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Head of English

Head of English

West Buckland School


  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
August 2018
Apply by:
22 February 2018

Job overview

A vibrant, innovative and creative leader is required from August 2018 to lead the successful English department as Head of Department. The appointment will suit a inspired and passionate teacher who is able to lead student learning through to A-level. You will have excellent teaching skills and should be enthusiastic about contributing to the students’wider academic and intellectual development, and committed to the co-curricular life of this busy boarding and day school.

West Buckland is the leading co-educational independent school in North Devon, set in 100 acres on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The school community is proud of its strong academic results, established excellence in sport, creative and performing arts and has a reputation for strong pastoral care. It is a wonderful place to work. Please indicate on your application availability to start date. Appointment to start August 2018 may be considered. 

For further detail please contact the Director of Studies –Mr Chris Burrows via or Head of English - Mrs Yvonne Helicon on or 01598 760281.

To apply please complete the application form along with a full curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer, and return to 

Full details and an application form can be downloaded from (under employment) or call 01598 760281 for an application pack. 

Closing date for applications: Thursday 22nd February 2018. 

Interviews: Friday 2nd March 2018.

West Buckland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. The post is defined as being within the scope of Regulated Activity. 

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About West Buckland School

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+44 1598 760 000

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Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of North Devon, West Buckland School stands as a beacon of excellence in independent education. Spread across 90 acres of stunning countryside, our school offers students a serene and secure environment where they can thrive and excel.

At West Buckland School, we prioritise student engagement and empowerment. Our dynamic curriculum, characterised by high academic standards, personalised learning approaches, and cutting-edge facilities, fosters an environment conducive to growth and innovation. We take pride in our commitment to technological advancement, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate an ever-evolving world.

Renowned for our dedication to creative and enriching education, West Buckland School has emerged as a hub for academic achievement and personal development. Our recent accreditation as an IB World School is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence.

With small class sizes and a comprehensive program encompassing sports, music, drama, and a forward-thinking academic curriculum, the opportunities for exploration and growth are endless at West Buckland School.

Founded in 1858, West Buckland School has a rich history of providing exceptional education to students from diverse backgrounds. Our idyllic location near the Atlantic coast and Exmoor National Park offers students a unique blend of tranquility and adventure, just a short distance from the M5 motorway.

Our state-of-the-art facilities, blending historic charm with modern amenities, provide students with an inspiring environment to learn and grow. From our first-class sports complex to our award-winning art and drama facilities, we ensure that every aspect of student life is enriched.

Academically, West Buckland School consistently ranks among the top-performing schools in the Southwest and beyond. Our diverse curriculum, including the IB Career-related Programme, prepares students for success at prestigious universities worldwide.

With approximately 30% of our students boarding, West Buckland School fosters a vibrant and inclusive community. Weekend activities and vibrant facilities create a supportive environment where all students feel at home and engaged in their educational journey.

At West Buckland School, we remain committed to providing exceptional education and opportunities for personal growth. We believe that easy access to education is crucial for nurturing young minds and shaping future leaders.

Further information about the school may be found on our website:

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