Head of Design and Technology

Head of Design Technology

Main Pay Scale/Upper Pay Scale plus TLR 2.2/3

Ferndown Upper School is a very special place to work because we have well-behaved students, who allow their teachers to teach, we focus on work-life balance to ensure that staff spend their time on the activities that actually make a difference and we have a friendly and supportive staff body.

Ferndown itself is also an ideal location; it is ten minutes from the historic market town of Wimborne, thirty minutes from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole and twenty-five minutes from the New Forest.

We are pleased to offer an opportunity for an inspirational Design Technology specialist, to make Technology a truly aspirational pathway for all students. Central to the position, for the candidate with the right experience and vision, is the aim of making the department an integral part of Ferndown Upper School’s STEAM ethos of excellence, where every student matters.

Product Design is the current subject under the Technology umbrella that we focus on from Yr9 onwards and we currently have two GCSE cohorts per year at KS4 and one smaller group for each year group at KS5. The successful candidate will also be responsible for future curriculum development, with a view to the possible expansion of Post-16 provision across Technology.

The successful candidate will manage a team of mixed discipline specialists, many of whom teach multiple subjects across the faculty and oversee the deployment of technician and TA support. As a key position within the Art & Technology faculty, being able to effectively communicate with and support colleagues across the team and the wider school, will form an essential part of the role.

What Ferndown Can Offer You:

  • Great students who behave impeccably – you can make a difference to their learning.
  • The opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues.
  • Tight, robust behaviour systems.
  • Highly visible and supportive senior leaders who have your back.
  • Centralised detentions, including homework detentions (you do not need to organise/run/chase), helping to underpin impeccable behaviour, so you are free to teach.
  • A feedback policy focused on whole class feedback – you do not need to mark exercise books – we do not have onerous or impossible marking policies.
  • No formal graded lesson observations – just ongoing ‘no-stakes’ feedback, helping you to continuously develop – we believe that trusting our staff with autonomy helps to develop a strong staff culture.
  • Centralised, shared units of work and resources.
  • Excellent ongoing CPD, career development and promotion opportunities.
  • Really well-kept site and a very pleasant location in beautiful Dorset.

An Application Form is available on our website www.fernup.dorset.sch.uk – please follow the link to Job Vacancies or via ‘apply now’ on the Dorset For You website.  Completed application forms should be sent to andreabaxter@fernup.dorset.sch.uk. If you require any further information, please contact Andrea Baxter on 01202 871243.

CLOSING DATE:            midnight Thursday 28th February

INTERVIEW DATE:       Friday 8th March

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

Ferndown Upper School values the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


The Art & Technology Faculty









The Technology department is situated in the same area of the school as the Art & Design facilities and like the whole block, benefitted from substantial remodelling of all the teaching areas a few years ago. Design Technology has two large workshop classrooms, machine room, laser cutter and department office and Food Technology has two large practical kitchens, with interconnected storage and washing-up areas. A large IT suite is conveniently situated between the two areas. Excellent teaching and learning is the primary aim of the faculty.  Experienced teachers work collaboratively to add to and improve existing schemes of work, always aiming to develop a curriculum appropriate to the needs of our students.


Head of Art & Technology Faculty

Head of Design Technology

Head of Food & Nutrition

Head of Art & Design

Head of Textiles

Head of Photography

Exam Specifications: GCSE Product Design AQA

A Level Product Design AQA

Food Preparation 9-1 OCR

COPE Level 2, including food wise

Areas of Strength: The purpose built workshops and cooking rooms offer great facilities that can blend practical and theoretical lessons together with ease. The expertise and work ethic of our technicians give support across the area, preparing resources and hands on support in lessons. The range of experience of other teaching staff gives a flexibility to planning of challenging schemes of work that build on the supportive team ethos that is embedded at Ferndown.
Current Department Development Plans: Continued review and evaluation of KS4 and KS5 curriculum to ensure that students are supported to complete effective independent learning. Developing expert understanding of interleaving and knowledge based testing.
Ethos: We all strive to create an atmosphere in which students collaborate with teachers, fostering mutual respect, to produce a range of  challenging work that is underpinned with real learning and knowledge of the subject and it’s potential to transform the world.