Teacher of Physical Education (maternity cover) 0.9FTE Alcester Grammar School, Alcester, Warwickshire

Job description

This is a rare opportunity to join a unique and happy school, where you can indulge your creativity, refine your skills, and enjoy an atmosphere that respects your professional autonomy. With delightful students, grateful parents and supportive colleagues, teaching doesn't get much better than this.

AGS is a forward-looking, selective state school with academy status and an outstanding record of promoting high achievement. Whilst we have achieved outstanding judgements in our last four Ofsted inspections, we regularly analyse our performance and seek new ways to enhance learning opportunities for our students. AGS is selective at 11-16 but we offer wider access to post-16 students. With over 1300 students on roll, including 530+ in the Sixth Form, we are in a position to offer a wide curriculum; including a choice of two out of three languages in Years 7-9 and a requirement to study a modern language at KS4. In the Sixth Form we offer a choice of around 25 different A levels.

The department has a key role to play in this high achieving school. We encourage all students to make the most of the wide range of sports covered in both the curriculum and extracurricular activities. The successful applicant will be very well supported throughout their time here, and this is an excellent opportunity to work in a well-regarded, successful department with keen, well-motivated students.

Our facilities include a sports hall, gym/dance studio, a well-equipped fitness room that includes 10 concept 2 ergos and a teaching conference room. The school has playing fields about 250 metres from the main school buildings on which rugby and football pitches are marked as well as grids. In the summer there is a 400 metre athletics track, long jump pit and ample space for all other field events. There are five rounders and two softball pitches. On site there are also five tarmac tennis courts, one outside basketball court and four netball courts.
OCR A level PE has been taught successfully for over 14 years and we regularly have 2 groups in Year 12 and one in Year 13. Currently, we have very good results at A level, with 82% of students achieving A* - C grades.

All members of the department teach across the full age range. At KS3 Year 7, 8 and 9 are taught PE in mixed gender groups with games taught as single sex. All activities, including dance, are taught within the KS3 curriculum by all members of PE staff. In KS4 students are given choice of their activities whilst being advised to select a well balanced programme. In KS5, students in Year 12 must attend a minimum of one hour per week and Year 13 are encouraged to attend. There is a choice between ‘Performance’ and ‘Recreation’ and activities on offer include rowing, zumba, basketball, rugby, netball, football, yoga, volleyball and much more! Many of the sixth form students attend more than one session and use the PE area in their non-contact periods.

We have a “sport for all” ethos and some of our proudest moments come from watching the improvement our committed students make over time. We do also cater for those students who want to compete regularly and offer a comprehensive fixture list across a vast range of sports. Our PE staff must commit to maintaining our involvement in extracurricular competition including regular after school and occasional weekend events. We are part of a close-knit South Warwickshire PE team including 10 local schools. We attend regular meetings and often host local events as a lead school.

We currently run a number of trips throughout the year, including:
- Bi-annual overseas sports tour (South Africa 2020)
- Outdoor adventure weekend to Calshot for our A Level PE students
- Netball weekends to Northampton (Year 10/11) and
Condover Hall (Year 8/9)
- Barcelona basketball tour for Sixth Form
- Lee Valley netball trip for Sixth Form
- Day trips to international hockey, Worcester Wolves

We are looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm to deliver top quality PE lessons, embracing our “sport for all ethos”. A commitment to extracurricular activities (fixtures and clubs) is essential. Male or Female practitioners are of course equally welcome to apply, and we would strongly recommend a visit to the school in order to see us at work.

Essential educational requirements

Professional qualifications including officiating and coaching awards

Essential qualifications

QTS - a good degree or equivalent

Essential skills and experience

-Able to teach the full range of Physical Education sports and activities with experience in Key Stages 3,4 & 5
-Be aware of National Curriculum requirements at KS3 - 5
-Be willing and able to teach mixed ability and gender
groups in a full range of activities inc. gym and dance
-Be willing to deliver taught PSHE lessons
-Fulfil wider professional responsibilities including
organising and leading extra-curricular activities at
lunchtime, after school and occasional weekends
-Ensure all students, irrespective of their physical
ability, are capable of contributing to the work of any group
-Ability to adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
-Ability to build pupil confidence
-Set high expectations which stimulate, motivate and
challenge students
-Recognise the importance of partnership with parents
-Demonstrate a supportive and co-operative approach to colleagues
-Knowledge of child protection procedures and

About Alcester Grammar School

A unique and happy school, where you can indulge your creativity, refine your skills, and enjoy an atmosphere that respects your professional autonomy. With delightful students, grateful parents and supportive colleagues, teaching doesn't get much better than this.

Birmingham Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5ED
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