Teacher of Boys PE, full time permanent post from 1st September.
We are seeking an outstanding teacher for this popular subject area. The post would suit a NQT. The ability to teach KS3, KS4 and KS5 would be an advantage.
CURRICULUM AREA INFORMATION INCLUDING KS4 & KS5 options
Key Stage 3:
In Year 7, 8 and 9 all students follow a Physical Education curriculum aimed at developing competence in a variety of skills and promoting healthy active lifestyles. A range of activities are experienced enabling students to excel in a broad range of activities. In Year 8 students make an initial ‘mini option choice’ with many students choosing to study theory elements of PE in addition to their practical lessons.
Key Stage 4:
Students undertake their option choices in Year 9 where, if they so wish, they can choose to study either the OCR GCSE Physical Education or the Cambridge National level 2 in Sport Science in Year 10/11. The OCR GCSE Physical Education has two elements; practical and theory, while the Cambridge National is assessed through coursework and an external examination.
All students are expected to continue to participate in Core Physical education through till the end of year 11 in a range of activities different to Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 5:
In Key Stage 5, students can follow the OCR A Level in Physical Education or the Cambridge Technical Level 3 in Sport. Students are also given the option to participate in a number of leadership activities including feeder schools and sports days, enrichment activities such as sport teams, surfing, weight lifting and fitness. Many students progress to take various Sport related degrees including sport science, coaching and teaching.
Facilities and resources
The Physical Education Curriculum area is well-resourced with a small sports hall, main school hall, fitness suite, 5 tennis courts, 3 Netball courts, and grass football and Rugby pitches. The Cambridge Technical in Sport also has access to a variety of ICT facilities to support their learning.
The Physical Education department is involved in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and teams. These include; Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Tennis, Table Tennis and also participate in the Dorset School Games competitions. The clubs are well attended and teams have been very successful over the years regularly reaching and winning District and County Finals at all age groups.
Having established close links with our feeder schools, the Physical Education Department is involved in a variety of projects to help students integrate into the school community and support Primary events.
The Physical Education department also organise a variety of trips and overseas visits including the yearly ski trip and Sports Tour, where both students from Year 9/10 take part in Boys Rugby and Girls Football and netball matches.
We encourage potential applicants to explore in depth the School’s website which includes recent publications and a prospectus. Potential applicants are also encouraged to read both the most recent Ofsted reports which are available via the school website or directly from www.ofsted.gov.uk and the published performance data available on the DfES performance tables site. www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance
Highcliffe is a remarkable school with a special atmosphere. We are very highly respected in our community, with whole generations of families coming here for over 50 years from Christchurch and the New Forest. Former students, current students and their parents frequently speak of their powerful emotional bonds to our school lasting a lifetime. Always popular, and usually over-subscribed, in the last two years our identity and success has attracted a rapidly growing number of admissions requests for Year 7. Although we have raised our PAN twice in three years, demand for places still exceeds availability and in 2019 we admitted 270 Year 7s compared to 216 5 years ago – we expect around 260/70 again in 2020. This is a result of our caring and aspirational ethos combined with our engaging curriculum and excellent extra-curricular opportunities, although our track record of exam success is surely another factor. Between 2017 and 2019 our P8 score increased by +0.36. Our students are lovely young people to work with who respond enthusiastically to good teaching and are keen to learn.