English Teacher Full Time Fixed Term for One Year September 2018- August 2019
The Park is one of two 11-16 comprehensives in Barnstaple. Park was opened in 1972 following the re-organisation of selective education in the town, however, the origins of the school date back to 1910, with the site housing both the Boys and Girls grammar schools. Many elements of the original buildings remain and these help to link the school to its proud and strong history.
The school currently educates 1330 students, mainly from the town of Barnstaple and outlying villages. However, in recent years, the popularity of the school has meant that the geographical catchment has increased, with many students now travelling some distance to join us.
On joining the school each student is assigned to one of our 5 houses, Fortescue, Raleigh, Drake, Chichester or Kingsley. The house system is rooted in the DNA of the school with many parents and grandparents showing allegiances to a particular house. Siblings will also join the same house, meaning that the Head of House creates a strong relationship with students and families over time. Each house contains 2 tutor groups from each year group. Students recognise the strength of the house system and value this greatly. It creates a family environment within the school and leads to healthy competition in sports and other inter-house activities.
The department currently consists of twelve full time colleagues in dedicated English teaching rooms. English is taught over eight 50 minute periods per fortnight in year 7 and year 9 with 9 periods in year 8 and 10 periods in year 10 and 11. All students study GCSE English and GCSE English Literature with a small number of students additionally studying the Entry Level qualification.
The department is at the heart of the school focus on teaching and learning, with staff making regular contributions to departmental and school wide CPD.
The department is based in one of our older buildings, dating back to 1910, with each member of the team having their own classroom base. The department is located above to our Learning and Resource Centre and has access to a small office space.
The department has detailed short and long term learning plans, with resources available from our shared google drive. The team are committed to sharing ideas, resources and supporting each other including through weekly best practice sharing meetings. The department currently offers the Eduqas English Literature and English Language courses. The department has seen an improvement in outcomes and progress for students through a focus on the development of the quality of teaching and learning.
This is a great opportunity for the right colleague to join a forward thinking and hard working team.