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Head of Modern Foreign Languages (£5K Golden Hello) - the Abbey School - Full-time

The Howard Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F96-106-T
  • Posted:23/04/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS + TLR2b (£5,350) & £5k Golden Hello
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:20/06/2024 at 13:30
  • Interviews:TBC

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The Abbey School is seeking to appoint a member of staff to lead our MFL Department. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, talented, and passionate Head of Modern Foreign Languages, to start from September 2024.

We currently offer French and Spanish to over 50% of the cohort at GCSE and all students take MFL in KS3. The department has recently expanded their offer into A-Level French and there are strong proposals to offer A-Level Spanish in the near future. This is an exciting time to be joining the school, with the current subject lead having been appointed into Senior Leadership. The department achieves the highest outcomes in the school at GCSE and is well resourced, with highly committed staff.

As a leading department in the school, you will have excellent subject knowledge and be confident that students in your care will make exceptional progress. This is a great opportunity for someone to join a team which is forward-thinking and focused on doing the very best for every student. Students have high participation in lessons and there is a great energy and ambition to succeed.

This is a permanent role, 32.5 hours per week, paid based on MPS/UPS, dependant on experience, with an additional TLR2b (£5,350).

The school is offering a recruitment incentive of £5k. This is split into the following payments - £2.5k subject to the successful completion of a 6 month probationary period, and a further £2.5k to be paid in September 2025 as a retention incentive.

What can we offer you? 

The successful candidate will be someone who has high expectations and is genuinely passionate about education. In return, we can promise an investment in you and your future, offering a competitive remuneration package, providing first class professional development and career opportunities.  

We value our staff and actively support their professional development and have redesigned our working week to place even greater emphasis on employee development. You will have access to ongoing professional development including accredited courses. If you are looking to extend your experience and would be interested in joining our team, we would be delighted to hear from you.  

Benefits of Working with The Howard Academy Trust 

We care about the personal and professional wellbeing of our staff, and are pleased to offer: 

  • Health Assured - Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Benenden Healthcare
  • Free Flu Jabs
  • Free Health Checks 
  • Access EarlyPay
  • Mindfulness Taster Sessions
  • Skills Network of 30 Free Level 2 8 – 12 week courses
  • Discounted gym membership at PureGym and Avenue Tennis, Gillingham
  • CPD afternoons
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Free parking on all our sites

If you require any further information, please contact the school office by calling 01795 532633 or via email to info@abbeyschoolfaversham.co.uk  

We reserve the right to alter our interview dates and close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. 

Information about the federation

The Howard Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

The Howard Academy Trust is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates. We are committed to providing a mutually supportive working environment where every individual is respected, valued and included.

The Howard Academy Trust started in Autumn 2015 and continues to grow.

We currently comprise of 3 secondary and 4 primary academies in Medway and Kent. We have future growth plans as a Multi Academy Trust with major projects taking place across the organisation. Our overarching aim and vision for our schools is “working together to create a community of successful learners”. In doing this, we will deliver an outstanding education for the children and young people who attend our academies. We endeavour to ensure that all our pupils have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and opportunities.

The Trust’s role is to oversee the leadership and vision of member schools and to develop effective and supportive partnerships between them. We have a firm belief within the Trust that every child should have access to at least a good education. We are proud that every academy inspected since joining our Trust has remained as a Good school or improved their Ofsted Rating. Both Temple Mill Primary School and Waterfront UTC joined the Trust as sponsored academies and have moved from Special Measures to a Good school on their first inspection. Our schools serve their own community, and each has a unique identity. Being part of this Multi Academy Trust has already provided member schools with practical benefits. We want communities to be proud of their local THAT school and we are determined to make it the first choice for all families.

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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.