Director of English, Leeds

Closing date:

John Smeaton AcademyLeeds

Date posted:
Start date: Easter 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Teacher scale up to £41,158 +TLR1 (£7,853-£13,288 Salary to be negotiated on an individual basis)
Contract term: Permanent

About the role:

John Smeaton Academy are seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and influential Director of English to lead our current department. We are looking for someone who can provide outstanding leadership or quickly develop their leadership to ensure that learning and progress in all areas within English improve on our 2018 results.

This role may ideally suit someone who is looking to make the step into middle leadership or who is looking to build upon their current experience and success at that level.

We will only consider candidates who can evidence a strong track record of success and who have made a significant impact on the lives and education of the children they teach. This will need to be demonstrated in your application and be clearly evident at interview.

What we can offer you:

  • Excellent facilities and resources.
  • Access to an outstanding professional development programme including in-house MA.
  • A chance to become part of one of the largest groups of academies in the country.
  • Caring, dedicated and friendly students who want to learn and fulfil their potential.
  • Colleagues who are supportive, friendly and who are committed to each other’s professional development.
  • Opportunities to be creative and to inspire your students.

In return, we are looking for:

  • A teacher with strong leadership qualities who can evidence significant progress and attainment from their students over a protracted period of time.
  • Someone who shares our moral purpose of ensuring that all of our young people receive the best education possible in a supportive environment from people who care about them.
  • Someone who is resilient, dynamic and passionate about improving the life chances of all children in our community.


If you possess these qualities and share the academy’s vision, then we will be delighted to hear from you. Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for further information.

About the School:

  • An 11-18, United Learning academy.
  • 883 students inclusive of VI form.
  • Our whole-school ethos of ‘the best in everyone’ underpins our core values of ambition, confidence, creativity, respect, enthusiasm and determination. Our aim is to send every student out into the world instilled with these values, as well as the right knowledge, skills and qualifications, so that they are ready to play their part in it.

To Apply

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Closing Date: Monday 14 January 2019 at 9am

Interviews: to be arranged later the same week

Where teaching is better shared

John Smeaton Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Smeaton Approach, Barwick Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8TA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 8313900
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John Smeaton Academy is a comprehensive school serving the east of Leeds with excellent educational facilities recently built under the Government’s ‘Building School’s for the Future’ initiative. In addition to the main school...