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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    5 June 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    5 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

MPS/UPS as appropriate

Additional allowances

TLR 2c -additional paid responsibility

What skills and experience we're looking for


A record of successful teaching across the full age range and ability

Experience of developing the curriculum

Substantial and relevant leadership experience

Experience of effective management of student behaviour

Contribution to school beyond the classroom

Experience of working in different schools

Experience of strategic planning, effective monitoring and evaluation

Skills, Attributes and Knowledge

Secure knowledge of subject area

Knowledge of how to monitor impact

Clear understanding of planning differentiation, recall techniques, ICT, numeracy, literacy into the curriculum

Ability to move the department forward with new innovations

Strong understanding of the analysis and use of data to make improvements/inform planning

An understanding of the use of data in promoting pupil achievement and attainment

An understanding and application of effective school accountability and challenge

Ability to focus on standards and the belief that all students can succeed given the right opportunity and support

Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities

Ability to achieve value for money within the designated budget

What the school offers its staff

At West Norfolk Academies Trust, we deeply value giving all of our staff access to continued professional development and high-quality support in order for them to thrive in their professional lives.

Our bespoke CPD offer is tailored to individual members of staff, our schools and at a trust level ensuring that the right support is given at every stage of an individuals career. Trust, school and individual priorities are mapped out across each academic year so that support can be provided by the right specialist, either within our organisation or externally.

Our new colleague will also benefit from being part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust - a small, locally based charity working with primary and secondary schools to challenge and support our family of schools to provide an excellent education for young people.

Further details about the role

We are seeking to appoint a committed and ambitious Head of MFL who has a proven record for delivering effective strategies to improve standards of teaching and learning to join and complement the friendly, supportive and dedicated professionals within our school.

They will demonstrate a passion for MFL, have excellent curriculum knowledge, be a successful teacher and possess strong leadership and management skills.

They will provide strategic and operational leadership to ensure that students have a deep understanding of MFL that prepares them well for the next stage of their life and education. They will be able to engage and motivate students, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Please see the attached document for a full job description

Commitment to safeguarding

West Norfolk Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, therefore appointments are subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check with barred list. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to an online search.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 but Exceptions Order may apply.

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About Smithdon High School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
612 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

At Smithdon High School we share a simple vision. Every child is supported to make progress in every single lesson, every single day.

These are exciting times to join our school. Under our current Headteacher since September 2022, we are building to become a truly great school – with our best GCSE results ever in the summer of 2023 and achieving a “Good” Ofsted (“good” in all areas) in November 2023. Our staff work as a team and support each other, while receiving fantastic professional development opportunities. They are encouraged to be the best they can be.

Our school serves the coastal town of Hunstanton and the surrounding area with a clear focus on knowing the strengths and needs of every student. We believe every child deserves a warm welcome to every learning opportunity and a personalised learning experience; challenge and support leading to exceptional progress. We are also at the centre of the community in Hunstanton and West Norfolk. We will always embrace opportunities to strengthen existing and explore new relationships within our community.

Our buildings are both innovative and modern as well as of historic significance and we aim to create the best facilities for our students to learn and achieve - coupled with an innovative and creative curriculum alongside outstanding specialist staff.

Everything we do reflects both our core values to "Work Hard, Be Kind and Smile" and our "Smithdon Seven" expectations.
1. We believe in ourselves and are proud of our achievements
2. We aim high and accept challenge to achieve our ambitions
3. We take responsibility for our choices, our actions and our environment
4. We work together to support our community
5. We are present, we are equipped to learn, we work hard and we always give our best
6. We are respectful and we listen to others
7. We take pride in the presentation of ourselves and our work

At Smithdon High School we welcome applicants who want to make a positive difference to the lives of our students and can help them to aspire to great futures.

We are part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust whose aim is to challenge and support a small group of schools to provide an excellent education for the young people of West Norfolk.

The Trust works in a supportive partnership with Primary and Secondary schools with each school maintaining their unique identity and ethos.

The schools work together to ensure maximum benefit for all students through economies of scale and shared resources.

The Trust’s clear strategic vision for the future is based around four key areas:
• Maximising student achievement
• Ensuring each student is engaged with the school
• Ensuring our students have access to world class resources
• Delivering outstanding teaching and learning

Arranging a visit to Smithdon High School

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

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