Teacher of Design Technology (to start in September)

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School


Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9SH
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This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Teacher of Design Technology, to join the highly collaborative technology team in this exceptionally successful school.  We are interested in applications from teachers with commitment to teaching technology subjects to A Level and an interest in developing their career, including NQTs. A passionate commitment to your subject and good qualifications are essential.

As the lead school in the Altius Teaching School partnership, we are committed to providing strong and sustained professional development for all colleagues who work with us and in particular developing capacity for school leadership.

Bennett students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about learning and taking part in the huge range of enrichment activities that we offer.

Priority places at the school are available for children of staff.

Completed Application Forms should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to the school by the closing date.  Applications should be submitted on the correct Application Form, CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 29 April 2019

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS enhanced check.


Design Technology Curriculum Area  2019

The Design Technology team currently consists of two specialist teachers of product design supported by two further design technology teachers. We have a collaborative and supportive ethos in the department and always welcome new ideas.  Students at Bennett are willing, interested and hard working, and the Bennett sixth form is one of the largest school sixth forms in the area.  The school was judged to be Outstanding in every aspect in the June 2012 Ofsted inspection and results at both GCSE and A Level are exceptionally strong.  Outcomes across the design technology curriculum area contribute very well to Bennett’s outstanding results.

In Years 7 and 8 students learn a broad framework of knowledge which is developed across Design Technology disciplines. Students are then encouraged to specialize in Year 9 with an optional foundation course in product design, textiles or food and nutrition. We take the view that this provides a strong basis upon which students are able to move on to GCSE courses with mastery of the necessary core knowledge.

At present the school offers the new AQA GCSE in design technology and GCSE art and design – textiles.

We offer A Level product design and A level textiles with very positive numbers in current sixth form classes. Again the school at present follows an AQA specification. The school has a clear focus on securing progression to aspirational higher education and the design technology disciplines have contributed to this strongly over a number of years.

The department is particularly well resourced and consists of three workshops for product design, which are well equipped with CAD/CAM equipment, including two CNC routers and two laser cutters and a 3D printer.  In addition to this there are two textiles classrooms and a brand new computer lab.  All rooms also benefit from fully networked interactive whiteboards and we are particularly lucky to have a full time CAD/CAM technician, and a part time product design technician.

Having specialist capacity in product design would be desirable, but there is flexibility within the team. The most important requirement is an outstanding teacher with high aspirations for all students and a commitment to going the extra mile to achieve these.

As a designated Teaching School we can offer a wide range of professional development opportunities both within Bennett and our network of secondary schools. These include courses such as the outstanding teacher programme as well as leadership development programmes


Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people in our school communities and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure issued with the Trust and/or school as the employer.