A suitably qualified and experienced teacher of English is required for September 2017 to manage lead and manage our successful and supportive department. The Associate Head of English will be supported by, and work closely with the Director of English. It is anticipated that the main area of direct responsibility will be for Key Stage 4 or A level, although this is negotiable depending on individual strengths and interests. However, this role is a wide-ranging leadership role and the postholder will set departmental priorities, manage the department on a daily basis and coordinate the work of all English teachers. The English department is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning for all students. This is therefore an ideal opportunity for an ambitious teacher wishing to develop leadership skills further in a friendly, supportive and positive environment.
Harlington Upper School is a large, successful upper school with a strong local reputation for high levels of student achievement. The school was established in 1974 and has sustained very good levels of performance for many years. Our Ofsted inspection of October 2013 confirmed that we are a good school with many strengths. We are continuing to grow our already successful school into an outstanding one.
We have a unique location in Mid Bedfordshire. We are placed in the heart of a rural environment but have strong urban links. Harlington is one mile from junction 12 of the M1 and has a train station with commuter routes to London and the Midlands.
There are currently approximately 1300 students in the school, including over 300 in the sixth-form. Students join the school in year 9 after attending one of three main feeder middle schools.
Standards and achievement are high. In summer 2016 74% of our students gained 5+ GCSE A*-C grades (65% including English and Maths). At A level 45% of all grades were at A*-B and our A-Level pass rate is 97.2%, However we are not complacent and recognise that we can achieve even more. We continually reflect on how we are doing and work to make further improvements.
Our priorities for improvement are focused firmly on developing teaching and learning within a developmental and supportive environment.