Department Leader for English, Essex

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William Edwards SchoolEssex
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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPR/UPR + TLR 1D. R&R allowance also avaliable for the right candidate.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Pay Range: MPR/UPR +TLR 1D (Fringe) Recruitment and Retention Allowance available for the right candidate

Position Start Date: September 2020

Contract Type:  Full-time

Contract Term: Permanent 

Application Close:  Wednesday 1st April 2020 

We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and skilled classroom practitioner with a passion for English to lead a strong team to even greater heights. The department consistently achieve outstanding results and we wish to appoint an exceptional individual who has the necessary drive, expertise and inspirational attributes to improve outcomes further. English outcomes at Key Stage 4 are strong with 88% of pupils gaining either English Literature or Language at grade 4 in 2019.  At grade 5 the figure was 69%

The applicant must be able to nurture a passion for studying Language and Literature at all levels of ability and be an individual committed to the highest expectations of attainment for all. The English curriculum is well considered and provides an extremely solid base from which to extend the ‘inspirational learning’ mantra of the school. English classrooms are well resourced with an innovative design to facilitate collaborative and active learning. 

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership skills and lead a strong department in a supportive and dynamic school and Trust. 

Why William Edwards School?

William Edwards is a large, successful, harmonious and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. The Thurrock Teaching School Alliance is based at the school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong. 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. 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 we 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 eventually 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 in an expanding Trust.

• Comprehensive training and development opportunities supported by Thurrock Teaching School 

• A health and wellbeing package  

• Reduced gym membership at a Trust 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
Address: Stifford Clays Road, Grays, Essex, RM16 3NJ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1375 486 000