Teacher of History (Maternity Cover)

Willingdon Community SchoolEast Sussex

Teacher of History

Full time / Fixed Term for up to 1 year (Maternity Cover)

MPS-UPS £25,714 – £41,604 per annum

From May 2021 

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed teacher of History to join a successful department and faculty.  The History department aims to provide an interesting and challenging curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE. A wide range of teaching strategies are employed to ensure students are engaged in their learning, including drama, role play, discussion, extended writing, ICT and audio visual experience.  The development of both students’ skills and knowledge are treated with equal weighting and we aim to ensure students of all abilities are encouraged to develop a passion and interest in the subject. 

The successful candidate will be joining a supportive and experienced Humanities department. The department is well resourced and housed in good accommodation with audio/visual facilities available, including Interactive White Boards in each classroom.

The opening would suit either an experienced teacher of History or provide an excellent first post for a hardworking and ambitious teacher who feels he/she has a lot to offer and a lot to learn. Our NQT support programme and induction is a strong feature of the school’s commitment to professional development. The successful candidate would be expected to deliver high quality lessons at Key Stage 3 and, for the right candidate, for the AQA History GCSE (America 1920-1973, Conflict and Tension 1918-1939, Normans 1066-1100 and Power and the People 1170-Present day) 

Willingdon Community School is a high-achieving and over-subscribed (NOR 1000), 11-16, comprehensive school serving the Eastbourne and Polegate area.  The school is committed to providing the opportunity for success, in its broadest sense, to all its students, taking pride in not just their academic achievement but in the qualities that make them successful citizens.  Our ethos focuses on every staff member modelling personal excellence to the student body as well as being lifelong learners; owning their continual professional development.  Examination results at GCSE are consistently high with students of all abilities making good progress and adding significant value, regardless of their starting point.  In 2019, 69% of students achieved the Basics Match and Progress was broadly in line with national expectations.

The school is a leading member of a number of local educational groups and partnerships, such as the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) which brings many and varied learning opportunities to both teachers and students, particularly via our links with Eastbourne College.  We are a member of the SSAT and have excellent links with outstanding schools up and down the country.  These links bring cultural and intellectual capital to the school and enrich our CPD provision for staff at all levels.

The CPD and talent management of our staff is given a very high priority as we believe this is a vitally important part of improving outcomes for young people as well as invigorating teachers` passion for their areas.  Willingdon is proud of its record in developing new teachers and on the quality of CPD more widely.  The school has an outstanding record for the quality and range of professional development opportunities it offers and takes pride in developing its staff as outstanding teachers and preparing them for the next steps in their careers.  As well as being supported through in-house programmes, aspiring leaders have access to: funded NPQ and Masters Qualifications; extended programmes in Durrington Research School; free access to the annual Research Ed conference in Kent; and leadership opportunities provided by the SSAT and ASCL.

Staff wellbeing is of paramount importance to us at Willingdon Community School.  If you are appointed, there will be a full induction day to ensure you are supported with the transition to your new role.  We offer all staff 50% off Benenden Health Care.  We also run many events throughout the year such as staff fitness and Mindfulness sessions to enhance your work - life balance.  We believe that happy teachers make happy children and therefore do our utmost to support our staff.  We offer mental health first aid to all staff which is a two day qualification.  Willingdon also offer the Care First programme through the county council, providing information, helpful resources and other services.  There will be invitations to whole school social events such as our Christmas party which is subsidised as a thank you to staff, and other gatherings to celebrate success, and a free coffee machine is ready for you during break-time!

Willingdon Community School is committed to child protection/safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this duty of care.  All applicants will be subject to safer recruitment procedures and will require satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.

To apply for this post, please download and complete the application form from the school website: http://willingdonschool.org.uk/about-us/vacancies or, e-mail: recruitment@willingdonschool.org.uk

Closing Date: 29th January 2021 (by noon)

Interview arrangements will be sent to shortlisted applicants.



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