Head of English & Literacy (Prep), Waltham Forest

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Forest SchoolWaltham Forest

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Forest School offers its own competitive salary scale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Forest Preparatory School requires for January 2020, a dedicated, well-qualified and inspirational Head of English & Literacy to lead English teaching through the 4-11 age range. The Head of English & Literacy will oversee and assist with the planning, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of a school-wide English & Literacy program. (S)he will collaborate with the leadership and classroom teachers to plan, organise and promote interdisciplinary activities and expanded learning opportunities through the integration of successful strategies and technologies. 

This is an exceptional opportunity to inspire children to enjoy and be challenged by English & Literacy within and beyond school hours. The successful candidate will inspire a love of English & Literacy and foster independent learning within the curriculum and beyond, through clubs, events and trips and through liaison with the local and national community. The successful candidate will also have significant experience of and interest in working as a form tutor in Upper KS2.

Introduction to Forest Preparatory School

Forest Preparatory School is on the cusp of a very exciting development of the site, as a building project has just begun which will enable Forest’s provision to rise to a new and even more innovative level. Benefiting from the structure and the economies of scale it brings, Forest Prep School is a vital component of an all-through school which teaches pupils up to the age of 18. Currently 2-form entry from Reception to Year 6, Forest is expanding to increase the number of pupils in the Pre-Prep to 3-form entry.

The Forest Preparatory School Ethos

Forest Prep School encourages personal development and academic progress and understands the inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral. We encourage confidence in our pupils and emphasise that they can trust the school to help them be successful. In the end, as they progress through the School, Forest Preparatory School produces pupils who are more than ready for the next stage in their education and are well on their journey to becoming the best version of themselves.

Forest Preparatory School: Where Young People Grow

Our values

Courage, Curiosity, and Integrity. Excellence, Diversity, Community and Heritage

About Forest

Forest School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18yrs established in 1834; benefiting from a tremendous location on the edge of North-East London and Epping Forest. London’s only diamond structure school, Forest combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching on a single site as pupils move up the school. Our 1,400 boys and girls are taught together until the age of 7, separately from 7 to 16, before coming back together again in a joint sixth form. This diamond structure offers all the academic benefits of single-sex teaching with all the social benefits of a co-educational school. The best of both worlds.


Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station. 

Why work at Forest? 

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset. Key benefits include:

  • Generous CPD budget
  • Comprehensive Professional Development Review system
  • Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme
  • 18 weeks holiday and our own salary scale with salaries above those paid in the maintained sector
  • Free death in service cover and subsidised AXA PPP healthcare insurance
  • All teaching staff currently enrolled in the national Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • 50% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13
  • Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day
  • Free membership of the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre during school hours and heavily subsidised membership outside those hours

Don’t just take our word for it

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Key Findings (November 2017):

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent…The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent”

Please visit our website (www.forest.org.uk/prep-school) where you will find a full introduction to Forest Preparatory School. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this position before applying, Mr James Sanderson FRSA, the Head of Forest Preparatory School, would be happy to hear from you (020 8520 1744 or prephead@forest.org.uk).

Closing date for applications Monday 30 September 2019, 9:00am

Interviews will take place week beginning 7 October 2019

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

More about Forest School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Snaresbrook, London, E17 3PY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 85201744
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Situated on a beautiful site on the edge of Epping Forest in North East London with outstanding facilities, Forest School is one of the few diamond structure schools in the country where pupils are taught in single-sex classes between the ages of 7 a...