Second In Charge of English

Darland High SchoolRossett, Wrexham

Post:  Second in Charge - English



• Candidates must be able to teach across the ability and age range, supporting the development of English to the highest standards for all pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4.

• To promote and adhere to the School’s values and be passionate about enabling students to develop a love of literature and be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and with the written word.


Darland High School is an English-medium secondary school in North East Wrexham. In September 2019 Joanne Lee was appointed as Headteacher. Since this time the school has been undergoing significant system change in many areas, and developing a strong culture of collegiate support and constant improvement. We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic individual who enjoys working with pupils to help them succeed. The ability to inspire others within a creative environment is essential.

Our English department are a supportive, passionate and dedicated team who will always go the extra mile to ensure our pupils have opportunities to reach, and even exceed, their full potential in all areas of the English curriculum. There is a wealth of varied experience within our team which we draw upon to work successfully to maintain high standards. Our English curriculum is designed to ensure effective progression from KS2 right through to final KS4 assessment, whilst awakening an enjoyment for the subject within our pupils and ensuring they are equipped as best as possible to utilise the English Language effectively in a variety of situations once they leave Darland.

At KS3, our curriculum currently includes coverage a wide-range of areas including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, Drama based texts, and poetry. As all schools in Wales we are moving towards an exciting KS3 curriculum within the New Curriculum for Wales. The successful candidate will be required to work with colleagues from all other subject areas in leading an exciting and dynamic curriculum for years 7 – 9. At KS4, we follow the WJEC specification for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Within the faculty, we also run Drama and Media courses. At KS3, Drama is taught as a separate subject for one hour a fortnight for Years 8 and 9. Pupils then have the option to study GCSE Drama (WJEC) at KS4. Within English in Year 9, we run a unit designed as an introduction to GCSE Media. Pupils then have the option to study GCSE Media Studies (WJEC) at KS4.

In light of the current circumstances please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs. Clare Pickup on directly if you wish to have a tour of the site and a discussion about the role prior to the deadline (social distancing measures followed).


● Deliver a consistently high quality of teaching, learning, assessment and high standards of achievement

● Support the Head of Department to continue to raise standards and achievement through the strategic leadership of English

● Support the Head of Department to inspire imaginative and effective approaches to learning and teaching of English; which consistently drive up progress and attainment standards

● Support the Head of Department in driving the development of teaching and learning across the school through English

● Support the Head of Department to develop the practice of English teachers - through modelling excellent practice, professional mentoring and robust line management/holding to account where relevant

● Evaluate student target and performance data for their teaching as required, and ensure it is analysed as set out in the school calendar or other such documents

● Positively engage and partake in all activities and events within the Darland High School calendar

● Demonstrate positive approaches in matters relating to student discipline and contact with parents

● Assist in producing and updating programmes of study and schemes of work including suitable assessments for each learning plan for the English department

● Be a model of excellent practice in teaching and learning

● Identify students who are underachieving and ensure appropriate strategies are put in place to support progress;

● Assume an area of responsibility according to the needs of the department as directed by the Head of Department (Key Stage 3)

● Ensure that there is an atmosphere conducive to quality learning within the curriculum area, and that students’ experiences are challenging, stimulating and differentiated according to need

● To ensure provision for different groups of students within the subject, including ALN, higher ability, disadvantaged, etc.

● To be an active member of the department through involvement in course development, consultation and planning on whole school issues

● To undertake other tasks as appropriate and consistent with the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions of service

● To teach across the age and ability range;

● Undertake relevant duties as may be required by the Headteacher


• Contribute to an environment where students are motivated to achieve and thrive in engaging, challenging and effectively planned lessons.

• Ensure a culture of aspiration is established through a focus on high standards in all lessons – through questioning, reading and writing and preparation for tests and assessments.


• To uphold the school’s policies in respect of Safeguarding and Child Protection and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all learners.

• To work openly within the framework of best practice identified in the school safeguarding policy.

• To report any concerns regarding pupil safety or staff working practices to the DSP.

The information contained above is to help staff understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. However, it should be noted that whilst every effort has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, a document such as this does not permit every item to be specified in detail. Broad headings may therefore have been used, in which case all the usual associated duties are included in this job description.

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