|Job role||Teacher, Suitable for NQTs|
|Working pattern||Will consider full-time, part-time|
Are you passionate about Science and teaching and learning? You will have strong subject knowledge and the ability to deliver high quality lessons, together with an enthusiasm for team work and collaboration.
Do you want to teach Science in a school where our core purpose is learning and teaching? We are looking to appoint a dedicated, ambitious teacher who can enthuse, motivate and empower children, to help them make the best progress possible. This is central to everything that we do. At all times we aspire to our motto ‘be the best that you can be’.
We have a new state-of-the-art building and this has given us a fresh boost, in an environment that is truly fit-for-purpose. We have above average progress scores at both GCSE and A Level in 2018. This is both a challenging and exciting time to be working at Plantsbrook School.
Applications from physicists would be particularly welcome.
For further details and application form visit our website
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
• Termly staff surveys and staff welfare meetings take place to
obtain feedback. Actions taken: Policies adapted to reduce
workload e.g. marking, appraisal and reporting
The School’s Employee Assistance Programme is BHSF Connect.
BHSF Connect is a mobile solution that extends beyond the workplace, providing you with 24/7 access to a range of health and wellbeing services, as well as discounted gym membership.
BHSF Connect also provides access to an online voluntary discounts
platform providing a range of offers and discounts from well-known
retailers and high-street brands e.g. Marks and Spencer’s, Boots,
Argos and B & Q.
BHSF HEALTH SCHEME
Staff can volunteer to pay into the BHSF health cash plan which is
designed to take the financial burden out of looking after your health.
As an employee, you benefit from corporate rates, which
are approximately 30% lower than direct premiums. Premiums
can be deducted directly from your salary and start from £7.63
per month or £13.65 per month for a family membership.
TAX-FREE BIKES FOR WORK – CYCLE SCHEME
Plantsbrook is part of the Cycle Scheme which means you are able
to sign up to the scheme in order to obtain bicycles and safety
equipment whilst saving income tax and national insurance.
You can obtain a bicycle and safety equipment up to a limit of £1000.
The scheme works by having the bike and equipment cost taken from
your gross salary. Hence, you can spread the cost of a new bike over
either 12 or 18 months.
OTHER STAFF BENEFITS
• Open door policy to access Senior Leadership support
• A supportive Special Leave Policy
• Free tea and coffee provided at break time
• Free refreshments and sandwiches provided for all staff
attending Parents’ Evening
• No expectation of answering email outside school hours
• Teachers receive extra time for PPA
• Flexible working supported wherever possible
• Free car parking
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
• Outstanding NQT support - comprehensive professional
development programme with support readily available from
your mentor, NQT Co-ordinator and Senior Leadership Team
• High quality training, development and opportunities to help
you develop, grow and learn throughout your career
• CPD tailored specifically to staff needs, based on feedback
• Opportunity to network and share good practice via our
Applying for the job
For further details and application form visit our website
|School size||1460 pupils enrolled|
|Age range||11 to 18|
|Ofsted report||View Ofsted report|
|School website||Plantsbrook School website (opens in a new window)|
About Plantsbrook School
OUR VISION AND AIMS
Our core purpose is learning and teaching, in order to raise the achievement of our students. This is central to everything that we do. At all times we aspire to our motto ‘be the best that you can be’. Our vision for the school is highlighted in the prospectus. I write: ‘I believe that above all, education must be about opening doors for youngsters and then keeping them open. My vision for Plantsbrook is one in which children develop into rounded young adults with a love of learning and a desire to succeed. I see children who are actively involved in school life, who respect themselves and others and who want to be the best that they can be. I see children prepared for adult life who are able to use the latest technology with confident and who appreciate the world around them. I see a team of highly professional teachers who are committed to our students and love teaching their subjects. I see parents who are proud of their children’s achievements and proud of the school’.
This summarises the approach that we take at Plantsbrook in everything that we do.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
In the middle of the current pandemic, our first priority has to be the safety of our whole school community. Working tirelessly as a team, we are providing an environment that supports this.
After excellent results in 2018 with a progress 8 score that was above average, we were inspected by OFSTED in June 2019. We were judged to be a good school with outstanding elements in personal development and welfare and Sixth Form. We are proud of this judgement and the hard work and resilience that we have shown as a school to get us to this point. Our GCSE results for 2019 and 2020 were again above average. We are therefore in a very strong position.
As this success proves, our management ethos is very much one of teamwork. We believe that people work best in an environment that is secure, caring and friendly, as well as challenging. It is a ‘no-blame’ culture which encourages creativity, imagination and ambition. We have committed staff with an excellent balance of experience and youth. They work tremendously hard to help both the students and each other. In short, it is a positive place to be.
We have a very supportive parent body who believe that Plantsbrook is delivering a good education to their children, as evidenced by Parent View. We are massively oversubscribed with 1300 applications each year for 240 places. We moved in to our state-of-the-art new building last September and this has given us a fresh boost, in an environment that is truly fit-for-purpose.
VI RESOURCE BASE
We are in a privileged position to have a Vision Resource Base where we support up to 20 pupils with a range of different vision impairments, learning alongside their sighted peers.
This is led by a Qualified teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI) and supported by a specialist team of TAs who work with pupils both in and out of lessons and modifying tasks.
As a teacher, you may teach pupils who have a vision impairment and they will have the support of the Resource Base in terms of modifying work and any help in planning, if required.
This continues to be a challenging time for us, but an exciting one too. We are fully committed to regaining our previous ‘Outstanding’. Our staff ‘buy in’ to our drive to improve. Do you share this drive to make Plantsbrook the very best school it can be? Do you want to be part of the team which delivers this and to join us on our journey?
Upper Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1RB