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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    3 March 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to UPS3

Additional allowances

TLR 1.2

What skills and experience we're looking for

The post is vacant due to the promotion of the current post-holder to Assistant Headteacher. Therefore we are seeking to appoint a experienced colleague to lead our English department onto further success at this exciting point in our development. You will be joining an expanding and forward thinking school with a fantastic, likeminded workforce, and pupils who are eager to realise their goals and ambitions.

Rhyddings, part of the LET Education Trust, are seeking an enthusiastic, committed, qualified Head of English to join our successful and expanding school. We are looking for an excellent practitioner who is both creative and challenging in their teaching. They will be passionate and committed to ensuring pupils maximise their potential and achievement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach across our whole 11-16 age and ability range and as a middle leader will be well supported by our strong team of likeminded colleagues who are mutually supportive.

As a middle leader you will be expected to have experience in teaching across both KS3 & KS4. You will have autonomy on curriculum intent and GCSE specifications and will also work closely with a member of SLT and other English specialists from the Trust. We want a teacher who strives for excellence, builds fantastic relationships and maximises pupil progress. A commitment to extra curricular provision is essential. The Trust operates full salary portability on the Main Professional Scales (MPS1- UPS3).

What the school offers its staff

In September there will be 5.5 FTE staff in the English department and the successful candidate may have the opportunity to interview and recruit a second in department to support them.

The current team is a mix of experience and youth, with one ECT joining in September 2023. We have experienced exam board markers and mentoring within the department, one of which is the PLSCITT trainee lead in English and SLE for curriculum support and leadership, development of whole school reading and phonics (secondary). Together this hardworking and committed team has driven improvements in curriculum intent, implementation and impact showing our results lift to a positive progress 8 score and GCSE 4+/5+ inline with national averages; this is one of our highest performing departments.

Pupils currently have 4hrs per week at KS3, one of which is a dedicated reading/library lesson. At KS4 pupils also have 4hrs per week and study the GCSE Eduqas Specification in both Language and Literature. At KS3 all pupils engage in ‘Accelerated Reader’ and for those at an early or developing stage of reading we have intervention in Phonics, reading comprehension, 1:1 Academic mentoring and other intervention support programmes. A number of these are delivered by our talented team of Teaching Assistants, who are phonics trained and conduct a number of bespoke packages for pupils.

There are many opportunities for curriculum enrichment with theatre trips, such as ‘Blood Brothers’, Poetry Live, visiting authors, reading club and more!

Wider support from across the Trust, network of primary schools, East Lancashire Teaching Alliance makes this role a fantastic opportunity for a candidate ambitious for themselves, their team, our school and most importantly our pupils.

Commitment to safeguarding

In this school, the welfare of the child is paramount. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff should understand their responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Staff are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions. Staff should work, and be seen to work, in an open and transparent way.

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About Rhyddings

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
612 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01254 231 051

Rhyddings serves the East Lancashire old mill town of
Oswaldtwistle and surrounding area. It has been at the heart of the community for 90 years and enjoys good transport links via the M65 corridor and adjoining networks of M6 and M66.

The school has been in a period of transition, having returned to our permanent site following a £10 million re-development, back in the heart of our community, and establishing a more normal return to school following the pandemic.

We are also part of a group of founding schools in Hyndburn to form a new multi-academy trust (MAT), within Hyndburn, with a neighbouring high school and two primary schools. The LET Education Trust will provide exceptional education across its schools, placing staff development and opportunity as a priority for improvement.

The school is also expanding and has moved from 4 form entry to 6 form entry within the last 18 months.

We continue to work hard to prepare the young people we serve and help them realise and reach their potential, providing them with the very best educational experiences. This of course can only be achieved through high levels of attendance and family engagement.

Pupils are well supported through our Pastoral Year and House Continent systems. This provides the support pupils need to perform well across the curriculum as well as healthy competition throughout the year.

We have an active extra-curricular programme and run a number of annual residential trips both here and abroad. Close links with the local Rotary Club provides access to bespoke programmes, community work and charitable activities. Large numbers of pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Our curriculum areas are largely suited in a combination of specialist facility and traditional classroom space. We have a 3-year KS3 and 2-year KS4, offering EBacc, should pupils choose to do so. We have a 25 period week of 1 hour

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email worthingtong@rhyddings.co.uk.

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