This job expired on 17 May 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    17 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    14 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5


Physical education

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances


What skills and experience we're looking for


  • To be accountable for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the department, the development and implementation of subject policies, plans, targets and practices within the context of the school’s aims, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • To be accountable for the highest standards of student achievement within the department, by tracking student progress, monitoring and evaluating student achievement and setting targets for improvement.
  • To lead, develop and enhance the teaching and learning within the department, evaluating the quality of teaching, leading best practice, and securing and sustaining effective and challenging teaching of the subject.

  • To line manage effectively the teaching staff and deploy teaching in the department, motivating and supporting colleagues in developing innovative teaching strategies.
  • To take responsibility for all departmental administration.


Leadership & Curriculum Development

1. To contribute to the strategic development of the school by providing advice, challenge, insight and experience that will be beneficial to the activity and the development of the organisation.

2. To create a culture and environment that is conducive to success through innovation, enthusiastic delivery of vision, development of Subject Mastery and a clear sense of purpose and pride about the department and its work.

3. To organise and direct the teaching of the subject(s) in accordance with school policies, having due regard to the National Curriculum, Examination Board Specifications, cross-curricular implications (e.g. Healthy Schools) and health and safety.

4. To co-ordinate the production and maintenance of the departmental handbook and Department Improvement Plan (DIP), and implement, monitor and evaluate all departmental policies and documentation.

5. To set and implement annual targets for the department within the Departmental Improvement Plan and Examination Results Review consistent with the School Improvement Plan.

6. To be responsible for all departmental systems and the delegation of duties where appropriate.

7. To track, monitor and support through intervention the progress of all students in reaching their potential.

8. To organise appropriate extra-curricular activities, educational visits and outside speakers.

9. To contribute to the development of the school’s Science and Language College and Leading Edge status.

10. To develop comprehensive sequenced schemes of work adapted for Most Able and SEND students, incorporating a variety of assessments at key points to enable accurate judgements on student progress to be made.

11. To develop departmental strategies to promote RWCM and SMSC including citizenship.

12. To quality assure assessments and reports.

13. To chair effective department meetings and ensure that action points are recorded, circulated, actioned and kept.

14. To be responsible for the distribution and spending of the capitation allowance of the department, in accordance with school policy, ensuring the proper use of resources.

15. To maintain an inventory of equipment and resources and undertake an annual stock take.

16. To market activities undertaken by the department through use of excellent display, weekly bulletin, e-newsletter and school website.

Continuing Professional Development

1. To be responsible for the induction, support and professional development of staff attached to the department in conjunction with the designated member of the Senior Leadership Team

2. To assist with the recruitment and appointment of staff to the department.

3. To establish with the staff of the department high levels of expectation, and to ensure that behaviour management strategies are in place and implemented.

4. To be responsible for using the Performance Management process to develop the personnel and professional effectiveness of each member of staff in the department.

5. To meet regularly with colleagues to discuss, review and monitor progress. Mentor and coach members of the team to support and improve practice.

6. Ensure that full attention is given to staff health, safety and welfare and to develop systems of work to minimise risks to employee mental health and wellbeing as referenced in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.

7. To be an efficient and effective teacher and role model to the members of the department and school.

8. To keep up to date with research and developments in education and undertake any necessary professional development identified in the School Improvement Plan or Performance Management review.

9. To be involved in the development of trainee teachers attached to the school as part of the CTTC and the support of Early Careers Teachers as part of the Alpha Teaching School Hub.

10. Maintain a professional portfolio of evidence and departmental learning log to support the Performance Management process.

Wider Responsibilities

1. To develop and maintain effective methods of communication with the Executive Principal, SLT, other staff, students, parents, governors, external agencies and the wider community. Act as the initial contact regarding all issues relating to the subject area.

2. To keep a high profile around the school being visible and active at lesson change and during non-structured time.

3. To use leadership and management time, and ‘gained time’ effectively.

4. To participate in the 11+ entrance examination testing day(s).

5. To undertake such other duties as may be agreed upon from time to time with the Executive Principal.

The duties of the post may be varied to meet changed circumstances in a manner compatible with the post held.

Health and Safety Responsibilities

All employees with management and supervisory responsibilities are responsible for the implementation of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy in their area of control. As a general rule the direct responsibility of managers for health and safety is determined by the extent to which they have authority to take action. That is if they have the authority to make a general decision about some aspects of the work, they are responsible for the health and safety implications of that decision.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy is implemented in their area of responsibility.
  • Ensuring managers under their control carry out their health and safety responsibilities.
  • Identifying opportunities to improve the health, safety and wellbeing within the School, and promoting risk awareness and the development of safe behaviour
  • Ensuring all relevant health and safety information is communicated effectively to the correct employees and take account of their views.
  • Ensuring the health and safety competence and capability of employees under their control.
  • Ensuring relevant health and safety standards and risk assessments are implemented in their area of control.
  • Ensuring, in their area of control, risk assessments are carried out, recorded and the control measures implemented.
  • Undertaking risk assessments relating to hazards to which directly managed staff are exposed (this will include stress risk assessments).
  • Ensuring health and safety monitoring is undertaken in their area of control, in accordance with the School’s requirements.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of health and safety standards at controlling risks and feeding back areas of concern to their line manager, Executive Principal or Governing Body.
  • Ensuring health and safety issues identified via risk assessments or monitoring activities that cannot be addressed are raised with their line manager.

What the school offers its staff

Head of PE

Colchester County High School for Girls, Alpha Trust

Norman Way, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3US. Tel: 01206 576973



Closing date: Friday 17 May 2024

Required: September 2024

Candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible as we will be selecting and interviewing candidates as and when applications that meet the criteria are received. Colchester County High School reserves the right to close the application process early should a suitable candidate be identified.

We have a unique opportunity to appoint a dynamic and innovative Head of PE to lead teaching and learning in PE from Year 7 to 13.

Our students are high achievers who are focused, hardworking and self-motivated; many go on to further study at top universities. Progress 8 in 2023 was an outstanding +0.99, ranking the school as one of the highest achieving state schools in the country.

Colchester County High School for Girls is a selective girls’ grammar school and lead school for Alpha Trust. This school is a stimulating and friendly environment to work in, with an established programme of staff induction, training and development opportunities across Alpha Trust and Alpha Teacher Development Group. The Executive Principal is an NLE. We are an outward-facing establishment committed to professional development and teacher-led action research. This is an amazing environment in which to teach and learn; creativity and innovation abound!

Colchester County High School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All applications must be on the school application form and supported by a covering letter, addressed to the Executive Principal, outlining suitability for the post.

For an application pack please contact recruitment@cchsg.com or download the application form from our website: www.cchsg.com.

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)
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 Colchester County High School for Girls

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1149 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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Colchester County High School for Girls is part of Alpha Trust. It is a selective state school for academically able students aged from 11 to 18 years which consistently achieves public examination results at the highest level and Ofsted "Outstanding". Admission to the school is via the 11+ examination in Year 7; the school also admits academic students to the Sixth Form. The school is lead for the North East Essex Teaching School Alliance and Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is based on the site. Situated a mile to the west of central Colchester, the school is set in its own extensive grounds on a large, quiet campus.

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