Teacher of English, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1PF

Closing date:

The Matthew Arnold SchoolStaines-upon-Thames, TW18 1PF

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main Pay Scale M1-M6 (£24,018-34,250)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are looking to recruit a Teacher of English at a School where staff and students work together to create an inviting and purposeful atmosphere. If you join The Matthew Arnold School you will be working in a school that: 

  • Is rapidly improving and offers career development and leadership opportunities 
  • Gives responsibility to its staff and allows them to use their initiative and flourish accordingly • Has an open-door policy and culture of sharing 
  • Provides access to our multi-academy trust and the opportunities that brings 
  • Has a young and vibrant staff team 
  • Operates a shorter academic year than most including a two-week autumn half-term

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide leadership to students, encouraging high levels of achievement and good behaviour 
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of students 
  • Seek and use opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues to raise standards by sharing effective practice in the school 
  • Liaise effectively with parents or carers on students’ progress and achievements
  • Show a commitment to professional development 
  • Attend staff, departmental and other meetings as required 
  • Participate in the arrangements for performance management within the school 
  • Undertake a due share of duties according to the published rota
  • Be aware of the School Health and Safety Policy relating to the work of the department and the School as a whole 

Personal Specification


  • Dynamic classroom teacher and team leader 
  • Stamina and absolute determination to achieve personal and institutional success
  • Firm, fair, caring, consistent and non-confrontational approach with students
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills 
  • Good at meeting deadlines 
  • Skilful communicator or able to manage change and staff successfully 
  • Capacity to work under pressure, to show initiative and to successfully deal with a demanding workload
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and with a sense of humour 

Desirable Competencies

The successful candidate is likely to demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • A commitment to the student, to enable all students to be successful; a willingness to challenge others in the student’s best interest 
  • Empathy with, and keenness to contribute to, the aims of the school
  • An ability to set clear expectations, to demand high standards and to hold others accountable for their performance 
  • Ability to teach and assess to high standards, using assessment to inform and improve learning 
  • A constant drive for improvement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • An ability to provide clear direction to students, to motivate and inspire them 
  • Initiative, including an ability to anticipate and pre-empt events
  • Respect for others, valuing individuals 
  • The ability to understand others and create trust 
  • A shared approach to problem-solving and to achieving goals
  • Effective communication skills for a range of purposes
  • A willingness to adapt to changing needs and circumstances
  • Energy, optimism and motivation in the face of pressure and setbacks
  • Keenness to develop own career
  • An excellent record of attendance and punctuality 

Qualifications and Training 

  • Honours degree
  • Qualified Teacher Status 
  • Systematic and relevant professional development 

Knowledge, Experience and Skills 

  • Very good classroom skills
  • Very good leadership skills
  • Strong subject knowledge
  • Monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning
  • Curriculum and staff development initiatives
  • Working directly with parents and external agencies
  • Confident ICT user 
  • Current education trends and initiatives 

The Matthew Arnold School is committed to safeguarding and successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check 

Closing date for applications: 30th July 2018

Job location

More about The Matthew Arnold School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Kingston Road, Staines upon Thames, Middlesex, TW18 1PF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1784 457275
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The Matthew Arnold School is a co-educational secondary academy for children aged 11-16, located in Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex. The school converted to academy status in 2012 and joined the Bourne Education Trust in 2014. 

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