Teacher of English

The Gryphon SchoolDorset

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, creative and inspiring teacher with energy, enthusiasm and a love of English.  This is a permanent, full-time post for a candidate with an ability to teach English to A level. This role is suitable for an NQT.

This is a great opportunity to join an English Department that is large, creative and dynamic. There is a real passion for literature, language and literacy. Levels of progress are very good and the GCSE Grade 4+ pass rate in best English (Language or Literature) in 2020 was over 90%.The English courses are amongst the most popular at A Level again with excellent results.

The successful candidate will have:

• a strong subject knowledge and passion for all aspects of the written and spoken word

• the ability to embrace and contribute to the vision and direction of the team

• the ability to play a full role in maintaining and enhancing the current high standards in the Department

• the ability to support, challenge and inspire our students, encouraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning

• excellent communication skills and the ability to celebrate and promote high quality teaching and learning

• the ability to be a team player who will go the extra mile to support students and who will enjoy the challenges of this role 

Our large team of 13 full time and 3 part time English teachers is dedicated, enthusiastic and inspiring.   We like to benefit from each other’s extensive skills at every opportunity and sharing of best practice is a key feature of all of our meetings.  Over the years we have established and maintained a high level of success in public examinations, at GCSE and A level. We have consistently attracted large numbers to study at post 16, including a significant proportion of boys. The Department has clear Schemes of Work including a broad range of literature and language resources. We encourage staff to capitalise on their own enthusiasm, skills and knowledge and are keen to support career progression within the Department structure. Film Studies is also an important strand of the Department with several specialist teachers supporting the teaching of the GCSE and A Level courses.

The English Department keeps good stocks of set texts and other resources in our centrally located office as well as in our twelve classrooms. The School has a very well-equipped Learning Resource Centre which is in constant use by English staff.  All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and multi-media facilities.   E-learning is a priority and there is Wi-Fi across the site; iPads are used extensively and students are encouraged to use the latest technology to make notes, interact in lessons and access revision resources.

In English the pupils are usually taught in mixed ability groups, although we have some smaller groups in all Key Stages to cater for students with particular needs. Class size is usually between 27 and 30 in KS3, between 20 and 30 at KS4 and between 10 and 25 at KS5. Short intervention schemes are often used by our Nurture & Learning Support Department to ensure that all students are making progress. The Schemes of Work, which are regularly updated, list core activities and assessments alongside other suggestions to allow staff the flexibility of personalised interpretation of lessons. All Schemes follow National Curriculum guidelines where necessary, including a renewed focus on the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar. We use a wide range of texts at KS3 and have detailed resources to support their delivery.  It is essential that we encourage our students to be adept, independent readers. Assessment in Years 7-9 is currently being re-developed with a focus on core skills like effective written and spoken communication, comprehension and SPAG. We feel that we are centrally placed to provide quality literacy teaching throughout our curriculum.

The person appointed to this position will be an excellent teacher, able to enthuse students and demonstrate a real passion for English.  At The Gryphon, a main scale teacher currently teaches 43 out of 50 one-hour periods over a two-week timetable, including five PPA periods.  

The Gryphon is a wonderful place to work and has a special atmosphere and feel.  It became a founder member of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST) a multi-academy trust established in June 2017.  We have been designated as a teaching school since September 2017.  In a recent national publication, The Real Schools Guide, The Gryphon was rated as one of only two schools in Dorset as 5 star; based on attainment, teaching, attendance and outcomes.   The Good Schools Guide concludes that we are a ‘Super much sought-after school at the very centre of its community taking on the Sherborne independents.  Truly a model of comprehensive education at its best – a place for all comers, which children and parents set their heart on, so it bulges at the seams’.


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