Subject Leader of English, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

Closing date:Expiring soon

Waddesdon Church of England SchoolWaddesdon, Buckinghamshire

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: TLR 1c: £9303
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Fostering a love of literature and language enables young people to flourish and to live life to the full.

We are inviting applications for the post of Subject Leader of English at Waddesdon School.  This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team of dedicated and creative specialists who share a desire for our young people to develop and grow through their study and enjoyment of English.  The post will be of interest to aspiring or existing Subject Leaders who wish to develop professionally and personally in a supportive and happy environment.

Relationships between students and staff are excellent.  The most recent SIAMS inspection (March 2018) celebrated this in the following way: 

“Relationships are shaped by the focus on the twin values of dignity and respect.  There is a palpable sense of Waddesdon being a safe and secure place to be, of a community built on good humour, mutual support and love of self and neighbour; this is seen in lessons and around the school.”

The school is equally strong in terms of results, with a Progress 8 score of 0.73 (Well Above Average), with 83% achieving grade 4 and above in English and Maths in 2018.  Progress 8 for English was 0.69. The ALPS Progress measure places Waddesdon in the top 2% of schools nationally for A Level.

There is a very healthy uptake of English Literature A Level and a strong tradition of celebrating Speaking and Listening at the school.  Students are encouraged to read for pleasure and use our vibrant, modern library at the heart of the school.

As part of an Outstanding school, the new Subject Leader will enjoy the freedom to develop the vision and direction of the department, with the strong support of an experienced department and Leadership Team.

Waddesdon School is an oversubscribed all ability 11–18 school, set in rural Buckinghamshire.  The school is 30 minutes away from Oxford and also within easy commuting distance from Milton Keynes.  There are just under 1000 students on roll, including 250 in the Sixth Form.  The school has an excellent reputation for CPD and recognises and values the contributions of all staff.  There are realistic expectations regarding balancing family and leisure time and workload.  Governors have recently changed the Admissions Policy to include children of staff members.

Please see the attached description of the department, the full SIAMS report, and our termly newsletter, The Waddesdon Voice.   Testimonials from our staff about the culture and ethos of our school can be found on our website 

If you would like to arrange a visit or a phone conversation, please contact

An application pack is available to download from the website or by following the links below.

Please return all applications to

Closing date for applications:  Tuesday 23rd April (12pm)

Waddesdon School 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 undertake an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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More about Waddesdon Church of England School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: School Lane, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LQ, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1296 651382
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