Are you our new Head of MFL? The post is full time and permanent and is available from 1 September 2018. The current post holder is moving to a post nearer to where they live.
We are a successful and heavily oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational, Church of England, comprehensive school of over 1700 students, serving families from the whole of greater Bristol and beyond. We are located at the heart of the city and have a diverse student community with considerable parental support. Our diversity is a strength and something we celebrate. The Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre currently houses more than 600 students taken from our own school and from many other schools across the City.
The School is proud of its academic record, and 84% of grades were at grade C/Level 4 or above (up from 78%) this summer. 87% achieved a Level 4 or above (equivalent to a C) in English and Maths. Sixth Form results are also outstanding with a 99% pass rate and 81% at grade C or above. 32% got A* and A grades (up 5%). Most Sixth Form students continue on to Higher Education, including 9 taking up Oxbridge places this year.
The School was judged in January 2012 and again in April 2015 to be outstanding by Ofsted, and outstanding in our church school (SIAMS) inspection, in each and every category. Ofsted judged Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils, and Sixth Form Provision, all as Outstanding.
The Languages Faculty is made up of 7 staff, some of whom are part-time and some of whom have other responsibilities within the school. All are successful, committed teachers who enjoy working collaboratively and have a strong track record of high achievement and engaging teaching and learning. The subject is taught in a specialist suite of rooms with excellent ICT facilities, data projectors in every room and a dedicated ICT suite. Teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do and the team is characterised by high standards and a willingness to develop as professionals through sharing our good practice with one another in a mutually supportive environment. By using the 'wave' method, we currently teach alternate years French and German and therefore maintain diversity and equal strength between the two languages. All students learn a second language in Year 9 and can choose which language to take to GCSE. We are open to introducing some Spanish provision to KS3/4 if that is part of the skill set of the successful applicant. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by the popularity of Languages across the Key Stages and by our excellent examination results: for example, in 2017, 75% of students achieved a C grade or above at GCSE, with nearly a third of entries achieving A grades.
The success of the department meant that we expanded our provision of languages teaching in 2014 to include Spanish at A Level, including previously a fast track GCSE course for sixth form students, and these courses attract students from other schools to our sixth form. The current Second in Department (TLR 2a) leads on Spanish, and also has responsibility for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which includes supporting students who are taking exams in their home language. The department is supported by an experienced Faculty Administrator, and we employ French, German and Spanish Foreign Language Assistants between October and May each year.
What we're looking for
This is an exciting opportunity for an appropriately qualified candidate who has the ability to teach two languages to GCSE and one language to A Level (French, German, Spanish). We are looking for someone with an enthusiasm for well thought through curriculum development and a grasp of how to help staff understand and build on students’ prior knowledge to maximise progress. We would welcome a colleague with a passion for language teaching who loves to see students of all abilities enjoying the subject, learning actively and making rapid progress. We want a reflective practitioner able to share best practice, enhance and develop existing systems and inspire a team. Ideally you would take an active role in developing extra-curricular activities, in particular language trips/visits. We are seeking to appoint a candidate with effective leadership skills who can teach across all key stages.
Find out more about the School by visiting our website www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk.
Please return your application form and your Teaching Experience Sheet by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 10 am Monday 19 February 2018.