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Lead Practitioner of Physics

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Bushey Meads School

Bushey, Hertfordshire

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£40,458 to £46,835 depending on experience. London fringe.
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
1st September 2018
Apply by:
29 January 2018

Job description

Do young people inspire you and do you have a genuine passion for Teaching and Learning? 

Can you transform student outcomes through creativity and flair in the classroom? 

Are you a Science specialist with Good to Outstanding outcomes? 

We are wanting to appoint an outstanding Science specialist from September 2018 to join our innovative and forward thinking Science faculty as a Lead Practitioner. The successful candidate will have the ability to create new and exciting resources that challenge and inspire our students and be highly competent in all aspects of the teaching standards.

Bushey Meads School is part of the growing Bushey St James Trust and has the ambition to become a centre of excellence with the capacity to be able to offer expertise and support to schools across the Trust. We want to recruit, develop and retain the highest calibre of staff who can work at the highest level and secure outstanding progress for our students. Transport links are good with the M1, M25, A1 and A41 being close by.

The Lead Practitioner will join the Teaching and Learning Team led by the Deputy Headteacher i/c Teaching and Learning and will become a key leader within this team, currently consisting of members of the Extended Senior Leadership Team and Advanced Lead Teachers. This team plays a crucial role in the development of staff, ensuring that all students receive a good or better teaching and learning experience in every lesson across the school.  All members of the Teaching and Learning Team are expected to continuously demonstrate high levels of personal competence which is evidenced in consistently good to outstanding outcomes.

The role will focus on the development of teaching expertise particularly in Physics, but also across other curriculum areas as required and will be classroom based but without the requirement to take on specific curriculum management responsibilities. 

Full details of the vacancy can be found on our website www.busheymeads.org.uk along with further information about the school. Alternatively, please contact the HR team on 020 8955 8833.

If you are interested in applying for this full time position please apply online through the TES by using the online application form. Alternatively, please send in a completed form along with a covering letter, addressed to Mr J Turner, Executive Principal. Your completed application form and letter should be returned to the school by post or by email to: vacancies@busheymeads.org.uk. Please note that CV’s alone and late applications will not be accepted.

Closing Date for applications: Monday 29th January 2018 (midday)

Interviews:  To be confirmed 

We are committed to safeguarding children and young people. We adhere to stringent recruitment procedures and all post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. 

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


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Bushey Meads School - ‘Aspire to Achieve’

Bushey Meads School is part of the highly successful Bushey St James Trust; a growing Multi Academy Trust in leafy Bushey, Hertfordshire. Transport links are good with the M1, M25, A1 and A41 being close by, bus routes are only a short walk away making a journey to train stations easy too. The Trust itself is currently comprised of Bushey Meads School (secondary), Little Reddings Primary School and Hartsbourne Primary School. The Trust is committed to continuous improvement and providing a high quality learning environment for all and is ‘Going for Greatness’.

Our facilities:

Over the past three years we have invested massively in developing the school site with over £6.5 million providing a whole variety of brand new inspiring learning spaces across the school community. These include new English classrooms, a refurbished and extended Learning Resource Centre which is at the hub of our school, new office spaces and meeting rooms, a Professional Learning Area for staff (complimenting the inspiring staffroom) state of the art Performing and Visual Arts spaces (including an inspiring theatre environment in our Main Hall with raked seating, industry standard sprung dance floor, full lighting and PA rig, as well as an additional brand new theatre space for Drama teaching and performance), new Science Labs, a superb Music Block and recording studios, outstanding Sixth Form Study Centre and Sixth Form Café, refurbished Pastoral Care Centre, facilities for our PE & Health Faculty, new Sensory and Medical Rooms for our SEN Faculty and a major refurbishment and large extension for the School Restaurant. 

Our students:

The school population consists of approximately 1200 students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and is a truly comprehensive school incorporating abilities across the full spectrum.  As a secondary school we have students from year 7 (age 11) to year 13 (age 18 / 19) which is Key Stages 3 – 5. We have a specialist ‘Base’ unit which accommodates students with severe Physical and Neurological impairments, one of only three in Hertfordshire LEA. These students are encouraged to be part of the whole school community and are provided with the relevant support enabling them to achieve their full potential. Over 15% of our students have Special Educational Needs and about 13% have English as a second or other language. Some 22% of our students qualify for free school meals. Our well-maintained school site lends itself to creating a real family atmosphere and many visitors to the school comment on the outstanding behaviour of our students and excellent pastoral care.  Staff morale is high, the atmosphere in the school is very positive and students’ work and behaviour in and around school reflects this. 

Our exam success:

Student outcomes at GCSE and AS and A2 level have risen rapidly over the last few years and since 2015 we have celebrated our ‘best ever’ results and maintained these year on year. At GCSE 80% of students pass with at least five good A* - C GCSE grades and the school’s positive ‘Progress 8’ Score indicates that on average in every subject, every student is achieving well above their expected level. 

Results at A level are also very good and indicate that we are continuing to add real value to students’ education. With some of our inspiring courses, students achieve almost two grades higher than their aspirational target grades. Students across all subjects celebrate on A level results day as they gain hugely prestigious places at some of the country’s top universities and on highly sort after apprenticeships.

What else do we do?

We have established partnerships with many external organisations and agencies including other secondary and primary schools, Middlesex University and the Local Authority.  The school is a member of the By Leaders for Leaders national network and actively participates in events/courses. We have a very strong and supportive Trust and Governing Body who take an active part in the life of the school – taking assemblies, linking with curriculum areas and being fully involved in moving the school on in its journey of school improvement, for example by attending joint SLT/Governors strategic planning meetings throughout the year.  

Why choose Bushey Meads School?

As a school and across the Trust we rightly expect high standards from both staff and students, but equally look after our best assets – the people who work here. Professional development and resources for staff are a priority and our strong ethos and culture of achievement supports this aim. We offer excellent NQT support including a bespoke programme of training and mentors and are part of the Schools Direct Programme. We are always looking for ways to encourage professional development and to reward those individuals who exceed expectations. 

In September 2018 we opened our ‘Little Gems’ BSJT Day Nursery which offers high quality, heavily subsidised term-time childcare for children of all staff within the Bushey St James Trust. For further information about the BSJT Little Gems Day Care Nursery please contact Rachael Coombs, BSJT Business Manager, through the HR Team on 020 8955 8833.

Why not consider joining our great team and make a difference to our students.

Jeremy Turner   

Executive Principal 

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