Founded by Dame Joyce Frankland 1588
Specialist Languages College
11-18 MIXED COMPREHENSIVE
NOR : 1014
Sixth Form 184
Required September 2011
TEACHER OF MFL
Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex
Salary : MPS
We wish to appoint a well qualified and enthusiastic teacher of MFL to join a
successful and dynamic department to teach at least two of the following
languages with one to GCSE; French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish. Good
ICT skills are also required. As a Languages College the school has very high
academic achievement in Languages and enjoys excellent facilities with an
ICT suite and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. This would be an
excellent start for an NQT in a well resourced and supportive department, or
for a more experienced teacher to develop their career in a high achieving
The school has strong links with the community especially its feeder primary
schools. We have extensive international links via Euroschoolnet2000 and
exchanges to France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland.
An application form and further details are available from the Mrs B Morrison,
Headteacher’s PA, Newport Free Grammar School, Newport, Saffron Walden,
Essex CB11 3TR. Tel: 01799 540237. Fax: 01799 542189. Closing date
Friday 25th March 2011. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 28th
10th March 2011
Thank you for your enquiry about the post of MFL teacher in the Specialist Language College
at Newport Free Grammar School with effect from 1st September 2011. I have pleasure in
sending you this information booklet about the post.
This booklet gives more detailed information about Newport Free Grammar School and
about the type of person we are seeking.
If you do require further information about Newport or the post, please do not hesitate to
contact the school and ask for the Director of Specialist Languages College, Janet Strong. I
very much hope you find this information useful and will be interested in applying for the
NEWPORT FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
TEACHER OF MFL
At Newport we:
Place great importance on our core purpose – learning
Are confident in our ability to pursue new ideas, take risks, lead by example
Are proud of the school’s reputation and tradition and understand it is best
defended through improvement and renewal
Build our success on positive relationships based on trust, care and respect
Work hard to be the best
Have high expectations and aspirations
Believe in the importance of community and the individual’s part within it
Newport Free Grammar School is a foundation 11 - 18 mixed comprehensive school with
currently 1014 pupils on roll. The school is one of the oldest schools in Essex, founded in the
year of the Armada, 1588. The school currently admits 168 pupils into each year group
which is divided into 6 teaching groups. The school is oversubscribed and applications for
the current Year 7 totalled 554 for 168 places. There are currently 195 students in the Sixth
Form. Around two thirds of Year 11 students stay in the sixth form and a number of students
also join the Sixth Form from other local schools. In September 2003 the school became a
Specialist Language College.
The school draws on a very wide area for its intake. Pupils come from as far as
Cambridgeshire to the north, Royston to the west, Suffolk and Braintree to the east and
Harlow, Roydon, Hoddesdon, Epping and Ongar to the south.
The school has a considerable reputation for its high academic standards as a
comprehensive school. In the summer of 2010, the number of students achieving level 5 or
above at the end of Key Stage 3 was as follows; Maths 90%, English 86%, Science 89%. In
Year 11, 70% of students gained 5 or more GCSE passes at A* - C including English and
maths. At A2, the overall pass rate was 98%, with 41% of the entries graded at A*,A or B.
Many Sixth Formers pass on to Higher Education and the school has a good Oxbridge record.
We have high expectations of all pupils.
Examination results are very important to the school and its students. We also believe
strongly in the development of personal qualities. The school therefore offers a wide range
of out-of-class activities to promote self-confidence, raise self-esteem, give opportunities for
team work and to develop leadership potential. We encourage every pupil to undertake at
least one out-of-class activity. The range is enormous and the school has a reputation in
particular for its English, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, sport and music. We are keen to
broaden the horizons of our pupils by means of trips and exchanges at home and abroad. In
the last year groups of pupils have visited Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, South
Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The staff at Newport are strongly committed to such
activities. The school holds the prestigious “International School Award” from the British
Council and has recently been awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts council in recognition of
its outstanding provision in the Arts.
Please note that the school operates a non-smoking policy.
The school is set in 34 acres of very attractive, undulating countryside in north west Essex.
The village of Newport lies 3 miles south of Saffron Walden and 9 miles north of Bishops
Stortford on the B 1383. Communications to the north, towards Cambridge (17 miles away),
and to the south, towards Harlow (18 miles away) and London (37 miles away) on the
Liverpool Street railway line are good. They are further improved by the M11 which runs to
the west of Newport.
The school is in Group 7 and currently has a teaching staff of 69.5 FTE.
The Senior Leadership Team comprises the Headteacher, three Deputy Heads with
responsibility for Student Development, School Improvement and Teaching and Learning
respectively and two Assistant Heads with responsibility for Professional Development and
Community. Each member of the Senior Leadership Team has an oversight of several
Subject Departments as well as one or two year groups.
Upon entering the school, pupils are placed into one of 6 tutor groups per year. Each team of
tutors is led by a Director of Learning. The Director of Learning has overall responsibility for
the pastoral care of pupils including behaviour. The Governors have laid down clear and
structured guidelines on behaviour. There is also a House system within the school. Tutor
groups throughout the school are allocated to one of the six Houses, Banstead, Caius,
Frankland, Morden, Saxie and Trappes.
At Newport, every learner is entitled to a curriculum that is rich and varied, challenging and
inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil his or her potential.
Students follow the National Curriculum. Current provision aims to offer a broad, balanced
and relevant curriculum. From September 2011 the school will operate a two-year Key
Stage 3 and a three-year Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
All students study the following:
Art and Design Mathematics
Design & Technology Music
English Physical Education
Modern Foreign Languages Science
Geography Religious Studies
Information and Communication Technology
NB i) All students take a second language (in addition to French) from Year 7 choosing
from Italian, German or Latin.
ii) Citizenship is delivered across the curriculum to all students.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
All students follow a core curriculum which consists of: English, maths, science, ICT, PSHE
(including citizenship), PE and games. Nearly all students will also study one language an
either geography or history.
In addition, students are asked to choose two subjects from the following options, to study
from Year 9:
Art Home Economics
Business Studies Italian
German Resistant Materials
Graphic Design Spanish
In Year 10 students will take up a further option from the following enrichment/extension
Enterprise Learning and Study Skills
RS Full Course
Some students follow a course of study that is different from the one outlined above. This is
done in close consultation with the Special Needs Coordinator.
The school offers 31 A/S and A2 courses including Business Studies and Economics. Students
require a minimum of 5 GCSE grades C or better to start an A level course.
There is an Applied Business course at A2.
Taster courses in modern languages ranging from Spanish to Russian and Japanese are
available in Year 12 plus the opportunity to resit English and Mathematics GCSE. About 90+
students embark upon higher courses. A course in A/S General Studies is compulsory for all
Newport is part of the Uttlesford 14-19 consortium with the three other secondary schools,
Cambridge Regional College and other partners. Here at Newport we teach the Diploma in
Business Administration and Finance.
THE POST OF TEACHER OF MFL
The post arises following the resignation of the current postholder, Zoe Nicholls.
The Languages Department teaches French, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin. Japanese,
Russian and Spanish are offered in the Sixth Form as electives. The school is looking for a
specialist who would be able to teach French and another language up to GCSE level. The
school was designated a Specialist Language College in September 2003 and was
redesignated in 2007. In the last 3 years GCSE results on average in Italian have been 87%
A*-C, German 80% and French 70%
The department consists of 7 full time teachers, 4 part time teachers, 3 Assistants and 3
All students study French in mixed ability groups for the first term of Year 7. All students
choose a second language from French, German, Italian and Latin fromYear 7 until the end of
Year 8. All groups have approximately 27 students. Pupils are setted in all languages from
Year 8 or year 9 where numbers allow.
All students take at least one of their chosen modern foreign languages through to GCSE.
There is an option to start GCSE Spanish in Year 9/10. Those students who take GCSE Latin
also study French. At least half of the students study two foreign languages to GCSE level,
and some study three.
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Latin are taught to A level.
The following courses are used:
French: Equipe 1, 2, 3
Elan, Edexcel A2
German: Echo 1, 2
Italian: Forza 1, 2
Latin: Cambridge Latin Course
The Languages Department is located in one block of the school and all members of the
department currently have a teaching room with access to interactive whiteboard, tape
recorder, OHP and video. The department also has timetabled lessons in the ICT Suite.
The department runs successful exchanges/trips to France, Germany, Spain and Italy. There
is also a day trip to Boulogne for Year 7 every summer, and a biennial visit to Rome and
Pompeii for those studying Latin.
The school is a founder member of Euro School Net 2000, a network of 15 schools and 3
Teacher Training Universities across Europe that exists to provide educational opportunities
for students and staff.
The successful candidate will join a team of highly committed staff and will be given all
possible encouragement and support to develop their professional skills.
The school is seeking to appoint a fully committed person with the following:
1. Personal qualities:
energy and determination
self motivation and a sense of humour
commitment to high standards of teaching and learning and maintaining excellent
commitment to educational visits and language exchanges
effective communication skills, ability to motivate students and staff, capacity to create
good learning environment
commitment to the aims and challenges of the Languages Department and Language
a versatile and accomplished classroom practitioner
well developed organisational skills and knowledge of a variety of assessment
confidence and tact in dealing with pupils, colleagues and parents
a calm approach when working under pressure
initiative and knowledge of latest developments in language teaching
experience and interest in use of ICT in language learning
commitment to developing new strategies for very able and less able pupils
commitment to inclusive education
a good honours degree and professional training
TEACHER OF MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
SCHOOL: Newport Free Grammar School
JOB TITLE: Teacher of MFL
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Languages College
a) To use all available data when leading, managing and developing MFL at KS3 and KS4
b) To identify pupils and groups of learners at risk of underachievement and to develop and
implement strategies for intervention.
b) To set, mark and assess work which has been carried out by the pupil whilst at school or
c) To ensure assessment, recording and reporting on the development, progress and
attainment of pupils throughout, but in particular at the end of, National Curriculum Key
Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form.
d) To provide or contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating
to individual pupils and groups of pupils.
e) To cover when necessary for absent colleagues in accordance with the Schoolteachers'
Pay and Conditions Document 2004.
f) To ensure that in the delivery of the curriculum or in the classroom experiences pupils are
not disadvantaged due to their race, gender or beliefs.
WHOLE SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
a) To promote the general progress and well-being of individual pupils and any class or
group of pupils assigned to them.
b) To provide guidance and advice to pupils on educational and social matters and on their
further education and future careers, and to provide information about means of access to
sources of more expert advice on specific questions.
c) To maintain records of and reports on the personal and social needs and development of
d) To participate in any meetings arranged for any purposes attributable to the particular
duties of school teachers.
e) To participate, within the school's arrangements, in the appraisal of their performance
and that of other teachers.
f) To maintain good order and discipline among the pupils in their care, safe-guarding their
health and safety, both when they are authorised to be on school premises and when they
are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.
g) To participate in meetings, within directed time, at the school which relate to the
curriculum, pastoral arrangements, administration or organisation of the school.
h) To contribute, as requested, to the selection for appointment, induction, professional
development and assessment of other teachers, non-qualified teachers and non-teaching
i) To attend assemblies, registering the attendance of pupils and supervising pupils in line
with the school policy for staff duties, respecting the right of staff under the 1944 Education
Act to refuse to participate in the religious part of an assembly should they wish to exercise
a) To communicate and consult, in respect of their professional duties, with the parents of
b) To communicate and cooperate, in consultation with the relevant Curriculum Coordinator
or Head of Department, with persons or bodies outside of the school as appropriate.
This is a challenging and fulfilling post. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to
contribute significantly to the success of the school and will be joining a school that is
committed to professional development.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete all sections of the enclosed application form. Please continue your
statement of application on a separate sheet if the space provided should prove inadequate.
In your statement of application you should outline any previous experience and your
suitability for the post.
i) Applications should be received by Friday 25th March 2011.
ii) Interviews will be held in the week beginning 28th March 2011.
Completed application forms should be returned to:
Mrs B Morrison
Newport Free Grammar School