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Head of Design Technology - KS3 Responsibility

Teachers Main Scale/Upper Pay Scale 

(£31,350.00 - £47,839.00 per annum) 


(£3,214.00 per annum) 

Full time equivalent: 100%

Monday - Friday


St Clere’s Secondary School
Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope, EssexSS17 0NWEssex
St Clere’s Secondary School

It is an exciting time to join the team at St Clere’s Secondary School! We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and enthusiastic qualified teacher (holding QTS or equivalent and a relevant degree) to lead our talented and experienced Design Technology department, as well as having Key Stage 3 responsibility.

The successful candidate will lead and teach Design and Technology. They will be creative, innovative, efficient, and committed to improving outcomes. The ideal candidate will have excellent subject knowledge and lead a highly motivated team of superbly collaborative teachers committed to a progressive and stimulating approach to teaching and learning, and to instilling a passion for the subject in our students. The successful candidate will hold QTS, applications from teachers with the ambition to progress through the trust network of the school are welcome, as Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is committed to supporting the right candidates who have a keen interest in seeking career development.

This is a great chance for a candidate with excellent subject knowledge to join our teaching team to help deliver Design Technology across the school, whilst simultaneously being responsible for Key Stage 3.

The opening of our brand new sixth form at St Clere’s School in 2023 was a very exciting opportunity for new staff, and young people in the local area. We are incredibly lucky to have highly skilled and collaborative teachers who have experience in teaching post 16 at St Clere’s and we welcome the opportunity for new members of staff to join our pre-existing team. As the sixth form expands and we welcome a second cohort of students in 2024, we are looking for people to join us who are equally excited about the journey we are on.

St Clere’s School is a high achieving, oversubscribed school with a “Good” Ofsted rating and consistently high student outcomes, demand for places is increasing year on year. We are a popular choice for families because our students succeed in many ways and are taught by staff who teach with great energy and expertise in an environment that has great facilities.


We are very proud of how we value and look after our staff. The school is a part of Osborne Co-operative Academy, where staff wellbeing is a priority. Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust promotes staff wellbeing

and progression throughout the trust. One of our former ECT’s at St Clere’s is now Head of School after progressing his career throughout the trust.

‘Persequi Optima’ (the pursuit of excellence) is our school motto and our mission is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive and meaningful education for all learners. We do this by providing an engaging curriculum in a safe and inspirational environment where high standards and expectations encourage success. We aim to empower our learners so they can apply their acquired skills or knowledge and confidently express themselves throughout their lives and future careers. Our high standards are achieved through effective leadership, outstanding teaching and committed stakeholder engagement from the Trust, Governance and community.

St Clere’s School is a member of Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust a Multi-Academy Trust, with twelve member schools within Essex. All schools in the Trust work in equal partnership and are members of the schools’ Co-operative Society. Our Co-operative Values focus on enabling all students to achieve their potential both academically and as young people.

In return for your hard work you will receive:

  • Relocation package of up to £8,000 for new employees renting or buying a property
  • Support from highly experienced SLT members, and the wider trust network and collaboration with our other schools 
  • Support network for all staff including managing workloads and work-life balance  
  • Career progression throughout the Trust, with the ability to progress in other schools 
  • Recognition of continuous service  
  • Excellent CPD opportunities through the school and the trust  
  • Fully Subsided Employee Assistance Programme   
  • Excellent behaviour management policy to support all staff 
  • National Conditions of Service 
  • Automatic enrolment into the National Teachers Pension Scheme

Person Specification



  • Graduate
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • English and Maths GCSE
  • Evidence of continuing approved professional development


  • Further or higher degree



  • Experience across the Secondary School age range
  • Proven record of successful classroom teaching


  • Experience in Secondary Schools

Professional Competence


  • Ability to use ICT and understand computer software packages
  • Ability to motivate students at all levels
  • A thorough understanding of the requirements of the curriculum and the range of teaching and learning strategies necessary to motivate pupils to achieve their potential
  • An understanding of what the role of Subject Leader entails and a broader awareness of the importance of a Middle Leader in school
  • The ability and personal qualities to motivate staff and pupils
  • Understanding of all current performance data for secondary schools
  • The ability to monitor, evaluate and review the curriculum


  • High level ICT expertise
  • Innovative, imaginative and flexible classroom style which pushes the boundaries
  • Ability to teach in a second area

Personal Qualities


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to recognise and utilise staff strengths
  • Ability to build, support, motivate and work as part of a high performing team
  • Ability to inspire children and the capacity to see each as an individual in their own right
  • The confidence to take a lead
  • The ability to produce results under pressure


  • Aspirations to further promote
  • Visionary

Start date: September 2024 - earlier start date may be considered

Read the full job description
Posted on: 22 March 2024

Application Closing date

Monday, 15 April 2024 12:00 pm

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To apply, please use the application form link above or request a form by emailing us at or calling 01375 648901.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.