Thank you for your interest in the post of Teacher of Boys’/Girls’ PE at Isaac Newton Academy, an ARK School. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself, to give some details about our school and to describe the kind of candidate we hope to appoint to the position.
Isaac Newton Academy opened in September 2012 in Ilford, East London, in brand new, purpose-built accommodation. The Academy has been carefully designed with ARK’s philosophy in mind and has facilities and resources to support a rich and diverse 21st century curriculum. It has an intake of 180 year 7 students each year. When full, in 2018, the secondary school will be 1,250 students (900 11 – 16 year olds and 350 sixth formers). In 2014 the primary phase of the Academy opened to 90 reception-aged pupils. This too will grow year on year, until full in 2020. The Academy benefits from joining a number of successful secondary schools in the diverse Redbridge community as well as being part of the ARK Schools network.
I feel both privileged and excited to have been appointed as Isaac Newton Academy’s Principal. This is my third Headship but without doubt my most exciting leadership opportunity. The chance to create a new and outstanding school from scratch, designing the curriculum, policies and procedures, structuring the school day and year and appointing the staff, is a rare and golden one.
The new PE teacher at Isaac Newton Academy will be a key member of staff.
First and foremost, I am looking for an individual who is committed to ARK’s six pillars and feel as passionately as I do about the school’s vision (outlined in the prospectus found on the Academy website). You will read that at Isaac Newton Academy we have extremely high expectations of ourselves and of each and every student. It is important that the post holder believes unswervingly that, regardless of background or prior attainment, every student entering the school has the potential to leave with a set of qualifications that will enable them to pursue their education at a top university. We are setting ourselves very ambitious goals, and the post holders will play a central role in ensuring that Isaac Newton becomes a truly great school. He/she will require determination, resilience, optimism and creativity in order to ensure that effective and efficient systems are in place to support every student to achieve their target grades.
The aim of the Isaac Newton Academy P.E. department is to promote physical activity for all while developing students’ physical skills and attributes. Students study the subjects for 2 hours per week at Key Stage 3, and experience a wide range of different activities. These include Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Football, Dance, Cricket, Rounders, Handball, Badminton, Athletics, Tennis and Health Related Fitness. Lessons aim to broaden students’ experiences in a variety of sports and enhance their skills within the given activity. The curriculum also has a theoretical focus looking at areas of the GCSE P.E. syllabus in preparation for Key Stage 4. GCSE P.E. is a popular choice for students (2 or 3 groups each year) and is an option at KS5. The department has a rich and in-demand enrichment programme focusing on the sports above as well as others. The school competes in a wide range of these sports in inter-school fixtures against other Redbridge schools.
It is my vision that Isaac Newton Academy will be at the centre of the local community, with opportunities for the students’ parents, siblings and neighbours to attend classes and benefit from the amazing facilities. I am looking to appoint a PE teacher who shares this desire to enrich the lives of residents of Ilford and make the school a true community school.
And what you can expect from me as your Principal? I will be committed to providing you with the environment, support and resources necessary to carry out your role to an outstanding level. I will prioritise your professional development needs. I will ensure that you receive supportive and developmental line management and coaching.
If what you have read about Isaac Newton Academy chimes with your personal educational philosophy, I very much hope that you will consider applying for the post. This is a key role in the Academy and a challenging yet highly rewarding opportunity.
If you would like to discuss the role or have any technical issues with the application form, please contact our HR Office on 020 8911 6666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply please go to: https://goo.gl/gKjITl . Please complete your application by 11am Monday 26th June.
Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge
Principal: Rachel Macfarlane
New all-through mixed 4-18 comprehensive in Redbridge.