Subject Leader - Society and Culture (Humanities & MFL) (evolving to head of faculty), Oxfordshire

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Swan SchoolOxfordshire

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2(3) (increasing to TLR 1(2))
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Swan School, Oxford

Subject Leader - Society and Culture (Humanities & MFL)

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of starting an exceptional comprehensive school. As a founding member of The Swan’s team, you will help to build the foundations of an outstanding school from the ground up. As subject leader for Society and Culture, you will lead the humanities and modern languages curriculum areas.  Recruiting your own team of outstanding staff, you will establish a world-class curriculum, teaching and learning practices, and enrichment, ensuring that all students achieve the best possible outcomes (both academic and personal).

This role will start as a subject leader but will evolve to a head of faculty role as the school and your team grow.  This is likely to be in September 2021.

The Swan School is a free school opening in September 2019 as part of the River Learning Trust (RLT). When fully subscribed it will have approximately 1200 students on the roll, of whom around 300 will be in the Sixth Form. Learning from the most successful approaches at the best schools, The Swan School will provide a uniquely challenging and structured experience in a caring and disciplined environment. The ethos will be academic; we regard an excellent academic education as the entitlement of all young people, no matter what their background or previous experiences of learning. Students will be inspired and nurtured, acquiring the knowledge and skills to think critically and creatively. They will learn to be confident, resilient and ambitious, and will have high expectations in terms of their own achievements and their contribution to wider society.  

The successful candidate will share our ambitions for our students. You will relish the challenge of creating a new school that will be different to other comprehensive schools in the city. You will be a highly motivated team player with leadership potential, a creative thinker who is unafraid to try new approaches, and a reflective practitioner, keen to continue learning in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for our students.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to me about this post, please contact the  River Learning Trust central office via or on 01865 558727.

Please visit to find out more about working at The Swan and to register interest in attending our information event for prospective staff on Wednesday 20th March.

Applications for this post should be made through the TES recruitment portal.  Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the application process.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 28th March at 9.00am

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 1st April

The Swan School and the River Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism; all staff are expected to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. The Swan School is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a range of ethnic backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our school community.

The Swan School is a free school managed by The River Learning Trust, which is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500.  Registered Office: The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, OXFORD OX2 7EE United Kingdom

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More about The Swan School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Raymund Road, Marston, Oxfordshire, OX3 0PG, United Kingdom
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