This job expired on 29 February 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    29 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    2 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time: 1.0 FTE

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£30,000 - £46,525

Pay scale

Teacher Pay Scales + TLR 2b

Additional allowances

TLR2b £5,352

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Degree in Drama or a relevant equivalent (2:1 degree as a minimum is desirable).
  • Qualified teacher status is essential – (not suitable for NQTs.)
  • Recent and relevant CPD
  • Exceptional subject knowledge.
  • National Curriculum.
  • Relevant GCSE or A Level syllabus and assessment.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Able to use, learn and adopt traditional pedagogical approaches.
  • Current initiatives relating to achievement and inclusion.
  • Fulfil and willing to develop further all teacher and threshold standards.
  • Teaching Drama to a full range of age and ability within a secondary school.
  • Record as a successful classroom practitioner across the secondary school age and ability range.
  • Evidence of strong pupil progress, outcomes and examination success for all pupil groups.
  • Ability to take initiative, lead, motivate, inspire, and support pupils and staff.
  • Ambitious for self and others, and commitment to improvement.
  • Resilient and optimistic.
  • Strategic thinker and effective planner.
  • Full alignment with the vision and values of the school.
  • Reliability and integrity.
  • Well organised.
  • Sense of humour and perspective.
  • Hard working and committed.
  • Adaptable and reflective.

What the school offers its staff

Reasons to join Mercia School:

  • Outstanding School - Mercia is one of a small number of schools that is graded as outstanding. You will have access to sector-leading practice
  • Team - You will join an ambitious, talented and positive team of leaders and staff.
  • Support - Leaders and teachers have fantastic initial and on-going support to fulfil their roles. Senior Leaders work hard to support teachers and ensure their time is protected.
  • Exceptional behaviour - Pupils at Mercia behave impeccably. We believe teachers should be able to teach and pupils should have an appetite to learn. Our centralised and consistent behaviour systems improve wellbeing for all.
  • Workload - We remove all unnecessary tasks that take time away from supporting pupil learning. We have reduced data and administration tasks. Teachers have lower contact ratios compared to most schools, so they have more time to prepare great lessons. Teacher time is focussed on teaching and supporting pupils throughout the day.
  • Time - We have a longer school day which is designed to support pupils and staff. Within this time all pupils receive great lessons, access a full enrichment programme and undertake homework in assisted 'self -study
  • Professional Development - All staff receive an exceptional induction, and consistent on-going support and CPD. You will work alongside exceptional colleagues.
  • High retention - Staff retention is high as staff are happy and proud of their school. They have a good work life balance and have a sense of belonging. We are all driven and motivated by our mission.
  • Family Dining - Family dining is special. We all eat together as a family and collectively show gratitude to our community. Teachers are catered for free of charge.
  • Enrichment - Teachers teach and lead pupils in their areas of interest or expertise outside of the 'normal' curriculum. Teachers offer sport, STEM, music, drama, the arts and much more. Strong relationships are built and forged in these moments.

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.

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About Mercia School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
787 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

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