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Head of Food and Cookery - Full-time

Folkestone Academy, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-4020-586T
  • Posted:19/04/2024
  • Pay:Depending on experience
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:03/05/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:To Be Confirmed


Turner Schools is offering an unique and exceptional opportunity for an ambitious, forward-thinking teacher to work in a well equipped and resourced Food & Cookery department at Folkestone Academy, Kent. This role will enable an ambitious and visionary leader to further develop an existing curriculum, which will inspire our pupils to engage in cookery learning, and prepare them for a range of careers in this field. 

FA is an academic, non-selective school, with the highest expectations for what our pupils can achieve. We offer NCFE Food & Cookery in KS4, which is very successful with 4 classes in year 10 and 3 in year 11.

We are ideally looking for a candidate who has a degree in a relevant food qualification 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. 

Turner Schools considers its faculty colleagues as the most valuable asset and greatest resource; we provide exceptional continuous professional development in terms of both teaching and leadership development. 

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 insight into food providence, trends and different cookery skills, to help student be creative with their development, but also underpinning the values of nutrition and healthy eating
  • have a keen awareness of future careers in food and related professions and the pathways open to pupils. 

In return, Turner Schools can offer...

  • schools with a strong ethos and culture that promotes the unshakeable belief that all pupils can achieve.
  • calm and purposeful learning environments, underpinned by the highest expectations of behaviour
  • a warm and welcoming team of teachers and associate staff with the department and whole school environment
  • manageable workload through sensible and efficient policies
  • personalised coaching and CPD programmes alongside an investment in your career and development through financing qualifications, training courses and conferences as requested
  • a Trust which takes student and faculty welfare seriously
  • Private healthcare from Benenden Health medical. This includes a 24/7 GP service which can prescribe, counselling sessions, and access to the BUPA hospital network as well as physiotherapist.  
  • a genuine opportunity to make a difference by being part of the exciting vision for our Trust

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

Information about the school

At Folkestone Academy we foster an environment where students value their education and enjoy their learning and feel inspired to develop their true passions. We offer traditional academic subjects alongside creative arts, sports and a vibrant extra-curricular. We want our pupils to find their talents and be the best they can be.

We believe our purpose is to provide the young people we serve with a powerful education. This education will foster ambitious students who have the confidence to succeed academically and to go on to live fulfilled, successful lives.

We believe that a knowledge-led curriculum delivered by research-engaged, dedicated practitioners is the catalyst necessary to achieve this purpose. Essential to this purpose is our shared commitment to our values.

Folkestone Academy is part of Turner Schools, which is committed to giving a powerful education to local families through schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Turner Schools is committed to ensuring success without selection for our pupils and students by teaching them the core knowledge and life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Turner Schools is committed to leading schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Our mission is to set a new standard in non-selective education, empowering our pupils and students with cultural capital. In this way we will contribute to the regeneration of the region; we call this mission ‘sea-change’.

Our schools include: Folkestone Academy; Folkestone Primary; Morehall Primary; Martello Primary; and Turner Free School.

Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory 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.

Job Contact Information

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