Head of English (Maternity), West Berkshire

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Kennet SchoolWest Berkshire

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS / UPS (£22,917 - £38,633) + TLR (£11,251)
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of English (Maternity)

Required for: January 2020 

Are you an ambitious English Teacher looking to take on a Head of Department role? We are extremely proud of our English Department and are seeking an exceptional individual to lead the team forward. We are seeking to recruit permanently, but the post of responsibility will be fixed term as a maternity cover and we will discuss ongoing leadership opportunities and development with the successful candidate during interview. 

We offer:

  • an open and collaborative community that trusts its teachers, equipping them with the skills and allowing them the freedom to act as valued professionals; 
  • generous time allocation including no tutor group allocation for Heads of core subjects;
  • outstanding facilities and resources; 
  • high quality inset days, Minimum 15% non-contact time for all teachers, bespoke 3 year induction programme for new teachers & leadership development programmes; 
  • a range of personal benefits, including Cycle to Work Scheme, on site leisure centre and an active staff social committee;
  • rigid procedures for managing behaviour;
  • an Ofsted outstanding School that believes ‘better never stops’. 

For further insight into this role and the English Department and Kennet School please view the attachments below labelled:

‘A letter from our Headteacher’ (What We Believe)

‘Letter to Applicants’ (Staff Benefits)

‘Further information about the role’

We would like you to be:

  • ready to lead a team and create a shared vision;
  • a clear communicator with strong values and sense of moral purpose;
  • able to teach English to KS4 and preferably KS5 in either Language or Literature; 
  • creative, forward thinking attitude & unapologetically passionate about your subject;
  • committed to working collaboratively as part of a team and across the school;
  • willing to think creatively and take risks in the classroom;
  • hard-working with excellent organisational skills. 

How to Apply

Click the ‘Quick Apply’ button below to complete the application form. 

The school’s successes are well documented, but we believe that it is most impressive when seen in action. We welcome enquiries and visits prior to application, so please get in touch with Chris Ellison, Deputy Headteacher for more information (cellison@kennetschool.co.uk ). 

Deadline & Interview Dates

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday, 8 July and candidates selected for interview will be informed by telephone soon after. 

Interview date: Wednesday, 10 July.

Additional Information

Kennet School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, including being subject to a full DBS check. 

More about Kennet School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Stoney Lane, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4LL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1635 862 121
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