Assistant Subject Leader English, Barking and Dagenham

Closing date:Expiring soon

Goresbrook SchoolBarking and Dagenham

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive (above inner London)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Do you want to be part of a team that is creating a transformational all-through school? Do you believe that every young person has the potential to gain an A* at A-level, and go on to rigorous academic study in a highly competitive University? If so, join Goresbrook School.

Goresbrook School opened in September 2014, with three classes of Reception children, and has made a tremendous progress. As a new all-through school, Goresbrook has a rare opportunity to innovate, and create a superb, continuous learning experience for children from 3-18 years. Our Primary school opened in September 2014, and our Secondary school opened in September 2016.

We have the children; we have the brand new state-of-the-art building; we now need you! If you are passionate about your subject, and are excited by rigorous and innovative curriculum design, we are the school for you. You are very welcome to visit us, even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 20 minutes on the tube from Mile End, and just 15 minutes’ drive from East London. We love to have people visit, to participate in children’s learning and see what we offer our children.


Do you want to be part of a team that transform the lives of young people?

Tenacious in approach, our team are committed to transforming the lives of students and do so through unwavering belief, positivity, creativity, hard work and collaboration. Many of us are TeachFirst Ambassadors but regardless of our how we came into the profession we are all determined to leave a lasting legacy.

Teaching is an art form. It requires an unrelenting dedication to refining your craft. This is at the core of everything we do at Goresbrook. For this reason, it is a very special place to work. All of us are passionate about growing (getting better at what we do through careful reflection and deep thought). All of us are committed to working as a team (we know that far more can be achieved through working together). We each have an unrelenting belief that the stubborn link between poverty and academic achievement can be overcome through the creation of an exceptional school.

As Assistant Subject Leader of English, you will deliver an outstanding curriculum to ensure all pupils make excellent progress in English and work within our Middle Leadership Team in setting the future direction and vision of the Secondary school.

 Whether you are a current middle leader looking for a new challenge, or an outstanding classroom teacher seeking your first Middle Leadership role, you will play a key part in the School’s development.  As we are growing every year (840 pupils at full capacity in Secondary, including Sixth Form), there will be lots of opportunities for promotion and development.  You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school for many years to come.

The Goresbrook English department prides itself on not just building pupils’ English skills but developing cultural capital and encouraging pupils to develop their understanding of literature as a way of interpreting the world. In order to make this a reality, our students cover challenging literature early on, studying Shakespeare, Tennyson, Homer and Pullman in their first year. Our curriculum is built on the concept of critical knowledge and the interleaving of ideas. This means our pupils come to your lesson already secure in the key information from past lessons, ready to build their understanding.


What we offer:

•Clear purpose. We are all here to make a real difference to students lives

•Lots of opportunities to observe others and receive feedback. We have an open door policy and place Teaching and Learning at the centre of what we do. We never grade lessons and all feedback is developmental

•An environment in which student behaviour is exemplary. Teachers can teach and students can learn

•Curriculums that are designed in order for pupils to achieve mastery of both content and skills. We have a strong focus on core knowledge and use cutting-edge insights from cognitive science and educational research to ensure that content is retained over time

•Joint planning time on Wednesday afternoons for core subjects

•Year groups of 120 students. We are a small school and pride ourselves on knowing our students

•Very minimum of two hours curriculum time for each subject area allowing teachers to know students next steps

•Weekly in-school CPD, including a tailored NQT programme

•External CPD programmes, including NPQML and NPQSL

•Opportunities for promotion and development


 Whether you are an outstanding experienced teacher looking for a new challenge, or trainee teacher seeking your first role, you will play a key part in the School’s development.  You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school for many years to come.

If you align with our vision, values, and are committed to ensuring that ‘disadvantaged’ does not dictate educational outcomes, then you will greatly enjoy working at Goresbrook.

You are very welcome to visit us, even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 20 minutes on the tube from Mile End, and just 15 minutes’ drive from East London.


United Learning

Goresbrook School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.




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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Ripple Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6XW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 203 597 6666
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Goresbrook School is a fantastic new school in Dagenham, offering children a transformational education from 3-18 years within a brand new state-of-the-art building.

Our Primary school has been open since September 2014, and as a result of our remarka...