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Teacher of History 

Full Time or Part Time

Required to start January 2019

We welcome applications from experienced and newly qualified teachers.

Thurston Community College is a thriving mixed comprehensive school which boasts a strong sense of community, a supportive, caring ethos and a positive, friendly atmosphere. Thurston Community College offers an exciting, dynamic learning environment, where students display a positive attitude to learning and make good progress.

“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy school and say that they feel well supported. Most groups of pupils, including the most able and those who are disadvantaged, now make strong progress from their starting points.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Staff work collaboratively, share a common sense of purpose and are relentless in the pursuit of outcomes of the highest quality for every student.

“Staff morale is high and most staff are positive about the leadership and management of the school. This is because leaders have provided them with high-quality training and supported their development well at all levels. Newly qualified and trainee teachers are passionate advocates of the school and its pupils. School leaders support them well and subject leaders develop their teaching skills through regular mentoring and effective support.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Your commitment to education, together with your passion for History, will enable you to inspire and motivate students across the age and ability range. You will join an experienced and collaborative History Team, who welcome forward thinking initiatives and offer advice, support and professional development opportunities in a friendly, positive and creative environment.

The History & Politics Department is staffed by experienced teachers who are passionate about their subjects and their teaching. As a result, both subjects are popular choices; indeed History has one of the largest option cohorts at GCSE and at Advanced Level.  At GCSE, students study the Edexcel course covering Medieval through to Modern British History and American History.  At A-Level students study the AQA course covering units on Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964 and the Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007. Politics students follow the Edexcel syllabus. The KS3 History curriculum is skills-based and focused on a range of inspiring enquiry questions spanning the Medieval period up to the Modern day.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups and the department has a great deal of success in motivating the entire ability range; celebrating equally the achievements of those who struggle to develop historical knowledge and skills and those who each year go on to study History at top universities including Cambridge and Oxford.  The department is incredibly well resourced, with each classroom providing modern IT projection equipment.  All History classrooms benefit from their location surrounding the school library providing easy access to an extremely valuable educational resource.

Thurston Community College enjoys a rural location with free parking and convenient transport links to Cambridge, Ipswich and London. If you are excited by this post, its challenges and opportunities; if you relish the prospect of joining our team of outstanding staff; please submit an application form.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.  We very much look forward to hearing from you.

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Thurston Community College
Thurston, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 3PB
Tel: 01359 230885 Fax: 01359 230880
Principal: Helen Wilson BSc MBA
Current Roll: 1733; Years 7-11: 1482; Sixth Form: 251