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  • Start date details

    Flexible

  • Closing date

    12 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    15 March 2024

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

Main/Upper Scale & TLR2a

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic Teacher of English to join our successful and welcoming school. Applications are encouraged from Year 1 and Year 2 ECTs, as well as more experienced teachers.

The successful candidate will:

  • be a well-motivated practitioner, keen to show their enthusiasm for English
  • contribute to the development of the department as part of a dedicated team of teachers
  • have the ability to form positive and trusting relationships with students based on a therapeutic approach, using consistency, firm boundaries, and kindness
  • attend transition meetings with cross-phase curriculum team & plan transition day lessons
  • organise a team to run KS3 educational visits
  • work with HOF to ensure assessments are up-to-date, lead KS3 Open Evening with HOF & KS3 QA
  • contribute to CPAD meetings- sharing best practice, KS3 items
  • have a professional attitude that is open to innovative ways of working
  • be committed to working in partnership with the English team other staff
  • be flexible and adaptable when faced with challenges


The English Department is a very successful department and achieves outstanding GCSE and A Level results. At KS3, we have designed an exciting curriculum that is centred around creating a love of our subject whilst simultaneously establishing a strong foundation that honours the discipline of studying English. We provide enrichment activities and have specific lessons dedicated to celebrating and developing reading fluency and comprehension. At GCSE, we teach the national curriculum through the AQA Examination Board. We provide two A level courses (English Literature with Edexcel and the combined English Language & English Literature A Level with AQA.)

The department are committed to mixed ability teaching and supporting other students in smaller groups if needed. The team collaborates well together. The English department offer a range of extra-curricular events, challenges and trips including theatre trips, curriculum enriching opportunities like a visit to HMS Victory in relation to a Year 7 text, Spelling Bees, reading with our federation primary schools and many other events and courses; all of these are designed to enable students to thrive in and out of the English classroom. The Faculty also includes the Media/Film department. There is also easy access to PC suites for all teaching groups.

The Downs School, a Foundation, 11-18 comprehensive school, is a successful, oversubscribed, and popular school serving the Downs area of West Berkshire. The roll is over 1400 with a well-established sixth form. Results at all levels are consistently outstanding and the best in West Berkshire, and Ofsted described our students as having ‘excellent personal and social skills’ who ‘achieve well academically.’

More information about the post and the school can be found on our web site www.thedownsschool.org or by contacting Clare Lowery, HR Manager on 01635 270022. Please submit your application to recruitment@thedownsschool.org by Friday 12th April 2024.

The Downs School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check through the DBS and provide evidence that they have a right to work in the UK.

What the school offers its staff

In return you will:

  • experience a caring, positive ethos that prioritises staff wellbeing and recognition
  • be empowered to work with ambitious, dedicated, capable staff who are deeply committed to develop the whole child
  • experience working with children who enjoy being at school, behave exceptionally and have excellent attitudes to learning
  • work in a professional, stimulating, and collaborative working environment
  • experience outstanding professional development and support to grow and develop as a teacher

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)
medical
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 The Downs School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1363 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

The Downs School, a Foundation, 11-18 comprehensive school, is a successful, oversubscribed and popular school serving the Downs area of West Berkshire. The roll is nearly 1300 with a well-established sixth form. Results at all levels are consistently above national averages and Ofsted described our students as having ‘excellent personal and social skills’ who ‘achieve well academically’.

Arranging a visit to The Downs School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@thedownsschool.org.

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