Head of English, Oxfordshire

Closing date:

Wheatley Park SchoolOxfordshire
Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Teacher Main Scale or UPS if post threshold + TLR1(2) (£9928.00)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Wheatley Park School

Everyone Learning - Everyone Caring

11-18 Academy and member of the River Learning Trust

1090 on roll   184 Sixth Form

Head of English

+TLR1(2) (£9928.00)

From September 2020 

Due to the promotion of our previous Head of English we are looking for a new leader to further develop English at Wheatley Park School. You will be working with a skilled department team who have recently enjoyed making significant improvements to English results at the school. We have a truly comprehensive intake, and we work hard to narrow the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. At the same time, we also challenge our high-attaining pupils, ensuring that they have the precise knowledge, and the love of the subject, necessary to thrive at A Level and university.

The ideal candidate will be a confident and successful teacher and leader who has a passion for learning, high standards and the ability to galvanise and motivate a team. You will be a strategic thinker, and you will enjoy drawing on best practice from research and from wider trends in pedagogy to give our pupils the very best teaching in English. You will be someone who can build a team ethos of mutual challenge and support, and a culture of ambition and ‘going the extra mile’.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right person: the friendly team has skill, experience and commitment, and our students are engaging and positive. The English Centre, opened in 2008, is a truly stunning centre of learning, where English and our school library enjoy their own dedicated building. The school has recently set up the Accelerated Reader programme, and the library is run by our experienced librarian, growing a vibrant culture of reading and creative writing at the school. 

You will be able to make your mark positively and we will help you to develop as a leader, preparing you for a more senior post in time. As the school is part of the River Learning Trust, you will have access to up-to-date training on subject pedagogy and leadership, enabling you to develop your practice alongside the team. In order to achieve this, you will have the time to fulfil the demands of the post, and you will have access to administrative support.

Situated just east of Oxford on a unique parkland site, Wheatley Park School is a successful 11- 18 academy with a stimulating, comprehensive intake. Our vision is to be a sustainably outstanding school in accordance with our values of Everyone Learning and Everyone Caring. 

Our school is part of the River Learning Trust; our collective vision is to be a Trust where pupils and staff thrive in schools which demonstrate:

● all-round education, academic success, lifelong learning and strength of character

● sustainable continuous improvement; no school standing still

● all schools being good and outstanding, or improving rapidly

● collaboration that is raising standards, and reducing workload

● where pupils, staff, parents and communities value all we do to support the best possible outcomes and experiences for our children and young people

If you would like to know more, or arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Pat Mason (HR Manager) on 01865 877634 or by email to pmason@wheatleypark.org.  Full details can be found on our website: www.wheatleypark.org  Applications for this post can only be accepted via the TES website. To find out more about the River Learning Trust, please visit www.riverlearningtrust.org.

Wheatley Park School and the River Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and preventing extremism.  All staff are expected to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. The River Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our schools’ community. 

Closing date:  9am Friday 27 March 2020                                                                               

Interview date: W/C 30 March 2020 (depending on the current public health situation)                                                                                                

Wheatley Park School,  Holton, Oxford, OX33 1QH

Tel: 01865 872441  Fax: 01865 877666



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