Vacancy: Director of STEM (Permanent)

Job Title: 
Director of STEM

From January 2018 (earlier start possible)

NOR 1,633

We seek to appoint a leader to develop the provision in school for STEM approaches to student learning and development. STEM covers Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and the post-holder will look to develop a curriculum approach that develops the key skills for students to work in future technologies and emerging industries that marry creative skillsets with high-level technological understanding and knowledge.

The post-holder will line manage specific subject areas, namely Computing and IT. Additionally they will work in partnership with the Curriculum Leads for Maths, Science and Art & Design, as well as TLR holders in those faculties, to consider how best to develop exciting and innovative approaches to learning STEM skillsets.

We are an ambitious school and we believe that every child can succeed. If you are a superb classroom teacher, a self-reflective practitioner, a highly effective communicator and have ambition to develop your career, then please apply to join us in creating an ‘ethic of excellence’ for all our students.

Blatchington Mill is a ‘Good’ school, with ‘Outstanding’ behaviour and safety. We achieve positive value-added in our exam results, stretch our most able, and support our most vulnerable. We innovate in the classroom, placing huge value on teacher-led action research and professional development. We work in partnership with schools locally and nationally and believe in collaboration and school-led improvement. We are a lead partner in the Pavilion & Downs Teaching School Alliance, and this brings exciting opportunities for progression and professional development. We also lead a national hub for the ‘Challenge the Gap’ - a programme designed to reverse disadvantage and promote excellent student development and progress. We are also a designated Stonewall Training School.

Our most recent reviews of the school have commented that:

“The energy, enthusiasm and personal interest shown by leaders are highly motivational, creating a culture of initiative, innovation and success.”

“Staff work collaboratively to learn from each other, strong teams are built and so teachers guide and support each other. This has developed a culture in which staff are confident and eager to improve; where they view challenges positively.”

“There is a high level of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students and between students themselves; contributing successfully to students’ moral and social development. It is rare to see students not engaged with their learning.”

“Students are well behaved, courteous and polite. They show positive attitudes to the teacher, their learning and each other. This makes a strong contribution to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that pervades the school.”

“The school is very inclusive, and students show respect and consideration for one another in their behaviour in classrooms and around the school.”

If you would like to join us, and feel you could thrive in a collegiate and positive atmosphere then please read the accompanying person specification and job description and consider if you possess: 

  • A track record of positive impact upon student outcomes.
  • A track record of positive impact on a wider area of their school via a TLR.
  • Subject knowledge relevant to this remit and a commitment to broadening their knowledge of the other domains.
  • A love of learning.
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and resilience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

If you are interested in applying for this role please complete and return an application form before the closing date (CVs alone will not be considered).

Closing date: 30th October 2017 – 12.00 noon
Interview date:  Week commencing 6th November 2017

Blatchington Mill School is committed to safeguarding our students; we expect all staff and volunteers to support this commitment.  Criminal record checks will be carried out and a full, enhanced DBS clearance is required for all positions.

Applications are encouraged from black and ethnic minority candidates, as these groups are under-represented on the school's staff.

(Race Relations Act sections 35-38 apply).

How to Apply

Unless otherwise stated, please return your completed application form by noon on the closing date to:

Amanda Brasington,
Head Teacher's PA,
Blatchington Mill School & Sixth Form College,
Nevill Avenue,

Tel: 01273 736244
Fax: 01273 739615