Job Ref No. ECC6911-142S Position Type: Head of Department/Faculty Pay Range: TLR1C
Position Start Date: 20/04/2020 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 27/01/2020 Midday Date of Interviews: 5/2/2020  

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Head of PE and Vocational Education

Full Time

Salary : TLR1C £8641

Required for Easter 2020

Culture, Character, Commitment, Currency

Colchester Academy is a thriving secondary school, looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and driven Head of PE and Vocational Education to join its dedicated team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to help continue to raise standards across the school and to drive the faculty further on its already successful journey.

Colchester Academy is a secondary school located in the heart of Colchester, Essex, and recently graded 'GOOD' by OFSTED (2018). This is an incredibly exciting time in our journey, as we have just joined a local Academy Chain, South Suffolk Learning Trust (SSLT).

We are looking to appoint someone intent upon driving up standards, delivering excellent teaching and inspiring the same in others, and helping lead the school towards excellence.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within Colchester Academy, a school committed to excellence in everything we do. The faculty teaches a variety of subjects including Sport, Childcare and Health and Social Care.

This role provides excellent opportunities for career progression and advancement and would be suitable both for an existing Head of PE looking to develop towards Senior Leadership, or for someone new to middle leadership with exceptional standards, boundless energy and the ability to motivate. Colchester Academy is committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training, and the culture is one of equality and fairness built on relationships developed out of mutual trust and respect.

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To apply for this position an application form must be completed in full. Please also enclose a covering letter outlining your suitability for the post and the skills you will bring to the post.

If you have any questions or would like to visit the Academy, please contact Michelle Robinson, 01206 878878.

Closing date: Monday 27th January 2020 - 9am

Interview date: Wednesday 5th February 2020.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Colchester Academy is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Information about the School

Colchester Academy is a mixed, comprehensive, non-denominational secondary school situated in Colchester, Essex. Colchester Academy first opened in September 2010 and boasts a state of the art building with modern design and a wealth of technology. Smaller than average-sized for a secondary academy, the school will provide 1,200 places for students aged 11-16, when fully subscribed and prides itself on small class sizes, meaning increased one-to-one teaching. This is an incredibly exciting time in our journey, as we have just joined a local Academy Chain, South Suffolk Learning Trust (SSLT). The Colchester Academy school vision is to provide “challenge for all” and to support students from all backgrounds to gain skills and experience to facilitate their future choices. It challenges students academically as well as providing a range of opportunities for them to receive a well-rounded learning experience. The "no child left behind" approach is particularly important to the school: education moves at a pace that allows every child to thrive and help is given to students who feel they are falling behind. “Leaders and trustees are determined to improve the outcomes for pupils. As a consequence, in 2017, key stage 4 pupils' overall progress was above average. Relationships between pupils and teachers are strong and help pupils to learn well. Pupils feel safe in the school. Pupils are polite and courteous. Most pupils take pride in their work and wear their uniform with pride. The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils told inspectors that is it 'fine to be different' at this school. Pupils and parents say that joining Colchester Academy is a positive experience.”

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Michelle Robinson
Colchester Academy
Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester
Essex, CO4 3JL
Telephone: 01206 861217

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