Head of English & Film

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About the role

Head of English & Film (Associate Assistant Headteacher)

Salary: L9 £51,161 – L10 £52,445

Full Time, Permanent

Required for September 2020

This is a Senior Leadership team post to lead the English/Film department and also undertake whole-school operational and strategic responsibilities.  This role represents an excellent opportunity to move on to Assistant Headship, and has become vacant due to the promotion of the current post holder to an Assistant Headship post in the School.

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead the department by providing a professional, positive, pro-active and creative approach
  • Support the Leadership Team in implementing whole school practice, policy and vision
  • Model effective learning and teaching
  • Lead curriculum change
  • Attend and positively contribute to the middle leaders’ Performance Team

We can offer you:

  • Excellent CPD opportunities
  • A school rated Good by Ofsted where students’ behaviour is exemplary
  • A professional working environment where teamwork is highly valued
  • A partially selective school with a focus on academic achievement (Progress 8 in 2019 is +0.38)
  • Admission criteria where preference is given to staff’s children
  • A School which invests heavily in the future with £3.5m on recent school expansion and strong ongoing financial support from our Foundation and PTA
  • A School in a strong, stable financial position in this challenging climate with a healthy lettings income
  • An outstanding wellbeing programme offering:
    • Flu jabs
    • Free access to our first-class Fitness Suite and swimming pool
    • Complimentary eye tests

About the English Department

Our aim is to ensure all aspects of the department are innovative, inspiring and highly academic, with a focus on outstanding teaching and learning. We believe the best lessons are taught with the students at the centre of our planning and teaching; our lessons aim to be fast paced, challenging and memorable.

We are constantly reviewing and adapting our Schemes for Learning with a focus on development and transferrable skills, from KS3 through to KS5. This spirit of renewal and progression is essential to meet the needs of the reformed curricula at GCSE and A Level.

We want students to be aware of the journey from Year 7 through to Year 11 (and beyond) in terms of skills and knowledge. Thus, at KS3, we aim to provide students with a curriculum full of texts from different eras and different cultures, and a multitude of tasks that engage students and empower them with the skills they need to thrive as independent learners.

GCSE results are consistently good and were pleasing in 2019, with 79% of students achieving 9 to 5 grades in English Literature, (32% achieving a grade 7 or above), and 73% of students achieving 9 to 5 in English Language. At A level 67% of our students secured an A*-B at Literature and 100% for Language and Literature.

Looking forward, through judicious use of CPD and thoughtful planning and provision of curricula, the department is well positioned to continue to meet the challenges of new assessment at KS3, the linear GCSEs and the A Level specification. Our team work closely to ensure we plan and resource collaboratively and constantly share best practice and develop ideas through faculty CPD and whole school development.

Beyond English, Film Studies has been the main addition to our offer in recent years. Great success at A Level led to the introduction of an equally successful GCSE. It has been a pleasure to witness the combination of traditional academic virtues in analytical essays with the inspired creative work which is celebrated annually at our prestigious awards evening. Moreover, in conjunction with Film Studies, the two English A Levels of English Literature and English Language and Literature help to provide the choice of a variety of inspiring subjects best suited to students’ interests and future pursuits.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and are an equal opportunities employer.  Applicants must declare any criminal convictions and submit to a check with the Disclosing and Barring Service as the post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Application forms and details can be obtained from the website www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk, by calling the School on 01923 634886 or by email to applications@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

We welcome visits to the School, please contact Mrs K Temple on 01923 634886 or ktemple@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk  to arrange.

Deadline for applications: 8.00am Monday 20 April 2020

Interview date:                                w/b 27 April 2020

Suitable applicants will be interviewed upon receipt of an application

Contact details

Kathy Temple , HR Manager
Scots Hill Rickmansworth
Herts WD3 3AQ

Telephone: 01923 773296
Email: ktemple@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk
Website: www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk