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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    9 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Subject

Food technology

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS/UPS commensurate with experience + TLR available for the right candidate for pastoral responsibility.

Additional allowances

MPS/UPS commensurate with experience + TLR available for the right candidate for pastoral responsibility.

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you passionate about food and dedicated to inspiring the next generation of culinary enthusiasts? Leigh Academy Tonbridge is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to lead our growing Department asHead of Department - Food and Nutrition.

Leigh Academy Tonbridge is a vibrant and inclusive secondary school committed to providing an exceptional education for all our students. Our Food Department plays a crucial role in fostering creativity, culinary skills, and a deep understanding of food technology among our students.

As the Head of Department (Food), you will lead a team of passionate educators to deliver engaging and innovative lessons that ignite curiosity and foster a love for food technology. You will oversee the development and implementation of the curriculum, ensuring it aligns with national standards while also incorporating exciting practical elements to enhance student learning experiences. We are seeking a dynamic teacher who encourages a love for the subject through their teaching and who has both the ability and commitment to inspire and develop the practice of colleagues in the D&T department.

At Leigh Academy Tonbridge you can expect;

  • Impeccable student behaviour in classrooms and around the academy.
  • High levels of focus in students.
  • A supportive academy with visible leadership that support teachers to develop.
  • Students who are committed to their learning and want to do their very best.
  • Students who work well together and show the highest level of respect towards each other and towards members of staff.
  • The opportunity to be part of a team that highly values your wellbeing.

We’d like to hear from you if you are:

  • Collaborative, building strong professional relationships.
  • Able to motivate and inspire students to achieve their full potential.
  • Energetic with a ‘can do’ attitude.

This is a full time, permanent position offering Main Pay Scale/ Upper Pay Scale commensurate with experience + TLR available for the right candidate for pastoral responsibility. The successful candidate will join us from September 2024.

If you are interested in visiting the academy, please contactBecky Green (Office Manager) onbecky.green@latrust.org.uk.

What the school offers its staff

Joining us at Leigh Academy Tonbridge:Building on the strengths of our legacy school, Hayesbrook Academy, Leigh Academy Tonbridge will open our doors to the first cohort of year 7 students, including boys and girls, for September 2023.

Hayesbrook Academy first opened in 1964. Having always been an all-boys school, our history before then is closely linked to the old Sussex Road Boys School, where records go back to the early 1900’s, and so we have a strong tradition of education provision in Tonbridge. The modern day academy has always been an 11-18 comprehensive school with a mixed sixth form, serving the local community.

Since being the first school in West Kent to gain Academy Status in 2010, the academy led the way in achieving excellent standards and in creating a multi-academy Trust. We were graded ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted in 2005, 2008 and 2009. The academic success and high standards have continued and inspections in 2013, 2017 and most recently in December 2022, found the school to be ‘good’ overall but recognised students’ behaviour and attitudes as ‘exceptional’ (graded as ‘outstanding’). Furthermore, the inspection recognised strengths in reading and literacy; careers provision; teachers’ subject knowledge; the support provided by the trust and the governing body; as well as identifying the ‘meticulous’ arrangements for safeguarding. The report also recognised “Senior leaders are relentless about raising standards and maintaining high expectations…”.. Our press release and the full Ofsted report can be accessedhere.

The Academy grows, adapts and thrives with each new cohort of students that are welcomed here every September and our recent move to Leigh Academies Trust has strengthened the academy’s ability to deliver the very best for our pupils.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust:As of 1st September 2023, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 3,000 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.Our future plans are found in our Vision 2030 document available on our website.

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.

Click here to view the benefits available to all LAT employees from day one.

Our commitment to safeguarding:Leigh Academies 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 fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity:As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
medical
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Leigh Academy Tonbridge

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
477 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01634412258

Arranging a visit to Leigh Academy Tonbridge

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email Isabelle.cochrane@latrust.org.uk.

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