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Head of English

Job Description

We seek an experienced, well qualified and enthusiastic school leader; the successful candidate may have leadership experience, and/or the aspiration to lead. The successful candidate will build on existing strengths, manage the curriculum, and teaching and learning, in an innovative, rigorous and creative manner, and lead the Department into further success. S/he will lead a department of five teachers. Public exam results are strong, and English Literature is popular at A Level.

The School is interested in applicants who are ambitious about pupil progress and committed to creating a dynamic, rich and broad curriculum. Initiatives to strengthen the exciting extension and enrichment programme will be valued, as will a well-judged and knowledgeable focus on the learning needs of individual pupils.

The Head of Department is responsible for the effective leadership and management of the team of teachers. S/he will aim to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning, to inspire others by personal example, and to create a vision, sense of purpose and pride in the Department.

The Head of English will lead a team committed to an excellent taught curriculum, and to providing other opportunities to develop pupils’ confidence and love of literature, for instance through creative writing, competitions and theatre trips.

The English Department is housed in a series of large and well-resourced classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. Classes from Year 7-11 are set by ability. The department follows the AQA GCSE syllabus, and Edexcel for A Level.

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