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Joseph Leckie Academy

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




Salary: MPS/UPS

Start date for permanent role 1st September 2024

Possibility of further employment subject to student numbers in 2024

We are seeking to appoint an excellent classroom practitioner who is an enthusiastic, innovative and engaging teacher of history and other humanities subjects or specialisms to join a dynamic and expanding Academy. The Academy offers a wide programme of options at Key Stage 4 and 5. We are seeking to appoint a candidate that can offer history at KS3 and 4 as well as one or more of the other humanities based subjects within the Arts and Humanities Faculty (or beyond). The Arts and Humanities Faculty include the following subjects: History at KS3, 4 and A Level History, A Level Government and Politics; Level 3 Law; Religious Education, at KS3 and 4, Sociology at KS4 and 5, Art at  KS3, 4 and 5, Music at KS3 and 4, and Drama at KS3 and 4. Alternatively, the successful candidate may offer a subject in one of our other new faculties. The newly formed Arts and Humanities Faculty has a large team of experienced, dynamic and forward thinking teachers and middle leaders.

This role is to cover for maternity for the new Academic year and is temporary for one year, though there may be opportunities for the successful candidate to be appointed into a permanent role in the future subject to student numbers within History and other Arts and Humanities subjects or other subjects across the Academy. We would welcome applications from teachers early in their careers through to experienced staff.

The faculty is at the forefront of change and the Head of Faculty will be a member of the extended leadership team. There are several members of the faculty team that hold Academy wide TLR’s with Academy responsibilities including two Lead Practitioners, one for Teaching and Learning and one for Behaviour and the ECT Professional Mentor and PGCE Lead Mentor, so there is a wealth of support to all colleagues within the team.  The Academy has a large Sixth Form and this faculty contributes significantly to courses and numbers Post 16 so the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to development of Level 3 and possible T level courses as well as the opportunity to shape the future of other A Levels as we continue to expand our Sixth form. There are plenty of opportunities to experience teaching at Post 16 as well as contributing to Post 16 developments.

Our last Ofsted inspection in 2021 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.

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 1500 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 as a permanent member as we continue to expand and grow and there will excellent opportunities for you and 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 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 programmes for different levels as well as external programmes, from ECT to National Professional Qualifications for progression to middle leaders 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 profession (ECT’s) as well as opportunities for more experienced staff to undertake internal and external programmes such as a range of NPQ’s.
  • A high focus on staff well-being with staff social events, staff badminton, well-being counsellor, well-being co-ordinator for staff, Academy nurse, monthly breakfasts, employee assistance programme and much more…
  • A well-established, experienced and dedicated Arts and Humanities Faculty
  • Excellent resources, programs and technology for teaching in History and across all subjects, currently based in one of our newer buildings
  • 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.

You will have/show:

  • Practical skills and expertise as outlined in the Job description
  • A passion and vision for History and Humanities subjects and the importance to students and their future lives
  • A passion and vision for working with students in their personal, social and emotional needs as well as their academic development
  • The ability to motivate and inspire students
  • Experience of delivering History at KS3 and 4 and at least one other Arts/Humanities subject at KS3 and 4 and preferably some experience of teaching Post 16
  • The ability to contribute to other courses across the faculty or other courses across the Academy such as PSHE or other specialisms
  • The ability to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in learning
  • Confidence in dealing with students across different age ranges, at Key Stage 3 and 4 and possibly KS5
  • Creative skills and a professional approach
  • High expectations of students
  • The determination to support in raising student achievement within the classroom
  • The passion to enrich the lives of our students and contribute to the development of Cultural Capital to enhance the life opportunities for our students
  • Engagement in professional development opportunities
  • Team skills
  • Outstanding inter-personal and communication skills with students, colleagues and parents
  • A clear understanding of the importance of Safeguarding.

Please see the attached job description and person specification and address this in your letter and address the question below:

Explain how your experience, skills and qualities to date have prepared you for this role and what else you feel you could offer the students and our Academy.

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

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd April 2024 – midday

Please send completed applications to

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