Director of Learning for English, Burton on Trent, DE13 0LL

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The de Ferrers AcademyBurton on Trent, DE13 0LL

Date posted:
Start date: November 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS +TLR 1.2 (£9,661)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

About Us

We are proud to base our approach to learning on an “Aspire and Achieve” ethos. We benefit from a strong local reputation which is the reason we have increased our admission number to 410. Our expansion has been facilitated by the acquisition of a third site for our popular Sixth Form in the town centre. This has led to a re-organisation of our students, with Year 7 and Year 8 educated at the Dove Campus and Years 9-11 at the Trent Campus, which are half a mile apart. 

We were delighted by our January 2017 Ofsted inspection which emphasised the outstanding aspects of our work, including high levels of progress and attainment. We value our staff team, and this is reflected in the wide range of professional development opportunities which are offered both internally and externally. In recent years, we have developed an international reputation for learning technologies, becoming both an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre; we provide a 1-to-1 iPad programme for all students in Year 9 - Year 13.

The Department

Literature and reading are central to the teaching of English at de Ferrers, though of course, much emphasis is placed on writing too: students are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. Wherever possible, members of the team are encouraged to teach the full spectrum of age and ability. Recent Ofsted reports commented on the “lively teaching which predominates within the area” and noted that the atmosphere in lessons is “busy and productive”. Ofsted also found that “Pupils make rapid progress from their starting points in all years and across almost all subjects, including English” and “in 2016, students made significantly better than average progress in English language.”

For the external examinations, the AQA GCSE is followed in both English Language and English Literature. At A Level, EdExcel English Literature and EdExcel English Language are taught. The Media course is delivered at both KS4 and KS5 by English practitioners. Examination performance has been consistently very good, reflecting the strength of an experienced team which nurtures new entrants to the profession.

The Role

You will be highly qualified and able to support in the promotion of excellent standards of student learning, achievement, progress, attainment and behaviour through working effectively and collaboratively. Passionate about your specialist subject, you will seek to positively impact your field and Academy. 

In Return

We strive to be an Employer of Choice and are committed to the wellbeing and development of colleagues. You will join a supportive, warm and friendly community and enjoy an excellent benefits package, which includes: 

  • Cycle to Work Scheme;
  • Taste Card;
  • discounts for days out, shopping, holidays and much more, with different offers each month;
  • access to a fully fitted fitness suite, located on-site. 


The Next Step

All prospective candidates are very welcome to tour our Academy and meet with members of the faculty as well as with our students. We are situated on the rural outskirts of Burton upon Trent, within easy access of Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby. 

This role offers an exceptional opportunity to the successful candidate. If you wish to join this dynamic Academy, we look forward to hearing from you. Find out more by clicking here.

Closing date: 9.00am on Thursday, 10th October 2019

Interview date: Wednesday, 16th October 2019  

You must complete an application form to be considered. Due to safeguarding reasons, we cannot accept CVs.

If you do not hear back after five working days from closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage. 

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK. 



More about The de Ferrers Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Trent Campus, St. Mary's Drive, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0LL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1283 247700