Head of Food
Weald of Kent is a selective Girls' Grammar School for 11-18 year olds with a roll of approximately 1800 students including our co-educational Sixth Form. The school is one of the highest performing schools in the country. We aspire to excel at everything we do. Owing to our continued success we are thrilled to have been given permission by the Secretary of State to expand and mirror what we deliver at our Tonbridge campus in a campus at Sevenoaks, which opened in September 2017. In addition to the exciting new facilities, we have also invested in our Tonbridge campus which now has a state of the art Sports Hall and university style Sixth Form Study Centre with a new science block being built this year. Both campuses are situated in beautiful rural settings with far reaching views across the Garden of England with excellent transport links.
We are, once again, exceptionally proud of the magnificent performance that has led to some wonderful results both at GCSE and A Level. Our examinations data from 2019 records the average GCSE grade was above a Grade 7 and our Progress 8 was well above average at 0.95. We also enjoyed suburb A Level results with 67% of our students achieving A*-B grades in 2019. The average was a Grade B and our Level 3 value added was above average at 0.12. Our aim is for students to achieve high academic results whilst still affording them a platform to extend their personal qualities, talents and interests. Result statistics were not published for the 2020 cohort.
Staff Development Opportunities
We are passionate about staff development. Individual Development Plans are tailored to help and support staff in new positions, existing posts and preparation for promotion. A whole range of developmental and capacity building training is available, supporting staff to develop their skills and professionalism. This includes opportunities such as:
* A personalised induction programme
* CPD days and a range of workshops
* Performance development programme
* Mentoring-Coaching programme
* Relevant external courses and training
The Design and Technology team currently consists of a Head of Department; two full time specialist teachers of Design and Technology, three part time Food and Nutrition teachers and two full time technicians. There is a supportive and collaborative ethos within the department and we are always open to new ideas. We regularly reflect on our delivery to ensure our students gain the best experience and aim to enthuse creative problem solving. Weald of Kent students are driven, inquisitive and committed to learning. Our results at both GCSE and A Level are excellent and we frequently outperform other schools in our specialist areas.
Food and Nutrition has achieved exceptional results over a number of years and is a popular subject at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 3 students develop a broad framework of skills and knowledge across a wide range of Design and Technology disciplines. This provides a strong foundation which enables students to make an informed choice to specialise in one discipline at GCSE. At present, in Key Stage 4, we follow the Eduqas Syllabus and offer full GCSE courses in Food and Nutrition, and Design and Technology. In addition, we have a thriving A-Level group. The purpose-built Technology block was opened in September 1999, and comprises of two workshops (one with heat treatment facilities); two clean rooms (one of which houses the laser cutter) each with a suite of 21 computers and additional working space; and a recently refurbished (Summer 2015) Food and Nutrition room. Our Sevenoaks site opened in September 2017 as a purpose built, benefitting from brand new classrooms and facilities.
This position is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding and inspirational Head of Food and Nutrition teacher to join our exceptional team. The post will involve teaching to Key Stage 3 and 4, although no A Level teaching will be required. This post would ideally suit a colleague who is looking for a new challenge and wishes to work with highly motivated, extremely engaged, enthusiastic and able learners. If you are keen to develop further as a practitioner and wish to extend your repertoire of teaching and learning strategies then Weald of Kent would be a perfect fit for you. In addition to the opportunities to develop your practice within the classroom, the school offers an extensive range of professional development support including a bespoke package for those interested in working towards their next career step.
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Closing date: 22.02.20 9am