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Head of Social Sciences

Head of Social Sciences

Kennet School

Thatcham, Berkshire

  • Expired
MPS + £6,544
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
1 September 2018
Apply by:
1 February 2018

Job overview

A rare opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and motivated individual to lead our Social Sciences faculty. This is a varied and interesting job with responsibility across several subject areas including Health and Social Care (Level 3), Childcare (Level 2), Sociology and Psychology. We are seeking an individual with a background in delivering vocational qualifications and the ability to teach Health and Social Care BTEC to level 3.   

Kennet was judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted in 2016, a title of which we are very proud and we feel aptly describes our school. However, we think a school is defined by much more than an inspection grade. We believe the collaboration between our, teachers, senior leaders, support staff and students in pursuit of the very best outcomes for our young people is something tangible and visible to all.   

This ethos was aptly demonstrated in last year’s KS5 results, which were the best in West Berkshire. Our BTEC subjects are the jewel in this crown and we achieved ALPs grade 3 for these qualifications overall placing us in the top 25% nationally. We seek staff who want to join an aspirational community of teachers and be a part of our success story.   

In return we offer:  

• outstanding CPD provision and opportunities (with investment around 4 times the national average); 

• internal leadership and development programmes; 

• exceptional resources and learning environments; 

• generous PPA allocation; 

• additional benefits such as cycle to work scheme, childcare facilities, leisure facilities on site and an active social committee.  

This position is being advertised for September 2018, but an earlier start may be possible by negotiation. Visits and enquiries from prospective candidates are most welcome. If interested, please contact Mr C Ellison (Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum) for more details.    Kennet is a highly oversubscribed and ambitious academy which seeks staff who are keen to contribute to the fuller life of the school.  Application is by application form.

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About Kennet School

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  • Kennet School
  • Stoney Lane, Thatcham
  • Berkshire
  • RG19 4LL
  • United Kingdom
+44 1635 862 121

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Welcome to Kennet School’s dedicated career site. Below you will find information about what makes Kennet such a unique and rewarding place to develop your career. You will also find all of our current vacancies listed at the bottom of the page.

What We Believe

At Kennet we place learning at the heart of everything we do. Many schools claim to do this, but we believe this is a defining and visible quality of our organisation.

We are an open and collaborative community. Through research and evidence-informed practice, we seek to drive education reform through the heart of our school, making decisions that are right for our pupils, as a team, every single day.

History & Context

Kennet is  a dynamic and ambitious 11-18 comprehensive school which opened in September 1957. The school has grown over the last 65 years, both in terms of size and success. We currently have approximately 1,900 pupils on roll including strong numbers in the Sixth Form at around 380 pupils. We were  judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding in May 2016 and have accumulated a number of awards including Arts Mark Platinum, Exceptional Schools Award, NACE Challenge Award, Investors in Careers and the Sandwell Well-Being Charter Mark focusing on the mental health and well-being of our whole organisation.

Professional Development

We are extremely proud of the quality of our professional development programmes. In their 2016 report Ofsted commented that “there is a shared drive to improve teaching so that teaching and learning are always at the heart of the school’s work. Leaders and teachers see themselves as professional students and seek to improve and develop their practice continuously.”.

We believe strongly in investing in individuals and their careers and our aim is to help every member of staff be the best they can be through our professional growth programme.

We also provide bespoke support for early career teachers and we have developed a programme for recently qualified teachers which takes teachers from their ECT years through to their third year of teaching, preparing them to take on significant positions of responsibility.


  • High quality PD programmes and opportunities for progression
  • Supportive culture of lesson observation and coaching
  • Career support at all levels of experience
  • State of the Art facilities and resources
  • Excellent IT infrastructure and provision for staff and pupils
  • Leisure centre on site
  • Cycle to Work scheme

But don't just take our word for it...

Read the quotes below and take some time out to watch our recruitment video and hear firsthand what it is like to work at Kennet.

Recruitment Process

We are seeking to secure the best possible teachers for our school and so will usually interview within a week of the closing date. Interview schedules vary depending on role and subject but full details will be sent to candidates following shortlisting. All interviews include a tour of the school site and an opportunity to meet key staff members.

Speculative Enquiries and Visits

As an outward looking organisation, we are always keen to have conversations with teachers about their careers and potential opportunities at Kennet. Equally, if you have seen a vacancy and are considering an application, we would encourage you to come and see the school in action. For more information contact Mrs Cambridge (Head's PA) on

Further Information

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