Teacher of English (Maternity)
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Job start date
1 September 2023
24 March 2023 at 9am
14 March 2023
- Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5
- View all Englishjobs
- View all Full timejobs - 32.5 hours a week initially, reducing as per advert.
- Maternity or parental leave cover - 12 Months
- £28,000 (MS1) - £43,685 (UPS3)
What skills and experience we're looking for
We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic English teacher here at Backwell School. This is a fixed-term contract, covering two positions related to maternity leave. The position will be on a full time basis with effect from 1 September 2023. Due to the complexity of covering two positions, the successful candidate will be given two separate contracts. The hours relating to the first contract will reduce on 10 May 2024, or sooner depending on the return of the current post holder. The remaining hours will continue until 24 May 2024, or sooner depending on the return of the current post holder.
The successful candidate will be an inspirational classroom teacher who is dedicated to provide high quality teaching and learning. They will wish to drive students to raise standards at all levels and they will demonstrate commitment to the values and core beliefs of Backwell School.
This role requires the ability to teach English at all key stages and is suitable for a newly qualified teacher as well as those with experience. The successful candidate will join a strong and very committed English Department of 13 teachers. The department is good humoured with a strong team ethic, working collaboratively to develop the curriculum, ensure that schemes of work and interventions are effective and that students make the best possible progress.
We offer our staff a vibrant and stimulating teaching environment and there's a broad range of professional support available for new members of staff both within the department and in the wider school. At Backwell School, we prioritise staff wellbeing; planning time is generous with full time teachers teaching a maximum of 51 lessons out of 60.
Were committed to providing a comprehensive education for all our young people and this ethos is summarised in the Backwell School Charter.
What the school offers its staff
Backwell School is a large comprehensive school with around 1700 students of which 350 are in the Sixth Form. Judged by Ofsted as Good in January 2020, the school has an excellent reputation in the local area and is oversubscribed in regards to student applications. Our latest Ofsted report can be read here.
The school has thriving extracurricular activities in all areas, and staff are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the school. Teachers are encouraged to run clubs for students around either personal interests or subject areas and the school has a wide range of these taking place.
We also provide a fantastic benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking. We also provide free access to our onsite gym.
Backwell School is part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership. This offers us curriculum collaboration and support opportunities with Chew Valley and Gordano School. We also have a Trust wide Professional Development Team organising a wide range of staff training and development.
All members of teaching staff are expected to act as tutors within the pastoral unit system. We have a 20 minute tutor period at the start of each school day which comprises of student wellbeing checks, administration and teaching of Personal Development (PSHE) materials as well as assemblies from the Heads of House and the School Leadership Team.
The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Friday 24 March 2023. Those who are successful following shortlisting, will be contacted regarding interview arrangements. Interviews will take place before the end of Term 4.
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About Backwell School
- School type
- Academy, ages 11 to 18
- Education phase
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- School size
- 1725 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 18
- Ofsted report
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Backwell School is a large, vibrant, very popular mixed comprehensive school situated in Backwell, North Somerset, about 6 miles south of Bristol. We have a long-standing reputation for combining academic success for students of all abilities with a fully rounded and enriching educational experience. In 2008 and again in 2013 both the school and the Sixth Form were rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted. Backwell School became an academy in 2011 and joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) multi-academy trust in January 2018. The LSP currently consists of two other large local secondary school as well as many primary schools in the local area. We have strong links with colleagues in the Trust which allows us to create CPD, collaboration and information sharing opportunities. For many years, Backwell has placed great importance on providing high quality teacher training and professional development. It became a Training School in 2003 and a Teaching School in 2012, leading the North Somerset Teaching Alliance. Backwell School is situated in an attractive semi-rural location to the south of Bristol. Backwell itself is a village with a strong sense of community and the school is located next door to the leisure centre with swimming pool. Other nearby towns include Nailsea, Yatton and Portishead (listed in the top 10 suburbs in the UK) and staff live in locations such as these or in Bristol itself. The South West is a beautiful part of the world with excellent links to London and the North. Devon, Cornwall and Wales are within easy reach and Bristol Airport is only 3 miles from Backwell.
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