Head of Physical Education & Sport

10 Mar 2018
17 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Physical Education & Sport

Salary: – TLR 2b £4,241

Required for September 2018 or sooner by negotiation

Closing Date: 9am Wednesday, 14th March

Interviews: Tuesday, 20th March, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.

Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results. In 2017 43% of GCSE grades were at A*/A or 9-7, and well over a quarter of our students achieved eight A/7 grades or better. We have averaged +0.5 for Progress 8 in the three years so far (0.6 in 2017), and were a Top-100 non-selective school nationally in 2015. At A level 66% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes at Distinction or better; our first full cohort have secured several Oxbridge, Medicine and Vet Science places, with the great majority going to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities, the picture of offers is even stronger for our second cohort. We have consistently achieved a high ALPS Grade 2 at both KS4 and KS5.

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff.

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.

This Role: We need an experienced, well-organised and energetic professional to lead the school’s provision for PE and Sport into the next phase of its life. There is enormous potential and talent in our student body, which includes a number of highly accomplished performers in a range of sports, and there is enthusiasm and support from parents and from Governors and Trustees to develop the sporting life of the school in new ways. PE GCSE attracts healthy numbers each year, including the academically able, and we run a Level 3 Cambridge Technical at Key Stage 5 with considerable success. The successful candidate will have experience of teaching and leading exam courses, and be able to explore other routes to stretch and reward the strengths of our students. All have PE lessons throughout Key Stage 3 and 4, while members of the 6th form participate in a range of informal sporting activities – something that could be further developed. Teams represent the school with accomplishment in a good number of sports in both local and Jewish community competitions, and we have strong links with Maccabi with whom a number of students compete internationally each year.

The staff team includes 5 full time teachers (some of whom have leadership roles beyond the department) and an administrator. In addition to a Sports Hall, Activity Studio, fully-equipped gym, hard court area and large all-weather pitch, we expect by summer 2018 to secure exclusive use of two grass pitches adjoining the school site, with dedicated changing facilities. The department is well resourced and an active Parents Association is keen to keep it so. We have a striking concentration of national level Table Tennis players, and we are developing links to Table Tennis England with a view to establishing a Centre of Excellence. A council-built leisure centre under construction 5 minutes from the school will also offer the opportunity to offer swimming and to enhance our provision in other ways.

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

For information, including an application pack, please visit our website via the button below or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on 020 8344 2220

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.

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