EXCITING NEW VACANCY: Assistant Principal at Rochester Grammar School

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Are you ready to charge into your career-defining role?

Here at Rochester Grammar School (RGS) we are fiercely proud of our rich heritage and offer you a chance to play a pivotal role in our exciting future.

As an IB World School we have created a forward-thinking and open culture of fairness and inclusion, and are committed to our ongoing work in equality and diversity across our school community.

The exceptional individual who is right for this role will lead Equality & Diversity, Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes (including safeguarding). In addition, in the role of Assistant Principal you will join a dynamic, supportive and forward-thinking Senior Leadership Team. 

 

We are searching for an inspirational and progressive Assistant Principal who can:
– Lead Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes, including safeguarding
– Think analytically and creatively, and demonstrate problem solving skills
– Challenge, motivate and empower people to achieve high goals
– Champion our Equality and Diversity agenda

 

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RGS is an International Baccalaureate World School and we “aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

We are proud of our diverse population, we truly are an international school and the IB philosophy above is one that the right candidate would embody.

As a school consistently ranked amongst the best state grammar schools in the country, we are committed to ‘Raising aspirations, delivering excellence’. Teaching at RGS is an inspiring and rewarding experience where staff are engaged in their own professional growth journeys.

The successful candidate will help develop an ethos of high expectations across all staff and students. They will lead on pastoral care, support and guidance and help further develop standards of teaching, learning and achievement across the school.

Apply now to be in with a chance to join our exciting and inclusive SLT, at the heart of one of the country’s leading state Grammar Schools.

 

On this page we share:

  • Introduction to our Trust
  • What a Thinking School actually is?
  • What it means to be a World IB school
  • Benefits of working for the Thinking Schools Academy Trust
  • Medway – The place to be

 

Our Trust

Rochester Grammar School is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, which is all about “transforming life chances” for all our children and young people. Our Trust is a successful and expanding family of like-minded schools, committed to providing outstanding education and teaching our students to ‘think about their thinking’. We create lifelong learners, our students are taught how to continue asking, listening and learning long after their school years. Currently there are 16 schools in the Trust located in four hubs across Portsmouth, Medway, Kent and Plymouth. Our Trust’s success is due to excellent understanding of thinking, learning and pedagogical research, and talented and highly dedicated staff, leaders and governors.

Discover RGS: Raising aspirations, delivering excellence.

We, like our Trust, believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.

This framework of cognitive education is constructed using the Thinking School approach. Research from organisations such as the Sutton Trust has repeatedly demonstrated that when children understand how their brains work they achieve better academic and personal outcomes than those who do not. This is known as meta-cognition.

“We are what we habitually do” (Aristotle), to transform life chances we must transform habits.

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Child First: To provide a stimulating learning environment for all where learners feel safe to explore knowledge and understanding. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated, clear about expectations in their work and behaviour, feel valued, secure and confident, are challenged and receive constructive feedback about their performance.

Aspire: To be the best they can be. We believe that all staff and students can aspire for personal and professional prowess and become empowered through the Thinking philosophy.

Challenge: To actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny. We believe that students require an accurate reflection of what they are good at and need to develop personal insight and manage uncertainty confidently. Developing skilled, independent, reflective learners is part of our Vision.

Achieve: For all stakeholders to demonstrate the highest levels of thinking and habits. We want our students to be questioning in nature, achieving the highest levels of independent and interdependent prowess.


 

What is a Thinking School?

An educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This involves both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes are reflected in students across a wide range of abilities, demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction.

Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff. – Burden, 2006.

 

What it means to be a World IB school

RGS is an International Baccalaureate World School our students achieve some of the highest grades globally, RGS “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

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The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • Encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • Encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • Develop multilingual students

 

The IB Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. We promote this philosophy and aim to develop learners who are happy and caring as well as academically successful. We aim to develop the whole learner through our exciting programme of extra-curricular opportunities as the experiences of our students do not end in the classroom.

 

Benefits of working for Thinking Schools Academy Trust

  • Work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos
  • Vast support network from senior leaders and other teachers within the school and our trust
  • Benefit from an internationally accredited pedagogy approach to thinking and learning – proven to enhance classroom practice
  • Outstanding CPD tailored to you, wherever you are in your career
  • Support from across the Trust to help you deliver outstanding teaching and learning through resources, mentoring and school visits
  • Reduced membership of a fully-equipped fitness suite and classes – located on the site of Holcombe Grammar School
  • Revised Teacher Payscale to retain and reward excellent teachers
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas
  • Employee perks such as access to Teacher Perks and our cycle to work scheme

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Medway – The Place to be

Rochester is the historic heart of Medway, with an impressive naval heritage and rich Dickensian history it really is a fantastic place to live and work.

Medway is growing rapidly; both in population and regeneration, the area has undergone big regeneration projects in recent years and this is set to continue with 29,000 new homes being built by 2035 across the five main towns of Medway; Rainham, Rochester, Gillingham, Strood, and Chatham.

Here are our top four reasons why Medway is a great place to work;

1. Medway is only 30 minutes to London on the train, supported with great public transport and rail services plus easily accessible from the M2 & M20.

2. The area has boasts a brilliant community spirit with regularly events, including Rochester Sweeps and the Dickens Festival. These events celebrate the rich history that Medway/Rochester has to offer.

3. Medway has decades of History, including the Rochester cathedral, Rochester Castle and Fort Amhurst. The area also has its military and maritime connection. Many of our schools run annual school trips to these attractions.

4. Rochester has a brilliant, diverse and modern-in-a-quaint-way High Street. Littered with independent coffee shops, art galleries and mouth-watering eateries, such as The Cheese Room and Chuck and Blade Burgers – both are must visits! 

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