English Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator

Cowley International College, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6PN

Deadline is tomorrow

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    18 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    4 May 2022

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English Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator job summary

Ofsted November 2021 –‘Pupils, including students in the sixth form, said that Cowley International College is a special place to learn. They said that they feel safe and happy in school’.

‘Leaders, including governors, ensure that pupils and students are at the centre of each decision that is made at Cowley International College. They are determined that everybody associated with the school is given the opportunity to succeed.’

‘Leaders are unflinching in their determination to improve pupils’ knowledge of vocabulary, their oral language skills, and their ability to read.’

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and inspirational Teacher of English and Literacy Coordinator to lead, manage and develop Literacy throughout our school.

We are a forward thinking and innovative college who put reading, and literacy at the heart of everything we do. We have recently invested a significant amount of funding in exciting reading initiatives such as Thinking Reading, Rapid Plus and Accelerated Reader and we have a relentless focus on raising attainment. The Literacy Team includes two primary school teachers. We believe that reading is a key skill that is central to student success within the curriculum and beyond. It is our vision that, through great teaching and learning, and effective, specific, targeted interventions, our students will be able to not only access their curriculum but also access the world around them.

The successful applicant will be an excellent practitioner who:
• can inspire both colleagues and students with your passion for English and Literacy.
• can drive a culture of whole school literacy with a focus on developing and embedding reading skills.
• has a demonstrable passion and love for reading that will impact positively on our students.
• has a drive for continuous professional development.
• has a proven track record in raising standards of attainment and achievement in English and or Literacy.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral role in our drive to improve whole school reading, writing and oracy. If you are passionate about your specialist subject and want to have a positive impact on our students, we want to hear from you. There is no better time to join our team.

Additional allowances

TLR 2b (£4,779 per annum)

Applying for the job

To apply for this role, please go to the job vacancies section of St Helens Council website (Welcome our new online job application system - St Helens Council) and apply online.

Cowley is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Section Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday, 18th May 2022

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About Cowley International College

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1534 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01744 678030

Cowley is a high school and Sixth Form College with approximately 1500 students of which 350 are in the Sixth Form.

Cowley is steeped in history and is one of the oldest school’s in St Helens, if not the oldest having been founded in 1716.

Cowley is a warm, caring and vibrant community – there is always something happening here in our school, whether that be dance shows, sporting events, clubs or special guest talks. When we say to our new students that ‘there is something for everyone’ in terms of extra-curricular, we really mean it! Our extracurricular timetable covers two sides of A4 and whether a students’ interest be chess, reading, science or sport, we will likely have a club for them to join.

We value every person at Cowley and we are driven by an underlying philosophy captured in five words – ‘Achieving the highest standards together’.

A strong link with St Helens Rugby League , who have training facilities within the college grounds, has been built up over a number of years providing opportunities for students who have an interest in sport.

The College’s tenacity to move with the times and offer its students an outstanding curriculum, inside and outside of the classroom, is what secures Cowley’s reputation of providing a well-rounded education.


As well as being an Ofsted "Good" provider, Cowley has achieved numerous awards and accreditations; including:

Religious Education Quality Mark - Gold Award

Music Mark School Member

Young Carers in Schools - Silver Award

Eco-Schools Green Flag Award

Eco-Schools Silver Award

Values and vision

Our mission is to create independent, considerate, healthy and aspirational people that communicate well. Through teaching and providing an environment that is stimulating, safe and caring, we encourage all to develop themselves and to support each other to achieve their full potential.

Our mission statement is shaped by our vision for all Cowleians to achieve the highest standards together, articulated by our school motto:

Non sibi seb omnibus, which translates as “Not for oneself but for all.”


Cowley International College was recognised as a ‘good’ school following an Ofsted inspection in 2021.

Representatives from education watchdog Ofsted reported that pupils ‘’described their school as a welcoming and friendly community where ‘people smile at one another’.”

They also noted that pupils behave well and that teachers are “ambitious for pupils”.

The glowing report highlighted the well thought-out curriculum, as well as the enjoyment of learning and the determination of students to succeed.

Comments from inspectors included: “Leaders, including governors, ensure that pupils and students are at the centre of each decision that is made.”

The report spoke highly of the sixth form college, noting the range of appropriate courses and extensive array of enrichment activities available, stating “Staff expertise helps students to acquire a thorough insight and knowledge of the subjects that they study. As a result, students progress well.”

Arranging a visit to Cowley International College

Please contact Mrs Joinson to arrange a visit to the College.

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