ACADEMY DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH Paignton Academy, Paignton, Devon

Job description

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional candidate to join our leadership team at Paignton Academy. If you are an ambitious and inspirational leader, who is flexible, dedicated and passionate about delivering exceptional learning experiences across the Academy, then we want to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the leadership team at Paignton Academy, supporting and facilitating whole school improvement and responsibilities, with the daily emphasis and focus upon English. This post would provide an excellent progression for those candidates aspiring to hold Assistant, Deputy and Headship roles in the future. We are looking for a candidate who is an outstanding and inspiring leader, highly motivated with a strong presence; someone who is ambitious for students, their colleagues and the Academy.

This is an exciting time to be joining Paignton Academy as we seek a new role to meet rapidly increasing student numbers. Three capital projects, costing in excess of £8 million pounds, are currently in the process of being completed or have been completed. The Academy has also recently undergone a superb transformation in September 2019 to facilitate students in years 7 to 11 across two sites.

The newly formed Senior Leadership Team is driven and ambitious, confident in making bold and innovative decisions; they look forward to welcoming the new post holder and offering their support. The English Faculty is a friendly and dedicated team who enjoy excellent facilities, including a fully-equipped media studio, and provides its staff with a supportive, forward-thinking environment with plenty of opportunities for professional development.

Paignton Academy forms part of Bay Education Trust, a small Academy Trust comprising of three schools. The Trust was set up on 1st December 2014 to further develop the collaborative work across all three schools. The Academy is situated in Torbay and is part of the beautiful English Riviera. It is within easy reach of stunning beaches with golden sands, rolling countryside and Dartmoor. It is also only a short drive away, via the new South Devon link road, from the historic city of Exeter and its surrounding areas.

We welcome applications from high quality practitioners to join Paignton Academy. The successful candidate should have Qualified Teacher Status and have an up-to-date knowledge of developments in English. The post would suit an experienced, successful teacher.

Prospective candidates are very welcome to visit or make contact for an informal tour. If you would like to know more about Bay Education Trust please visit

Essential educational requirements

An effective leader and manager with a proven track record of leadership impact.
Ability to contribute to the whole school development plan and vision.

Essential qualifications

QTS status with DfE number

Essential skills and experience

Highly effective teacher with proven pupil success.
A role model for high-quality teaching who regularly delivers outstanding lessons.
A passion for developing others which enthuses students and staff.

About Paignton Academy

Waterleat Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3WA
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