Head of English

Becket Keys Church of England Free School, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9DA

2 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    6 May 2022

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MPS Fringe - TLR1

Head of English job summary

It is an exciting time at Becket Keys Church of England School (Outstanding, 2014). We are working hard to build upon the exam successes of our founding cohorts, whilst also extending the positive outcomes of our established 6th Form, now in its sixth year.

We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced colleague to lead our outstanding English department. This rewarding position will see the successful candidate joining our highly successful team of middle leaders.

This post is a vital appointment in terms of fulfilling our vision and ambition for our inclusive school to secure and enhance positive life chances for all our students. We are determined to see every student achieve well in this crucial subject, with high numbers going on to take it for A level and beyond at university. We want to recruit a highly capable, dedicated and ambitious professional who will add value to the school. They will ensure excellent levels of academic progress for all, alongside engaging experiences of cultural capital to support our students to be successful in society and their career.

We are looking to appoint an ambitious individual, capable of progressing in the long term to assistant headteacher and beyond. Key attributes include an unstoppable passion for literature, reading, writing and knowledge of the English curriculum from KS3 to 5. The successful candidate will be able to model outstanding teaching in the classroom to develop the practice of all staff. S/he will work alongside our expert Trust (The Russell Education Trust) who also provide training, advice, and support. The appointee will benefit from regular opportunities to meet and share ideas with the other 4 Heads of English across the Trust.

The successful candidate will need to have the skills and experience to work with our highly supportive and engaged parents, other members of the middle leadership team and our Deputy Head (Curriculum) who oversees the English Department directly. It is a particularly rewarding role in this respect, as there are a number of highly skilled colleagues around the Head of English who offer challenge and support. We recently appointed a Second in English from within the team. We are very fortunate to have a dynamic team of passionate, skilled and collaborative English teachers with a broad range of interests and a wealth of teaching experience. We offer a warm and supportive staffroom culture and students who are committed to their learning and proud of their school.

Applying for the job

Please complete both our application form and equalities monitoring form and email it with a personal statement to vacancies@becketkeys.org.

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About Becket Keys Church of England Free School

School type
Free School, Church of England, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1067 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
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Becket Keys Church of England School is in Brentwood in Essex. The school offers a high quality education in a caring, Christian environment in which each student is known, valued and encouraged to achieve his/her individual potential. We are committed to outstanding academic performance and to fostering a love of learning in our students.

At Becket Keys:
Our students

Act responsibly and respectfully
Aim high in life and learning
Engage with and contribute to the local community

Our staff

Support all students to achieve their greatest academic potential
Provide a nurturing environment where students and their individual learning needs are known by all
Encourage parental engagement

Through Character Education, we place a strong emphasis on all members of our community living in line with the traditional Christian values of respect, responsibility and forgiveness. We aim to be caring, fair, honest and trustworthy in all we do.

Arranging a visit to Becket Keys Church of England Free School

If you think that you possess the qualities and passion we need for this vital role, please contact us to discuss further. We welcome visits to the school and are really keen to ensure that you have as much information to proceed with your application as possible. If you would like a conversation about either the school or the position, please contact us via email at vacancies@becketkeys.org.

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