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  • Start date details

    September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 February 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    30 January 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

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Key stage

Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

    • Good honours degree in relevant subject
    • Qualified Teacher Status
    • Excellent classroom practitioner
    • Detailed knowledge of the specification in MFL teaching
    • Ability to put vision into practice
    • Clear ideas and strategies for raising pupil attainment and achievement in MFL
    • Knowledge and experience of using data
    • Knowledge and experience of intervention strategies
    • Excellent ICT skills
    • Knowledge and understanding regarding Safeguarding, Child Protection and Prevent
    • Successful record of teaching MFL including very strong results in public examinations
    • Evidence of commitment to personal CPD
    • Experience of delivering CPD to colleagues
    • Able to challenge, influence and inspire colleagues
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Excellent communicator
    • Drive and determination
    • Ability to work under pressure including meeting deadlines
    • Willingness to contribute to the wider life of the school
    • Sense of humour
    • Ambitious, both personally and for young people
    • A commitment to safeguarding children

What the school offers its staff

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, passionate and inspirational Director of Modern Foreign Languages at Boston Spa Academy. The role of Director of Modern Foreign Languages is an incredibly important one in the academy’s development as we strive towards offering an outstanding all-round provision to all students. Our standards and expectations are high and, therefore, the successful candidate will have a proven track record of raising student and professional standards. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a thriving and highly successful curriculum area, which has made a major contribution to the incredibly strong examination results achieved at both GCSE and A Level in the summer of 2022.

At Boston Spa Academy, our students are extremely passionate about their study of languages and, therefore, the role of Director of Modern Foreign Languages will be pivotal in shaping and further developing the provision of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The MFL department at Boston Spa Academy offer French and Spanish at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. Furthermore, we are very proud to offer Mandarin Chinese at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE, which is valued greatly by the significant number of students who choose to study the language.

The MFL department currently consists of 7 teaching colleagues, 1 of whom is an Assistant Leader of MFL, as well as a Foreign Languages Assistant. The department offers a rich curriculum to all students and, as a result, an impressive number of students choose to continue their studies into GCSE and A Level. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a committed and driven group of colleagues within the MFL department and join an academy which values the students and staff within its community.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring service check. We promote diversity and aim to establish a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds.

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About Boston Spa Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1362 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Working in partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust, Boston Spa Academy is a vibrant and successful and school, achieving excellent results and judged to be a Good School in the OFSTED inspection of April 2015.
Located between York, Leeds and Harrogate, Boston Spa Academy is committed to the development of the whole student, the physical, aesthetic, emotional, moral, spiritual as well as the intellectual.

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