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Teacher of Social Science

Plymstock SchoolPlymouth

Due to promotion, we are seeking to appoint a talented, dynamic and hardworking Social Sciences’ teacher to join our thriving and well-resourced department from September 2021.  

Applications are welcomed from newly qualified teachers and experienced teachers.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate impact on student progress, have excellent subject knowledge and be confident teaching up to KS5.  They should be an ambitious and dedicated professional who is able to work as part of a team.  

Plymstock School is a highly successful school, which over the last three years has achieved one of the strongest Progress 8 scores in the South West, as well as the highest in the city for non-selective schools. We are a very popular choice with parents and are significantly oversubscribed. Plymstock is a suburb of Plymouth and lies approximately three miles to the east of the city. It is within easy access of the A38, and teachers commute from Cornwall, Dartmoor and the South Hams.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Westcountry Schools Trust, currently employing approximately 1500 staff and growing.  We are a dynamic organisation with our students and staff at our heart.  Built on an extensive track record of excellence, the Trust combines a range of secondary colleges, primary schools and business units based in a variety of sites across Devon and Cornwall.

Why work at Plymstock School?

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. Our aspirations spread beyond the region and we are aiming to be in the top 1% of all schools nationally.

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. We insist all staff have the highest expectations of every child, regardless of background, and use evidence-based practice in the classroom. Our school improvement plan is short, simple and focused on the classroom. Priorities are exclusively focused on teaching – specifically metacognition and building long-term memory. We aim to ensure that in every classroom our students experience consistent and highly effective teaching and learning.

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 will not see elsewhere, such as all students standing when an adult enters a classroom.

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.

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?
  • is polite and respectful to others, and understands the importance of strong and  supportive working relationships?
  • 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 you can demonstrate the dedication, skills and passion required, we look forward to receiving your application.

Application forms should  be submitted  to recruitment@plymstockschool.org.uk

If you would like additional information or to discuss this post please email recruitment@plymstockschool.org.uk

Closing date: 9am Thursday 13 May 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing 17 May 2021

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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