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Teacher of Physical Education

Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Physical education
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type

Job summary

The PE team comprises five full-time teachers and a dedicated Cover Supervisor who supports PE together with our PE apprentice.
The PE team currently runs GCSE PE and OCR Sports Science at KS4 and a range of BTEC Sport courses at KS5. In the recent past we offered A Level PE and KS4 BTEC Sport also and the curriculum mix is kept under constant review to ensure opportunities that maximize engagement and achievement.
Uptake for PE/Sport-related courses at GCSE and in the Sixth Form is high. Students have five hours of teaching per fortnight for GCSE PE and we currently have four classes of GCSE per year group.
Facilities are outstanding with a full-size astro-turf pitch, sports hall, activity hall and dance studio among the dedicated spaces. The team has three dedicated classrooms, two with computers, each with digital projectors and all staff have their own laptop.
The ethos of the team is extremely positive, with a proven track record of very strong outcomes. We are aspirational, dedicated and innovative in our shared practice. Students at our school value their PE lessons and performance in PE exceeds national expectations. We continually strive to achieve at the highest level. To this end, planning together and sharing resources is very important to us and contributes to our success.

The whole school is covered by a wireless network, which enables all teachers to use their school provided laptops in any classroom and allows students to use their own laptops and wifi-enabled devices where this is appropriate within the curriculum. Every student and member of staff has their own e-mail account and full access to the internet and intranet.

The successful candidate will need to be flexible, show initiative and be willing to learn any new skills required to support the ever-changing needs of a modern, rigorous and challenging PE and Sport curriculum. Colleagues in the team also contribute to the Life Skills programme and teaching in Y12/13 of our suite of Health and Social Care courses. The desire to contribute to this will be an asset. You will be joining a highly successful team that provides a great deal of support including training and career development opportunities.

Applying for the job

Please visit the vacancies page of our website and complete a Teaching Staff Application Form. https://vandyke.beds.sch.uk/about-us/vacancies/

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1099 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01525 636717

About Vandyke Upper School

A high achieving school where everyone matters.
At Vandyke we believe that the ingredients for effective learning and high achievement include outstanding teaching, high expectations and an atmosphere within which relationships flourish. We pride ourselves on the school’s high standards and inclusive reputation.

Arranging a visit to Vandyke Upper School

We recommend a pre-application visit to the school or telephone conversation. If you would like to visit or speak to the Headteacher about the post and the school please email recruitment@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk.

School location

Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3DY

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