Teacher of Food Technology / Product Design

Recruitment Information

Date Posted04 May 2023
Type of RoleFull or Part Time
Closing date for applications18 May 2023, 9am
Start DateSeptember 2023

Thank you for your interest in the post of Teacher of Food Technology / Product Design at Ashlyns School. This vacancy is flexible in that we are looking to recruit a teacher of both or either subject specialism.

Please click here for information about Product Design and Food Technology at Ashlyns School

Product Design and Food Technology are managed within the Technology faculty, comprising ICT, Design and Technology and Business Studies. The subjects have spacious teaching and food preparation / workshop areas which are well resourced with both traditional equipment and CAM facilities such as laser and vinyl cutters. The faculty is supported by two Technicians.

We annually host the Rotary Technology Product Design Tournament, attended by many local secondary schools. It’s an event which showcases our fabulous facilities and our students’ innovation and creativity.  Our students also annually enter the Dacorum Rotary Young Chef Competition, winning the competition last year!  

Our curriculum is progressive and aims to help students conceive ideas that improve people’s lives. We look at a variety of industries and students are given the chance to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into all 3 of our specialist material areas:  Food, Textiles and Product Design.  

At KS3, our carousel gives students the chance to solve problems in practical ways in their Product Design and Food Tech lessons, through research, design and production, as well as creating “fast and fresh” recipes. At KS4, Design & Technology and Food Technology are popular GCSEs with a greater focus on design methodology, practical cooking and food provenance.  

At KS5 our students can study Product Design and work to a demanding level which gives them greater insight into the design and manufacturing industries and a focus on career options.

Ashlyns is a popular and oversubscribed school with in excess of 1500 students including a growing and successful Sixth Form.  The school was confirmed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in May 2018 and is focused on continuous improvement to deliver an excellent education for all children, with the aspiration to be rated ‘Outstanding’.  View our Ofsted report here.  View our School Priorities here.

We are a thriving school with a rich heritage. Originally established for the most vulnerable in society, our focus on helping all students to be the very best versions of themselves is central to all we do. It’s our aim that work and study should be joyful; the staff and students at Ashlyns help to create the atmosphere for this to happen. There is a palpable sense of community, professionalism and a culture of high expectations, all of which are underpinned by ethical leadership. 

We hope the information included on our recruitment pages below will give you an insight into our school – the high aspirations,  excellent support and opportunities for our students and staff, the scope of the role and the kind of person we are looking for.

If you want to provide outstanding learning opportunities and exceptional pastoral care for students within a forward-thinking, hard-working school community, we would like to hear from you. 

We welcome visits from prospective candidates prior to application; please see contact details on the application guidance page.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our school.

Yours faithfully

James Shapland

Julie Laws
Chair of Governors