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Director of Learning - PE

Leigh Academy Blackheath, London

Job details

Job role
Physical education
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership scale commensurate with experience + Inner London allowance

Job summary

Leigh Academy Blackheath are seeking to appoint a Director of Learning - Physical and Health Education (PHE). This is a brand new position as the academy continues to grow and develop.

Joining us from September 2021, our DoL Physical and Health Education will bring with them passion, experience and the capacity to inspire and motivate students and staff. The ideal candidate will also have experience of developing a highly successful and engaging co-curricular curriculum to inspire and motivate, and have experience of developing and maintaining strong partnerships with local community groups and organisations. This role is ideal for those seeking career progression and who have a keen interest in joining a highly successful and collaborative team. We welcome applications from experienced practitioners.

As DoL of Physical and Health Education you will lead a curriculum team that is committed to:

Advocating exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Promoting Physical and Health Education as central to the school experience.
Exemplifying the values of respect, integrity, scholarship, ambition and resilience, whilst actively encouraging enjoyment and sportsmanship.
Building positive relationships between pupils, staff, parents and carers and the local community.
You will be responsible for securing the best possible outcomes for our students. The successful candidate will work to shape a modern and inclusive Physical and Health Education programme, promoting fitness for life and exploiting latest thinking in sports science to benefit and inspire pupils of all abilities.

What we will expect of you: Our appointed candidate will successfully lead this group of curriculum areas, and you will play a key role in inspiring the staff, as well as our students with your outstanding leadership. We will also expect you to successfully plan and deliver outstanding lessons on a daily basis that challenge our students and significantly advance their learning. We anticipate you will achieve this by being passionate about your subject and transferring your knowledge in a creative and efficient way in the classroom.

We’d like to hear from you if:

An excellent teacher who is passionate about learning and has strong subject knowledge
Collaborative, able to build strong professional relationships
Able to motivate and inspire students and staff to achieve their full potential
Energetic and have a ‘can-do’ attitude
Confident and has strong career aspirations
Committed to safeguarding and the happiness and wellbeing of everyone at the academy

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Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Free School
Education phase
School size
359 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
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About Leigh Academy Blackheath

Working at Leigh Academy Blackheath: We are a co-educational 11-18yr comprehensive school and, already oversubscribed, our new school is a beacon of excellence for secondary education in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We are driven by the belief that every learner is entitled to an enriching, varied and personalised education; delivered through a broad and balanced curriculum that provides challenge, irrespective of need, starting point or background. Our mission is to ensure all our students develop into powerful citizens of the digital future on both a national and global scale.

Our strong learning community works together and shares the value of collaboration; every member of our academy family works together to achieve success, cultivating a strong sense of belonging. Our belief in ‘human-scale’ education, delivered through a schools-within-schools model, ensures every one of our students is known and valued. Strong pastoral care is at the heart of our academy and we place great importance on building strong partnerships with parents and carers.

Since opening in September 2018, Leigh Academy Blackheath (LAB) has established itself as the local community’s preferred choice for their child’s secondary education. We have received over 1,000 applications for this September’s 180 Year 7 places, with nearly 300 first choice preferences. It is an exciting time to be joining our learning community.

At LAB, everything we do is built upon our core values of: Respect, Integrity, Ambition, Scholarship and Resilience. We are a strong team and work hard together to ensure every student realises their full potential. Staff have access to a wide range of professional development opportunities both within the academy and across Leigh Academies Trust (LAT).

Working in a brand new school is a unique opportunity. A flexible approach with a can-do ethos is required, as is drive, grit and boundless enthusiasm. A sense of humour is essential!

Our successful candidates will receive:

A salary commensurate with the profile of the post
Bespoke CPD with mentoring and coaching opportunities
The opportunity to work laterally across a number of Leigh Academies Trust schools to benchmark best practice and to be involved in teaching and learning innovation
We’d like to hear from you if you are:

An excellent teacher who is passionate about learning and has strong subject knowledge
Collaborative, able to build strong professional relationships
Able to motivate and inspire students and staff to achieve their full potential
Energetic and have a ‘can-do’ attitude
Confident and has strong career aspirations
Committed to safeguarding and the happiness and wellbeing of everyone at the academy

Being a part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2020, our Trust will comprise 28 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 15 primaries and 2 special) educating over 16,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. We also have one further secondary academy in the development phase, due to open in September 2021. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19: Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months. This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments. Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities will vary. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team - talent@latrust.org.uk

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

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School location

Old Dover Road, London, SE3 8SY

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