Assistant Head Teacher - Teaching & Learning, Grays

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

William Edwards SchoolGrays

Date posted:
Start date: Easter (or September) 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £56,340 - £62,039Leadership L13-17 (Fringe)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Pay Range: Leadership L13-17 (Fringe) 

Position Start Date: Easter (or September) 2020

Contract Type:  Full-time

Contract Term: Permanent 

Application Close:  31st January 2020 (Mid-Day)

Date of Interviews: Week beginning 10th February 2020

We are particularly interested in applications from people who can offer one of the following subjects: English, Geography, History, Maths, RE, Science or Business Studies. However, strong applications offering other subjects will be considered.

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious and inspirational leader with a strong understanding of teaching and learning who will shape and lead the next phase of our work in this area. ‘Inspirational learning’ has always underpinned the vision we have for the school and our staff are highly committed to embedding this in their lessons. In recent years our emphasis has been on creative and active learning as well as increasing the consistency of experience for our pupils. CPD is well developed and well supported via the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance which is based at the school and via the Trust’s ‘people plan’ which places pedagogic development at the heart of its work. The post-holder will build upon these secure foundations to ensure that exceptionally high quality pedagogy is embedded across the school.

Why William Edwards School?

William Edwards is a large, successful, harmonious and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong with core subjects consistently performing well. However, life at William Edwards is about so much more than just GCSE outcomes and we understand and value the importance of pupil-centred education and a wide curriculum offer. We are proud of our national reputation for sport, the arts are extremely strong and we are proud to boast the largest Duke of Edinburgh Award cohort in the East of England. We are one of only a small number of secondary schools nationally to hold both the Artsmark Platinum and the Youth Sports Trust Gold Award for our work in these diverse fields.

Following the school’s most recent inspection in May 2019, Ofsted said that “pupils who spoke to inspectors were effusive about their experience in school” and were are delighted that our recent inspection captured our considerable strengths in teaching, pastoral care, behaviour, pupil support and curriculum. We are pleased that these 'cornerstones' of high quality education remain strong at the school.


This is an exciting time to join SWECET. 2020 will see the Trust grow to 6 schools with the opening of the new Orsett Heath Academy which will grow to accommodate 1200 pupils. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce. 

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

• Competitive salaries with a defined benefit pension scheme

• Personalised CPD plan supporting your professional development and career progression

• Comprehensive training and development opportunities supported by the Thurrock Teaching School 

• A health and wellbeing package  

• Reduced gym membership at the school

• Relocation package including up to 6 months’ free accommodation  

• Two week October half term

If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Headteacher or arrange a visit, please email

South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Service.

More about William Edwards School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Stifford Clays Road, Grays, Essex, RM16 3NJ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1375 486 000
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SWECET is a growing, cross phase Multi Academy Trust, established in 2015 to serve the needs of its communities.  SWECET currently has three ‘Good’ primary schools, one ‘Outstanding’ secondary and one ‘RI’ Secondary that joined the Trust in Apri...