Teacher of English, Durham, County

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

Barnard Castle SchoolDurham, County

Date posted:
Start date: 1st September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

From the Headmaster

Barnard Castle School is seeking an outstanding individual to be a full-time Teacher of English for our thriving day and boarding school, which has remained at the forefront of girls’ and boys’ education for over 130 years. Whilst the school retains a strong academic record, its focus continues to be on developing life skills and nurturing each individual character. This is something that as a school, we take great care and pride in.    

Our English department is one of the largest in the school, with all pupils studying English Language up to GCSE, and with a large cohort sitting the Literature GCSE. It is a popular subject for our Sixth Form students. 

This role could be suited to newly-qualified teachers and more experienced practitioners alike. A willingness to contribute to our extra-curricular programme will be an advantage.

Barney is an exciting and hugely rewarding place to be, and I look forward to receiving your application. 

English at Barney  

English and English Literature are taught throughout the School and studied by all pupils to GCSE. In Years 7-9, pupils follow a creative programme of study which leads naturally towards Edexcel’s GCSEs in both Literature and Language. Most English teaching takes place in a modern classroom block which is shared with the Modern Languages Department.  In addition to the Head of English, there are five other English teachers within the Department, one of whom has a role in another department.

At Key Stage 5, both the A Level English Literature as well as the International AS and A Level English Language qualifications are popular and offer great scope for the study of a wide range of genres. Results at GCSE and in Sixth Form have been very good and there are always several candidates who aspire to study English or a closely-related course at university.

There is a major drama production each term, high-profile House Drama, Debating, Spelling Bee and Public Speaking competitions, and a sublimely enjoyable Sixth Form Lectern Club which meets to deliver speeches over a formal dinner once or twice each term, all of which contribute to a thriving and enthusiastic Department.

More information about the role can be found in the job description and person specification.


If you feel that you can meet the above requirements then please submit a letter of application along with the Barnard Castle School application form to the Headmaster. Only applications containing the requested information will be considered.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th January 2020

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 3rd February 2020

More about Barnard Castle School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Denomination: Inter-denominational
Address: Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8UN, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1833 690222
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