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Teacher of English/Second in Department

Whitgift SchoolCroydon

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic Teacher of English/Second in Department to join an innovative and energetic department of seventeen teachers. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability both to sustain the high levels set for public exam results and to foster the lively life of the subject outside the classroom.

As the Teacher of English/Second in Department, particular responsibilities will be identified at interview and in subsequent discussions with the current Head of Department. This provides an opportunity for an aspiring Head of Department to learn to develop pertinent skills in a very supportive, collegiate environment. Applicants should be able to teach across the age range up to the Sixth form; A Level or IB teaching will be available for the right candidate. The post is suitable for an experienced teacher with the skills to enrich a Department committed to academic excellence and intellectual endeavour. A proactive culture of supporting and developing talented and inspiring teachers is supported by the Senior Management Team.

The Department is well-resourced and strives to stimulate a love of literature and writing through creative teaching, competitions, clubs and societies, and visiting speakers.  Among many other events, there are annual residential trips to the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival with junior boys and to the Lake District with senior students to study the Romantics.  You will have the freedom to select your own age-related teaching texts and develop your own schemes of work within the set syllabus.

Staff will be encouraged to contribute fully to the co-curricular life of the School, and this is reflected in the salary offered. A strong commitment to the pastoral and house system is also anticipated. Accommodation may be available. Assistance is offered towards removal expenses etc., up to £1,000 in total.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to attract staff that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.

For further information and an online application form, please visit For any queries, please telephone the Human Resources Department on 020 8688 9222 or email

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 2 December 2021

Applications will be reviewed daily and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received so we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Whitgift School (part of the Whitgift Foundation) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Where applicable, applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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