Reasons why you should work at Rickmansworth School
A serious commitment to professional development
There is an excellent well-qualified and enthusiastic staff body, many of whom are heavily involved in professional development. We encourage teachers to be creative with their training needs and to undertake research-led projects such as the TLDW through the HertsCam network. When it comes to qualifications, if the qualification will benefit the School as well as you then we will try to support it. Our programme of staff development is recognised nationally and involves a variety of forums, including developing subject knowledge, exam marking and networking, in addition to the vast variety we provide in-house.
We run a staff conference every year which headlines guest speakers in current educational research, helping us to challenge our students back in the classrooms. Conference culminates in a formal dinner and staff prize-giving – definitely not to be missed!
A chance to work in fantastic surroundings
Rickmansworth and Croxley Green is a very attractive and affluent area, with a village green, listed buildings, golf courses and a range of shops and amenities. Watford town centre is only two miles from the School and offers many sports, leisure and arts facilities, a very extensive shopping centre and a good range of affordable accommodation, including flats and houses for rent. If the countryside is more to your liking then we are only a short drive from the Chilterns.
Transport links are good. Buses run to Watford and Bushey, South Oxhey, Oxhey Hall and Batchworth Lane. Trains from Croxley Green and Rickmansworth underground station, near to the School, run directly into Central and North West London.
The School has undergone a major refurbishment programme, having invested millions in our facilities in the last decade, including the construction of an outstanding sports hall/gym, a new Sixth Form centre, a specialist Film Studies suite (including a cinema), a specialist theatre/drama studio, a refurbished swimming pool and an extended dining hall. We have recently established an Eco Garden for staff and students at the School and this is proving a great success.
All of the facilities are free of charge to staff members.
Students are taught in ability groups in Key Stage 3 for the majority of their curriculum. All students follow the full National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, which is taught for three years and then follow core subjects at Key Stage 4 with a selection of option choices. The majority of students progress on to Key Stage 5, where they follow Level 3 programmes of study.
We have an active student voice which is heard via surveys and meetings with the Student Council. Rickmansworth School has many close partnerships with schools through its partnership arrangements and teaching alliance.
The School offers an extremely rich variety of sporting and extra-curricular activities which you can be part of and run. These are very popular among our students. These include local, regional, national and overseas residential visits.
We also offer an admission criterion where preference is given to the children of staff. Please refer to the admissions section for full details.
We offer an established well-being programme for our staff including Friday breakfasts, free entry to our excellent fitness suite and swimming pool, a variety of sporting activities, well-being sessions during INSET, and staff BBQs and trips. Staff have a genuine ‘voice’ at the School and meet with the Head to discuss any concerns on a regular basis.
A new challenge every day
At Rickmansworth School, we can promise you a rewarding, challenging and professional experience where there are always further opportunities to develop your career.