Teacher of French (with potential for TLR 2a), Plymouth

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Plymstock SchoolPlymouth

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPR/UPR plus potential for a TLR 2a
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are looking for a creative and  engaging teacher with an infectious passion for languages.  This is an exciting opportunity for a talented professional to join a unique school. There is the potential for a TLR for a suitably experienced candidate who is looking to further their career. Please make it clear in your letter of application if you would like to be considered for a TLR role.  This would reflect the interests and areas of experience of the individual and will be discussed at interview.

The successful candidate will not only have the creativity and energy to promote a love of language learning but also the commitment to inspire our students to develop their abilities to the full. 

What we are looking for:

  • A committed practitioner, who will want to attain the highest standards in teaching and learning and who will expect excellence from the students 
  • A collaborative and motivated individual who will teach MFL through a variety of innovative approaches  


Why work at Plymstock School?  

No two schools are ever the same, but we believe that Plymstock School is a truly unique and special place to work. Our objective is simple – we want to be a world-class learning community that enables all young people to succeed.  We are very successful and are the top performing non-selective school in the city, and one of the highest in the South West for Progress 8, Attainment 8 and EBacc. However, our aspirations spread beyond the region and we are aiming to be in the top 1% of all schools nationally.  

We are significantly oversubscribed. Consequently, we are expanding our Year 7 school intake from 260 to 300 students each year.  

In September 2017, we joined forces with a group of four other secondary schools and eight primary schools, to form the Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST). Our mission statement is ‘Stronger together…every child in a great school’. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues across a network of likeminded schools – sharing new ideas, expertise and pooling resources. WeST also offers excellent CPD opportunities and significant potential career development opportunities.  

Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do at Plymstock. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and provides students with the opportunity to discover their hidden talents. You are not told how to teach here and are given the freedom to do what works for you in your area of expertise. We do however, insist all staff have the highest expectations of every child, regardless of background, and use evidence-based practice in the classroom. 

Our standards of discipline are very high and consequently teachers really can teach at our school. Our behaviour management system is simple, quick and highly effective. We are a school that still subscribes to traditional expectations for behaviour, and you will find many things that you won’t see elsewhere, such as all students standing when an adult enters a classroom.   

We take workload seriously and have reduced the volume of meetings, addressed marking/feedback load, eliminated low-level disruption and importantly we listen to staff feedback and make positive changes wherever possible.  

Relationships between staff and students are great and a real strength of this school. Our staff are happy, morale is good and staff turnover is low – people want to work here. We have received much recognition of our work. We are the only school in Plymouth chosen to be featured in the national Good Schools Guide.

If you are still interested there are a number of questions we need you to consider next. Are you someone who… 

  • believes in, and is committed to, our ambition to be world-class
  • sees working with young people as a vocation or calling rather than just a job
  • believes that improvement is continuous and that we can always learn more 
  • will go the extra mile for our great students 
  • stays positive, committed and won’t give up, even when times are tough 
  • doesn’t have a big ego and is committed to the team 
  • is polite and respectful to others, and understands the importance of strong and supportive working relationships 
  • has a good sense of humour 
  • has an excellent attendance record 
  • brings solutions and ideas, rather than problems  
  • is open to new ideas and will always give something a try


If you can say yes to all of these and want to work in an exciting and dynamic environment, with an amazing group of students and a top-quality team of staff – then Plymstock School is for you and we would warmly welcome your application. Application forms can be submitted via the TES website or emailed to recruitment@plymstockschool.org.uk 

Closing date: 9am Monday 20 May

Plymstock School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance. 



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Church Road, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 9AZ, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1752 402679
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School Information

Plymstock School is a co-educational 11-18 non-selective school of over 1600 students, with 250 in the Sixth Form.  We are a very popular choice with parents and are significantly oversubscribed. Consequently, we are expanding...