Teacher of PE (1 year Fixed Term Maternity Cover), Kent

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Bennett Memorial Diocesan SchoolKent

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Start date: March 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

The PE team currently consists of four full-time and two part-time specialised, experienced teachers.  In addition there is a part-time netball coach and part-time rugby coach. 

PE plays a crucial role in developing students’ character, grit and perseverance and is therefore a core subject for all students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.  KS3 and KS5 students have 2 hours of PE a week.  Students in KS4 have 1 hour of PE a week. Students are taught in mixed ability but single sex classes.  

A mastery curriculum is taught in Key Stage 3 and students are taught in six 7-week blocks.   Boys cover rugby, football, basketball, badminton, cricket and athletics.  Girls cover netball, football, gymnastics, badminton, rounders and athletics.   The mastery units ensure students are given time and opportunity to secure strong skills in preparation for GCSE PE.

At GCSE and A level the OCR specifications are taught.   Currently there is one large class in year 10 and two classes in year 11. GCSE PE has always had strong take-up and profile in the school.   There are good numbers of students currently studying A level PE and there are classes in both Year 12 and 13.  In addition, a Sports Technical qualification is offered and take-up for this is also strong.    Results in all three qualifications have been consistently high and above national averages. 

The school offers an extensive co-curricular programme, to which all members of the PE team contribute.   The school’s co-curricular programme runs at both lunchtime and afterschool and includes activities such as trampolining, football, rounders and athletics.  In particular rugby and netball have their own academies that are developed in lesson time as well as lunchtimes and after school coaching sessions.   The academies are now in their seventh year and the standard of performance in both sports is high. We are looking to build on this to compete at the highest level possible.

The subject team has a strong track record of enriching sport and PE through a programme of overseas visits including netball and football tours to Spain, rugby tours to Holland and an annual ski trip to Austria.

We are now seeking to appoint an energetic and committed teacher to contribute to the further success of this curriculum area.  

As the lead school in the Altius Teaching School partnership, Bennett is strongly committed to developing teachers professionally, and believes that all staff should have an active and positive role to play in the development of policy and practice.  This generates great enthusiasm and a strong sense of teamwork.  As a school we invest strongly in teacher professional development. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious teacher of physical education, to join the highly collaborative PE team in this exceptionally successful school.  We are interested in applications from teachers with commitment to teaching physical education to A Level and an interest in developing their career, including NQTs. 

A specialism in netball, gymnastics and hockey would be an advantage.

The school places a very high value on co-curricular sport, with ambitious programmes for competitive sport, particularly in netball and rugby. This has led to the development of facilities including a state of the art 3G pitch. 

A Church of England co-educational school with independent academy status

• 1,637 on roll including 33 in the Sixth Form

• Judged Outstanding in every area by Ofsted in 2012       

• Outstanding  GCSE and A Level results

• World Class School Quality Mark in 2017    

• Excellent reputation; oversubscribed

Bennett students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about learning and taking part in the huge range of enrichment activities that we offer.  

Priority places at the school are available for children of staff.

We welcome pre-application visits to the school.

Our staff are highly committed and we have a strong and positive school ethos. 

Thank you for your interest. Should you wish to visit the school informally or to discuss any aspect of the advertised post before applying, please email: recruitment@bennett.kent.sch.uk

Completed Application Forms should be emailed to recruitment@bennett.kent.sch.uk or posted to the school by the closing date. CVs will not be accepted.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 16th January 9:00am 

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.  All posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS enhanced check.

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More about Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9SH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1892 521595
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Bennett is a Church of England school with a record of providing outstanding education, rooted in tradition and preparing young people for the future. Our distinctive Christian identity and ethos inform our approach to livin...