Female Physical Education (Genuine Occupational Requirement) Southfields Academy, London

Job description

As a forward-looking and innovative school we are seeking to appoint a well-qualified and highly skilled practitioner to join our PE and Sports department to teach girls PE at Southfields Academy. The post would suit either a newly qualified teacher or a more experienced teacher seeking to develop their career.

Who we are:
We are a dynamic, diverse and dedicated PE and Sport department with a positive culture of engagement from students at all levels and abilities. All students participate in two hours of PE in timetabled lessons a week and the opportunity to attend extra-curricular sport are extremely popular. Students on examined courses can study GCSE PE at Key Stage 4 as well as Cambridge Technical at Level 3 and NCFE at Level 2. In sixth form students are also encouraged to take part in Sports leadership as an enrichment activity. Our track record of students entering the world of professional sport and entering the sport industry as a career is very high.
As a department we have an ethos of encouraging young women into sport with all sports being offered to all genders. There are active girls’ teams in most sports and sports events are held regularly throughout the year. Our partnership with AFC Wimbledon, through which we support their U18 Football Academy and together offer a Football and Education Programme to Key Stage 5.
The sports facilities are the envy of many schools, the Academy benefits from; 3G floodlit professional football pitches, floodlit M.U.G.A.s that are used for basketball, netball, tennis and handball, cricket nets, long jump, high jump, climbing wall, traversing wall, two very large well equipped multi-use sports halls, dance studio, activity studio that is used for gymnastics and trampolining, spin cycle studio, rowing machines, fully equipped fitness gym, 25 metre competition length swimming pool and dedicated classrooms with large numbers of computers for students to use.
Southfields Academy is a thriving non-selective secondary academy located in south west London. It has recently undergone complete redevelopment and benefits from the cutting edge in art, design & vocational technology facilities, spacious and bright communal areas and classrooms. All of which are equipped with the latest technology and designed by our staff and students to ensure their fitness for purpose to educate the children of today and future-proofed for the children of tomorrow.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a motivated and inspiring female teacher to enthuse and engage students across the age and ability range of Years 7 – 13 and to act as a positive role model and champion for women in sport. The successful candidate will teach PE and Sport to all age groups and will be expected to make a significant contribution across the major sports, particular expertise in one or more of the following is advantageous (netball, football, trampolining or cricket). A willingness to offer support to the extracurricular life of the School through coaching, training and fixtures is assumed. The ability to teach GCSE, Cambridge Technical or NCFE would be desirable. The successful candidate will be able to use creativity to develop rich and exciting lessons in a broad range of sports and disciplines. They will be ambitious and adaptable, with excellent planning and classroom management skills. This is an outstanding opportunity for an NQT or experienced teacher to join and progress in our highly successful PE Department. QTS status is essential.

For the successful candidate we can offer:
• enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking students with excellent attitudes to learning in PE;
• a caring and supportive community environment;
• a commitment to health and wellbeing of staff;
• a commitment to professional development with weekly collaborative planning sessions;
• full support and induction programme for NQTs;

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age. All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job. The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Academy will only accept applications directly from candidates themselves. No agencies.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you were unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this post early, should we receive a high volume of applications.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree in subject related to Physical Education and Sport.

Essential qualifications

QTS in Physical Education and Sport.

Essential skills and experience

The successful candidate will be able to use creativity to develop rich and exciting lessons in a broad range of sports and disciplines. They will be ambitious and adaptable, with excellent planning and classroom management skills.

Employee benefits


About Southfields Academy

At Southfields we aim to create a culture of tolerance and respect for others, where students and staff work together to improve. Our vision is to develop a provision that will secure the best life chances for our students once they leave Southfields Academy. This environment must inspire each individual in the community to be the very best that they can be. At Southfields we have the highest expectations of achievement and behaviour and offer a nurturing and supportive environment where we celebrate difference and ensure that everyone meets their full potential. We value every individual and commit to ensuring everyone feels supported and listened to. We offer the highest quality educational experience, aiming to inspire a generation of lifelong learners, who take pride in their achievements and take ownership of their learning. We believe creativity and imagination are the key to developing future passions and talents. We have a positive, “can do” attitude, believing that the sky is our limit, and we will think creatively and innovatively to meet the needs of our learners and our community. A successful Southfields student will be one that understands the world we live in and is curious and keen to develop further by learning from others around them. This student will leave Southfields ready for their next stage in education or employment, equipped to learn and to grow.

333 Merton Road, London, SW18 5JU
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