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Assistant Subject Leader - English

Assistant Subject Leader - English

Horizon Community College

Barnsley, South Yorkshire

  • Expired
MPS/UPS + TLR 2b (£4,352) available
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Apply by:
7 February 2018

Job overview

Assistant Subject Leader - English

Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2b (£4,352) available

To start: Easter 2018 

Horizon Community College, Barnsley, opened in September 2012. With nearly £50 million worth of investment, facilities in this new Community College are among the very best in the country. In July 2014, Ofsted judged that ‘Horizon Community College is a good school. Attainment has improved rapidly in all year groups since the college opened.’ 

In 2017, under the new grading system, 61% of Horizon students gained 5 A*-C or equivalent, including English and Maths. This followed 2016 figures that were 8% above the national average, building on excellent performances in the College’s first four years and placing Horizon’s results in the top 27% of schools nationally. English Language and Literature results under the grading system have continued to prosper, with 77% of students (in a cohort of nearly 400) achieving a grade 4 or higher, 59% of these achieving the new ‘Strong’ pass grade of a 5 or above, and 18% of students at grade 7 or higher. 

The College is delighted to be able to offer the right candidate the opportunity to join a very successful department within an ambitious and successful school environment. 

“The college’s current data, supported by inspection evidence, shows they are currently on track to achieve above average standards in English.” 

“The most rapid progress is made by students in English” 

Horizon’s most recent Ofsted report, July 2014

The English department is adapting very successfully to the changing demands of the new curriculum, making this an extremely exciting time to join them. English has an experienced team of staff that are passionate about their subject, enthusiastic about curricular innovation and committed to improving student outcomes, all of which has enabled the department to thrive during the first few years of Horizon. Above all, a Horizon English teacher is someone with a fierce love of their subject who is talented, motivated and can inspire students to achieve their full potential. A particular strength for staff that are new to the profession is that they can also expect to be individually supported within the department by English colleagues with designated mentoring responsibilities.

As part of this dynamic and successful team, you must be committed to achieving the highest standards and will possess the creativity to maximise the use of state-of-the-art resources and facilities. In return, you can expect to join a supportive, aspirational and hard-working department that spearheads the drive for improved literacy standards whilst placing English Literature at the heart of its curriculum. 

Horizon offers the successful candidate a whole-hearted commitment to professional learning that places individual development at the heart of its ethos. You will also benefit from opportunities to learn as part of a dynamic, forward-facing leadership team with an outstanding track record in school improvement.

For full details, to discuss the role or to request an application pack, please contact our recruitment partner, Aj Blyth at Hays Education on or 0114 217 1556. We welcome visits from potential candidates-please contact Aj Blyth to arrange this.

The closing date for this post is Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 12 noon. Please return your application at your earliest convenience as earlier interviews may be available.

Interviews dates are to be confirmed.

Horizon Community College reserve the right to close this advert prior to the closing date above.

This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A criminal records bureau check will be undertaken for the successful applicant.

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About Horizon Community College

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+44 1226 704230

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Why work at Horizon?

Thank you for your interest in joining Horizon Community College, a school which is ‘the cornerstone of the local area‘ where ’pupils’ behaviour in lessons is excellent’ and ‘staff are exceptionally proud to work at the school.’

The economic, cultural and social landscape of Barnsley is changing. Opportunities in further education, higher education and professional roles are increasing; opportunities for individuals to shape their own career pathways are growing; opportunities for individuals to challenge traditional socio-economic patterns are multiplying.

At Horizon Community College, our responsibility is to prepare students for this reality. We want young people to leave the College well qualified and with a unique skill set that will enable them to stand out from the crowd. We want young people to be in possession of a passport of qualifications and employability skills that will enable them to pursue exciting careers, attend prestigious universities, complete dynamic apprenticeships and play leading roles in regenerating this area and beyond.

Our curriculum is tailored to the needs of and meets our ambition for each individual student. This is underpinned by the College’s core values which help to prepare every student for a lifetime of success. Our Curriculum and Culture ambition:

  • aims to challenge every learner, in every lesson, every day
  • develops the character and skill set of all, through the belief that we are ‘Positive Role Models’
  • ensures opportunities for all through our personal development and Careers and Enterprise programmes.

Successful education is also about working in close partnership with our families and the community to ensure our students succeed in each School year and are prepared for the next appropriate phase of their education. We work together to empower our students to believe that anything and everything is possible.

We heavily invest in the growth and development of our entire workforce, so they are also prepared for the next phase of their careers. We promote ‘one team’ working hard to support each other. We are focused on continued professional development for staff at every level, and especially offer an excellent provision for early career teachers.

We embed a curriculum and culture that results in Equity of Opportunity, Strong Community, High Expectations, Global Readiness and Kindness so that our students are School ready; Work ready; Life ready.

Our school is going from strength to strength. Since our opening, we have been given a 'GOOD' from Ofsted in every inspection, with our most recent (October 2023) recommending the school as potentially ’OUTSTANDING’ in every category. I have no doubt that with the continued hard work put in from both staff and students that we will achieve this recommendation shortly.

If you feel you have the skills, experience and drive to shape a new learning environment within Barnsley, then please take a look at our latest jobs.

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