University Discovery Weekend, University of Essex, Southend Campus

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University of Essex, Southend Campus

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August 2019

A great opportunity for Year 9 students and a parent/care to live the student life, stay in en-suite student accommodation and talk to current university students. See below for more information and details of how to book a visit:

University-Discovery-Weekend.pdf – 3 MB

Teacher of Design Technology

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Main/Upper Pay Scale – £23,720 p.a. to £39,406 p.a.

To commence September 2019, or July for an NQT

Full time or Part Time considered

Suitable for an NQT or experienced practitioner, with the ability to teach 2 or more of the following specialisms:

  • Engineering

  • Design and Technology

  • Food Technology

  • Graphics

Click here for further details:

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Early Closure for Easter Holidays

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Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to advise you that the school will close at 12.50pm on Friday 5th April for the Easter holidays. Students requiring school lunch will be able to obtain this during morning break which will be extended by ten minutes to assist with this. I would like to stress the importance of students attending the morning session of school on this day so that they do not fall behind with their work.

Students return to school on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

In order to ensure good communication and co-operation the Headteacher would welcome any stakeholders in the community to drop into a surgery anytime between 9 and 11am on the following dates:

4th April 2019

23rd May 2019

11th July 2019

No appointment will be required, but depending on uptake, these meetings may be limited to 10 minutes.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers that the usual expectation if you need to meet with a particular member of staff regarding your child, is to contact the school in advance to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Kate Finch

Lesson Time Review – Trial Day Wednesday 27th March

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In order to maximise the learning potential of our students, I am reviewing the current 50 minute lesson time. Most lessons in years 9, 10 and 11 are double lessons and so the lesson lasts 100 minutes in total. We are looking at possibly having a 75 minute lesson because feedback tells us that 50 or 60 minute lessons are not sufficient, especially for practical subjects, but that 100 minutes is too long for the students to sustain concentration. It is very much a review process, and if it is felt that to stay as we are, with mainly 100 minute lessons will be best for the students, then we will not change.

On Wednesday 27th March, we will be having a trial day of 75 minute lessons. The day will start and end at the usual times of 8.35am – 3pm and we will still have a 20 minute break in the morning and 40 minutes for lunch, however, we will have 4 lessons each of 75 minutes instead of 6 lessons of 50 minutes. The timetable for the day can be seen below:


8.35 Registration
8.55 Lesson 1
10.10 Break
10.30 Lesson 2
11.45 Lesson changeover time
11.50 Lesson 3
13.05 Lunchtime
13.45 Lesson 4
15.00 End of compulsory school day

The students will be asked to complete an evaluation of the lessons after the trial day. I very much encourage you to have a conversation with your child in the evening to discuss the effectiveness of a 75 minute lesson and if they felt it was better for their learning.

Your child will know exactly which lessons they have on the day, as they will be fully prepped and prepared during form time in the days leading up to the trial day and they will not have any different teachers to their usual Wednesday lessons.

I hope to get back to you with any further curriculum developments in the coming term.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Finch

Catering Assistant Required

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Band 1 SCP 6-10

Salary £9,411

5 hours per day, Monday to Friday 38 weeks per year

Required for you will be providing catering support in our busy school Lighthouse Restaurant. Previous experience of a commercial kitchen environment advantageous but not essential as full training will be provided. The ability/willingness to learn new skills is essential.

Basic cooking abilities and knowledge of food safety would be advantageous, however, full training will be provided.

Please complete the Sigma Online Application form below and return to

Sigma-Online-Application-Form-Sept-2018.docx – 196 KB

Alternatively please contact the school on 01255 245460 extn 2214 for an application form.

Closing date for applications: 26th March 2019

Catering-Assistant-Job-Description-March-2019.pdf – 97 KB


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Did you know there is now a free Interview Prep & Questions app which builds interview confidence and helps you to prepare for panic free interviews all in one accessible place…the phone, and downloadable from App store and Google Play.

It contains:

  • Every National Apprenticeship Service key general and vocational/ competency-based questions
  • Internship, Graduate and General Jobseeker interview preparation questions
  • Hints, tips and numerous examples for every question
  • Space to record own answers, careers adviser suggestions and interview notes

To help you quickly understand how it works, please click on these very short videos:

•         46 seconds:

·         1 min 42 secs:

And then Get the App Free:

Mathematics Teacher

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Main/Upper Pay Scale 

NQTs are welcome to apply

Required July/September 2019

Are you a Teacher of Mathematics who wants to be part of a friendly and supportive School where the professional development of all staff is given a very high priority?