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Design and Technology Teacher

Strathallan , Perth and Kinross

Vacancy details

Please apply before 13/10/2017 at 12:00 pm

Strathallan School
Forgandenny, Perth, PH2 9EG

Sharon Forsyth
Headmaster's PA

01738 815000

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Vacancy Description / Summary

Part-Time Temporary* (0.6) Teacher of Design and Technology - January 2018

Design and Technology is a popular subject at Strathallan, enjoying a wide uptake at GCSE, A Level and Higher. Pupils regularly win Arkwright Scholarships and continue to purse related subjects at University
The School is currently looking to appoint a part-time teacher of DT from January 2018 initially for two terms, to join its young and dynamic DT team in the delivery of a wide and varied curriculum with room and opportunity to innovate and contribute the exciting future direction of the subject at Strathallan. (*For the right candidate this post has the potential to be become a full-time permanent post).
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to Strathallan’s successful extra-curricular programme (for which there is an additional allowance) and become part of the boarding pastoral team. Accommodation may be available.
Strathallan is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Strathallan is committed to providing a safe environment for its pupils and staff and to promoting wellbeing. Applicants for all posts are therefore required to provide proof of identity at interview and all appointments will be subject to membership of the PVG Scheme.
Further details of the School and this vacancy can be found on the School website www.strathallan.co.uk Letters of application, a completed application form including the names of two referees should be submitted to the Headmaster by Noon on Friday 13th October via headmaster@strathallan.co.uk FAX: 01738 815001 or by post to: Headmaster, Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire, PH2 9EG

Teacher of Design and Technology

The Department of Design and Technology is housed in a purpose built facility opened in 1987. It is both well equipped and resourced, with recent investments being made in both new IT hardware and CAD/CAM provision in the form of Techsoft 2D Design and Solidworks, including new CNC machinery and 3D Printers. There are currently two teachers plus the Head of Department; as well as a dedicated department technician. The junior and senior design studios house networked computers with Internet access and CAD software.

The School is currently looking to appoint a part-time teacher of DT from January 2018 for two terms initially, to join its young and dynamic DT team in the delivery of a wide and varied curriculum with room and opportunity to innovate and contribute to the exciting future direction of the subject at Strathallan. (*For the right candidate this post has the potential to be become a full-time permanent post). The post would suit either a new graduate or someone with experience. He / she should be able to teach through to Higher / A-Level and have a broad skills base. This should ideally include sound workshop practice and ability, graphics ability and experience with GCSE Resistant Materials, Higher Product Design and / or A-Level Product Design theory. The candidate should also possess appropriate IT skills and experience with CAD/CAM applications would be an advantage. A portfolio of design work, pupil projects with which the candidate has recently been involved and any examples of his / her own current design work will be requested at interview.

The nature of the work covered in Design and Technology at Strathallan is broad; pupils work to a real need and are encouraged to work in a diverse and creative manner to produce high quality solutions. The manufactured artefacts should be able to exist in the market place as viable, functional commercial products by the time they finish their 6th form studies.

All pupils at Strathallan do a foundation course in Design and Technology; this includes workshop skills, graphics, design theory and basic electronics. In the fourth form they can opt to do the subject at GCSE. Interest amongst the pupils is high and there is scope for someone with imagination and drive to challenge pupils to both benefit from and enjoy the subject, whilst delivering to a high level.

We currently run AQA GCSE Resistant Materials, with 30 candidates in the fourth form (year 10) and 27 candidates in the fifth form (year 11). In 2017 all GCSE candidates were awarded grade C or above, with 46% awarded A*/A. Sixth form study is offered at both SQA Intermediate 2/Higher Product Design as well as AQA A-Level Product Design, with 43 candidates across the two year groups at present. Standards of achievement are high with 100% A-C pass rate at A2/Higher in 2017.

The Design and Technology Department is open almost every weekday evening to allow pupils to take advantage of both the facility and the expertise available. All examination candidates have the opportunity to attend timetabled evening workshop sessions at various times of the year to work on coursework manufacture. Evening activity sessions also exist for pupils in the junior house and those who wish to pursue their own interest in the subject.

The school is part of the national Arkwright Scholarship Scheme, which encourages gifted pupils to pursue careers within the fields of engineering and design. Arkwright Scholars are ambassadors of Design and Technology and Strathallan has a good record of having scholarships awarded.

The Design and Technology Department is a very exciting place for both teachers and pupils to work. The standard of workmanship is high and we are currently seeing some of the best products to ever come from our pupils. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with real flair and enthusiasm to join the team.

Craig Wiles
Head of Design and Technology


About the School

Strathallan is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils located in 153 acres of rural Perthshire, less than an hour from Edinburgh International Airport.

The School offers GCSE, A levels and Scottish Highers over two years and day and boarding pupils benefit from a tremendous breadth of academic, creative and sporting opportunities, in a safe and friendly environment. They are supported by excellent facilities that have seen continual investment over the last 15 years including most recently a new dance and drama studio and indoor multi- sports hall to support year round training.

The School remains true to the ethos of its founder and supports every pupil to find their own way to excel. The success of this approach is indicated in our excellent academic results, in the creative achievements of our pupils and also in more than 30 international selections across 15 sports and 44 Scottish, British and European and World champions in the past year.

Most importantly, Strathallan is a close, caring community with exceptional pastoral care, evidenced by the Care Commission Report 2016. It's a school where effort is rewarded, where pupils feel valued and happy and where they are given the time and encouragement to grow into capable, confident young men and women ready for the challenges that their lives will bring.