Head of Physical Education

Blenheim High School, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9BH

This job expired on 16 May 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    29 April 2022

Job details

Contract type



Salary negotiable

Head of Physical Education job summary

Job Purpose
• To ensure that all students make maximum progress.
• To ensure students of all ages are supported and challenged as necessary and achieve optimum levels of engagement with school life.
• To support and challenge members of the Physical Education department as necessary thus ensuring that the student experience and progress is maximised.
• To help maximise student attendance by the Physical Education department delivering creative, innovative and rewarding lessons.
• To role model excellent practices, actively encouraging other members of the Physical Education department to do the same, going ‘above and beyond’, intervening with students outside the curriculum so they ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible.
• To support and challenge Heads of Year so that underachieving students have barriers removed from their learning and regularly show good learning behaviours including being properly equipped for lessons.
• Lead, manage, co-ordinate and deliver an extra-curricular programme that demonstrates elite standards of sport but is also inclusive.
• To ensure the consistent delivery of the 10 Teaching and Learning non-negotiables.
• To effectively lead the Physical Education department so protocols are consistently followed e.g. deadlines are met, registers are taken, students have challenging starter activities, the main parts of lessons involve students applying their newly acquired skills or knowledge regularly and expediently etc.
• To ensure lessons are well planned and follow schemes of work with regular and consistent assessments providing students with high quality feedback which they are accountable for acting upon via DIRT marking.
• To encourage a culture of shared practice in the Physical Education department where resources are shared, practices are discussed and peer lesson observations take place on a regular basis; typically, half termly.
• To communicate with parents on a range of issues, particularly where students are underachieving.
• To communicate appropriate information to teaching and support staff.
• To contribute to a confidential record of issues affecting the educational progress of students.
• To be highly visible and a point of contact for students.
• To keep abreast of national developments including specifications, examination requirements and teaching processes within the department.
• Regularly review specifications taught, initiating and leading change as required, thereby ensuring that students within the Physical Education department follow appropriate specifications and schemes of work that meet legal requirements and provide challenge to enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
• To be familiar with school policies, in particular safeguarding procedures, and promote the welfare of children.

Key Responsibilities
• Be a champion for Physical Education advocating its place in the curriculum and the benefits it will provide students whilst they are at school and when they leave.
• Ensure vulnerable students can succeed through differentiation and stimulating lesson delivery.
• Be a highly visible point of contact for students and families when they require assistance or information relating to the department.
• Lead Physical Education department meetings.
• Ensure school uniform is worn correctly and that the 10 non-negotiables on uniform are adhered to.
• Produce internal and external reports as necessary.
• Work within school systems to inform teaching and non-teaching staff about students’ progress.
• Communicate effectively and purposefully with parents so they are well informed about the department’s procedures, expectations and upcoming events.
• Promote positive attitudes to learning and behaviour for learning with vulnerable students.
• Liaise with the SEND Department to ensure students with unique needs are effectively catered for.
• To analyse student data and to intervene swiftly, as necessary, communicating with parents of underachieving students on a regular basis.
• Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the school.
• The post holder will be expected to run after school, each week, at least one voluntary 60 minute academic ‘clinic’ on their own subject to a group of KS4 or KS5 students as identified by the Head of Department, Deputy Head (Curriculum) or Headteacher. This clinic will not be part of the role rather it will be part of a wider, whole school, extended day.
• The post holder will also contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme by delivering a vocational activity for the equivalent of 30 minutes per week.
• The post holder will be responsible for staffing the refection room for one lesson a fortnight.
• The post holder will be responsible for undertaking a Learning Walk for one lesson a fortnight.
• To reinforce consistently the school’s 10 school uniform non-negotiables.

Person Specification
• A willingness to embrace a growth mindset.
• A motivated individual who can inspire.
• The ability to ‘absorb’ the challenges of the day and still maintain high standards of professionalism.
• A team player putting students first and working with colleagues efficiently and effectively; recognising the ‘greater good’.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing.
• A genuine interest and enjoyment in working with students, educators, schools and learning.
• Ability to demonstrate flexibility and tenacity.
• Confident, assertive and able to thrive in a challenging environment.
• Ability to motivate pupils through a variety of methods, including competition, rewards, sanctions and the setting of SMART goals.
• Ability to interpret and track student progress through the use of data.
• Ability to successfully encourage students to achieve their academic and recreational potential.
• Commitment to provide a supporting and challenging environment for students, particularly vulnerable students.
• Commitment to continuous professional development, wanting to ‘get better’ by building on strengths but also recognising development areas and actively seeking to improve them, both personally and across the department.

• Demonstrate a keen interest in all aspects of school life.
• To show solidarity by supporting school policy, and the senior leadership team, publicly.
• To challenge school policy, and the senior leadership team, privately.

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About Blenheim High School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1255 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01372 745333

Comprehensive state funded academy secondary school [mixed], based in Epsom, Surrey.

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If you would like to arrange to visit the school, please contact Sinead Buller on 01372 745333

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