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  • Start date details

    January 2025

  • Closing date

    16 September 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    9 July 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£31,350.00 - £47,839.00 Annually (FTE) Plus TLR

Head of MFL job summary

Job Title Head of MFL
Salary MPS / UPS Plus TLR

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls was founded in 1958, our school has been helping girls to secure outstanding academic results and providing a well-rounded experience for over half a century. The school encourages a happy and harmonious community which respects the individual and celebrates the rich diversity of backgrounds and heritage of students and staff.

We are seeking an outstanding teacher and leader of modern foreign languages to become Head of department. The successful candidate must be able to deliver Spanish, French and/or Italian to at least GCSE level and ideally with experience of delivering one or more at A level.

Languages are an integral part of the core curriculum at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. Our MFL Department places a strong emphasis on authentic and confident communication in the target language by building a broad and secure knowledge of linguistic structures as part of our carefully designed curriculum. Consequently, the department has been praised for our ‘ambitions plans with clearly defined learning goals’ (Ofsted 2021).

Students follow an intensive course of with Mandarin or French in year 7, before starting Spanish or Italian in year 8. All students continue with one language at GCSE, with an increasing number of students opting to take two languages. Our recruitment at A level has developed considerably in the past few years and we now have French and Spanish with Mandarin from September.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching our students the skills they need to both maximise exam success and to develop the linguistic competencies needed to compete in an increasingly globalised world. We are looking for someone whose inspiring teaching can spark students’ passion for languages and the culture of the countries in which they are spoken and help students to lead successful future lives. Experience of taking a lead on areas of the curriculum and/or developing a programme of extra-curricular and enrichment activities would be an advantage. The post would be suitable for an Early Career Teacher or a practitioner who is ready to take on leadership responsabilities in an ambitious and innovative MFL department.

The department attained strong results in all three languages at GCSE last year and we expect this strong achievement to continue this year as our current Year 11 and Year 13 students have made excellent progress.

Please read the attached job description and person specification for more information on this role.

Career with Endeavour MAT - what we can offer you:

As well as offering you a competitive salary with pay progression opportunities, you will also be working with a team of talented, engaged and motivated colleagues. Our common values of respect, integrity, determination, equality of opportunity and self-management help instil a strong work ethic among staff and students alike and our supportive culture provides what many of our existing staff describe as a ‘family feel’ within our Trust.

Application Process:

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 16th September 2024, with interviews expected to take place later that week.

Early applications are encouraged as eligible candidates may be invited to the interview stage on a rolling basis and we may appoint before the stated closing date.

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 Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1123 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is an Outstanding school situated near Dartford in Kent, with a strong track record of achievement. Our students are encouraged to develop resilience and are supported to become innovative and thoughtful problem solvers via the Endeavour Mindset programme.

We are part of the Endeavour MAT family of schools, and we pride ourselves on setting consistently high expectations, securing outstanding outcomes and delivering exceptional standards of teaching and learning.

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