Curriculum Area Leader - English, Kirklees

Closing date:

Honley High SchoolKirklees

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018 or earlier
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS plus TLR 1b £9378
Contract term: Permanent

Section: MPS/Mathematics/Huddersfield
Honley High School, Station Road, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6QJ

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational and enthusiastic curriculum area leader for our highly successful and well-resourced English department. We are looking for a candidate who is ambitious and creative, an effective classroom practitioner and who aspires to develop their leadership skills further within a supportive, forward thinking department. This is an exciting opportunity to take your career to the next level and we would be happy to receive applications from existing leaders in English, or those looking for their first role in leading a department. Outstanding support would be provided to ensure this person can develop into the role.

The successful candidate will lead a team committed to delivering a stimulating curriculum and maximising the potential of all learners through outstanding learning and teaching.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate a track record of high quality classroom practice, a strong team ethic, a commitment to their own continuous professional development and knowledge of the curriculum across Key Stages 3 and 4.

English is one of the school’s strongest departments in 2017 achieved outcomes in the top 3% nationally with a Progress 8 score of +0.81. The department is at the forefront of developing Learning & Teaching within the school and across our local network of schools. The successful candidate will be expected to promote and shape the team’s drive, ambition and reflective practice.

Honley High School has a strong reputation locally for academic excellence.  Pupils at Honley make “above average” progress compared with pupils of similar abilities in other schools and in 2017 we recorded a progress 8 figure of +0.17.  Honley High School is rightly recognised for its long-standing tradition of academic excellence and for its friendly, inclusive, caring approach to the needs of young people. We are very proud of what we do here, proud of our record of student and staff success, and proud of the young people our students become over the time they spend with us. Over a number of years the achievement of our students has gained us recognition as being among the highest performing non-selective schools in Kirklees.  We have over 1200 students and work hard to ensure that we get to know all of them as individuals, so we are able to support them through this crucial time in their lives.

Honley is within easy reach of Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield.

The successful candidate can expect:

  • A supportive and friendly team of experienced English teachers with an established track record of delivering excellent GCSE results
  • A commitment to their further development through a well-structured CPD programme
  • Motivated students who are eager to learn and engage in lessons
  • The chance to work with teachers, middle and senior leaders who are relentless in their drive to deliver the best learning experiences to their students. This will include the opportunity to contribute to pedagogy and schemes of work within the department, as well as share in the best practise of other schools

This is an excellent opportunity for a forward thinking and ambitious teacher to become part of a large and successful team which values high standards of academic achievement whilst developing the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to help students thrive in life and work.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

If you require further information about the role, please contact the Mr Andy Matthews at the school on telephone: 01484 506484 or you can visit the school website at

To apply for this job, please download and complete the application form attached. Applicants must include a covering letter (2 sides of A4 maximum) incorporating details of qualities, skills and past experience in direct relation to the role requirements.  Applications should be returned to Mrs Amanda Butterworth HR Officer, at the school address or by email to

Closing Date is 9am Monday 26 March 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 26 March 2018.

Applicants please note: For a Tour of the School please contact the school direct.

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More about Honley High School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Station Road, Honley, Holm Firth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1484 506484
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Honley High School is a co-educational, non-denominational secondary school in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. At its most recent inspection, there were 1,235 students aged 11-16 on the school roll. 

Honley High School first opened in 1932 and became...