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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment


Salary: Lead Practitioner Scale (L5-10*)

Relocation allowance will be considered.

Start date: 1st September 2024 or as soon as possible

This is an exciting new opportunity in the Academy join a growing team of Lead Practitioners in the Academy as we continue to strive towards excellence in all areas. We are looking to appoint a dynamic and forward thinking Lead Practitioner of Science who is a motivated and inspirational leader to support in the development of teaching, learning, assessment within Science and across the wider Academy.  The job will play a vital role in the coaching and mentoring of science teachers and ensuring consistently good practice within this subject area.

This Lead Practitioner will provide the leadership required to work with the Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning), members of the Senior Leadership Team and Head of Science and other Lead Practitioners to help us strive towards achieving excellence. As we aim to build on our “good” Ofsted rating, this role will contribute significantly working towards us achieving ‘outstanding’ for the Quality of Education and Leadership and Management at all levels. The role of this appointment will be as per the attached information although the precise responsibilities will be confirmed upon appointment and may be subject to change dependent on individual strengths within Science and changing roles within the Academy in the future.

Applications are invited from individuals who are currently experienced middle leaders or equivalent with at least 4 years’ experience. This is an opportunity for an ambitions, committed and dynamic middle leader of science, who has considerable experience in teaching and learning as well as being able to implement whole Academy systems, strategies and procedures in a high performing context and develop their own practice towards becoming a senior leader. For the right candidate we would consider appointing before the end of the summer term and we would consider a re-location package of up to £5,000 for a candidate who may have to re-locate.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious candidate to develop this role and be at the forefront of change and to make a real difference to our drive to continue to raise standards of education in Science and across the Academy. If you believe that you have the skills and abilities to take on this role, we would love to hear from you.

Why become a Lead Practitioner of Science?

  • to work with a highly supportive, experienced and visible Senior Leadership Team, Lead Practitioners and Experienced Science Leaders
  • to develop your leadership within excellent support and developmental opportunities to enhance your chances of further leadership progression in the future to senior leadership
  • opportunity to work autonomously and independently
  • gaining further experience of working collaboratively with others within and beyond the Academy
  • develop creativity and try out new ideas
  • develop coaching and facilitation skills further and help support the development of others
  • to have a chance to learn from other senior leaders and colleagues across a wider context
  • networking opportunities with peers
  • an opportunity to make a significant difference in Science and in an area of the Academy life beyond the Science faculty.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding classroom practitioner who is an enthusiastic, innovative and engaging teacher of Science, especially physics to join a dynamic and expanding team of staff. The Science Faculty offers a wide programme of options at Key Stage 4 and 5 including; AQA Trilogy Combined Science, AQA Separate Sciences a popular option choice for approx. 60-70 students each year, BTEC Level 3 Science and the three separate A Levels.  The Science Faculty has a large team of experienced teachers and middle leaders to offer a wealth of support and professional advice and also Teaching Assistants and technicians to support the delivery of the curriculum.

Most of our students remain with us into the Sixth form, including those who study A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as BTEC in Science and we are aiming to further develop Post 16 provision especially to develop the numbers taking Physics A Level. You will have a key role to play in supporting staff and post holders in the development and provision and outcomes across all key stages.  

Joseph Leckie Academy is a vibrant, exciting and innovative mixed 11-18 Converter Academy with an overall progress score of +0.46 (2019) and +0.35 (2022).  With our excellent results and being graded as “Good” across all areas by Ofsted (October 2021) and our continual desire and drive to continue moving forward, this is an exciting time for you to join our team. Since 2017, the Academy has remained as one of the top non-selective secondary school for progress in Walsall based on validated results and is one of the highest performing schools in the region for student progress.

Our last Ofsted inspection in we were judged the Academy to be good in all categories and for overall effectiveness with some excellent feedback across all subjects and our Pastoral Care as can be seen below in some of their comments:

“We pride ourselves on our high expectations of all learners. This creates a calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn as was clearly supported by the feedback from Ofsted. We offer a highly supportive environment and are committed to ensuring outstanding teaching, behaviour, progress and achievement. Staff are proud to work in our Academy.”

Ofsted further commented that:Pupils are proud of their school. Their attendance and punctuality are good. Pupils are safe. The school is calm and purposeful, and disruption to learning is rare. Few pupils underachieve and most flourish. Pupils of all abilities are enthusiastic learners who enjoy their learning.”

“We have an ambitious curriculum, mapped in detail and a curriculum that is broad and deep, including the two year Key Stage 3. Students study a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 4 and there are plans to develop this further to support their next stage in education or employment and training. Leaders know what knowledge students should be taught and have sequenced learning well so students learn content in the right order and teachers and support staff work very well to and go the extra mile to support and improve students learning. Mistakes are spotted and modified through frequent assessment of learning.  Inspectors commented on the very effective use of support staff both faculty and SEND staff to support students learning, including developing literacy skills and our SEND students flourish. All students are well prepared to go on to higher education or employment and training.”

We are an expanding Academy with numbers growing, now well over 1400 and continuing to be over- subscribed at Key Stage 3 and in our large Sixth form and so this is an ideal opportunity and an exciting time for you to join our team and the possibility of becoming a permanent member of staff as we continue to expand and grow and there will excellent opportunities for you in this role to grow and develop further.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious candidate to join our dynamic team at the forefront of change and to make a real difference to our drive to continue to raise standards of education and opportunities for our students in the Academy. If you believe that you have the skills and abilities to take on this role, we would love to hear from you.

We can offer you: -

  • Friendly and supportive staff across the Academy
  • Excellent support and professional development opportunities and pathways for progression, for example our own in-house CPD pathways for different levels as well as external programmes, including National Professional Qualifications for progression to senior leadership and beyond
  • A well established and supportive Induction programme for all staff at all levels including an experienced team of staff to support new teachers to the Academy
  • A well-established, experienced and dedicated Science Faculty team with some highly experienced post holders
  • Excellent resources, programs and technology for teaching in Science
  • A high focus on staff well-being with staff social events, staff swimming, well-being counsellor, well-being co-ordinator for staff, monthly breakfasts, employee assistance programme and much more…
  • A large and expanding Academy at the forefront of change and growth, with high standards and an ambitious desire to better the lives of our students and impact further on our wider community.
  • We would consider a re-location package of up to £5,000 for a candidate who may have to re-locate.

The successful candidate should:

  • be an outstanding teacher with a proven record of raising achievement in science with consistent impact on teaching, learning and progress in science.
  • Have experience of teaching all three disciplines in separate science (physics, chemistry and biology at least at GCSE and at least one at A Level
  • be able to support in the development of teaching, learning and staff development as determined by Assistant Principal (T & L) and in consultation with the Associate Principal and Senior Leadership Team.
  • be a successful, highly organised leader with at least four years’ experience in school leadership, preferably with responsibility and experience in leadership of academic areas in science and/or teaching and learning
  • have experience of leadership and show impact in an initiative/area of whole school responsibility for at least two years preferably in relation to this role in teaching, learning and developing staff
  • have significant experience of coaching, observing teachers, giving feedback to staff and training staff in teaching and learning
  • have experience of outreach work in a relevant area
  • have a clear understanding of transforming teaching, learning and staff development and contributing to positive ethos around the Academy
  • be able to inspire students and get the best from them
  • be positive, enthusiastic and resilient
  • be an effective team member
  • be ambitious for further career development and enhancement
  • be able to inspire students and staff and get the best from them
  • have a clear understanding of the importance of safeguarding and equal opportunities
  • be positive, enthusiastic and resilient
  • outstanding inter-personal and communication skills with students, colleagues, parents and outside agencies
  • a clear understanding of the importance of Safeguarding.
  • an ability to teach A Level Physics and/or Biology or Chemistry
  • meet the job specification criteria

Please see tHe attached job description and person specification and address this in your letter.

Applicants should also address the following two questions in their letter:

  1. Explain how your experience, skills and qualities to date have prepared you for this role. 
  1. The future of Joseph Leckie and your role within Science and the wider academy.

Visits to the Academy are welcomed if and when we are able to do so – please email Sam Richards to make arrangements.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 29th February at Midday.

Please send completed applications to Mrs S Richards.

Joseph Leckie Academy is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students and candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.