This job expired on 21 March 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    21 March 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    8 March 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

TLR 1A (currently £8,950 per annum)

What skills and experience we're looking for


  • To lead the English department so that it is a dynamic and creative centre of excellence in which each student thrives academically.
  • To have overall leadership and management responsibility for the effective deployment of staff and resources.
  • To have oversight of the academic progress & behaviour of all English students;
  • To assess continually the suitability of our English provision for education in the 21st century and provide the vision and drive to oversee its development;
  • To have an overview of the quality of learning and teaching within English;
  • To play a full part in the life of the English department to support its distinctive core purpose and to encourage and ensure staff and students follow this example.
  • To ensure activity in the English department is consistent with whole school policies ie equal opportunities and SDP
  • Take the lead for KS 3, 4 & 5 delivery.

What the school offers its staff

The stakeholders all agree that TGGS is a very special place in which to learn and with over 100 years of academic excellence, we have a strong reputation both locally and nationally. Achievement is consistently high and TGGS has maintained its position as one of the top 20 state girls’ schools in the country for both progress and achievement.

The vision for the future is that TGGS is a beacon of schools in its school leadership and best practice.

Over the years, the school has won many awards, most recently:

  • The Sunday Times south-west state school of the year 2019

  • The UK Parliament School of the Year 2020

  • The real schools guide top school in Devon and Cornwall 2020

However, these facts do not really convey the essence of our school. The students of TGGS are history makers of the future and therefore we are committed and passionate about developing them as a whole individual ensuring that they have the -

  • Best possible academic success

  • Highest self-esteem to make decisions that lead to happiness

  • Character skills to get the jobs that they desire

The best advert for the school is the students themselves: they are delightful, articulate and intelligent individuals. More importantly, they are happy and love their school, as shown by the tears on leavers’ day and their commitment to younger students who join the school. Our alumni is strong and adults often come back to the school either to visit and share experience with younger pupils or with the hope of working here – it really is a great place to be.

Further details about the role

A rare opportunity has arisen for a dynamic leader to join a successful and flourishing English department. You will be an outstanding classroom practitioner whose passion and subject knowledge promotes students’ enjoyment of English throughout Key Stage 3 to 5. You will have expertise in teaching across the ability range from Year 7 to Year 13, providing challenge for the most able students as well as ensuring effective support where needed.

With proven leadership ability, you will lead and manage the English team to deliver high quality teaching and learning, maximising student progress.

The English Department at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School is a dynamic and collaborative team. We enjoy working together to design and deliver an exciting curriculum that engages our students and promotes enjoyment of the subject. 

Learning in English is active and lively. We encourage students to be independent in their thinking and to communicate their ideas confidently, asking questions, challenging ideas and using modern technology for both research and presentation purposes. 

Our aim is to enthuse students through our own passion for English, nurturing both their critical and creative skills. Across all key stages, we provide opportunities that enhance our students’ experience of English; these include creative writing clubs, book groups and outreach work with local primary schools. Additionally, we run theatre trips and offer in-school professional theatre performances so that students can see their set texts ‘come alive’ on the stage.

This is a permanent, full-time contract starting in September 2023.

Commitment to safeguarding

TGGS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. References will be taken up for all shortlisted applicants, and the successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure and other employment checks. TGGS promotes equal opportunities for staff and students.
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About Torquay Girls Grammar School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
990 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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TGGS is a girls’ 11-18 selective Academy in Torquay, Devon. Achievement is consistently high and TGGS has maintained its position as one of the top 20 state girls' schools in the country for both progress and achievement. Our vision is to equip students for a future in which they have the academic qualifications, character skills and self-esteem to make decisions that lead to long, happy and content lives. Our Single Academy Trust is founded on the core values which apply to all our community: equality; open minded; kindness; collaboration; and well-being. The school has a long history of success with committed and dedicated students, staff and Trustees at the heart of the community. You would be joining an outstanding school, with dedicated, professional and hardworking staff and wonderful students.

Arranging a visit to Torquay Girls Grammar School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email lrumbelow@tggsacademy.org.

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