Vacancies at Polegate School


We are looking for a new Assistant Headteacher and KS1 & KS2 Teachers

Not just any school… This is Polegate School

It says something when both the head and deputy have been at the school since qualifying as teachers!  Polegate School is a special place where children and staff are given opportunities to grow.

Aspiration and ambition is at the heat of everything we do.  We are striving to be exceptional in all aspects of our work and aim to make learning irresistible. Visit and see for yourselves why we have stayed so long!

Everyone, both children and staff thrive on challenge.  What bigger challenge than performing to an audience of 1000!

The school is expanding, over subscribed and this brings many exciting opportunities for leadership development.

Assistant Headteacher

We are looking for an ambitious Assistant Head Teacher to join us on our path to success. We have just gained Teaching School status and so are outward facing in our approach. We are looking for an individual who will embrace the challenge, brings self-reliance, creativity, innovation, ambition and determination. As an Assistant Head Teacher at this school you will have responsibility to develop areas of the curriculum, lead training both within school and beyond and so will have a passion for continuous development which is built upon the desire to be exceptional.

Leadership Experience is essential.

You will:

  • Demonstrate a proven track record of high-quality teaching
  • Have experience of leading and managing other staff towards improved outcomes
  • Be able to accept challenges, inspire and motivate others
  • Have high expectations and a desire to raise standards
  • Is a committed team member
  • Think strategically and creatively to produce a clear focused vision
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of learning in all subject areas
  • Be confident to deliver training or presentations to other heads, teachers beyond our own school.

Join us and we can offer:

  • A fast paced, energetic environment
  • A committed, supportive motivated team
  • Senior Leadership that both support and encourage you to be brave and take risks
  • Chocolate for those moments!
  • The occasional staff social
  • Lots of opportunities to laugh!

Everyone, both children and staff thrive on challenge. What bigger challenge than performing to an audience of 1000!
You can download Job Description and Application Forms on the left.

Visits warmly welcomed. To start September 2019
Possible visits to your school week beginning 4th March
Closing date: Midday Friday 1st March 2019
Interview: Monday 11th March 2019
Salary scale: MPS1-UP65

The position is either for a KS1 or KS2 teacher.

We are looking for applications from experienced or NQT teachers. Visits warmly welcomed. To start September 2019.
Join us and we can offer:
  • A fast paced, energetic environment
  • A committed, supportive motivated team
  • Senior Leadership that encourage you to be brave and take risks
  • Chocolate for those moments!
  • The occasional staff social
  • Lots of opportunities to laugh!

Closing date: Midday Friday 15th February 2019
Interview: Wednesday 6th March 2019
Salary scale: MPS1-UP65
Visits to Polegate are strongly encouraged. Please contact Kerry to arrange a visit on 01323 482404.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and therefore each post is subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring service).

Why work at Polegate?

Polegate is a thriving, vibrant school which is continually developing and improving and has a very good reputation locally. As a result of demand for places we are in the middle of a very exciting building project which will provide new facilities.

We have a reputation for creativity and innovation which will attract teachers who are both enthusiastic and ambitious. There is a real, genuine welcome for new staff who bring fresh ideas, commitment, energy and professionalism to our school in order to help every pupil exceed expectations.

We currently have 26 teachers and with the increase in pupil numbers there have been new teachers joining us, creating a positive blend of more experienced colleagues with new. As headteacher, I have been at the school since joining as an NQT (I’m not telling you how long ago that was!) as has my deputy so I think that tells you something about the environment we work in- we love it.

Polegate School is always interested in hearing from outstanding teachers who wish to join the school.

As a recently designated National Teaching School we place great importance on professional development at all levels from NQT to leadership and offer a wide range of professional development opportunities.

We make learning FUN! Pupils love coming to school and this is reflected in their behaviour and our very high attendance rates.

Our increasing trend in results over the last 6 years places us in the top 20% of schools nationally and pupils make outstanding progress.

We offer great facilities: a new sports hall; swimming pool; wildlife garden; outdoor gym; a well-resourced library; ICT is invested in with ipads, laptops and a media suite; all of which serve to enhance teaching and learning. 

We are always looking for ways to improve work/life balance and have introduced a range of initiatives including but not limited to: staff social events throughout the year, a staff breakfast once a term, reducing meetings and reporting, liaison time with support staff. All teachers also benefit from shared PPA with all members of their team in an afternoon each week. We have teaching across the school, full time in KS1 and mornings in KS2.

Polegate itself is a growing town, located 10 minutes away from the beach and at the foot of the South Downs. Polegate is only half an hour from Brighton. There are great transport links provided by the train station just a few minutes walk from the school. 

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