Key Stage 4 English Coordinator
Required from September 2021 (or possibility of an Easter start)
Main Scale or Upper Pay Scale (Outer London) plus TLR2B (£4,536)
Disruption free classrooms? Polite and respectful students? A supportive and highly visible SLT? Join Kingsley Academy, fast becoming one of the most impressive schools in the country.
Kingsley Academy has undoubtedly had a chequered past, since opening as an academy in April 2013. Poor Ofsted inspections, low exam results and a high turnover of Headteachers and staff meant that our school never really realised its potential. However in February 2019, our current Headteacher joined the academy, and our school has been through an impressive renaissance. In just 12 months, our school has completely transformed and is now unrecognisable. We are now an Ofsted ‘Good’ school for the first time in our school’s history. Inspectors visited in October 2019 and stated that ‘the school has rapidly transformed in a short period of time, behaviour is consistently strong and a culture of respect, collaboration and mutual support permeates the school’. We are now also in the Top 14% of schools nationally for Progress 8, a remarkable feat, given that only 18 months ago our school was one of the lowest performing in London.
About our school:
At Kingsley Academy, we believe in morally driven education, and our staff and students model our academy ‘DNA’. The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team are highly visible, proactive and ‘walk the talk’, teach key exam groups, and own whole school behaviour and culture. We operate a centralised approach towards behaviour. This means that we do not expect our teachers to have to run detentions or make negative phone calls home. That is all done centrally by the Senior and Pastoral teams. Our staff and students deserve disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day and we support our teachers to make this a reality. Want to see what this looks like in reality? Then take a look at our school tour, which shows a typical day at the academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWflMm0kUJQ&t=1s
At Kingsley we also believe in ensuring that teaching is a sustainable profession. By this we mean that we eliminate unnecessary meetings and pointless paper tasks and instead put our time and energy into pedagogy, curriculum and supporting our students to achieve exceptional outcomes. We know that this is key to unlocking the very brightest futures for them. We run after school intervention every day for our Year 11 students, with all staff expected to contribute to an after school session once per week. In return we promise to reduce meetings and after school events unless they are absolutely necessary, and in particular have refined our school calendar so that between December and April, our sole focus can be supporting our students with their studies and readiness for their examinations.
At Kingsley staff work hard, but we work in a collaborative, open and supportive way. We invest in staff development and work with colleagues to overcome any barriers or challenges that they may face.
An absolute strength of our school are our students. Visitors to our school (including supply teachers on the rare occasion that they visit) comment on our students’ polite and respectful attitudes, impressive behaviour and thirst for learning. Low level disruption is extremely rare and our students are committed to their learning. We believe in disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day.
Our aim is to establish Kingsley as ‘a school at the heart of our community, developing knowledge, ambition and kindness to prepare students for success at university and the world beyond’. We are passionate about achieving social justice for our students and believe firmly that it should not be about where you come from that determines how successful you are in life.
About the role:
An exciting position has become available for a talented English teacher to join us as Key Stage 4 Coordinator. The successful candidate will need to teach English Language and Literature to Key Stage 4 and ideally will be open to teaching A Level English Literature in the future. This is an important role as the successful candidate will take a lead on developing schemes of learning across Key Stage 4 and will work closely with the Director of Faculty to ensure that progress and attainment at Key Stage 4 is in line with targets, putting in place intervention as required. The successful candidate will also play a role in evaluating the quality of teaching at Key Stage 4 and should have a track record of successful GCSE outcomes. This is an ideal role for an aspirant Head of Department, as it allows the successful candidate to work alongside an experienced Director of Faculty and have high levels of impact on GCSE outcomes. The English & Film team are incredibly hard working, supportive and welcoming.
We are seeking someone who is:
- an excellent teacher
- passionate about their subject
- has high levels of integrity
- believes in the value and benefit of a knowledge rich curriculum
- hard working and solution focused
- a team player and has a sense of humour
- believes passionately in the transformative power of education to change students lives
In exchange, we can offer you:
- A happy and harmonious school community, where staff are valued and respected (in our most recent staff survey 96% of staff said that they enjoy working at the school)
- A two week October half term break (staff work hard and deserve the break!)
- A centralised behaviour system - no detentions, no negative phone calls home!
- A sensible approach to meetings - if they don’t need to happen, we don’t have them..
- A dedicated staff wellbeing coordinator and working party
- A centralised approach to planning, to ensure that we are all sharing our resources and minimising workload
- A strong professional learning offer, with pathways to middle leadership
- A teaching Headteacher and Senior Team who walk the talk and are approachable, visible and proactive
- An epic Christmas Party and Summer Barbecue!
- If this sounds like a good fit, then we encourage you to apply for this fantastic role.
Closing date: Friday 29th of January 2021
Interview date: Week beginning 1st of February 2021 (These may be held in a socially distanced manner at the academy, subject to National COVID restrictions or online)
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- Mainstream school with state - academy funding
- Secondary School
- Students of mixed gender, age 11 - 18 years
Disruption free classrooms? Polite and respectful students? A supportive and highly visible SLT? Kingsley Academy is fast becoming one of the most impressive schools in the country and is now in the Top 14% of schools nationally for progre...