Teacher of Girls' PE (maternity cover) Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy, Lancaster, Lancashire

Job description

We are looking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Teacher of Girls' PE (maternity cover) from January 2020 to teach a wide range of activities across the curriculum, including GCSE, with the potential to teach A Level.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a leading and dynamic department that achieves very good results across all areas of Physical Education at both GCSE and A Level standards, benefits from excellent facilities, and offers a wide range of co-curricular opportunities.

At KS3, years 7 and 8, all pupils follow a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum in which the successful candidate will teach netball, hockey, swimming and athletics amongst other activities. Pupils experience and enjoy a physically active approach to learning in which they develop a range of skills suitable for a theoretical and practical GCSE qualification at KS4. Through a breadth of practical activities that build upon prior learning, pupils develop their range and quality of skills, physical attributes and decision making.

Students are able to select to study GCSE Physical Education and the course has proved to be popular with three Y r9 teaching groups, two Yr 10 groups and two Yr 11 groups in 2019. At A Level, Physical Education is also popular with one group in both Yr 12 and Yr 13.

The department comprises 6 full-time & 1 part time member of staff who are committed to raising standards and enabling each pupil to achieve highly. Facilities include a 4 badminton court sports hall, with a fitness suite and 2 specialist classrooms for teaching academic PE. Additionally, pupils enjoy lessons on the well-maintained sports fields, which include 3 rugby and football pitches; a swimming pool; an astroturf and a further indoor gym facility.

A broad range of co-curricular activities is on offer all year round, which both complements the curriculum and offers new opportunities and these are well attended by pupils across all year groups. Pupils have a number of opportunities to compete within the local area, county, region and on the national stage as individuals and as part of a team. The co-curricular programme is supported by additional specialist members of the school community.

The successful candidate will be a committed practitioner, who will seek to attain the highest standards in teaching and learning along with a fulfilment of practices and competitions, including weekend fixtures. The successful candidate will be fully supportive of the Church of England Academy ethos and tradition and expected to contribute to the full life of the school.

Please visit www.ripleystthomas.com/vacancies for an applicant information pack and application form.

Essential educational requirements

Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Qualified Teacher Status
Good honours degree or equivalent
A commitment to CPD
A genuine belief in the value of each child
A knowledge of the GCSE and NC requirements of the subject
A good knowledge and understanding of current curricular developments in PE
The ability to maintain a high standard of teaching and learning
The ability to establish firm, fair and effective discipline
A willingness to be part of a team
High levels of commitment, motivation and initiative
Good ICT skills
The ability to relate well to all members of the school community
Good communication skills
High personal standards and high expectations of themselves and others
A flexible approach to school life
A desire to contribute to a range of co-curricular activities
A willingness to contribute to the exploration and development of additional KS4 courses.
An excellent health and attendance record
A willingness to support and promote the school’s distinctive Christian ethos

Employee benefits

We can offer:
• A school with a distinctive Christian mission, ethos and strong traditions, dating back to 1864
• The opportunity to work in a school graded as outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS (Church school inspection)
• A highly achieving 11-18 school with consistently excellent results at GCSE and A Level
• Fantastic pupils who are hardworking, enthusiastic and impeccably behaved
• Supportive and aspirational parents
• A dedicated, enthusiastic and highly professional staff team
• A professional working environment in which all staff are valued, listened to and able to fully use their gifts and talents.
• The opportunity to contribute to outstanding teacher training as part of the Ripley TSA SCITT
• The opportunity to teach A Level in our large and expanding Sixth Form
• Excellent teaching resources and facilities, from the Grade 2* listed Chapel to brand new buildings and facilities
• Extra-curricular sporting facilities for staff including fully equipped gym, swimming pool and running track

Career development recruitment incentives:
• A bespoke CPD programme for all staff, exciting career opportunities and individual teaching and leadership coaching
• Access through the Teaching School to a range of middle and senior leadership programmes


About Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy is situated in the historic City of Lancaster within easy distance of the wonderful scenery of Morecambe Bay, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The academy is a member of The Bay Learning Trust and is a National Teaching School and National Support School with its own SCITT. Ripley has a deeply embedded Christian ethos and a tradition of nurture and service within a strong school community. Our young people are delightful, eager to learn and make a positive difference in society. Ripley is a large and very successful school with a long history and great tradition. We were designated as Outstanding in all categories in our most recent inspection. In addition, we were designated Outstanding in our recent Church School inspection and in the Ofsted inspection of our teacher training provision. There are currently over 1700 students on roll with over 380 of those in the sixth form and there are around 180 staff. We are privileged to work with wonderful young people who are keen to learn and eager to achieve. The school serves a wide community with pupils coming from around 60 feeder primary schools. Ripley is first and foremost a church school and all staff need to be fully supportive of the Christian ethos of the school. We look for teachers who will work hard and contribute to the whole school community. As a National Teaching School, we offer staff support and training of the highest quality. Teaching and Learning is our primary focus and all teachers work together on the craft of teaching. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Appointments made are subject to satisfactory references and to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service check.

Address
Ashton Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4RS
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy website (opens in a new window)