This job expired on 20 March 2023

  • Earliest start date

    17 April 2023

  • Latest start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    25 January 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 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: 1.0 FTE

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£29,344 - £44,919 plus £3,017 (TLR)

Pay scale

TMS/UPS plus TLR2a (£3,017)

Additional allowances

TLR2a (£3,017)

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Head of Modern Foreign Languages role is crucial here at TGS. You will be joining a successful department who are ambitious and hard working. Pupils study Spanish from Year 1 to Year 11 and we have recently introduced French in Year 7.

We are seeking a Head of MFL with the drive and vision to deliver excellence in languages lessons in our all through school. You should possess the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of our pupils and share our high aspirations for every child. You will ensure effective teaching and learning is in place in MFL to ensure outstanding outcomes for pupils and increased numbers studying MFL at GCSE.

We have a strong team of middle leaders who are role models for their staff, enjoy teaching their subject, sharing enthusiasm as well as our knowledge, being asked thought provoking questions by pupils and having time to discuss pedagogy with colleagues.

We are looking for colleagues who will share our positive, hard working ethos; a collaborator who not only excels in their own area but is willing to help out staff and pupils whenever needed and continues to be committed to their own professional development.

You do not need previous experience of an all through setting (either as a teacher or a pupil), as you could as easily bring experience from a Primary or Secondary setting. TGS is a supportive and happy environment in which leadership, teaching and support staff work together to provide pupils a great educational experience.

Leadership experience is not essential, but applicants must be able to demonstrate the skills required to lead a department.

What the school offers its staff

Staff Benefits:

  • Fringe allowance
  • Potential for career progression
  • An experienced and supportive central Trust team, who provide HR advisory and business support
  • Extensive CPD opportunities for all staff including Aurora Trust-wide CPD
  • Coaching culture established for staff
  • Employee Wellbeing and Assistance Scheme
  • Staff / Long Service Awards
  • Termly hospitality

Commitment to safeguarding

Our whole school approach to safeguarding is based upon an understanding of the local context and an attitude of ‘it could happen here’. The Gatwick School uses the 3 ‘C’s’ – Character, Culture and Currency to promote our inclusive ethos, including our approach to safeguarding.

Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. Our school is a community and all those directly connected, staff, volunteers, IEB members, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.

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About The Gatwick School

School type
Free School, ages 4 to 16
School size
935 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 16
Phone number
01293 538779

The Gatwick School has been set up to establish an All-through school for children aged 4 to 16.

All-through state schools are rare but we feel that it is precisely what gives The Gatwick School a unique place in the local provision for schools.

Here are some of the reasons why we think an all-through education is so valuable and why we think it provides an exciting opportunity for our children:

It removes the well-researched performance ‘dip’ at age 11

It removes the learning barriers and age-old fears that many children face as they leave primary school and make the transition to a secondary school

It enables primary aged children to benefit from having some specialist teaching at an early age, which means that gifted and talented children will be challenged and stretched

It enables some children to benefit by having more time to develop their skills

It enables older children to have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by mentoring younger children (which in turn promotes a healthy and positive school climate)

Older And Younger Children Working Together
Since we have been open, it has been special to see so many and varied interactions which have led to very positive relationships being forged between our Primary and Secondary pupils.

House competitions provide opportunities for older pupils to support our younger pupils. Our primary phase sports days are run by teachers and our pupil leaders

Secondary pupils regularly visit Primary classes during special school events and drop down activities. This has inspired our Primary children to demonstrate greater confidence in reading and oral expression

Arranging a visit to The Gatwick School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email humanresources@thegatwickschool.org.uk.

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