Head of French, Greenford

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

William Perkin CofE High SchoolGreenford

Date posted:
Start date: To start 28th August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main Professional Grade (MPS/UPS) plus TLR 2a (£2,721)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for a Head of French to join our outstanding school as we grow into our seventh year. William Perkin Church of England High School opened as a Free School in September 2013 with its first intake of Year 7 students, and now has six year groups (7 - 12) totalling almost 1,160 students. The school is rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted (June 2015) and SIAMS (October 2016) and is oversubscribed on first choice applicants. We offer French, German, Spanish, and some Latin, and this role is most suited to applicants who can teach French to A Level and, ideally, a second language to GCSE. 

The new Head of French will be responsible for ensuring that achievement in French is outstanding at all key stages, with robust curriculum and assessment frameworks, and a variety of extracurricular opportunities, to support this.

As language specialism schools, William Perkin and Ada Lovelace place languages as central to their curriculum. All students have languages every day and languages is compulsory at GCSE which means that the students make excellent progress. Our results at GCSE this year were outstanding, the school as a whole came 8th in the country for Progress 8, and the language department was no exception, coming comfortably in the top 5% of similar schools nationally (Fisher Family Trust data). Out of 174 entries with a mixed ability cohort, 40% of our students achieved Grade 7 and above; 65% achieved grade 5 and above and 78% achieved grade 4 and above – well above national averages. The value placed on languages in the school is evident in our A level numbers – our Sixth Form opened in September 2018 and we currently have 22 students studying languages at A level. All languages are offered at A Level. 

We additionally run extracurricular Language provision including offering wider languages (from Mandarin to Ancient Greek), national competitions such as the UK Linguistics Olympiad and Foreign Language Spelling Bee, TAFAL project, and clubs around History, Film, Literature and Drama. The Twyford Trust Languages Specialism also provides a range of exciting and collaborative ventures, and this year we are running trips to Normandy, Madrid, Berlin, Rouen and Mönchengladbach. 

You are warmly invited to visit us and see for yourself what an outstanding school William Perkin is. To arrange a visit, please email the Head of Languages, Emily Lewis, at elewis@williamperkin.org.uk  

For more information about the schools please visit the Twyford Trust, William Perkin and Ada Lovelace websites. For more information about the role please see the Job Description on the Twyford Trust website by clicking on Apply.

We offer: 

  • Exceptional professional development and career progression
  • Positive working relationships at all levels
  • A supportive and lively Leadership Team.


How to apply

Please visit the Vacancies page of the Twyford Trust website by clicking on Apply for more information about how to apply, and to download a Job description, Application Form and Letter to Applicants.

Applications must be submitted to HR/Recruitment at Twyford School by the closing date and time below. They can be posted to Twyford Church of England Academies Trust, c/o Twyford Church of England School, Twyford Crescent, Acton, London W3 9PP or emailed to recruitment@twyford.ealing.sch.uk Please do not submit applications by fax.

Closing date: Noon, Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Interview date: tbc 

The Twyford Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undergo the child protection screening appropriate to the post, including an enhanced disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and references from previous employers. For more information about the DBS please see https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check 

You will also be expected to sign and adhere to the school’s SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE and SAFE WORKING PRACTICE AGREEMENT which is available as a download on the school website Vacancies page.



More about William Perkin CofE High School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8PR, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 832 8950
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