Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), London

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Ark Elvin AcademyLondon

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Ark Main Pay scale (£29,377 - £39,982) and TLR2B (£4,442)
Contract term: Permanent

Do you ‘dare for greatness’? Come and join a team who are really making a difference…  

At Ark Elvin Academy we are working hard to give all our pupils an excellent education and are looking for committed teachers and support staff to join us at this exciting stage in our school improvement journey. In June 2017 we came out of special measures and now our team of enthusiastic, high expectations staff are doing what it takes to rapidly improve our school and deliver the outstanding education our community needs and deserves. We are committed to ensuring teachers can focus on teaching and have the opportunity to refine and develop their practice in the classroom and develop their leadership skills – we have twice as many training days as is standard and weekly professional development for all staff.  

We are looking to recruit a talented and creative head of MFL to deliver exceptional teaching and learning, develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of our pupils and help them to achieve excellent results. We are looking for someone who will inspire and enthuse our pupils and establish a thriving MFL department at the heart of our school.  

In recruiting for our Head of MFL we are seeking the following from applicants: 

  • A degree in a modern foreign language, good A levels, or the equivalent. Our main language in our key stage 3 curriculum is French so any candidate should feel confident about teaching this to at least Key Stage 4 and be excited about developing a broader language offer the department grows 
  • A commitment to our school improvement process 
  • A growth mindset 
  • High standards of professionalism 
  • Record of high quality teaching and evidence of supporting students to make beyond expected progress 
  • The potential to be an exceptional leader  

You will become part of a close knit professional community of enthusiastic colleagues who benefit from the training, guidance and support from both the Ark network, one of the country’s top performing school groups and our North London region of schools where we work closely with a number of outstanding schools; including Ark John Keats Academy, King Solomon Academy, Ark Academy and Ark Burlington Danes Academy.  We are a large non-selective secondary school in the London borough of Brent, with excellent transport links to central London.  

In January we moved into our long awaited brand new school building with state of the art facilities. We know that with the right people we can use these to drive the success our pupils deserve.     

We passionately believe in our six pillars and they drive all our thinking and our school improvement at Elvin:  

Strong Discipline  

Calm, purpose and order are established through the consistency of expectations and explicit teaching of discipline.     

High Quality Teaching  

Teachers are subject experts with an excellent understanding of the intellectual journey they are taking their pupils on and have mastery in effective teaching skills.     

Mastery Curriculum  

Our curriculum design enables pupils to make rapid progress and develop a framework of knowledge and understanding in each subject area that provides a solid foundation for further study.     

Raising aspirations and enrichment  

Pupils understand the opportunities that a school and university education will afford them in terms of careers and quality of life. Pupils develop their passions and interests through our extensive enrichment programme.     

Character development  

Pupils develop the characteristics that support their academic achievement, create thoughtful citizens and allow them to make reflective choices over their personal lives.     

Developing leaders  

All members of staff see themselves as leaders within an aligned community of professionals and are systematically trained in best practice. 

We create high performing teams to drive our school improvement. Ark Elvin is on an exciting improvement journey – join us and be part of that change.  

We encourage and welcome you to visit our school; to arrange a visit, please contact Anita Amaning on a.amaning-ampong@arkelvinacademy.org or 020 8902 6362.      

Closing date:          Monday 26 March 2018  

Interview date:       Wednesday 28 March 2018  

Start date:              September 2018  

Salary:                   Ark Main Pay scale (£29,377 - £39,982) and TLR2B (£4,442)     

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More about Ark Elvin Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Cecil Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 7DU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8902 6362
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Ark Elvin is an eight-form secondary school and sixth form in Wembley, north-west London. The school joined the Ark network in September 2014 having been placed in special measures in 2013.

Ark Elvin's school motto is Magne aude – dare for greatness....