The Headmaster is looking to appoint a high achieving graduate to teach and lead English and Drama, within a highly successful department. The current timetable allocation is of full time equivalent. The successful candidate will have genuine enthusiasm and passion for English and Drama and capable of teaching bright A-level pupils. They should be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, and to lead the department in providing and delivering excellent teaching.
The English and Drama Department take pride in their teaching. They are team players and are committed to literature and the creative imagination in all its forms, and the results are consistently very good. The School are looking for a lively, dedicated and passionate teacher with an excellent subject knowledge and understanding of the specification requirements of IGCSE (C.I.E.English) and with an interest and ability to line-manage the teaching of AQA GCSE Drama, and AQA Theatre Studies in particular. In recent years King’s has achieved amongst its best ever GCSE results, and the department has played its part in that progress even though the school opted for the difficult IGCSE spec a few years ago. In 2016, for example, the department secured 84% A*-B grades in literature and very few candidates failed to get at least a C grade in language. Results at A-Level are consistently strong with about 10 students each year taking A2 and an average of 70% getting A*- B grades; in 2016 the results were 80% AB grades.
The Department of English and Drama is a happy and very supportive one in which to work. It consists of 4 full-time members of staff and one part-time member of staff, and has particularly close links with the excellent library staff and the Learning Skills Department. Pupil and parental expectations are high and the staff work very hard, and are pleased with not only some outstanding recent results, but also a tradition of excellent performance drama. The department has fairly recently introduced IGCSE English and English literature. At A-Level the department follows the new OCR literature specification, and students regularly go on to read English at good universities. The School’s drama has always had a particularly high reputation with some landmark productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar in Gloucester Cathedral and recent musicals like West Side Story in the local theatre. The School has a very fine tradition of excellent productions, recently staging Brecht’s Mother Courage, The Crucible and the Real Inspector Hound to much acclaim. At the heart of all we do there is a love of teaching and of literature and language that we seek to inspire in our pupils at all levels. We are proud and particularly pleased by our success in Drama with 3 pupils achieving RADA places and 1 pupil at Bristol Old Vic in recent years.
The department operates dedicated independent reading periods for all pupils, runs book and literacy clubs, takes part in whole School enrichment, regularly invites visiting speakers and takes countless trips to the theatre. The department are always open to fresh ideas, and new challenges. The department meet regularly and are constantly revising and renewing the curriculum as well as seeking and sharing ways to develop their skills as practitioners. The School is looking for someone who has a passion for teaching English and literature, is prepared to work very hard as part of a team but also who can bring their own ideas to the subject. Whilst there is a lot of interest in English and drama in the School, not all find it easy and it is important that candidates are as consistent in their willingness to differentiate as they are to inspire the most able. The department are especially keen to improve important foundation work and some core literacy teaching for those who do not need Learning Support but who find some of the basic skills hard. The School is in no doubt that whoever comes would find the English and Drama department to be supportive and very willing to share experiences of both teaching and the School, but ready too to tackle new initiatives.
Candidates should apply by completing the application form and a letter of application. A CV is not required. Applications should be addressed to:
The Headmaster, The King’s School, Gloucester, GL1 2BG.
The King’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.