Head of Computer Science

Ark Isaac Newton Academy

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  • London / London
  • Permanent
  • Full Time
Posted 4 weeks ago

Head of Computer Science


Reports to:         Head of Enterprise Faculty

Start date:          September 2024

Location:            Isaac Newton Academy, 1 Cricklefield Pl, Ilford IG1 1FY

 Salary:               MPS/UPS (£35,368-£53,230) plus TLR, dependent on experience

Closing Date:     5pm, Wednesday 26th June 2024

Interviews:         Candidates will be contacted once shortlisted



Isaac Newton Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming students of all backgrounds from the local community. We opened in 2012 with our inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. Isaac Newton Academy is an all through school with students from Reception to Year 13. Our mission is – striving together to be pioneers whose legacy makes a positive difference for our world.


The school was founded on the belief that all students can make dramatic progress within the right environment. Students, teachers, staff and parents are committed to making Isaac Newton a vibrant and inclusive learning community in which everyone can succeed.


We offer a rich curriculum emphasising core academic subjects, whilst providing the facilities, time and specialist staff to ensure students develop across a range of subjects. Music is at the heart of our school, with every student learning an instrument and all secondary students having the chance to be part of our Big Band ensembles.


Our school won Secondary School of the Year in the 2018 Shine a Light Awards for its commitment to developing students’ communication skills and was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year in the 2018 TES Awards. Our Music Department were recently shortlisted for Excellence in Creative Arts at the TES School Awards 2023.



The opportunity


We are seeking an inspirational Head of Computer Science to lead this popular and important subject across KS3-5. We want someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about the role Computer Science has on equipping our students for future careers and its placed in a broad and balanced curriculum. Therefore, previous leadership experience is not necessary; we welcome applications from any candidate who wants to secure their first leadership role.


Computer Science was introduced as a discrete subject in secondary in 2016/17, and at KS5 in September 2020 and has finally been introduced into KS3 this academic year. As well as responsibility for the improvement and delivery of Computing at KS3, 4 and 5, you will have responsibility for raising the profile of Computing across the Academy. This is an exciting opportunity to shape and grow this subject area. Computing is an incredibly popular subject at KS4 where demand has far outstripped the number of classes, we have been able to offer. In addition to our formal curriculum, computing enrichments remain popular, including coding club and robotics.


The successful candidate will:


·         be an outstanding teacher with a proven track record of securing excellent outcomes

·         have up-to-date knowledge of subject curricula and assessment requirements

·         Meet the criteria outlined in the person specification contained in the information pack.



To apply


For further information on this brilliant opportunity as well as the fantastic benefits available, please see the job description and person specification below.


Job Description & Person Specification


If you would like to have an informal discussion with the Principal about the role, or have technical questions about the application process,  please contact his Executive Assistant and HR Lead Sam Jones at HR@isaacnewtonacademy.org. We look forward to receiving your application.


Applications will be reviewed periodically, and the school may close the vacancy early if high numbers of applications are received so early applications are advisable.


Please note that if you are shortlisted for the role that we will complete online searches as part of due diligence checks in line with KCSIE guidance.


To read more about Ark, please visit https://arkonline.org/about-us/what-we-do

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process which will include questions about safeguarding.


This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.

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