Head of Food and Nutrition, Essex

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Brentwood SchoolEssex

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Brentwood School is a leading HMC co-educational independent school in Brentwood, Essex, just 20 minutes from central London and one of the top ten places in the UK to raise a family according to a recent Daily Telegraph article.

We are seeking to recruit an outstanding Head of Food and Nutrition to lead a thriving department which consists of a full-time Head of Department and 2 part-time teachers. Experience of teaching Design Technology at KS3, possible KS4 is highly desirable.

Food Preparation and Nutrition is taught at Key Stage 3 in Year 8 to all pupils and at GCSE where the AQA specification is followed with excellent results. Each year there are at least 4 GCSE classes, two for boys and two for girls. All GCSE students are provided with the opportunity to gain the Food Hygiene Certificate. The department is currently supported by 3 part-time technicians and all ingredients are supplied and prepared before lessons.

The department is located in the Hardy Amies Design Centre, which contains two fully equipped Food rooms that can accommodate 16 and 10 pupils respectively. There are well-established schemes of work with excellent resources. The department offers additional co-curricular activities throughout the school year such as taster days for prospective pupils visiting the School and cross curricular activities, e.g. in conjunction with the Language Department. Pupils are also encouraged to enter outside school events such as The Junior Bake Off and The Tefal Diamond Standard Award.

The person holding this role is likely to be required to teach some KS3 Design Technology, possibly KS4 Design Technology.

Brentwood School has its own pay scale significantly above the maintained sector. Staff are welcome to enjoy a free lunch in our dining halls on the days they are working and parking is available. There is the potential for temporary accommodation, with a significantly reduced rent in our staff accommodation, for the duration of this work if the successful candidate does not live in this area.

Brentwood School ethos
We embody our values of virtue, learning and manners just as those before us have been doing since 1557. We are proud of our modern inclusive community which is shaped by our Christian Foundation. Our pupils are confident without being arrogant, they look out for each other, they do the right thing, even when no-one is looking and they respect difference: you will see a footballer enjoying lunch with a chorister and a dance captain running a recycling project with a young chess enthusiast.

We help our pupils to solve problems. In partnership with parents, we teach them to persevere after setbacks, adopt a growth mindset, and challenge the norm. We encourage them to ask questions in class and take control of their own learning. Of course, they work hard and enjoy great success in and out of the classroom, and once they’ve left us, many go on to use and develop their leadership skills and achieve beyond their expectations, always remembering what Brentwood has taught them.

That’s who we are. We are Brentwood.

Staff across both the Prep and Senior School enjoy a bespoke collaborative approach to professional development. We believe in being a research engaged school, with those that facilitate our in-house research programme being trained by the Institute of Education.We support many of our staff in obtaining external accreditation across a range of fields and are engaged with a number of national and international organisations. We are a highly supportive school that values the contributions made by a motivated and intellectually curious staff. There are a range of ways that we enhance our staff experience; free gym membership, benefits hub, free lunch, free tickets to school concerts and performance to name but a few. Brentwood School has its own pay scale that is significantly above the maintained sector and we also have a range of staff accommodation that may be available for the successful applicant should they need to relocate.

To download further information and an application pack, please visit our website or email: HR@brentwood.essex.sch.uk

All Brentwood School vacancies can be found on the School’s website. Early application is advised as suitable applicants will be invited for an interview as soon as they apply. The School reserves the right to change these dates, and to close the vacancy at any time.

We will arrange remote interviews via video-conferencing before Easter.

Brentwood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.



More about Brentwood School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EE, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1277 243 243
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First established in 1557, Brentwood School is a co-educational independent school located in the town of Brentwood, Essex. The school exists on a 72-acre site with a huge range of modern teaching, sports and recreational facilities, including tennis...