We hope to appoint a well-qualified graduate in English who is able to add to and complement the strengths of the department. The position may equally suit a newly qualified member of the profession, or someone with more experience; in either case the successful applicant will be a strong classroom practitioner who is able to infuse others with a love for English and to inspire the outstandingly able boys as well as to nurture those far less confident in their English ability. For a more experienced applicant, there would be the possibility of taking on responsibilities within the department. The ability to teach A Level Language would be highly desirable. A willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School is essential, with all staff playing a part in this important aspect of the school.
Bolton School is a large, thriving, academically selective school, situated in an attractive, prosperous part of Bolton and with easy access to some of the nation’s finest cities and countryside. Together, the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions offer pupils single sex education in a co-educational environment – ‘the best of both worlds’.
With 2,300 students on site, Bolton School is one of the largest independent day schools in the country. It is situated a mile or so from the town centre in a pleasant wooded campus, surrounded by 32 acres of playing fields. Serving a wide area of the North West through more than 20 coach routes, the School has for many years offered some form of fee assistance to a substantial proportion of its pupils. At present, 1 in 6 boys have fee assistance. The school prides itself not only on its academic tradition, but on the immense range of other activities which are vigorously pursued both in and beyond the school day.
From next year there will be nine members of the English Department, including the Deputy Head Pastoral, Director of Drama and the Director of Higher Education Applications. The department is a friendly, collegial one that seeks to embrace innovative teaching alongside traditional approaches. We wish the pupils to enjoy their lessons, to receive a rigorous grounding in reading, writing and oral skills and to become confident and critical readers and writers.
At present, colleagues teach seven fifty-minute lessons per fortnight in Years 7 and 8, six in Year 9 and eight in Years 10 and 11. The Department’s KS3 shared schemes of work build the skills required for GCSE, whilst allowing teachers flexibility in terms of text choice. A key focus in KS3 is the development of the boys’ reading skills through the Lower School Reading Award, while visiting Drama groups play a regular part in introducing Shakespeare to Years 8 and 9. The School follows the WJEC/Eduqas GCSE for English Language and English Literature and offers OCR English Language and English Literature at AS/ A level. Recent A level results have been excellent in both subjects, with a steady stream of pupils leaving to read English at top universities. Beyond the classroom, trips to the theatre occur on a regular basis, a gifted and talented writers group has recently been established and there are opportunities to tutor boys towards Oxbridge entrance. Colleagues all take an active interest in the extra-curricular life of the school and run clubs including debating, drama, book groups, The Bolt magazine, Scrabble Club and the Film Society. A flavour of what we do can be found on Twitter: @BoltonEnglish
For further details and to apply online for the position please visit the School website at www.boltonschool.org/academic-roles
Closing date for applications: noon on 1 May 2018
Interviews will be held on 9 May 2018
Bolton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to equality and diversity in all aspects of employment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Check for Regulated Activity.