Vacancy: PE Specialist

River Mead School
Job reference
Closing date
Early applications are encouraged, as we will shortlist candidates on receipt of applications and will close the vacancy when a successful appointment has been made
Interview date
Interviews will be arranged on receipt of applications
Start date
1 September 2023
Contract type
Grade H (£27,344 - £28,371) for non-qualified professionals or MPS / UPS for those with Qualified Teacher Status. All salaries will be pro rata, and dependent on skills and experience
0.6 minimum (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) up to 1 FTE
Lowbourne, Melksham SN12 7ED
Role overview
We are seeking to appoint a caring, enthusiastic, talented and appropriately experienced PE Specialist to deliver the PE curriculum at River Mead School in Melksham. The school joined our Trust in 2014, and now has 271 children on roll. 39 of those are educated within the school’s Resource Base, a provision specifically supporting children with Complex Needs, and 49 are in the nursery, which cares for 3 – 4 year olds and accepts universal as well as extended funding. River Mead School is a happy, vibrant place where children are enabled to dream, strive, achieve and celebrate..

We are looking for a suitably experienced PE Specialist who is:
• Inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Passionate about providing memorable learning opportunities for all children
• Dedicated to, and has high expectations of, children with a belief that all children can succeed
• An excellent communicator with fantastic interpersonal skills
• Innovative, creative and forward thinking, and committed to their own professional development and learning
• Committed to raising standards through excellent teaching and learning
• Looking to become part of an inclusive and collaborative Trust
• A confident practitioner, who demonstrates outstanding practice and has high expectations of achievement and behaviour
• Enthusiastic, energetic, warm and caring

We are interested in receiving applications from qualified teachers, as well as those who may not have Qualified Teacher Status. If you are not a qualified teacher, instead you will need to have:
• L2 in any sport (Essential)
• L3 in Sport Development or equivalent (Essential)
• L3 or above in Teaching and Learning (Desirable)

As our PE Specialist, you will be responsible for:
• Leading PE across the school – delivering the highest quality PE teaching across our school
• Leading on engagement in sports partnership and inter-school fixtures
• Chairing the Sports Council
• Ensuring play leaders are trained and well-deployed to support daily physical activity
• Leading the development and implementation of our outdoor and adventurous curriculum
• Leading on wider personal development curriculum and supporting the Subject Lead for PSHE / RSE
• Acting as a lead practitioner in our Inclusion Curriculum team, working closely with our Assistant Headteacher/SENCO to lead, develop, coach and deliver a range of interventions to support SEMH needs
• Leading the play curriculum for the school, including play-times, nurtured play and wrap around care before and after school

If you are a qualified teacher, you may also take on delivery of some class teaching when not delivering PE.

How to apply
Pleasde refer to the candidate brief for full details of how to apply for this role
Other information
We’d love to show you around our lovely school. If you would like to come and visit us, please email to make an appointment

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >

Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust 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 involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

Child Protection Policy >

Code of Conduct >

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including A National College training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance when they need it most
  • Generous employer contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme