Department Leader – English

Pay Range: MPR/UPR + TLR 1a (rising to 1D)
Start Date: January 2023
Contract Type: Full time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 03/10/2022

Pay Range:                   MPR/UPR + TLR 1a (rising to 1D)

Position Start Date:   January 2023

Contract Type:           Full-time
Contract Term:           Permanent

Application Close:     Monday 3rd October


As the new Orsett Heath Academy enters its third year and continues to grow, we are looking to recruit an ambitious and talented English Teacher to lead our English Department. We wish to appoint an exceptional individual who has the necessary drive, expertise and inspirational attributes to shape the work and future development of the department. The applicant must be able to nurture a passion for studying Language and Literature at all levels of ability.

This is a unique opportunity to be the first ever substantive Department Leader of English in the school. You will be well supported by an Assistant Headteacher who is a highly experienced former English Department Lead who has developed an interesting and effective curriculum. The school offers high quality CPD and significant career development opportunities in the future.

If you have energy and passion for your subject and would like to join a unique school with a dynamic and collaborative team, then we look forward to hearing from you.


Why Orsett Heath Academy?

Orsett Heath Academy opened in 2020 with 120 Year 7 Pupils. We are oversubscribed all three current year groups. During the 2023/24 academic year we will move to our new school building. The school is currently located in purpose built accommodation at Thurrock Rugby Club, adjacent to the final school site. The school will grow to be a large community 11-16 school with 1200 pupils. We have assembled a highly motivated and able staff team and are looking for people who share our values to help us grow.



This is an exciting time to join SWECET as the Trust has recently grown to 6 schools. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.


In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

  • A supportive and friendly work environment;
  • Becoming part of a growing organisation;
  • Full and comprehensive induction with training and tailored pathways for individual career progression;
  • Competitive salaries;
  • A two week October half term; and
  • Reduced gym membership at a Trust school.


If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to discuss the school and the role, please email [email protected].


Please return your letter of application and completed form to:

HR Department


C/o William Edwards School

Stifford Clays Road


Essex, RM16 3NJ

South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring service.