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Head of Sixth Form

Goresbrook SchoolBarking and Dagenham

Head of Sixth Form

Full time

Competitive salary (above Inner London)

Required from September 2021

Do you want to be part of a team that transform the lives of young people?

As a new all-through school, Goresbrook School is attempting to do the seemingly impossible; ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the real option to succeed at a top university. Goresbrook School is an exciting new school that opened in 2016. Tenacious in approach, our team are committed to transforming the lives of students and do so through unwavering belief, positivity, creativity, hard work and collaboration. Many of us are TeachFirst Ambassadors but regardless of our how we came into the profession we are all determined to leave a lasting legacy.

Teaching is an art form. It requires an unrelenting dedication to refining your craft. This is at the core of everything we do at Goresbrook. For this reason, it is a very special place to work. All of us are passionate about growing (getting better at what we do through careful reflection and deep thought). All of us are committed to working as a team (we know that far more can be achieved through working together). We each have an unrelenting belief that the stubborn link between poverty and academic achievement can be overcome through the creation of an exceptional school.

We are looking to appoint a committed Head of Sixth Form to lead us into a new and exciting stage of Goresbrook’s growth. The successful candidate will understand that establishing a Sixth Form for the first time brings with it a unique and exciting opportunity. The Head of Sixth form will provide clarity and purpose through their leadership, ensuring students get the real option to study at the best universities in this country. They will lead Year 11 pupils as they enter our founding Year 12 cohort and retain an unrelenting focus on ensuring that access the quality of teaching is of the highest possible standard. This is a rare opportunity to shape a Sixth Form for years to come. The ideal candidate will need to be an exceptional teacher, thrive in a fast past environment, by highly personable and relish the chance to build and create a provision that will have a lasting impact on the lives of our students for years to come.

What we offer as a school:

- Clear purpose. We are all here to make a real difference to students lives

- Lots of opportunities to observe others and receive feedback. We have an open door policy and place Teaching and Learning at the centre of what we do. We never grade lessons and all feedback is developmental

- An environment in which student behaviour is exemplary. Teachers can teach and students can learn

- Curriculums that are designed in order for pupils to achieve mastery of both content and skills. We have a strong focus on core knowledge and use cutting-edge insights from cognitive science and educational research to ensure that content is retained over time

- Year groups of 120 students. We are a small school and pride ourselves on knowing our students

- Very minimum of two hours curriculum time for each subject area allowing teachers to know students next steps

- Weekly in-school CPD, including a tailored NQT programme

- External CPD programmes, including NPQML and NPQSL

- Opportunities for promotion and development

We currently have 600 students from year 7 to year 11 and we will continue to grow until we are at full capacity. Next year we open our brand new Sixth Form. If are an outstanding experienced teacher looking for a new challenge, you will play a key part in the School’s development.  You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school for many years to come.

If you align with our vision, values, and are committed to ensuring that ‘disadvantaged’ does not dictate educational outcomes, then you will greatly enjoy working at Goresbrook.

You are very welcome to visit us, even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 20 minutes on the tube from Mile End, and just 15 minutes’ drive from East London.

If you would like an informal discussion with the Principal to find out more about the role and school before applying, please contact Megan Harris ( or alternatively you can email any questions or queries to HR (

Closing date: 19th April 2021

Interviews: TBC

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

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