Teacher of PE
Role commences 1st September 2021
Salary/allowances: MPS scale point
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).
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 planning. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration. Didcot Girls’ School is part of Ridgeway Education Trust and there are excellent opportunities for staff to work across the two secondary and one primary school which currently comprise the Trust.
Summer 2019 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.
Physical Education and school sport are an integral and valued part of the curriculum at Didcot Girls’ School and are recognised and celebrated at all key stages.
We have a strong and dedicated team who share the same drive to deliver the highest quality of teaching and learning whilst providing the best possible opportunities in an inclusive and supportive environment. We follow a curriculum model that develops students physical, social and emotional well-being and aim to ensure that all students leave us with the knowledge and skills to enjoy participating in lifelong physical activity.
The school has great facilities with a sports hall, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall for indoor use, as well as four netball and tennis courts, and playing fields which accommodate outdoor activities including football and cross-country in the winter, and an athletics track, long jump, all throwing areas and four rounders pitches in the summer.
The extra-curricular life of the department is strong, with a plethora of clubs and fixtures offered across the duration of the academic year. Via external coaches, cricket, archery and fencing are offered. Internally the PE Department provides opportunities for students to participate in football, netball, gymnastics, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, swimming, cricket, athletics, and rounders. We are committed to sporting excellence, with a high attendance rate across all clubs, and high success rate in competitions at local, county, regional and national level.
We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion for Physical Education who will enthuse and engage the students they teach, someone with high expectations for all students and strong subject knowledge.
The successful applicant will teach PE across Key Stage 3 and 4, and a strong commitment to an extensive and inclusive extra-curricular programme is essential.
We welcome applications from NQTs as well as more experienced staff. Excellent professional development is available for the successful candidate.
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) paying particular attention to the ‘Relevant Skills and Experience’ section.
Please also submit a written response (maximum 2 sides A4 at point 11) to the following question: ‘What does excellent teaching and learning look like in PE?’
Applications should be sent to Frances Adley at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Thursday 17th June. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 22nd June.
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.