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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    29 April 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    2 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale

L7 to L11

What skills and experience we're looking for

The department has created a rich and engaging KS3 curriculum organised around literary themes (for example, diversity, fantasy and identity) which are delivered through different units which develop knowledge in reading and writing as well as increasing cultural capital. Students study literature texts such as ‘Asha and the Spirt Bird’, ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Crossing’. A wide range of poetry is embedded in all KS3 units and three Shakespearean texts are also delivered within the Key Stage.

The department uses Accelerated Reader in KS3 lessons, this is well embedded and has had a positive impact on the reading ages of our students. Other reading interventions are led by our one-to-one tutors and our specialist literacy teaching assistant. Currently we use the Ruth Miskin phonics programme to support emergent readers as well as Rapid Reader Plus.

The programme of study is fully resourced with high-quality materials produced by staff across the trust who know this specification well. We aim to make all our teachers ‘experts’ in preparing students for GCSE examinations, using our thorough and systematic methods devised over many years. We have the benefit of support from the trust’s team of expert English directors, who provide support, materials, advice, coaching and who model and team-teach in lessons alongside us to develop our expertise.

What the school offers its staff

We believe this transformation is due to our knowledge-rich curriculum, designed to personalise learning for every student, and our exceptionally high standards, helping all students to reach their potential. We have won numerous awards as a school and are an IQM Centre of Excellence, which highlights that inclusion at all levels is of paramount importance to us. We are also proud to have been awarded the Gold Status by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health Award.

As we continue to improve, help to take us to the next level.

Our English Department consists of ten teachers and two one-to-one tutors. The department is a combination of experienced staff and more recent entrants to the profession, and is given strategic direction by supportive and determined leaders. More experienced teachers will value the clear sense of purpose and organisation in the department and recently-trained colleagues will find it a rewarding place to start a career in English teaching.

Teaching takes place in the department’s ten classrooms. Every classroom has a visualiser and these are used extensively by the team. Some classrooms have large television screens and others interactive whiteboards. There is a library with a wide range of fiction to support students’ reading needs which is run by a full-time enthusiastic librarian.

Further details about the role

We are an Ofsted Good with Outstanding leadership 11-16 academy, with state-of-the-art facilities, based in the steel city of Sheffield. We are delighted that in its latest report, Ofsted noted that ‘staff are very proud to be part of Outwood Academy City,’ and that our ‘staff appreciate the high-quality professional development opportunities they receive’ which we offer working closely with the wider Outwood Family.

Serving the bustling city of Sheffield, Outwood Academy City was constructed in 2011 with state-of-the-art facilities and joined Outwood Grange Academies Trust three years later. The school has undergone a huge transformation for its 1200 students, with an innovative curriculum and a personalised approach to learning enabling them to realise their vocational, practical, creative and academic abilities. This was recognised by Ofsted in February 2019, when the academy was judged ‘Good with Outstanding Leadership’. Inspectors noted that, “Leaders and teachers demonstrate high expectations for all pupils. They are determined that pupils achieve well in their subjects”.

This vacancy is being managed by our Recruitment Partner at Hays. If you wish todiscuss this post or arrange a visit to the school, please contact Julia Peatour Recruitment Partner at Hays by using the expression of interest link below or call 0114 2721470or 07514 308432.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

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About Outwood Academy City

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1133 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
07514 308432

Arranging a visit to Outwood Academy City

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email julia.peat1@hays.com.

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