Contract Type: Full Time
Head of Department
Job Start Date: 2021-01-01
Salary: MPS plus TLR2b
School Type:
School Size: 1001-2000
School Age Range: 11-19
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: Castlewood Road, New Barnet EN4 9GE
Ofsted Ranking: Good 2


Head of French Department (maternity cover)

Required for: January 2021

This Role:

We need to appoint an outstanding French teacher to lead a small, hardworking team within the Languages Faculty. You will have a track-record teaching French across the age and ability range at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and be able to offer Spanish at Key Stage 3. Experience of preparing students for French GCSE and A Level is essential. We want a strong team player, a motivated self-starter who will support staff and students to fulfil their potential. The faculty teaches Hebrew, French, Spanish, & Latin: all students learn French & Hebrew from Year 7 and have the option to swap one of those for Spanish or Latin in Year 8. There is good up-take for study at GCSE and A Level and students achieve exceptionally well in public examination in all Languages. We are a warm and welcoming group of professionals who work collaboratively and supportively, sharing a passion for language learning and a calm, positive, can-do attitude. You will be joining experienced professionals who can offer support and advice if this is your first time moving into a HoD role, but it is equally suitable for those with HoD experience to complement the strengths of the existing team.

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

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About JCoSS

JCoSS is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, and to the full richness of Jewish learning. We provide a high-achieving, aspirational environment: our high quality teaching staff deploy the best in educational practice to ensure our students reach the highest levels of academic attainment. We are relentlessly ambitious for their success, tirelessly seeking to inspire them to outstanding results.

At JCoSS we are committed to the success of each child in all that they do. We attach a high value to academic attainment, and we recognise and celebrate personal achievement across every field of endeavour. The JCoSS environment enriches our students with a wealth of opportunities both in and out of the classroom, so that they are well grounded and well rounded, able to achieve their potential in every way.

JCoSS represents something unique in Jewish and British education. As a pluralist Jewish school we promote understanding and enquiry, we open minds and we strengthen dialogue. We embrace the entire Jewish community regardless of affiliation or observance, teaching the full range of Jewish beliefs, practices and values. Your child will learn in a way that affirms and enhances his or her faith, background and tradition.

We encourage curious minds to ‘think otherwise’. We seek to spark brilliance in all our students and inspire them to become articulate, informed, confident and motivated young people, qualified and equipped for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.