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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    17 May 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    10 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

Teachers' Pay Scale

Additional allowances

TLR 2b

What skills and experience we're looking for

Thank you for considering St. Mary's Catholic Academy for the next stage in your career.

The post will include supporting the development of literacy, with a particular focus on oracy as part of voice 21 and leading vocabulary development including students use of bedrock. The successful candidate would need to be able to teach English and English Literature across Key Stages 3 and 4 with the opportunity to teach English or English Literature at Key Stage 5. The role would be a fantastic opportunity for an outstanding, talented teacher with emerging leadership to develop their leadership skills in a thriving department and Academy.

Applications must be sent electronically to admin@st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk by midday on Friday 17th May 2024.

The post will involve teaching English at various key stages.
At Key Stage 3, St Mary’s English Department offers a rich and varied curriculum. Thematic modules provide inspiring and exciting challenges for all learners.
At Key Stage 4, we currently follow the AQA English Language and English Literature specifications.
We offer two AS / A2 subjects: English Literature and English Language. Both subjects are popular and engaging, leading to successful outcomes for our students.

The accommodation consists of an eight classroom learning house, along with a covered outside area that is shared with Modern Foreign Languages. The rooms are bright and well-resourced with fixed LCD flat screens in each learning space. There is some variety in the learning spaces available which would allow for different approaches to the teaching of English to be explored.

In line with the Academy Raising Achievement Plan, the English Department will work towards the following Key Goals:

Transforming Learning:
The department is keen to develop further extra-curricular provisions, specifically around the area of creative writing and English within the world of the Media. We work closely with the Academy Learning Resource Centre and would like to further strengthen connections between the Department and the Library. Regular theatre trips complement our Department ethos and we are always looking for opportunities to bring Literature to life!

Due to national changes within English, the Department has created new KS3 schemes of work to ensure that students are prepared for the new GCSE curriculum, whilst simultaneously offering them the opportunity to be creative and enjoy the subject. By working closely with the Blackpool Research School, we are continually reflecting on practice and pedagogy, revising schemes of work as necessary and we look forward to a fresh input.

Further Raise Achievement & Attainment at GCSE & A-Level:
Further work will be completed with our high achieving students and with those who are capable of reaching top grades at GCSE and A-Level. We look forward to developing new strategies to stretch and challenge these students during their completion of the new GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

To Further Strengthen Our Catholic Ethos:
The English Department is vibrant and thriving with a broad range of teaching experience. We are a supportive network of committed staff, working as a team to encourage progression, success and enjoyment at work. We have an excellent history with supporting ITT students. We will continue to offer places for trainee teachers, observation placements for University students and will maintain our excellent partnerships with training providers. We currently have 3 trained subject mentors within the department and offer at least two placements per year. Our staff are constantly developing quality formative feedback and coaching skills and this allows us to offer excellent support to trainee or new staff.


  • Qualified teacher status at graduate level.
  • ENGLISH Degree/Degree containing substantial ENGLISH element.
  • Recent professional development/teaching placement relevant to the post.


  • Leadership & management of curriculum, people and resources within an English Department or educational setting.
  • Substantial involvement in initiatives/developments that have shown significant impact/sustained excellence with respect to the standards of attainment achieved by students.
  • A clear philosophy for the teaching of ENGLISH.
  • Knowledge of some strategies that will enhance learning and raise the attainment of all students in ENGLISH.
  • A clear philosophy for the teaching of English.
  • Successful classroom practitioner with a record of very good examination results.
  • Ability to use ICT in the planning and delivery of English.
  • The ability and desire to teach English subjects to A-level.
  • Understanding of some aspects of effective leadership and management and the ability to apply them.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which students learn and evidence of having successfully applied them to raise student attainment.
  • Knowledge of current issues affecting 11-18 schools.
  • Effective communicator – verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to form good relationships with both colleagues and students.
  • Commitment to actively supporting the distinctive ethos of the school.
  • Commitment to assisting with the development of extra-curricular activities.
  • Resilience, commitment, ability to work under pressure and a sense of humour.
  • An excellent attendance and punctuality record. (Please note that excellent attendance is considered to be 95% attendance over the past two academic years. Directors will take note of one off illnesses/absences and individual circumstances).
  • High expectations of all students.
  • Enthusiasm for career development.

The standard contact time for a TLR 2b is 31 out of 40 periods per fortnight, including a period of PSHE with your form and an additional 90 minutes of enhanced CPD time.

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th May 2024 – midday
Shortlisting: Friday 17th May 2024
Interview date: Thursday 23rd May 2024

Post Details:
Grade: Teachers’ Pay Scale with TLR 2b
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Start Date: 1st September 2024

Please refer to the application pack for further details.

What the school offers its staff

St. Mary’s is a highly regarded, oversubscribed and successful school with:

  • A caring ethos and high standards.
  • An Outstanding Diocesan Inspection Report (March 2017)
  • A full Ofsted Inspection of St Mary’s in May 2022 was extremely positive and confirmed that St Mary’s Catholic Academy continues to be good in all areas. You can read a copy of the report on the Academy's website.
  • An outstanding induction programme, friendly staff, high quality professional cover supervisors, ICT technicians and admin support and a strong family ethos which make St. Mary’s a great place to work.
  • State of the art facilities housed in our £22.5 million pound refurbished campus.

We would be delighted to receive your application.

Commitment to safeguarding

BEBCMAT is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors.

All posts are subject to:
● Medical clearance
● Verification of qualifications and National Insurance number.
● Two references including a judgement about suitability to work with children.
● A member of the interview panel will be trained in implementing Child Protection procedures.
● In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, online search be carried out.
For teaching positions, barred list checks and prohibition from teaching checks will be carried out.
For leadership positions, section 128 checks will be performed.

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About St Mary's Catholic Academy

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1199 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01253 396286

St Mary's is a highly regarded oversubscribed Catholic Academy in Blackpool in the Diocese of Lancaster.

The school is very much a Catholic family where everyone works together to support and challenge one another to be the best they can be.

Our Catholic Ethos, founded on the hallmarks of:
Catholic Caring Community Challenge
is key to our success. Students and staff are all encouraged, as our mission statement states, to grow in wisdom, understanding, self-esteem and closeness to God. Many of our staff and students are Catholic or Christian, we are joined by a number of staff and students who aren’t, anyone is welcome to come and be part of our family as long as they are willing to support and contribute to the ethos and success of the Academy.

Arranging a visit to St Mary's Catholic Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk.

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