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Director of Faculty: Modern Foreign Languages & EAL

Kingsley AcademyHounslow

September 2021

L6-L10 (Outer London)

Disruption free classrooms? Polite and respectful students? A supportive and highly visible SLT? Join Kingsley Academy, fast becoming one of the most impressive schools in the country.

Kingsley Academy has undoubtedly had a chequered past since opening as an academy in April 2013. Poor Ofsted inspections, low exam results and a high turnover of Headteachers and staff meant that our school never really realised its potential. However in February 2019, our current Headteacher joined the academy, and our school has been through an impressive renaissance. In just 12 months, our school has completely transformed and is now unrecognisable. We are now an Ofsted ‘Good’ school for the first time in our school’s history. Inspectors visited in October 2019 and stated that ‘the school has rapidly transformed in a short period of time, behaviour is consistently strong and a culture of respect, collaboration and mutual support permeates the school’.

About our school:

At Kingsley Academy, we believe in morally driven education, and our staff and students model our academy ‘DNA’. The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team are highly visible, proactive and ‘walk the talk’, teach key exam groups, and own whole school behaviour and culture. We operate a centralised approach towards behaviour. This means that we do not expect our teachers to have to run detentions or make negative phone calls home. That is all done centrally by the Senior and Pastoral teams. Our staff and students deserve disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day and we support our teachers to make this a reality. Want to see what this looks like in reality? Then take a look at our school tour, which shows a typical day at the academy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWflMm0kUJQ&t=1s

At Kingsley we also believe in ensuring that teaching is a sustainable profession. By this we mean that we eliminate unnecessary meetings and pointless paper tasks and instead put our time and energy into pedagogy, curriculum and supporting our students to achieve exceptional outcomes. We know that this is key to unlocking the very brightest futures for them. We run after school intervention every day for our Year 11 students, with all staff expected to contribute to an after school session once per week. In return we promise to reduce meetings and after school events unless they are absolutely necessary, and in particular have refined our school calendar so that between December and April, our sole focus can be supporting our students with their studies and readiness for their examinations.

An absolute strength of our school are our students. Visitors to our school (including supply teachers on the rare occasion that they visit) comment on our students’ polite and respectful attitudes, impressive behaviour and thirst for learning. Low level disruption is extremely rare and our students are committed to their learning. We believe in disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day.

About the role:

An exciting position for Director of Faculty for Modern Foreign Languages & EAL has now opened up at the academy. Modern Foreign Languages provision at the academy is in need of transformation following a sustained period of very low outcomes. Staffing wise, there are two other Modern Foreign Languages teachers who will work alongside our Director of Faculty. The academy offers French and Spanish at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and our hope is that once the standards and outcomes improve within Modern Foreign Languages we will be in a position to then look at offering Languages at A Level. At Key Stage 3, students study languages for 2 lessons per week, with ‘Grammar School Stream’ students studying both French and Spanish as dual linguists for 4 lessons per week. At Key Stage 4, students study Languages for 3 lessons per week. Over 60% of our students choose either French or Spanish as one of their GCSE options, with approximately 3-4 groups in a typical GCSE year group.

Kingsley is unique as a school, as over 78% of our students are EAL learners, with the significant majority of these students not undertaking their primary education in the UK. This means that Kingsley is an EAL specialist school. EAL provision at the academy has traditionally been strong. Our Subject Leader for EAL is hard working and very committed to driving forward a thriving EAL provision at Kingsley. She is accompanied by another member of the EAL teaching team, who also co-ordinates the academy’s Home Language provision . The successful candidate for Director of Faculty will provide strategic direction for the development of Modern Foreign Languages and EAL at the academy, will lead Languages provision at the academy and will line manage the Subject Leader for EAL, playing a vital role in developing and promoting EAL strategies across our school. They will also play a key role in our admissions process, working closely with the admissions team to ensure that EAL learners are screened and appropriate support is put in place for them.

This role allows someone to demonstrate considerable impact at both subject level and whole school level and would be an ideal stepping stone position for an experienced and successful Head of Department, Lead Practitioner or 2i/c of Department who aspires to secure a senior leadership role in the future.

We are seeking someone who is:

  • an excellent teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (Ideally a dual linguist who can teach French & Spanish to KS4 but we are open to someone who can teach one Language to KS4 and the other to KS3
  • track record of impact at a middle leadership level
  • has high levels of integrity
  • believes in the value and benefit of a knowledge rich curriculum
  • hard working and solution focused
  • a team player and has a sense of humour
  • believes passionately in the transformative power of education to change students lives

In exchange, we can offer you:

  • A happy, harmonious school community, where staff are valued and respected  (96% of staff say that they enjoy working at the school)
  • A two week October half term break (staff work hard and deserve the break!)
  • A centralised behaviour system - no detentions, no negative phone calls home!
  • A sensible approach to meetings - if they don’t need to happen, we don’t have them..
  • A dedicated staff wellbeing co-ordinator and working party
  • A centralised approach to planning, to ensure that we are all sharing our resources and minimising workload
  • A strong professional learning offer, with pathways to senior leadership
  • A teaching Headteacher and Senior Team who walk the talk, are approachable, visible and proactive
  • An epic Christmas Party and Summer Barbecue!

If this sounds like a good fit, then we encourage you to apply for this fantastic role.

Closing date: 24th of February 2021

Interview date: Week beginning 1st of March 2021

A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.  We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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