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Orchard School Bristol

Head of Year with Teaching Responsibilities, closing date May 26th

Contract Term: Permanent

Hours: Full Time Salary: MPS/UPS plus a TLR1a £8069

Start Date: September 2020

Closing Date: 9:00 am on Tuesday 26th May 2020

Interview Date: Thursday 28th May 2020
Interviews will take place virtually

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We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced teacher to join our middle leadership team as Head of Year 7 from September 2020.

This is a critical role in our school, and we are very proud of our Heads of Year who have such an important part to play in the development of the whole child. Heads of Year focus on academic achievement, personal development and pastoral wellbeing for every child in the year group, alongside safeguarding and parental engagement. The role is a busy one. Heads of Year are expected to teach alongside their leadership role, and we welcome any subject specialism for this. You must be prepared to deliver PSHE/RSE/RE, and lead your team of tutors through a Values programme. We embrace the Orchard values in all that we do, developing our learning community to be ORCHARD: Open-minded, Respectful, Creative & curious, Healthy, Ambitious, Responsible and Determined.

Heads of Year work alongside a Pastoral Manager, ensuring that academic progress is monitored and supported through identifying interventions as appropriate, and with attendance, behaviour and culture of the year group, again identifying suitable initiatives to support individual children and groups of children.

Orchard is a friendly school, serving a richly diverse community in North Bristol. Our students are wonderful – they value their teachers, knowing that you can make a real difference to their lives. The mission statement of the school, “inspire today, empower for life”, lies at the heart of all that the school does. We place no limits on our aspirations for our students.

We are committed to brilliance. We constantly strive to provide exceptional education – looking to research and evidence-based practice for ideas. We take the continuing professional development of staff very seriously, offering excellent CPLD. We are a Chartered College of Teaching Hub, and engage in CPLD across Bristol through our multi academy trust.

You are:

  • A role model in all that you do: able to inspire, motivate and enthuse students to make the right decisions
  • Experienced working with parents, understanding the pressures they feel and the importance of excellent communication
  • Experienced in pastoral care of children and young people, understanding the pressures and tensions that exist in Years 7 to 11, with techniques of how to manage these effectively
  • A subject specialist with consistently strong outcomes at GCSE
  • Committed to the highest achievement for all students
  • Able to teach at Key Stage 3 and 4 across the ability range
  • Creative in how to deliver lessons, tutor time and assemblies to maximise interest and understanding
  • Keen to learn and share best practice as part of a hugely-valued team

 We offer: 

  • Enthusiastic students, willing to learn and achieve, who need staff who believe in them
  • The opportunity to make a difference day in, day out to the future life chances of children and young people in north Bristol
  • Excellent student behaviour and a calm learning environment
  • A bright, happy place in which to learn and work
  • A professionally stimulating environment which values the contributions of all staff
  • A strong commitment to your professional learning and development
  • The opportunity to support the team to establish a reputation across Bristol as an outstanding team of middle leaders
  • A warm and friendly staff body with award-winning staff wellbeing


We welcome applicants for this role who are qualified subject specialists, who must have experience of pastoral care and parental engagement. Experience of primary schools, and the Year 6/7 transition is advantageous. We can provide outstanding CPD, and opportunities to grow your skills and support you in advancing your career.

Please read our Staff Prospectus here to find out more about us, learn about our ORCHARD values, and visit our website.

Fluency Duty

The ability to converse at ease with pupils and other users of the service and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post

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