Teacher of English, Central Bedfordshire

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Vandyke Upper SchoolCentral Bedfordshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS with a TLR of up to £4442 available for a suitable candidate.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Teacher of English 

MPS with a TLR of up to £4442 available for a suitable candidate.


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Teacher of English to join our outstanding English Team.

The English Department is an outstanding team consisting of 9 teachers. We have generously sized classrooms, all equipped with projectors and white boards. 

The ethos of the team is extremely positive, with a proven track record of outstanding outcomes. We are aspirational, dedicated and innovative in our shared practice. Students at our school value their English lessons; performance in English exceeds national expectations. We continually strive to achieve at the highest level. To this end, planning together and sharing resources is very important to us and contributes to our success. 

All students in Year 9 have 7 hours of English teaching per fortnight, which increases to 8 hours in Years 10 and 11.

At A-level, we offer English Language, English Combined, English Literature and Philosophy, all taught by subject specialists, and recruit very well – English is popular! At A2, we have a 100% pass rate in all subjects and we regularly have students leaving us to study Linguistics or Literature at a Russell group university. 

The whole school is covered by a wireless network, which enables all teachers to use their school provided laptops in any classroom and allows students to use their own laptops and wifi-enabled devices where this is appropriate within the curriculum. Every student and member of staff has their own e-mail account and full access to the internet and intranet.

The successful candidate will need to be flexible, show initiative and be willing to learn any new skills required to support the ever-changing needs of a modern, rigorous and challenging English curriculum. You will be joining a highly successful team that provides a great deal of support including training opportunities

In return we can offer you:

  • the opportunity to work in a thriving school with strong staff/student relationships
  • a vibrant and supportive environment with excellent opportunities for career development
  • a  strong team with a clear vision and ambition for all students 
  • students who achieve outstanding outcomes (progress 8 for 2017 +0.41)
  • excellent facilities including a laptop

Please visit our website at www.vandyke.beds.sch.uk for further information and an online Application Form or 'Apply Now'.

For any enquiries, contact Helen O’Connell at recruitment@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk or 01525 636717.

Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 26th April 2018

Once we have received sufficient applications the vacancy will close, so if you are interested you are advised to apply immediately.  If you are short-listed for interview, details will be sent to you via email to the address provided on your application form.  You are therefore advised to check your email on a regular basis.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.   

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More about Vandyke Upper School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 13 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3DY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1525 636700
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'Everyone Matters' 

Staff feel well supported and are supportive of one another*

*Source Annual School Survey Jan 2017

  • Vandyke is a good place to work, with high expectations and a caring ethos. 
  • The support and opportunities for profe...