MFL basic Information letter re Head of MFL for April 2010

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					Springfield School
Specialist Technology College
Central Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, PO6 1QY
Telephone: (023) 9237 9119 Facsimile: (023) 9238 8784

Headteacher: Mrs L E Evans, B.Sc.

                              HEAD OF MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Springfield is an 11-16 co-educational comprehensive school with specialist Technology College status. In April 1997
we became part of the Portsmouth Unitary Authority but we maintain significant links with Hampshire Education
Authority. The school was awarded Specialist Technology College status in September 2002. In June 2006 we were
given High Performing Specialist School Status (HPSS) and in December 2006 we were successfully re-designated as
a Technology College with a second specialism of Leading Edge practice. This designation, and the funding
associated with it, has enabled us to achieve our strategic priorities in an accelerated time-frame. We remain a non-
selective comprehensive school serving the people of our local community.

We occupy a pleasant site with large playing fields in Drayton, a residential northern mainland suburb of Portsmouth.
We are an over-subscribed school with a waiting list of local pupils. Pupils are drawn mainly from the three primary
schools in the suburbs of Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, although such is the popularity of the school, we also
attract pupils from a large number of other primary schools in Portsmouth.

The original school buildings date from 1960 with major extensions in 1971, adaptations in 1980 and an extension in
1994. During 1998 two purpose-built Drama Studios, a Food Technology room and a superb new Art Studio were
built. A new block, including music rooms, practical rooms, a performance area and a designated dining area was
officially opened in September 2002. Our swimming pool was refurbished in 2003 and the Design Technology area
was completely upgraded using the capital funding granted with Technology College Status. A further Music suite
with recording studio was built for September 2005, a new SEN suite was established and an additional satellite PC
suite was created to serve the Humanities team. We have completed a three-year programme to network the whole site
with broadband access and each curriculum area has at least one satellite suite of PCs. ICT development is a key
feature of the school's Strategic Plan. Most staff have sole use of a school laptop and many classrooms have
interactive facilities.

In addition to our classroom provision, our accommodation includes the Main Hall (doubling as a gymnasium), a large
sports hall, indoor swimming pool, new library and brand new, separate Learning Centre with space for 90 pupils, a
conservation area, four computer suites and a full range of workshops and laboratories. There are specialist rooms for
Food Technology, Textiles, Design Technology, Systems and Control, Art & Design (including Photographic
Darkroom), ICT, and Music. In January 2010 we opened our brand new Drama Theatre housed in a separate building
on site.
The school is currently organised in the following Curriculum Areas:
   Information & Communications Technology
   Design Technology
   English
   Expressive Arts
   Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Studies, Sociology)
   Mathematics
   Modern Foreign Languages
   Physical Education
   Science

                  ___________________ 'Aiming for Excellence' ___________________

Support for pupils with special needs is organised by the Curriculum Support Team. It is our policy, where possible,
to provide non-teaching assistants to support pupils in mainstream classes although some withdrawal does occur for
statemented pupils. Teaching assistants or technicians are assigned to each curriculum area. We do not currently
employ any higher-level teaching assistants.

Our pupils come from a variety of backgrounds and the general ability levels of the pupils is indicated by the fact that
last year 99.5% of Year 11 achieved five A*-G grades and 78% achieved five A*- C grades with 64% attaining the
benchmark 5+ A*-C including English and Maths. We expect to sustain this position above the national average at
KS3 and GCSE. This reflects the clear focus on raising achievement, which receives the support of staff, pupils,
parents and governors.

The pastoral organisation is based on horizontal year groups with great importance being placed on the roles of the
Head of Year and Form Tutor. We also have an effective School Council, which contributes towards the planning of
extra-curricular events, charity work and school developments. The school is at the leading edge in terms of its
Citizenship provision at both key stages. Teams of staff and pupils are actively involved in local and national
initiatives with a particular emphasis on student voice linked to student responsibility. An ethos of achievement is
promoted through a merit system, celebration certificates and annual awards assemblies for each year group.

All secondary school estate in Portsmouth is to be refurbished in Wave 6 of the BSF programme. Springfield is the
only school to be asked to increase its numbers on roll, from 220 per year group to 240 post BSF. The governors have
agreed to this increase since we are a community school and have not been able to admit all first preference
applications from our catchment area for several years now. This is a measure of the school’s popularity. The
governors are clear that sufficient, suitable additional accommodation will be required before extra pupils are

Early plans for the major refurbishment at Springfield include the building of a brand new Technology Block and main
reception/hub for the school with significant improvements to all teaching blocks, our sports facilities and city-wide
state-of-the-art use of all technologies to support personalised learning programmes. The anticipated start date for this
investment is Summer 2012.

The MFL Department
The department has six full-time members of staff who teach across the full age and ability range. We also have a
languages assistant who provides invaluable support for French, German and Spanish.

The Modern Foreign Languages suite is situated in one block and consists of six fully functional classrooms, a store
and MFL office. Most of the classrooms have a ceiling-mounted projector, which links to either fixed computers or to
staff laptops, and one room has, in addition, an interactive whiteboard.

In each year group roughly one half of the pupils study French and the other half study German for the full 5 years of
secondary schooling. At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups within Year 7. In Years 8 and 9
there are nine sets in each year group, with an identified top and second ability class in each half of the year group.
Our setting system is flexible and all pupils are monitored continuously to ensure that their individual needs are met.
Movements between sets occur at appropriate times and following full consultation within the department.

Our pupils follow a scheme of work devised and regularly reviewed by the department. Each unit of work involves a
range of teaching methodologies designed to encourage best performance in all four language skill areas and this is
supported by levelled assessments, both formative and summative. Assessment for learning, development of thinking
skills, literacy and numeracy are all key features of our current work.
Typically, our KS3 MFL teacher assessments tell us that over 60% of cohort attain L5+, which is above national
average. (This figure was 67% in 2009.)
Key Stage 4 pupils either follow the AQA courses or NVQ courses in French or German. Only a handful of pupils
(10-15) are disapplied from MFL at KS4. We are a department who firmly believe in the right of pupils to have access
to MFL programmes of study, as endorsed by the school.

                   ___________________ 'Aiming for Excellence' ___________________

Typically, our GCSE results are at about 50% of cohort securing A*-C with 100% securing A*-G grades. Our NVQ
results typically yield full level 2 qualifications for each pupil (equivalent to a Grade B). Including NVQ, in 2009
86% of the cohort achieved a GCSE grade in the range of A*-C. We are always seeking ways to improve both the diet
and the outcomes for our pupils. As a result, we are investigating ways of widening provision of Spanish at KS4 as
parents and pupils have expressed interest. We aim, as always, to match our chosen courses to the nature and ability
of our pupils.
This is an exciting time to join the languages team at Springfield School. The MFL department works collaboratively
to provide the very best opportunities to pupils of all abilities and aptitudes. We are a happy, ambitious team of staff
and governors who are prepared to work extremely hard to help us achieve the excellence for which we aim.

We are now looking for an experienced linguist to build on the achievements of the previous Head of Department who
has been promoted to a senior post. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who enthuses about MFL for all, who is
looking for a challenge and wants to be involved in the further development of a good department within a school
rated in 2009 as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Springfield is an Investor in People and it has a strong record of supporting
and developing its middle leaders.

I look forward to receiving your completed application forms and a single side of A4 outlining your relevant skills,
experience and particular areas of interest by the closing date of 29th January 2010.

Yours sincerely

L E Evans (Mrs)

                   ___________________ 'Aiming for Excellence' ___________________

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