Department Leader for English
Pay Range: MPR/UPR +TLR 1D (Fringe)
Position Start Date: January 2023
Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 3rd October (Midday)
Date of Interviews: Week beginning 10th October 2022
We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and skilled classroom practitioner with a passion for English to lead a strong team to even greater heights. The department consistently achieves strong results and we wish to appoint an exceptional individual who has the necessary drive, expertise and inspirational attributes to improve outcomes further. In 2022 79% of pupils gained either English Literature or Language at grade 4+.
The applicant must be able to nurture a passion for studying Language and Literature at all levels of ability. The English curriculum has been reconsidered in recent years and provides an extremely solid base from which to extend the ‘inspirational learning’ mantra of the school. English classrooms are well resourced with an innovative design to facilitate collaborative and active learning. Additionally, the department benefits from having a Lead Practitioner who also leads the whole school reading strategy.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership skills and lead a large department in a supportive and dynamic school and Trust.
Why William Edwards School?
William Edwards is a large, successful and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong. However, life at William Edwards is about so much more than just GCSE outcomes. We are proud of our national reputation for sport and we are also one of only two schools in the East of England to hold the ArtsMark Platinum Award. Character education and providing a wealth of different experiences to our pupils is important to us.
Following the school’s most recent inspection, Ofsted said that “pupils who spoke to inspectors were effusive about their experience in school” and that “pupils feel that staff are vigilant and dedicated, and ‘go the extra mile’ to support pupils’ personal and academic needs. Behaviour around the school is calm.”
This is an exciting time to join SWECET. In recent years the Trust has grown to 6 schools with the opening of the new Orsett Heath Academy. SWECET is a realistic, sensible and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.
In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:
- The support of an experienced Senior Leadership Team
- 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 with a senior member of staff or arrange a visit, please email [email protected].
Please return your letter of application and completed form to:
c/o William Edwards School
Stifford Clays Road
Email [email protected]
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 & Bar