The vacancy is for a full time appointment as Head of Modern Foreign Languages. We are only able to consider applications from people who have UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or are able to apply for it without further training. You must have the right to work in UK without sponsorship. The person appointed will need to be able to teach French to KS5.
As Head of Department you would be supported by a Head of German.
In Year 7 students currently take one MFL, either French or German. A second MFL is added for most students in Y8 and this is when Spanish is introduced. In Year 9 all pupils continue with the MFL of their choice and a good number choose to do both. All language classes in KS3 are mixed-ability.
Although a foreign language remains optional at KS4, students who are able to are strongly encouraged to take MFL to GCSE, which means we have healthy numbers with 9 teaching groups in Years 10 and 11. We follow the AQA course and the examination results at GCSE are well above those nationally.
A level courses in French, German and Spanish follow the new AQA syllabus. Again, results are good.
We have a departmental office with working space for all and a suite of six specialist classrooms, all equipped with data projectors, connected to a desktop PC, which facilitates lesson delivery via Google Slides and the use of DVD and Internet resources. We also have a trolley of 32 Chrome laptop computers, which can be booked for use in any classroom. We use Expo, Echo and Mira as main course text books at KS3. At KS4 we use the new AQA French, German and Spanish GCSE course materials published by Oxford.
The Department is particularly proud of its extra-curricular provision. We have thriving exchange links with schools in France, Germany and Spain and KS5 students are able to participate in a programme of European Work Experience. We also run clubs in Latin and Italian.
Why Work For Us?
St Bede's is a good place to work. Staff are friendly and supportive of one another: relationships between staff and pupils were recognised by Ofsted as 'exceptionally strong'.
NQTs benefit from a well developed and comprehensive induction period programme. More experienced teachers are given the opportunity to participate in training which will help them to develop skills needed for middle and senior management roles.
There are good on-site catering facilities. Staff are able to use the fitness facilities free of charge and to participate in sports activities.
Music is a big part of school life and staff are welcome to join our senior choir and instrumental groups.
We have a social event at the end of each term as well as occasional staff trips to the theatre.
The school is situated in Redhill, a commuter belt town in the Surrey Fringe area. We are close to the M25 and there are good transport links to London and the South Coast from Redhill station which is about 15 minutes walk from the school. We also benefit from being within walking distance of beautiful countryside . Many staff live locally, others commute from Guildford, South London, Kent and East & West Sussex.