Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Possibility of TLR for Head of Spanish for the right candidate
Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
Role commences: 1st September 2019
Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. Application forms, other recruitment material and a copy of the school’s prospectus are available on the school website under the ‘Join Us’ tab.
Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted). Accredited as a national Teaching School in 2017, we offer excellent opportunities for staff development and progression. The Teaching School provides experienced staff with the opportunity to become a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and thereby engage in school-to-school support and CPD both across the Trust and beyond. We currently have 15 SLEs across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Teachers earlier in their career can benefit from bespoke CPD in a wide range of areas through the Teaching School, including subject-specific training, the latest pedagogy, behaviour management and leadership. Whether you see yourself on a fast track to school leadership, want to focus on developing cutting-edge pedagogy or are interested in following a pastoral development path, we can provide appropriate training and opportunities.
We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.
This summer’s GCSE results were superb with 80% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 65% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 55.8 and our Progress 8 of +0.69 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.
The Modern Languages Department is staffed by a supportive group of 6 teaching staff and 3 Foreign Language Assistants. Results at all levels are strong and following an upward trend. At GCSE results are very good in Spanish (76% 4+) and excellent in French (85% 4+), German (82% 4+) and Chinese Mandarin (87% C/4+).
- 4 teaching rooms all with ceiling mounted projectors
- 1 computer suite with 30 computers for students
- 3 oral rooms
At Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability classes and they complete one module in each language from the start of Year 7 to Christmas in Year 8. They rotate languages at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6 in Year 7. In Year 8 students opt to continue with the language of their choice from January to the end of the year. We use a range of resources for our schemes of work, including units from the Allez course for French, Jin Bu for Chinese, Zoom for Spanish and German.
We start our Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9 and run GCSE courses in French, Spanish, German and Chinese Mandarin as part of our option programme. We follow the Edexcel specification for all languages and we use published resources tailor-made for this exam board. All examinations are taken in Year 11.
We are also part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme which is a very exciting intensive learning programme where students are taught 4 hours of Chinese every week from Year 7 upwards, with the expectation they will study the subject throughout their time at the school and into the Sixth Form. This programme features immersion learning in China in Year 8 and a university residential course in Year 10.
MFL options are increasingly popular in the joint Sixth Form: we offer French and Spanish taught jointly at Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus School, and we run German and Chinese at Didcot Girls’ School. We follow the AQA specification for French, Spanish and German and the Cambridge International Level 3 Pre-U Certificate specification for Chinese Mandarin.
We have a very strong enrichment programme for our students including in and out of school competitions and weekly support/extension clubs for both upper and lower school. We run regular trips abroad which are very popular, from a short residential trip to Northern France with Year 7 students to longer visits to Paris, Salamanca, Munich and China.
Didcot Girls’ School has held the International Schools Award for over twenty years and has just been re-accredited for the next three years. As a Languages Specialist school in the days when specialisms were available, the school has a long tradition of and commitment to language learning and approximately 70% of each year group will choose at least one MFL GCSE. We believe it is essential that our school community is outward looking and international in its focus to prepare our young people for global futures.
This is a key post in a strong and innovative department. We are looking for a teacher with a genuine and infectious passion for teaching languages who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; a teacher with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.
The successful applicant will ideally teach two languages to KS3 and KS4 with the possibility of teaching one language at KS5 for candidates with the appropriate skills/experience. We have a strong preference for candidates able to teach French and Spanish to KS4 level but can be flexible for the right candidate. Please make clear in your application which languages and to what level you can teach and if you wish to be considered for a Head of Spanish role.
This post is suitable for newly qualified teachers as well as more experienced teachers. Excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate.
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) and send it with a response to the following task to Frances Adley at email@example.com:
- A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching, learning and curriculum looks like in MFL.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 27th February 2019, with interviews the following week.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview.
I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application.
Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.