Head of History

Head of History Poplar, England

Canary Wharf College Crossharbour
Full Time Poplar, England 10.56 - 12.04 GBP Today
Job description

Head of History

(Head of Humanities considered)

September 2023 start

Full Time

“Nobody left behind. Nobody held back. Everybody loved.”

The Role

We are seeking a highly ambitious Head of History to lead the department from September 2023. The opportunity for Head of Humanities will be considered for an outstanding candidate with appropriate experience. They will contribute to the development of an outstanding department and be the catalyst to drive forward analytical thought and a love of learning in our expanding school. Opportunities for departmental and whole school responsibilities will provide excellent experience for a successful candidate who is looking to progress their career at pace. For this reason, we place as much value on ambition and potential as we do on experience.

The successful candidate will assist in establishing the direction for teaching, learning and assessment in History, in-line with the whole-school pedagogical strategy of Learning for Mastery, to set the highest expectations and ensure that all students not only achieve excellent outcomes but flourish within an environment of nurture.

Opportunities for departmental and whole school responsibilities will provide excellent experience for a successful candidate who is looking to progress their career at pace either to excel in the leadership of History or towards Senior Leadership in the future. For this reason, we place as much value on ambition and potential as we do on experience.

We take pride in our focus upon developing learning through activities outside of the classroom and making use of the opportunities within London’s cultural offer. Our subject specialists take pride in sharing their passion with our students demonstrating their own ‘love of learning’. We value creative ideas, whereby opportunities to develop new initiatives, in or out of the department, are restricted only by imaginations.

Our School

Canary Wharf College Crossharbour is a new free school with the most incredible journey both having been undergone and still ahead. It has the highest ambitions for young people in our community on the Isle of Dogs and across the wider borough of Tower Hamlets. We opened in 2016 at the top of one of our primary schools and moved into a new interim purpose built site with excellent facilities in September 2018. As of September 2022, the school will be at capacity in its current site with 450 students from Years 7-11, taught in small class sizes, and will expand into sixth form once we have opened our permanent 1200 strong school, currently scheduled for September 2024 opening.

We have a strong educational ethos ‘To Live, Share and Celebrate a Love of Learning’ and we embed this positive ethos by aligning everything that we do with four key principles:

  • Curriculum at the Centre: we remain ‘obsessed’ with what we teach our students
  • Exemplary Behaviour: we have clear principles informing behaviour and conduct to achieve the highest standards of behaviour for learning
  • Exceptional Teaching: we have a clear pedagogical strategy and support every member of staff to be able to delivery consistently excellent teaching
  • Valuing every child: we work tirelessly to alleviate barriers to individual student achievement

The school is made up of committed and aspirational staff led by visionary and experienced trustees and senior leaders. Staff development is a key priority and we boast a unique collaborative approach where, through regular meetings, senior leaders support all staff to take ownership for their own development, both by providing high quality guidance and by promoting teachers to read widely, make research-informed decisions, as well as attend tailored internal and external CPD.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is committed to the school ethos and is enthusiastic about joining an expanding school.
  • Has the vision, drive and leadership skills to help develop an outstanding department.
  • Has high expectations, demonstrates excellent teaching practice and a hunger for feedback.
  • Has excellent communication skills, with an ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Can always channel their emotions positively, only ever works with purpose and continually considers their impact on others.


Next Steps

If you are interested in the role, please download and read the attached job description and person specification. To apply, please do so by using the TES application form. Please ensure you provide your full education and work history and account for any gaps.

If you have any questions about the role, please e-mail Michelle Richards, our Director of HR at [email protected].

We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the application deadline once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Safeguarding Notice

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to enhanced DBS checks and other relevant pre-employment checks.

Equal Opportunities

Canary Wharf College Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.


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Head of History
Canary Wharf College Crossharbour

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