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Head of Media Studies

Park High School is a fantastic place to work and develop as a teacher.  We’d love you to come and join us!

We are now seeking to appoint a colleague who shares our passion for learning and our determination to change lives through the education we provide.

If you are a genuinely passionate and committed teacher who wants to work in a school where teaching is a pleasure, and in a school that puts learning at the heart of all it does, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Appointment for September 2024

Permanent, Full time, Outer London Pay Scale + TLR 2A

Closing date:  Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at 09:30AM.

Details and an application form may be downloaded from the school's websitePlease also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 sides of A4.  Applications should be returned to HR Team hr@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

An early application is advised as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if sufficient suitable applications are received.

1.        Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic Head of Media Studies who wants to join and lead a growing department.  This post is suitable for an experienced teacher who is eager to take on a leadership role in this curriculum area.  This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

Park High is an 11-18 mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive school of almost 1550 students, situated in the London Borough of Harrow. There are very high achievement levels and excellent facilities.

We can offer:

  • An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do. 
  • An award-winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.
  • A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.
  • Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.
  • Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.
  • A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring teams within which to grow and develop.
  • An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across Key Stage 4 and 5.

2.        Curriculum, staffing and resources

Media Studies is taught as a specific subject at KS4 and KS5 to mixed ability classes, by staff who teach both Media Studies and English.   The department is also supported by a Media Technician.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated Media Studies classroom with our own filming equipment and suite of computers with professional industry standard software, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop.

Lessons take place in a calm atmosphere.  There are three lessons per week for KS4 and five per week for KS5, where the sharing of learning experiences is valued. Students are encouraged to be curious and develop enquiring minds and teamwork skills in practical production.  Emphasis is placed on providing a demanding and innovative curriculum that is both accessible and challenging for all students. 

Media Studies is a popular preference subject in the school, with student uptake consistent and full classes yearly, due in part to our popular extracurricular Media Production Club that promotes the subject at KS3. We currently teach the Eduqas specification, and the curriculum is enhanced with visits to the British Film Institute, The Guardian and The Museum of Brands and Advertising.

Levels of achievement are consistently high at both GCSE and A-level.  Notably our A Level success has been 100% A*-C in the last two years. Students follow a knowledge-rich curriculum that teaches them about the Media beyond the exam specification, enhancing their ability to communicate and work collaboratively, and develop independence within and beyond the classroom. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a colleague with a strong background in teaching Media Studies to take on a strategic role in supporting the further development and provision of the subject both within the curriculum and beyond by continuing to raise the profile of the subject across the school. 

3.        Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School.   Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is highly regarded, and we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions, and we actively support our staff in pursuing Master’s and other higher qualifications.

Quality assurance, continuing professional development and performance development all work together well. Training is high quality and often personalised. There is an impressive suite of in-house training resources and these match school values and priorities. Challenge Partners 2024 

4.      Pastoral role

All staff are involved in the tutorial system, most as tutors with tutor groups.  This is an important part of our work.

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic Education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive both as individuals and members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally.

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.  

 

Park High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment. Applicants must declare any criminal convictions as the post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Appointments will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via the Disclosure and Barring Service and references from previous employers. We are required to conduct online searches for shortlisted candidates in accordance with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance in order to identify any incidents or concerns which are publicly available online. We are an Equal Opportunities employer.