Lead Teacher of English

Westhaven School, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 4UT

This job expired on 16 May 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    26 April 2022

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Lead Teacher of English job summary

Due to retirement, we are now looking to appoint a dynamic and ambitious Leader of English who has a proven record in raising achievement.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our enthusiastic, committed and professional team to lead the subject across all key stages and to teach pupils from years 7 to 11.

You will have a passion for your subject, a track record of outstanding teaching and the ability to teach pupils with SEND. You will fully participate in developing English across the school and initiatives to secure outstanding teaching and learning in all aspects of school life. You will have a strong commitment to the wider pastoral role and wish to make a significant positive impact on our young people’s lives, securing the very best outcomes.

Can you raise aspirations and rise to the challenge?
What we can offer you:

Fantastic pupils who want to learn and achieve well
A dedicated staff team committed to achieving the best for our students
A caring and supportive special school community that is open to new learning and development
A supportive, warm and welcoming teaching team including skilled support staff
Excellent CPD and training opportunities
A beautiful place to work - our school has its own onsite forest school and garden centre and is situated in a lovely village a short walk from the beach

Key areas of work will include:
• Leading the development of the English curriculum to drive up the quality of English provision at Westhaven School with a particular focus on reading
• Inspiring the quality of teaching and learning within the department
• Creating and implementing a whole school Literacy strategy
• Actively promoting innovation and creativity with a SEN focus across the department and the wider school
• Focusing strongly on raising levels of progress and attainment through accurate assessment of data which is used across the school, using a range of evaluation methods which align with the school’s self-evaluation processes
• Focusing on developing the needs of the whole child
• Teaching mixed ability class groups of pupils with SEND including to GCSE and Functional Skills level
• Participating fully in all aspects of pastoral care and wider school life
Enthusiasm and commitment to working with and raising achievement for pupils with SEND is paramount to us; you will be expected to actively demonstrate the school’s core values and embrace ‘The Westhaven Way’.

Applications must be completed in full. Only complete applications will be considered and CVs will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Westhaven School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to DBS Barred List and Enhanced DBS Disclosure checks and satisfactory references. You can find our safeguarding policy on our school website.

Additional allowances

SEN 1 (£2270) + TLR 2 (£2873)

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About Westhaven School

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Special school, ages 4 to 18
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School size
184 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 18
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Westhaven School is a maintained community special school for pupils aged between 4 and 18 years who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Built on an ethos of family support, personalised learning and commitment to the needs of the whole child, the last 50 years has seen it excel in new enterprises and we have recently expanded in both number and age range.

Our pupils have varying aptitudes and abilities; we are extremely proud of all their achievements and progress. Our pupils have a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ranging from Moderate to Severe and including: Autism (ASC); Cognition and Learning needs; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). We seek to ensure that, by the time they leave us, our pupils emerge as self-confident individuals able to manage their own learning; equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in their lives.

We are a friendly, happy and caring school, providing a positive, inclusive and enriching educational experience for our young people. We view each of our pupils as unique and shape our provision to meet their individual needs and accelerate their progress in a variety of areas e.g. personal, social, academic and well-being. Our commitment to supporting the ‘whole’ child and their development is underpinned by our strong pastoral systems and our committed and trained staff. At Westhaven we promote inclusion and equality and celebrate diversity.

Our mission statement is ‘Valued, Inspired, Prepared”.

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