Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
commences: April or September 2023
MPS/UPS scale point.
Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In November 2022, the school was judged as continuing to
be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff:
“Leaders support staff very well. They have
established a collaborative and respectful working environment. With the trust,
they provide highly valued training and leadership programmes. Staff are
exceptionally proud to work at the school.”
Ofsted also noted the high standards within the
school and commented that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.”
We are a values-driven
school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful
relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating
and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school
development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our
students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of
We are committed to
continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and
development opportunities. We are also mindful of the competing demands people
face in their lives and make every effort to accommodate flexible working.
Summer 2023 GCSE results were superb with 85% of
all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 71% doing the same at
5+. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our
partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong with 34% of grades
awarded as A* or A and 66% achieving Grades A*-B. These results place us as one
of the highest performing schools in the county. Didcot Girls’ School is also
in the top 3% of state schools in the country based on National Performance Tables data.
This is a key post in a dynamic and strong
department. We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion
for their subject, who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; someone
with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.
We welcome applications from experienced teachers
as well as those new to the profession and currently in training.
Didcot Girls’ School is a lead teaching
school within the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance with a significant
track record for successful fast-track career progression , leadership development and
excellent CPD. The school is also part of Ridgeway Education Trust, a growing
multi-academy trust, which provides the opportunity for school improvement and
leadership work across schools in the future.
DGS English Department
The English Department is staffed by a dynamic,
talented and extremely supportive group of 15 teaching staff. The department is
accommodated in specialist rooms with interactive screens and has a team room
and work area.
The English Department developed their own ‘mastery’
curriculum at Key Stage 3 many years ago, and this has been refined over many years.
This curriculum includes a highly coherent model for skills progression, explicit
teaching of key English concepts, and a rigorous model for assessment. It has
been conceived to prepare students for the challenges of GCSEs, whilst
maintaining a balanced, culturally rich experience of English. Most
importantly, it has been created by a team of practising teachers who are
committed to a process of iterative refinement.
In Years 10 and 11, students follow the AQA specifications for English
Language and English Literature. English is a popular option in the joint Sixth
form: we offer AQA’s Specification A for Literature and AQA’s Specification A
for Language and Literature.
The English Department has a close working
relationship with the vibrant and growing Media department. Media is a popular
subject at GCSE and A-Level.
Results at all levels are very strong. In 2023, 93%
of students achieved at least one grade 4 or above in English Language or
Literature, 85% of students achieved at least one grade 5 or above and 53%
achieved at least one grade 7 or above. In comparison to national statistics
for girls’ achievement, students at DGS achieve, on average, at least 10%
better nationally, from a truly comprehensive intake. A level English
Literature, and Language and Literature, is very popular. Results are strong,
with many students opting to study English at university and a significant
proportion of students receiving top grades of A-A* (44% in English Literature,
29% in English Language and Literature).
The school has a strong culture of Reading for
Pleasure. There are fortnightly Reading for Pleasure lessons in the Library for
Years 7 and 8, regular visits from authors, a strong team of Reading
Ambassadors and engagement with local and national book awards. There are
regular theatre trips and regular university visits for KS5 students. The
department runs successful catch-up provision for KS3 and KS4 students, which
includes reading mentoring programmes, run by older students, for struggling or
reluctant readers at KS3.
further information about the department, please email Julia Durie,
Acting Head of English: email@example.com
The deadline for applications is 8am on Monday 28th November 2023.The school reserves the right to interview on receipt of applications and to appoint prior to the published deadline, so early application is recommended.
Ridgeway Education Trust is committed to safeguarding, equality
and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its
schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to
satisfactory enhanced DBS, references and pre-employment safeguarding
checks. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check. The possession of a criminal record will not
necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining a post. All cases are
considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and
view our Safeguarding policy, please visit our website: https://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/265/school-policies
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your
original degree certificate, proof of residence and photographic ID, as
applicable, to interview and online searches may be made for shortlisted
candidates, as part of due diligence checks.
Girls’ School is a Family Friendly School, committed to supporting our staff so
that they can carve out a professional and personal life that is fulfilling and
Our RET Staff Charter summarises the commitment we make
to all staff who join and work at Ridgeway Education Trust.
committed to expressing our values of high-quality learning, respectful
relationships and an inclusive environment in the day-to-day experience of
staff and students throughout the school.
Girls’ School is an equal opportunities employer.
Didcot Girls School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original qualification certificate(s), proof of residence and photographic ID to interview.
Didcot Girls School is an equal opportunities employer.
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