West Berkshire, United Kingdom
About Kennet School
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 our learning blog, TeachMeets and a vibrant Teaching and Learning development group, 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 60 years, both in terms of size and success. We currently have approximately 1,780 pupils on roll including strong numbers in the Sixth Form at around 350 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 and Investors in Careers. We are currently working on the Sandwell Well-Being Charter Mark focusing on the mental health and well-being of our whole organisation.
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, over the past three years, have spent over £202k doing exactly this. On a per pupil basis, this is over 4 times the national average (based on figures from the Teacher Development Trust). Our aim is to help every member of staff be the best they can be.
This training includes bespoke support for newly qualified teachers and we are developing an ‘NQT+’ programme to begin in September 2018 which will take teachers from their NQT year through to their third year of teaching, preparing them to take on a significant position of responsibility. Our focus on developing leaders is also evident in our ‘Leaders for the Future’ programme which is an enquiry-based course, run within the trust, for aspiring middle and senior leaders.
Alongside high quality training days, we also utilise a camera system called IRIS, which can be booked and used by teachers to reflect on their own teaching and engage with peer to peer coaching and support.
- High quality CPD programmes and opportunities for progression
- Supportive culture of lesson observation and coaching
- Career support at all levels of experience
- 15% minimum non-contact time
- State of the Art facilities and resources
- Excellent IT infrastructure and provision for staff and pupils
- Leisure centre on site
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Childcare voucher scheme
We are seeking to secure the best possible teachers for our school and so will usually interview within a few days 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 Chris Ellison (Deputy Headteacher) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love working at Kennet school, simply because of the people: both staff and students. I have never worked with such a talented and enthusiastic body of staff, who put the students' learning and well-being above anything else.- Science teacher at Kennet (2018)