This job expired on 23 April 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    23 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    27 March 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4


Design and technology, Food technology

Working pattern

Full time, part time

Contract type


Pay scale

MPS/UPS and TLR for suitable candidate/s

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking two exceptional Technology teachers with the energy, passion and creativity to teach in the Secondary phase of our thriving All-Through school. These vacancies have arisen due to our current Head of Faculty relocating and increased curriculum time next academic year for these vital subject areas. Overall we are recruiting for the equivalent of 1.6 teachers, and are very flexible with how this might work in the timetable with full or part time hours.

DT, Food and Art are a combined faculty at CFS and we already have in post strong practitioners with experience and skill sets across all three disciplines. Looking ahead to next year, our current priority needs are specifically in Design Technology and/or Food & Nutrition, but Art specialists with the ability to teach across the disciplines are also warmly invited to apply. This is an extremely exciting time for the department; there is a vacancy for a new Head of Faculty, but with the department’s continued growth has also come the opportunity for Subject Leads in the three subject areas. There is, therefore, the opportunity for one or more of the successful candidates to receive a TLR – either for Head of Faculty, Subject Lead of Art, DT or Food, or indeed for other wider school responsibilities. If you have a desire to be considered for a TLR, this should be clearly indicated on the application form. We would welcome applications from ECT, Main Pay Scale or Upper Pay Scale teachers.

CFS is a vibrant, collaborative and forward thinking school for 4-16 year olds, where the personal development of our pupils is just as important as the academic curriculum. Our values of ‘nurture, challenge and inspire’ influence everything we do as a school, and genuinely permeate all areas of school life. If you are a strong practitioner who shares our values and ideals, we strongly encourage you to find out more about CFS via a visit to the school or through our school website www.chichesterfreeschool.org.uk.

Whilst this is primarily a Secondary post, there is something extremely unique and special about working in an All-Through environment; the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work creatively with colleagues from both phases helping to develop a cohesive and truly progressive educational experience for all learners.

CFS follows national pay scales; this role would be equally suitable for an early career teacher or more experienced teacher. The Upper Pay Scale would be considered for the right candidates and on the agreement of a whole school responsibility in addition to the role outlined in the job pack.

The Role

The successful candidate will be expected to teach Design Technology and/or Food and Nutrition in Key Stages three and four – we are flexible and will adapt the timetable accordingly. Any relevant training, such as health and safety and/or level 2 food and hygiene can be supported if the successful candidate does not already hold these. You will also be expected to take a proactive role in the extra-curricular life of the school.

Further information, including a person specification, is included in the job pack and on our website.

What the school offers its staff

The Team

The Design Technology, Food and Nutrition and Art Faculty is a vibrant team and the keystone of the school’s opportunity for every pupil to flourish creatively. All KS3 pupils receive lessons in Design Technology, Food and Nutrition and Art every week, not in a carousel. All three subjects are extremely popular at GCSE in KS4, with strong academic outcomes. The department regularly hosts classes from the Primary phase and plays a role in fund raising and other additional activities that benefit the wider school. We are very privileged to have six dedicated spaces, for just a four-form entry Secondary phase, to support this creativity and vital part of our genuinely broad and balanced curriculum. We are also honoured to have two dedicated and highly skilled technicians as part of the team.

Commitment to safeguarding

CFS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy we are unable to process applications without a fully completed application form. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. All convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’ must be declared when applying. The applicant may post such a declaration in an envelope marked ‘Private & confidential for the Principal’. The successful applicant must obtain List 99 clearance and DBS clearance at enhanced level.

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About Chichester Free School

School type
Free School, ages 4 to 19
School size
1027 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19
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CFS is now entering its second decade and is fully established in our state-of-the-art facilities on the Carmelite Convent Site on the Hunston Road in the south of Chichester. Our PAN is 60 in Primary, and 120 in Secondary; in almost all year groups we are oversubscribed with waiting lists. Due to demand, we have a bulge intake of Year 7 who started in September 2023, with 150 pupils currently on roll.

The School joined Sussex Learning Trust last September – a move that we personally initiated through the desire to collaborate with a like-minded family of schools. The Trust is currently small and based in Haywards Heath; CFS are well placed to launch a new Chichester Hub of the Trust, which is really exciting.

As a Free School, we are the same as any other academy; we are both held and hold ourselves to the same exacting and rigorous standards as all state-funded schools. We follow the national curriculum, and are proud of our ambitious, inclusive and varied curriculum offer. Our pupils engage with SATs and GCSE assessments. Since 2013, CFS has achieved two ‘Good’ Ofsted Inspections. As a school we are now striving for excellence in all areas, and to achieve above average outcomes in both phases.

CFS is open to pupils of all abilities. We do not have a catchment area, thus ensuring the School is fair and inclusive. We take part in the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) admissions process. As a school we benefit from longer holidays, specifically at October half term, Christmas and during the summer.

Arranging a visit to Chichester Free School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk.

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