Director of English, Pontefract

Closing date:Expiring today

Pontefract Academies TrustPontefract

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020 preferred, but may be negotiable with the successful candidate
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £62,426 (L14-L18)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

With Ofsted now confirming our secondary schools as ‘Good’, Pontefract Academies Trust is on an exciting journey of improvement and growth.  

We are looking for a high-achieving and driven leader to help us drive the English curriculum and student performance across our Trust and its two secondary schools.

We want someone who is thoroughly passionate about English and is outcomes focused. Someone who has the drive and energy to continue our work and strategically lead a Trust wide English curriculum that will secure top level outcomes at the end of KS4. We are looking for a successful Head of English (or an exceptional Second in English who has a track record of greater success and greater scope and responsibility than is ‘typical’) with a strong presence; someone who is ambitious for the pupils, their colleagues and the schools. We are looking for someone who, along with our recent appointments at the same level in maths and science, has the strategic, operational and interpersonal skills to work cross school and phase. 

For the right person this could be the career opportunity of a lifetime. You will be working closely with an Executive Leadership Team that has driven transformational change in outcomes across the Trust within twelve months of taking the reins. You will have real input to strategy and success, and you will report directly to the Executive Director of Secondary Education. 

This post would be ideal for anyone with successful English leadership experience, with ambition and drive, a clear vision of what constitutes excellence in a large school department and who sees a wider leadership position as the next step in their career.  The unique Trust makeup of six primary schools in a tight geographical hub, feeding in to our two secondaries, presents opportunities to help shape English skills and outcomes across children and young people in the town.

We offer:

• Full support from a dedicated, inspirational and approachable leadership team.

• Trust wide approach to CPD, best practice and systems development.

• Real career development, advice and a platform towards further career success.

For a full pack including application forms please visit or e-mail our advisers ASD Ti on or telephon e ASDTi on 07736 775776 – they are available evenings and weekends as well as during the working day, to help you make the right choice.

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 11pm

Interviews are scheduled for the following week: w/c 21st October 2019

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

The Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

‘Leaders at all levels have high expectations… Pupils make good progress overall… They are polite and show good attitudes to their learning.’ (Ofsted – The King’s School)

‘The leadership of teaching and learning goes from strength to strength. Teachers are full of praise for the training that is helping them improve their teaching. Weekly meetings help all teachers, including those newly and recently qualified, to develop their teaching repertoire further and learn from each other. Staff morale is high.’ (Ofsted – Carleton High School)

More about Pontefract Academies Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: The Barracks Business Centre, Wakefield Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4HH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1977 232146
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