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Head of Department English

Beths Grammar School, Bexley, Kent

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
MPS/UPS + TLR1L (or TLR2L for an outstanding candidate)

Job summary

Beths Grammar School is a large multi-cultural school on the boarders between London and Kent serving a wide range of vibrant and exciting communities. We specialise in boys education in the main school and have a large, co-educational 6th form.

Following the previous post holder's decision to relocate to another part of the country, we are now looking to appoint an experienced and inspirational leader to support their department to make English a top performing subject within the school.

At Beths we are passionate about Boys education and believe that we need to be inspirational within this important subject in order to ensure that our young men leave the main school with the highest levels of articulation, language competency and deep cultural appreciation. The successful candidate will be provided with the opportunity to undertake some ground-breaking work in boys language development for high attainers.

The English Department consists of 11 teachers and has a co-ordinator in post for each key stage. All boys within the school study language and literature to GCSE, drawing on a wide range of inspirational texts and poetry intended to capture their interest, provide a vehicle for cultural awareness and, of course, develop their language skills.

In the 6th form, students study a traditional A Level course and this is very popular with external students joining the school. We are keen, however, to inspire more of our own internal students to choose to study this important A Level.

The focus of this important role within the school is to lead and develop all aspects of English providing expertise and strategic direction for all key stages. The successful candidate will be given significant freedom to apply their knowledge and experience to build a high performing team.

You will be expected to teach 22 out of 30 periods per week and will not have form tutor responsibilities. However, you will be expected to teach across the three key stages.

The successful post holder will have responsibility for all aspects of the department leadership and management across Years 7-13.

For further details regarding the requirements of this post, please view a copy of the Candidate Brief.

We are determined to recruit the right candidate who is able to fulfill our brief and, to this end, will be offering, on top of the MPS/UPS payment, a TLR1L of £8,291 or, a possible TLR1M of £10,203 to secure an outstanding candidate.

Employee benefits

TLR1L or TLR2L (for an outstanding candidate)

Applying for the job

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Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1602 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About Beths Grammar School

Welcome to Beths Grammar School

Set in acres of pleasant grounds, Beths Grammar School is located within easy commuting distance of both central London and Kent, offering the advantages of a diverse and forward-thinking community within a haven of green space. The mainline railway station is less than ten minutes’ walk away; while for road users, there is a junction on the A2 close by (two of the three school fields run alongside the A2). Many staff choose to live close to the school, or in neighbouring boroughs, and the borough of Bexley has a wealth of high performing schools and good quality housing stock at competitive prices.

Beths is an academic institution that fosters an ethos in which working hard and wanting to achieve are the norm: where it’s cool to be clever and successful. This is as true for the staff as for the students. We are ambitious for the young people in our care and seek to help them secure the very best outcomes of which they are capable. As a selective school, the staff have the privilege of educating intellectually able young people; and the students have the privilege of being in classes in which progress in learning can be rapid, and subjects explored in real depth.

While Beths is a traditional grammar school, it is geared for the twenty-first century. ICT is widely used and both students and staff are encouraged to bring their own electronic devices. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that not only enables all boys to take the EBacc, but also encourages them to study subjects such as music, drama and art. A wide range of A Levels is offered in our large Sixth Form.

As well as being a beacon of academic pursuit and excellence, Beths Grammar School is renowned for its enviable co-curricular enrichment programme that, through sport, the arts, clubs and societies, nurtures the whole child. This is why many boys – and girls in the Sixth Form – want to come here; and it is also why so many parents are pleased to send their children to Beths. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills, best exemplified by the work of the prefect teams, but also through opportunities lower down the school such as our thriving School Council. We believe our students are our best ambassadors. We value our students collectively and individually, and acknowledge – and celebrate the fact – that they are all different.

Beths is committed to staff development. We have a strong CPD programme based on the principle of ‘expertise from within’. Staff at all career stages have opportunities to lead training and we are as keen to develop the leadership skills of our members of staff as we are those of our students.

In September 2012 the school was judged to be Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. This judgement came five years after the previous Outstanding grading. Our students achieve highly in Year 11 and the Sixth Form; but we are not complacent. At Beths we are determined to deliver the very best to our students – and we seek to recruit like-minded, outstanding practitioners who also want to give the wonderful young people who study here the world-class education they deserve.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

Arranging a visit to Beths Grammar School

Unfortunately, during this time of lock-down, we are unable to offer visits to the school. However, we hope that our website will give you a test of what Beths Grammar School is all about and you will also find different videos throughout the website that we hope you will also find useful. Our website can be found at

School location

Hartford Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1NE

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