We are seeking to appoint an outstanding English leader, who is passionate about the teaching and learning of the subject and who has the vision, commitment and determination to continue raising standards across all levels and abilities.
Reporting to the Assistant Headteacher for English and Literacy, you will have day to day operational responsibility for the English and Media Faculty. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone with leadership experience to step up to a very high profile position and to not only lead those whose remit it is to accelerate progress, but also to further develop your own leadership skills. This role would suit someone whose ambition is to become Assistant Headteacher in the future. You will lead the Deputy and Assistant Subject Leaders who have specific responsibilities within the faculty. You will also attend Faculty Leader meetings, challenge and support staff within the faculty and ensure day to day provision within the faculty is of the highest quality.
Our expectations are high at Whickham School, and we make no secret of that. We expect dedication and commitment from all staff and being the best you can be is central to our ethos. We believe that what we do at Whickham School is vital to improving the life changes of the young people in the community that we serve. We ask for everyone to achieve beyond expectations, and to do that we offer significant investment in staff with timetabled collaborative planning and CPD time.
You will be given autonomy to make operational decisions in this role and you will also be given the support to develop your strategic vision through working with an Assistant Headteacher. Whickham is a large and successful school in Gateshead with over 1500 students including approximately 300 in the sixth form, which is one of the most successful in the region with 58% of grades being A* or A grade in the 2017 exams. KS4 results are good and P8 is currently 0.06. Achievement in English has historically been strong but in 2017 results dipped. Current learners are performing well and projections for 2018 are strong. Behaviour is good at the school and we have eager students who also engage in our wide range of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities. Many of our students progress into our sixth form and performance in academic and vocational qualifications in KS5 is a real strength.
If you think you have the passion, energy and drive to help us become even better, please apply. Informal visits are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Nicola Graham, HR & Administration Manager on (0191 4960026 ext 205) to arrange this. If successful you will have to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure.