Director of English, Doncaster

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Ridgewood SchoolDoncaster

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Start date: September 2018 or sooner
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: TLR1c £12,215
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Salary: TLR1c £12,215

What makes Ridgewood School special?  

As a Good school with an Outstanding Sixth Form, staff and students at Ridgewood enjoy some of the very best facilities available in the country. We are enjoying a trajectory of continued success and look forward to welcoming a successful applicant who can join us on our journey. We became a standalone academy in 2011, and we are incredibly proud of the progress we have made as a school, having laid strong foundations for further improvement going forward.   

Our school motto, ‘Prepare for the road ahead’, represents our belief in preparing our staff and students for their future, not only in terms of academic achievement, but also in terms of the training, enrichment and experiences which make us all model citizens. Our school values – Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Enjoyment – underpin what we do and contribute to our ethos in everything we undertake as a school community. We set our standards high and do not compromise, because we believe in the best for everyone.  

In a year when students across the country faced the challenge of more rigorous GCSEs, our students achieved extremely well, with 69% of students gaining GCSE passes in both Maths and English, and 13 students achieving the new prestigious Grade 9, placing them in the top 3% nationally. In a year when A*s and As dropped across the country, Ridgewood’s students bucked this trend and saw more top grades than ever. 27% of students achieved 9-7 in English compared with 13.6% nationally and 22% achieved 9-7 in Maths compared with 15.5% nationally. This success was also mirrored by our outstanding A-Level results, where one in every three grades was A* or A and 90% of students went on to university education.  

Why is the role of Director of English right for you?  

The value we place on this crucial role of Director of English in our school is evidenced in:  

• Pay and status commensurate with a senior role 

• Opportunity to be part of our extended Senior Team as an Associate Assistant Headteacher 

• A reduced teaching timetable (50%) 

• Professional development designed to enhance and develop your skills and knowledge  

You will have access to an exceptional Behaviour for Learning system, driving student progress, alongside a truly outstanding, bespoke CPD programme. Our English department is thriving with excellent results, innovative T&L and teachers who have a real love for the subject.  Lessons are engaging and fast-paced, and students enjoy their learning and value the passion and commitment of their teachers. The successful applicant who joins this team will be hardworking and highly motivated. The ability to lead a team with vision and determination is also essential. We are looking for someone whose subject knowledge of English matches the quality of their pedagogy, and whose ambition for their students and staff matches their own desire for success.  

We are committed to offering the staff who work at Ridgewood every opportunity to become the best they can be. Our training packages, for staff at all stages of their careers, are second to none. As well as our Hyperion programme, designed to give teachers one-to-one coaching to develop specific aspects of their classroom practice, we also offer a range of individual and group development opportunities, so we can offer our staff a unique opportunity to develop personally and professionally. NQTs and RQTs are supported through their early years of teaching as they embed excellent classroom practice, developing and experienced teachers are prepared for positions of leadership and responsibility, and senior staff are trained to reflect on and evaluate their practice whilst simultaneously developing others. We can match training and development to everyone’s needs and wishes. 

Are you a seeking an energetic, vibrant working environment, working alongside supportive colleagues who share your passion for teaching, and a dedicated team of senior leaders committed to whole school development? If so, Ridgewood School is for you.  

For full details, to discuss the role or to request an application pack, please contact Frances Hamlet, the Head’s PA, either by email to or by phoning 01302 800482. We welcome visits from potential candidates – please contact Frances to arrange this. Application forms are available either via the TES, the Vacancies link on the school website, by email  

The closing date for this post is Monday 16th April 2018 at midday. Interviews will take place soon after. Please return your application form as soon as possible.

Ridgewood School reserve the right to close this advert prior to the closing date above.  The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. The school operates a no smoking policy.

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More about Ridgewood School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Barnsley Road, Scawsby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7UB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1302 783939
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