief in the equal value of all students.

·   Good sense of humour.


·   Evidence of success in promoting the life- chances of young people


·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview


 The Purpose of the Post of Heads of Departments

The Head of Department is a key figure in the life of the school, whose core purpose is to raise standards.  S/he plays a central part in helping to formulate agreed aims and objectives for the school as a whole and, through her/his leadership of colleagues and students, in implementing them through the work of the department.

 In addition to the responsibilities of being a teacher and a tutor, Heads of Departments will have specific duties as outlined below:

 Key Duties

  1. Subject review and improvement planning

 Review and analyse student performance in external exams and write the department’s self-

evaluation and improvement plan

  1. Monitor the progress of students within the department throughout the

year and implement interventions as necessary.

  1. Advise the Exams Officer about examination entries as required.
  1. Students
  1. Contribute to the allocating of students into teaching groups in line with school policy and in collaboration with other departments when appropriate. Review teaching groups as necessary.
  1. Be responsible for the guidance, discipline and welfare of students in the context of the department, in association with colleagues who have special responsibilities in these fields, with a particular care for students in vulnerable groups.
  1. Monitor, assess, record and respond to students’ progress and needs in line with school policy. Set targets and implement intervention strategies for students.  Communicate with parents/carers as appropriate, and report to them as required by school policy.
  1. Maintain student records as required by school policy.
  1. Staff
  1. Make effective and equitable deployment of teaching and non-teaching staff, with advice on timetable planning.
  1. Take responsibility for the effective performance management of members of staff as required by the performance management structure.
  1. Line Manage the Second in the Department and agree appropriate responsibilities for them.
  1. Monitor the work of all staff who teach in the department, including the quality of their teaching and marking, ensuring they set homework and meet deadlines as required, and liaise with the SLT Line Manager for the department about any action that needs to be taken.
  1. Curriculum
  1. Define departmental aims and objectives, and oversee the translation of them into meaningful courses of study, which deliver at appropriate levels across all ages and abilities.
  1. Oversee the planning of the range of students’ learning experiences, in the context of the school’s and the department’s broad aims and objectives.
  1. Take responsibility for the production and updating of the subject’s schemes of work.
  1. Guide staff on the appropriate methodology and resources to realise departmental aims and educational ideology.
  1. Relate the academic work of the department to children with special needs, to the school as a community and to the school in the community.
  1. Evaluate departmental performance and priorities against agreed targets. Communicate and review these with theSLT Line Manager, the Principal, Governors, and the Trust as required.
  1. Resources
  1. Evaluation, select, acquire or produce an appropriate range of learning materials to enable the curriculum to be delivered appropriately.
  1. Give guidance to other staff as necessary on the effective utilisation of resources.
  1. Work within the budget provided for the department.

Reprographics Technician

 Deadline for applications:        12noon, Monday 26th March 2018

Start date:                                As soon as possible

Salary:                                     Grade G, Points 19 – 22, £16,854.89 pro rata (£18,746 FTE) – £18,576.71 pro rata (£20,661 FTE)

Contract:                                  Permanent, 37 hours per week, term time plus 3 weeks (total of 41 weeks per year)

 We are seeking to appoint a diligent and reliable Reprographics Technician to provide an efficient reprographics service for the staff and students.

The successful candidate will have strong ICT skills and knowledge, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.  Within this role you will also be expected to assist with other support roles within the school. They will also be able to operate a variety of reprographics equipment and be able to work calmly and reliably under pressure, and be able to prioritise their work effectively and meet tight deadlines.

 Prince William School is located in Oundle, within easy commuting distance of Peterborough, Stamford, Huntingdon, Wellingborough, and Corby.  It is a vibrant and friendly school with enthusiastic, well-behaved students who are eager to achieve the best they can.  We have high expectations for all, and our aim is simple: to be the best school in Northamptonshire and beyond for every student, no matter what their ability or aspirations.

Prince William School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidates will be subject to references, DBS and medical checks.

 How to apply

Please email or visit the Vacancies section of the school website (under Latest News) for an application pack. Please include a letter of not more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your experiences that are relevant to the post. Please address your letter to Miss E. Knight.

 Applications to be returned by email to by noon on Monday 26th March 2018.



 Responsible to:  The Principal’s PA

Core Purpose: To provide an efficient reprographics service for staff and students and to assist with other support roles within the school.

 Key duties:

To provide an efficient reprographics service for staff and students by:

  • maintaining stationary supplies for purchase by departments and areas of school
  • storing and maintaining equipment for loan within school and keeping a register of equipment loaned to various personnel within the school
  • producing a range of documents, using appropriate school software and office equipment to the required standard including worksheets, examination papers, booklets, certificates and photocopying for staff and students etc
  • using specialist equipment (e.g. photocopier, guillotine, laminators, binders, scanners, etc) in the production of administration, teaching and learning resources
  • undertaking daily general maintenance of all photocopiers, including minor paper jams, paper levels, toner refill and requesting a service engineer for annual services or as required
  • undertaking photographing and videoing school activities and events for school publications as required
  • producing student and staff I.D. badges.
  • maintaining records of work undertaken and prepare monthly accounts
  • monitoring stock and supplies levels of paper, card, files, etc. and ink/toner; research, negotiate and place orders ensuring ‘best value’ of resources
  • ensuring the school is compliant with copyright legislation
  • working with other members of the administrative team to complete other general administrative tasks as necessary at pressure points

To provide effective technical assistance across the school by:

  • providing support to the Network team in the school with maintenance tasks such as replacing ink/toner cartridges in printers as required
  • updating school display screens on a daily basis
  • security marking assets and keeping a stock control of assets
  • running printing reports as required
  • managing student logins and passwords

Reviewed March 2018.

Reprographics Technician – Person Specification


Category Essential Desirable How Identified
Education & qualifications ·   5+ GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)


·   Application form
Experience ·         Experience of working in a busy environment and meeting tight deadlines

·         Experience of using Microsoft Office software

·         Experience of operating some reprographics equipment


·         Experience of working in a secondary school

·         Experience of operating a variety of reprographics machines such as copiers, binders, laminators, guillotines etc.


·   Application form

·   Interview

Skills and abilities


·   Ability to learn quickly and work flexibly

·   Effective communication skills both written and oral

·   Ability to communicate effectively with a range of young people and adults

·   Strong ICT skills and ability to use Microsoft Office to produce attractive certificates and publications

·   Ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure

·   Ability to prioritise work load and meet tight deadlines reliably

·   Artistic and creative


·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Knowledge and understanding


·   Wide knowledge and understanding of ICT and ability to support others in a range of software packages.

·   Understanding of basic stock control and understanding of sourcing ‘best value’ purchases

·   Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection

·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

Motivation and Personality


·   Stamina, resilience, and an ability to meet deadlines under pressure

·   An eye for detail

·   Systematic and reliable

·   Good sense of humour.


·   References

·   Letter of application

·   Interview

EMLC AT APPROVED Employment Application Form

Prince William School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidates will be subject to references and DBS check.

EMLC Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under registered number 08149829 and registered address Bridge House, Bridge Street, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AB.  Prince William School is a business name of EMLC Academy Trust.