Teacher of English and Drama Lead

New Rickstones Academy, Witham
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Job Ref No. ECC8816905-347S Position Type: Teacher Pay Range: Main Pay Range/Upper Pay Range + TLR 2a
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 15/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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September 2024 start

New Rickstones Academy is graded 'Good' (November 2023) and has a state of the art building offering fantastic facilities for both students and staff. A new building opened in September 2022 providing additional technology, science, IT and general teaching rooms. From September 2022, our PAN increased from 180 to 240 and we are now oversubscribed. We are the only Sixth Form provider in Witham.

Every member of staff is a vital part of our committed and ambitious team and we have been very successful at developing teachers and leaders with progression both within, and beyond the academy.

The English department is well-established and has recently implemented a totally new and ambitious Key Stage 3 curriculum to match the needs of our students. At GCSE we follow the AQA exam board for both English Language and Literature, and offer AQA English Literature at KS5. In line with Key Stage 3, both our GCSE and A Level specification and teaching have ungone considerable redesign and resequencing to best benefit our students. Our eight specialist classrooms are equipped with ViewSonic boards and we have suites of chrome books available for student use. We have nine specialist English teachers, a Librarian, Reading Intervention Tutors and LSA support for SEND students. The department has an extensive range of resources to support teaching and development. We have a rich extra-curricular offering with various trips and theatre visits, World Book Day celebrations, visiting authors and an annual public speaking competition.

The Drama department has a long standing history of excellent outcomes at KS4. We currently offer the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts - Acting, however the successful candidate would have the opportunity to review, and potentially change, the course. We have a purpose built Drama studio and theatre space, both with brand new lighting and sound systems. Drama Club is very popular and we collaborate with the Music department to perform a showcase at the end of the Winter and Summer terms. Drama is well supported within the academy and is taught as a discrete subject throughout Key Stage 3.

Our "Curriculum Drivers" run through all that we do as we encourage students to be safe, happy, the best they can be, and be proud.

Mastery: delivering excellent teaching & learning and developing excellent learners. Students are ambitious and committed.

Character: developing students into well rounded young people who we can be confident in to "do the right thing when no-one is looking".

Perspective: how our students fit into the world around them, how they appropriately challenge wrongs, and promote what is right. Students are open minded, compassionate and recognise the differences found in all of us.

We are looking for a Teacher of English and Drama to lead the Drama department. If you are driven, and passionate about English and Drama, then we want to hear from you! We welcome applicants from.

If this advert, our website, and the job description sound of interest to you, please don't hesitate to contact us to find out more. Please contact Anna Thorne, athorne@newrickstonesacademy.org / 01376 515 756 x230

Closing date: 15 April 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV's. Apply today here:https://aet.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/4478?c=aet&source=essexschoolsjobs

Academies Enterprise Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a robust, fair and consistent recruitment process which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. Job share, part time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Information about the School

New Rickstones Academy is a secondary school based in Witham. This is an exciting time to join New Rickstones Academy as we continue to expand. Over the last 8 years, student numbers have more than doubled, leading to oversubscription and the addition of a new building in September 2022 to accommodate the growing demand. We maintained our 'Good' OFSTED rating in 2023. Whilst learning is our core aim, mutual respect and fantastic working relationships between students and staff is what makes New Rickstones Academy what it is, and makes me proud to be Principal.

New Rickstones Academy is a great place to work with modern facilities and a friendly and supportive staff team. The academy is proud to boast high staff retention and development. We have an extensive and hugely successful CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme to further develop our excellent staff. If you are considering a role at New Rickstones Academy, please arrange a visit and come and see the academy for yourself.

About the Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national family of schools comprising 57 primary, secondary and special schools in England supporting each other to deliver our mission of providing an excellent education to every child, in every classroom, every day.

We employ over 4,000 people across the country, each committed to ensuring that every child receives their entitlement to a high level education. We have a dedicated recruitment team to place teachers and support staff within schools they will thrive in and encourage career development opportunities.

Every decision we make is with students’ learning and interests at the forefront of our minds. Our schools dedicate focused time on formal academic learning with plenty of support for students’ wellbeing - as well as making sure there is time for some fun, too!

Benefits

  • Career development and training
  • Great pension
  • Healthcare cashback and helpline
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free financial advice
  • Salary advances
  • Affordable loan scheme
  • Electric car and bike schemes
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Travel and leisure scheme

Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At AET, we want all of our employees to feel included bringing their passion, creativity and individuality to work. We value all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and we truly believe that diversity drives innovation.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here. We also offer teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.

To find out more about AET please click here.

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

Laurence Johnson
Conrad Road, Witham
Essex, CM8 2SD
Telephone: 01376 515 756
Email: ljohnson@academiesenterprisetrust.org

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