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Teacher of Engineering and Food - Full-time

Turner Free School, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-4021-232T
  • Posted:09/02/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS depending upon experience
  • Start Date:Easter/September 2024
  • App Close Date:21/03/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Turner Schools is offering an unique and exceptional opportunity for an ambitious, forward-thinking teacher to work in a well equipped and resourced Engineering & Food department at the Turner Free School, Folkestone. This role will enable an ambitious and visionary teacher to help shape an existing, exciting curriculum, which will inspire our pupils to engage in STEM learning, and prepare them for a range of careers in this field. 

TFS is an over-subscribed, academic, non-selective school, with the highest expectations for what our pupils can achieve. We teach from year 7 to 9 on a rotation with subjects Engineering (animal desk light, pewter casting keyring and graphics), Textiles and Food skills development. We offer NCFE Engineering, Food & Cookery and Creative Design & Production in KS4, which is very successful with 6 classes in year 10 and 5 in year 11. And to help grow our department further we are introducing BTEC Level 3 Engineering at TFS for our Turner 6th form from September.

We are ideally looking for a candidate who has a degree in Engineering Design, relevant food qualification, Industrial Design or a related area of study, and experience of working successfully in this field using creative thinking and problem-solving skills underpinned by expert knowledge.  

Join us to be a part of our journey.

The ideal candidate will....

  • be dedicated to improving student progress and raising attainment across the Trust, sharing best practice with colleagues
  • have a proven track record of success in raising standards and developing pupils
  • have a proven ability to enable pupils to work through creative, iterative ‘real world’ design processes, through modelling, prototyping and testing, recording and communicating ideas and developments to a range of audiences.
  • have insight into design ethics and values, including social, environmental and economic considerations
  • have an understanding of emerging technology and food practices
  • have a keen awareness of future careers in design, engineering, food and related professions and the pathways open to pupils. 

Benefits of Working for Turner Schools:

We care about our staff's personal and professional wellbeing and are pleased to offer the following benefits:

  • Fully funded access to Benenden Healthcare
  • Outstanding professional development through our Turner Institute
  • Membership for all ECT, teaching and leadership staff to the Chartered College of Teaching
  • Regular wellbeing and social activities
  • Counselling and mental wellbeing support
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Electric car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Innovation Awards that encourage staff to put forward innovative ideas to make a difference to children’s experiences
  • Trust Vision and Values awards to recognise staff contribution
  • Free parking on all our sites with access to E chargers

We reserve the right to close the advert early if a suitable candidate is found.

If you would like to be a part of this dynamic and every growing team, please book a tour with the Trust Director of Engineering and Food Studies (amelia.aslett@turnerschools.com), who would be very happy to show you all the facilities and give you a tour of the TFS curriculum.

Information about the school

The Turner Free School is an academically ambitious and inclusive school for 11-18 year old pupils in the Cheriton area of Folkestone. In other words, it is a grammar-style school for everyone. As a smaller than average secondary school, all pupils are known and educated as individuals. The school has a knowledge-led curriculum, organised along the principles established by Professors Michael Young of the IOE and E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia, to ensure all pupils receive the knowledge they need to thrive in the modern world. In addition, to give pupils a leading edge for further education and employment, modern foreign languages are emphasised, with the aspiration that all pupils will achieve a working standard by the time that they graduate from the school.

As a free school the Turner Free School is a new Academy school; directly funded by central government and independent of Local Authority control. Like other free schools, the Turner Free School has a responsibility to expand the educational offer locally, to promote higher standards inclusively, to address local social issues and to ensure excellent value for the public purse.

The Turner Free School is part of Turner Schools, a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) on the beautiful Kent coast. The Turner Schools family includes six schools in Folkestone:-

• Dover Christ Church Academy

• Folkestone Primary

• Folkestone Academy

• Morehall Primary

• Martello Primary

• Turner Free School

We provide education through pre-school, primary, secondary and on to sixth form. Each academy is individual and responds to the needs of its local community to provide the best possible opportunity for its young people. We promote high academic standards, while ensuring crucial opportunities for personal and emotional development.

Turner Schools is committed to Transforming children’s futures…Empowering children’s futures…Strengthening communities.

To help us achieve this Turner Staff ‘Walk the Turner Talk’

They will:

• Speak and act with care: always show compassion and respect for children.

• Act boldly: be ambitious for yourself and the children and young people we serve.

• Learn from adversity: be evaluative, thoughtful and reflective.

• Challenge convention: be curious, welcome difference and unfamiliar thinking.

• Connect with others: support colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team.

• Use your voice: offer different views and ask questions.

• Do what it takes: be relentless in pursuing the best for children.

• Ask for support: be open and honest when plans go awry.

• Don’t give up: be calm, resilient and measured when managing challenges.

Turner Schools is committed to giving a powerful education to local families through schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any appointment is subject to thorough recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an on-line search in order to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available on line.Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

We would welcome applicants to visit the school prior to application to experience the culture and ethos. Please contact HR@TurnerSchools.com if you would like to arrange a tour.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Caroline Dominguez
  • Address:Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5FP
  • Telephone: 01303 842433
  • Email: hr@turnerschools.com


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.