Are you our new Head of English? The post is full time and permanent and is available from 9 April, 4 June or 1 September 2018. The current post holder is retiring.
We are a successful and heavily oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational, Church of England, comprehensive school of over 1700 students, serving families from the whole of greater Bristol and beyond. We are located at the heart of the city and have a diverse student community with considerable parental support. Our diversity is a strength and something we celebrate. The Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre currently houses more than 600 students taken from our own school and from many other schools across the City.
The School is proud of its academic record, and 84% of grades were at grade C/Level 4 or above (up from 78%) this summer. 87% achieved a Level 4 or above (equivalent to a C) in English and Maths. Sixth Form results are also outstanding with a 99% pass rate and 81% at grade C or above. 32% got A* and A grades (up 5%). Most Sixth Form students continue on to Higher Education, including 9 taking up Oxbridge places this year.
The School was judged in January 2012 and again in April 2015 to be outstanding by Ofsted, and outstanding in our church school (SIAMS) inspection, in each and every category. Ofsted judged Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils, and Sixth Form Provision, all as Outstanding.
The English team are 14 successful, committed teachers who enjoy working collaboratively. There is a culture of reflection on the quality of teaching and learning. The English team seek to deliver lessons which challenge all students by using a full variety of active methods and excellent questioning technique. The student lies at the heart of the assessment process and there are a wide range of formative, evaluative and summative approaches to support them in their learning.
The department is well supported by a Faculty Administrator and has a large number of dedicated rooms which are mainly situated together. Leadership within the department consists of the Head of Faculty, who line manages a Second in English (TLR 2b), and staff members responsible for English at KS3 (TLR 2a), Media and Film at KS4 and KS5 (TLR 2a), and Drama/Theatre Studies. The Head of Faculty is responsible for coaching and quality assuring good leadership in these areas. In addition, a member of the English team is our Literacy Progress Coordinator (TLR2a) with a whole school brief, line managed by the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Achievement Interventions.
What we're looking for
The Head of English post is an exciting role for someone with an enthusiasm for well thought through curriculum development and a grasp of how to help staff understand and build on students’ prior knowledge to maximise progress. We would welcome a colleague with a passion for English teaching who loves to see students of all abilities enjoying the subject, learning actively and making rapid progress. We provide a variety of development opportunities including outreach to other schools. We want a reflective practitioner able to share best practice, enhance and develop existing systems, and inspire a team. We are seeking to appoint a candidate with effective leadership skills, who is also able to teach English to all the Key Stages and all abilities. The ability to teach at least one type of English A Level to KS5 standard is also essential.
Find out more about the School by visiting our website www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk.
Please return your application form, a sheet answering the questions set in our Covering Letter, and your Teaching Experience Sheet by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 10 am Monday 15 January 2018.