• Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    10 May 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    20 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Design and technology, Food
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
£24,372 (MPR1) to £40,488 (UPR3)

Job summary

Applications welcome from MPS or UPS Candidates
Full time / Permanent TLR 2A
Required to start September 2021
We are seeking to appoint an inspiring, enthusiastic and vibrant Second in Design Technology/Food and Nutrition department.

The department is staffed by experienced teachers who are passionate about their subjects and their teaching.  As a result, all subjects are popular choices; the department has one of the largest option cohorts at GCSE with approximately 65% of students each year choosing at least one department option for GCSE.  We have excellent facilities for teaching and learning with all lessons delivered in a specialist suite of workshops and catering rooms.  The department has its own dedicated ICT suites and first-rate CAD/CAM facilities. 

We offer OCR GCSE Design Technology (split into Timber and Plastic and Timber and Metal with two classes of each per year group) and Eduqas GCSE Food and Nutrition (with three classes per year group).  The opportunity to teach Advanced Level OCR Product Design is available to a suitably qualified candidate.
As Second in Design Technology/ Food and Nutrition, your commitment to education, together with your passion for the subject, will enable you to inspire and motivate students across the age and ability range. You will help to lead an experienced and collaborative team, who welcome forward thinking initiatives and offer advice, support and professional development opportunities in a friendly, positive and creative environment. As part of our highly regarded group of middle leaders you will benefit from significant career development opportunities and play an important role in College decision making.

The successful candidates will be required to teach across the curriculum at KS3, together with one or more GCSE courses from our broad curriculum at KS4. 

You will be:
 An outstanding classroom practitioner with a proven record in raising student attainment;
 Passionate about providing every child with support, tools and capacity to make outstanding progress in all areas;
 A creative, inventive and dedicated classroom practitioner who shares our vision of achieving excellence and raising further standards of teaching and learning.

If you are excited by this post, its challenges and opportunities; if you relish the prospect of joining our team of outstanding staff; please visit our website for further information and submit an application form. 

We very much look forward to hearing from you

Employee benefits


Supporting documents

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School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
1646 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
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About Thurston Community College

Thurston Community College is a thriving mixed comprehensive school which boasts a strong
sense of community, a supportive, caring ethos and a positive, friendly atmosphere.  Thurston
Community College offers an exciting, dynamic learning environment, where students display a positive attitude to learning and make good progress.

“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy school and say that they feel well supported.  Most groups of pupils, including the most able and those who are disadvantaged, now make strong progress from their starting points.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Staff work collaboratively, share a common sense of purpose and are relentless in the pursuit of outcomes of the highest quality for every student. 

“Staff morale is high and most staff are positive about the leadership and management of the
school. This is because leaders have provided them with high-quality training and supported their development well at all levels.  Newly qualified and trainee teachers are passionate advocates of the school and its pupils. School leaders support them well and subject leaders develop their teaching skills through regular mentoring and effective support.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Thurston Community College enjoys a rural location with free parking and convenient transport links to Cambridge, Ipswich and London. 

School location

Norton Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3PB

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