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Director of Communication/English

Director of Communication/English

Kettlethorpe High School


L12 – L16
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
5 October 2017

Job overview

Kettlethorpe High School is a large and popular maintained school in Wakefield, near to the M1 and with excellent links to Sheffield, Leeds and Kirklees.

We continue to flourish and are the school of choice within the local area. We are often oversubscribed and are currently planning for a larger cohort entry that will see new capital building work and a potential 11-16 roll of 1,800 pupils.

As a school, we are excited to be recruiting to this leadership role within an English team that has a proven track record for improved outcomes and a team-based approach. The team is well supported and has dedicated teaching areas and resource bases.

Our last Ofsted inspection (good) was a short one day inspection in December 2016. This acknowledges the academic and social development of our pupils and the fact that leaders and teachers are not complacent. It also recognised that the school is fully aware of its strengths and focus areas for development.

We are looking to appoint someone that is knowledgeable and who positively enjoys working with young people. Our school is a very friendly place to work and a strong sense of shared community exists. We have an excellent extra-curricular offer which really is valued by our school community. We also have strong values and believe in supporting others. The school, last year, raised over £14,000 for Children in Need - the most from any school in the country.

We are keen to attract applications from people who feel they have the skills, knowledge and experience to further develop what we do as a school. We have no set preference and this is a truly open position. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Jane Babbage on 01924 251605 who will assist you with your enquiry.

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Closing date: Friday, 6th October 2017.

Kettlethorpe High School is committed to safeguarding our pupils and expects all staff, Governors and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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About Kettlethorpe High School

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+44 1924 251 605

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About Kettlethorpe High School

Kettlethorpe High School is a large comprehensive school in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We have 1,700 pupils aged 11–16 and often see year group entries of between 330 to 360 pupils.

The school opened in 1965, and we have benefitted from considerable capital building improvements over the years. Recently, the school has had a new MFL block and sports studio built and also financed our own all-weather 3G pitch for school and community use.

Pupils benefit from a rich and broad curriculum offer. At Key Stage 4, our English Baccalaureate entry and actual figures are the very best in Wakefield. In 2021, the entry was 79% with 61% achieving passes across the EBacc suite of subjects. At this school, pupils succeed and do well. Progression rates are impressive.

Across the school, the wider life of the school and extra-curricular offer is second to none. Pupils and staff engage with a rich extra-curricular offer and we are very proud of our sports, arts and performing arts offer. It adds a real richness to our school community.

Our pupils are great and have lots to say about their school. They support and represent their community well. Over the last 9 years, they have raised over £103,000 for Children in Need. Most years, they raise between £10,000 and £15,000 for CiN and other charities.

Teachers at the school work hard to support all our pupils. They are proud of their successes and involvement with the school.

As a school community, we recognise that schools are more than just Ofsted judgements. We do what we do to benefit our pupil community first and foremost. That said, we are more than a ‘good’ school and valued the comment made by one lead inspector… ‘There is something very special going on at this school.’ We agree!

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