Head of English Department, Wiltshire

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Melksham Oak Community SchoolWiltshire

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Start date: 01 January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £46,429 - £51,233 per annum
Contract term: Permanent


Salary Grade: L7 - L11
Salary Band: £46,429 - £51,233 per annum
Location: Melksham Oak Community School
Contract Type: All year round
Contract Term: Permanent
Closing Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Interview Date: 22 October 2019
Hours: 32.5 pw
Start: 01 January 2020

About the Opportunity

We are seeking an outstanding Head of Department with the vision, passion and energy to deliver excellence for our students: someone who will share our passion for English; who will bring a clear vision and new ideas and who will embrace the culture of sharing that we foster.

 Are you an outstanding teacher of English with the passion and motivation to lead a large team of teachers and inspire young people?
Are you innovative, creative and forward thinking, with the desire to expand and progress in your own continued professional development into a Head of Department role? Maybe you’re already an exceptional leader?

We want to recruit a fantastic Head of English who can inspire a passion for the subject and make a difference to the lives of our students.  If you know you’ve got the skillset, experience and know-how to lead and develop the English team – we need you.

With a new Principal, two new Vice-Principals and a clearly defined direction of travel, this is an incredibly exciting time to join Melksham Oak.

Melksham Oak is a school that aims to prepare our students for the future. Our curriculum offers a balance of vocational and academic learning which is tailored towards our students’ needs. We believe that teachers should have really high expectations and we support our staff practically to do this with strong behaviour structures and clear lines of support to a leadership team that is fully involved in the quality of teaching across the academy.

You could be part of a hub of schools within a growing Multi Academy Trust which is moving from strength to strength and expanding at a positive, steady rate. You could have access to a network of like-minded professionals across the Trust. We will support you locally within our school, and across the Trust, ensuring you have access to:

  • An attractive working environment with excellent facilities and supportive families;
  • A committed, hardworking and supportive team;
    100% focus on improving outcomes for the children in our school;
  • Well-resourced classrooms;
  • Students with a passion for learning;
  • Varied links and involvement with the local community;
  • Fantastic CPD opportunities through our tailored CPD programme;
  • Recognition of previous school continuous service.

Visits to the Academy are welcome, in fact – encouraged: please do come and meet some of the staff and our students to see for yourself! Please contact us directly on 01225 792700 to make an appointment.

TWHF communicate openly and include our members of the Trust. Attached you can download our Little Green Book of visions & values and Benefits booklet to see how this fits for you and review the exciting things you could look forward to if successful. More information about the Academy can be found on our website: www.melkshamoak.wilts.sch.uk


We know that your role requires you to put a lot of time and effort into it and because of this we believe you should be rewarded. As a White Horse Federation employee you will have access to benefits listed below.

Some benefits are accessible by all staff irrespective of their contract type (T). Some are only eligible to permanent (P) employees following a successful probation period as noted:

  • Car Purchase scheme (P)
  • Reward Gateway discounts (P&T)
  • Cashback healthcare plan (P)
  • Discounted gym membership scheme (P&T)
  • Hire purchase Cycle to Work scheme (P)
  • Free and confidential advice, information and counselling service (P&T)
  • Excellent Pension scheme (P&T)

Why Work With Us

 The White Horse Federation (TWHF) is a not-for-profit multi-academy trust that supports and sponsors many primary, secondary and special schools across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Its shared vision for excellence through partnership means it is also committed to keeping the best of what makes a local school great – in other words, the type of schools where TWHF colleagues would be proud to send their own children.

TWHF combines a relentless drive for academic excellence with a shared moral purpose and shared values, while ensuring that fun and happiness are a key attribute of each of its schools. TWHF believes that partnership-working with its schools, pupils and their parents, as well as the wider community, helps creates the best possible outcomes for all children.

TWHF empowers its colleagues through support, training and career opportunities to recruit and retain outstanding staff who are leaders in their field. That way TWHF can ensure that every student achieves their full potential, regardless of background, culture, heritage or ability.

The White Horse Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful for this position you will be expected to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before appointment is confirmed. References will be sought on shortlisted candidates before interview.

More about Melksham Oak Community School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Bowerhill, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6QZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1225 792700
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