Director of Faculty - Modern Foreign Languages, Essex

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The King John SchoolEssex

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main/Upper Pay Range
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Director of Faculty  - Modern Foreign Languages

Required: September 2019

Main/Upper Pay Range (salary dependent on experience)

TLR 1B – £9,612 per annum (full time equivalent) 

We are seeking an outstanding and dedicated Director of Faculty – modern foreign languages

The King John School in Benfleet is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of over 2000 students, of which approximately 420 are in the sixth form.  The school’s reputation in the area is second to none and that is because of the achievements of our students and the ethos of the school.  Our results are consistently strong and over 76% of our students achieved a standard pass in English and mathematics at GCSE (Grade 4 or above) in 2018 and we are recognised by the Department for Education for our proactive promotion of the English Baccalaureate within our curriculum.   

Our A-level results have been exemplary, with over 50% of year 13 students gaining A* - B grades in all of their subjects. The school enjoys an excellent reputation, having received a letter from the Director of Education in September 2017 commending the school on the ‘fantastic’ results. The school has also been graded at the end of September 2013 as ‘Outstanding’ across all key areas. 

The King John School offers a high quality educational experience through a broad curriculum and a caring, friendly environment, and sets the highest expectations for all.  Through high quality teaching and learning and exceptional wide ranging enrichment opportunities the school seeks to cultivate students’ motivation, confidence and intelligence.  The school strives to be at the forefront of school improvement and innovation and invests heavily in the creation of a learning community and to this end the extension to the sixth form, humanities building and state of the art assembly hall have been constructed to accommodate the growing number of students wishing to join us.  

Our school is a dynamic learning environment where all students are encouraged to aspire towards their very best. We are growing rapidly and our reputation in the local area is attracting an increasing number of external students to the sixth form who wish to continue their studies with us. We challenge our students to achieve ambitious goals and to never settle for second best. 

Our school has good staff retention and is wholly committed to continued professional development. We offer free healthcare through the Benenden Healthcare scheme which all employees are entitled to join. If you feel you could contribute to this ethos and enhance it further, please contact us.

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional director of faculty to lead an established and experienced modern foreign languages department who possesses the ability to see the bigger picture in language learning and to foster a love of learning languages.

We can offer you:

  • A dedicated and experienced hardworking team of staff
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and talented students
  • The opportunity to develop within a highly effective multi academy trust

You will need to:

  • Ability to teach across all key stages including A-level
  • Ability to teach French and Spanish would be preferable but not essential
  • Possess good behaviour management skills
  • Have a proven track record of achieving high standards for students
  • Be a good and effective communicator at all levels
  • Be organised, rigorous, open minded, determined, creative and inspirational in your style
  • Commit to working collaboratively with colleagues and students 
  • Utilise a variety of teaching methods and ensure that your lessons are engaging at all levels

For further information please contact Tanya Bonner, Director of HR: tanyab@thekjs.com or alternatively  to download an applicant form please visit www.thekjs.essex.sch.uk/about/recruitment/  

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Tanya Bonner.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if there is a good level of response.  Therefore we would recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 14 February 2019 (midday)

CVs alone or CVs submitted via agencies will not be accepted.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Zenith Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The King John School is a Zenith Multi Academy Trust school as part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1702 558284
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The King John School is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of 2000 students, of which 450 are in the sixth form.  We are one of the highest performing schools in the country. The school enjoys an excellent reputation, and has bee...