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Modern Languages at Bronte; the Role
The teaching of modern languages has a fine and distinctive tradition at the school, the children gaining much from the many facets of linguistic and cultural study. Many pupils, having gained from excellent grounding and experience of different languages at Bronte, find inspiration to study modern languages at GCSE and beyond.
At the School, French is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6, and also at the Nursery. German is taught from Year 3. There is an additional language (currently Mandarin) offered as an after-school club. At the Nursery, French is taught for one session per week, to the older chidren.
There are also languages events, such as French Day and German Morning. There is an annual residential trip to France, open to children from Years 3 - 6.
A teacher is sought who can inspire the children’s best endeavours and who can promote the enjoyment of languages throughout the School and at the Nursery.
The role has four areas of responsibility:
- Teaching of modern languages
- Role of a head of subject
- Languages events and activities
- Other school roles and events
- Qualifications, and Experience. Applicants should have an A level in one or more languages and, ideally, a languages degree or other higher qualification. The role could suit an experienced teacher or someone who is entering the profession, and who has less experience.
- Personal Qualities. Enthusiasm and empathy with the children, linguistic assurance and confidence, and highly effective classroom skills are the key qualities being sought.
Appointment Process. Applications, comprising a brief covering letter, a CV and a completed application form, should be sent by Monday 19th April 2021, to the Bursar, Miss Susan Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01474 533805), from whom the application forms are available. All applications will be acknowledged.
Interviews are planned to take place during the week 4th-7th May. There will be an opportunity for short listed candidates to visit the School beforehand. Anyone who is giving serious consideration to application is welcome to have a call with the Headmistress, Mrs Emma Wood. This should be arranged through the School Office Manager. Mrs Nicky Mason (email@example.com, 01474 533805).
Bronte School is an independent preparatory school for children aged 3 to 11. The School’s ethos is based upon the twin pillars of academic excellence and of being a family school. A stimulating and purposeful curriculum is accompanied by high quality academic management, which aims to provide inspiration and challenge for all the children of the school, analysing in detail progress and attainment for each individual boy and girl. Educational breadth is seen as complementary to depth and level of study. Art, music, PE and drama take their place alongside the humanities, languages, science, and the core subjects of English and mathematics.
The School has considerable success in supporting children through to a place at their first-choice school. For many this is a Kent grammar school, whilst others also go on independent schools or other types of state schools.
Bronte is a small school, of around 150 pupils, in a single class entry, with maximum class size of 20. The teachers are dedicated, professional and caring, and they get to know the children very well. This is a central part of the School’s family atmosphere. Pastoral care is strong, and is seen as fundamental to the children’s success, happiness and sense of self-fulfilment.
The School has a Christian tradition, at the same time as having extensive diversity in the ethnic and cultural composition of its families, reflecting that of the local area.
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