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Head of Department - History - Full-time

Leigh Academy Tonbridge, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-5455-473T
  • Posted:21/05/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS based on experience + TLR
  • Start Date:January 2025
  • App Close Date:01/07/2024 at 23:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are seeking a passionate and experienced educator to lead our History Department as Head of Department - History. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the vision and strategic direction of the department, ensuring high standards of teaching and learning, and fostering a love for history among our students.

Leigh Academy Tonbridge is a vibrant and inclusive secondary school committed to providing an exceptional education for all our students. Our History Department plays a crucial role in fostering curiosity, analytical skills, and a deep understanding of historical events and perspectives among our students.

As the Head of Department - History, you will lead a team of passionate educators to deliver engaging and innovative lessons that ignite curiosity and foster a love for History. You will oversee the development and implementation of the curriculum, ensuring it aligns with national standards, while also enhancing the student learning experiences. We are seeking a dynamic teacher who encourages a love for the subject through their teaching and who has both the ability and commitment to inspire and develop the practice of colleagues in the History department.

At Leigh Academy Tonbridge you can expect;

  • Impeccable student behaviour in classrooms and around the academy.
  • High levels of focus in students.
  • A supportive academy with visible leadership that support teachers to develop.
  • Students who are committed to their learning and want to do their very best.
  • Students who work well together and show the highest level of respect towards each other and towards members of staff.
  • The opportunity to be part of a team that highly values your wellbeing.

We’d like to hear from you if you are:

  • Collaborative, building strong professional relationships.
  • Able to motivate and inspire students to achieve their full potential.
  • Energetic with a ‘can do’ attitude.

This is a full time, permanent position offering Main Pay Scale/ Upper Pay Scale commensurate with experience + TLR. The successful candidate will join us from January 2025.

If you are interested in visiting the academy, please contact Becky Green (Office Manager) on becky.green@latrust.org.uk.

Information about the school

Core values of integrity, courage and imagination underpin all that we do. We are unrelenting in our mission to teach those that we have the privilege to care for to do the right thing, to make courageous choices and to ignite their curiosity and imagination. Our students will leave the academy with the qualifications and skills to access the very best universities, apprenticeships and careers to which they aspire.

As a local resident and parent, I am personally invested in ensuring Leigh Academy Tonbridge plays an instrumental role in shaping the lives of our young people and the local community. As educators, we are driven by a united purpose: to maximise the future opportunities of every young person that passes through our door. The wellbeing and success of every individual is at the heart of everything we do.

Building on the strengths of our legacy school, Hayesbrook Academy, Leigh Academy Tonbridge will always be an institution that values and nurtures every young person in our care. Our small school model means that every child will be known, cared for and challenged to succeed. As has always been the case at Hayesbrook, we will continue to value the partnerships with our families recognising the critical value of the home-school partnership in ensuring the success of every child.

Leigh Academy Tonbridge is an inspirational community, with high-standards of discipline creating disruption free classrooms and a broad, innovative digital curriculum, underpinned by the principles of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Our curriculum is knowledge rich, promotes diversity of thought and creates a framework within which students explore, understand and appreciate the power and application of knowledge in real global contexts. Through the implementation of our curriculum students mature into reflective and resilient learners who can work both independently and collaboratively to overcome challenges, are confident critical thinkers and master lifelong learning. We provide all of our students with a Chromebook to develop their digital skills and to enrich their learning in their classrooms and to support their independent study.

Our students flourish, becoming curious, caring and culturally astute young people as they move on to higher education or employment. They leave with a broad skill set and the versatility to embrace the future challenges of the modern world.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Talent Team
  • Address:Brook Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2PH
  • Telephone: 01634 412200
  • Email: office@latrust.org.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.