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Second in English with responsibility for KS5 English Coordination

Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 2DU

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  • Job start date

    1 January 2023

  • Closing date

    13 October 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    30 September 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS/UPS

Additional allowances

TLR 2b

Second in English with responsibility for KS5 English Coordination job summary

We reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date, so early applications are encouraged.

The Governing Body of this highly successful, partially selective, mixed school invites applications for the post of Second in English with responsibility for KS5 coordination. We seek a highly motivated and energetic candidate to join our very successful and well resourced English department. As well as leading the Key Stage 5 curriculum, the role will involve supporting the Head of Department in ensuring an innovative, relevant and challenging curriculum across all Key Stages, that staff are challenged and supported and that standards are maintained in all lessons. You will monitor the assessment and achievement of pupils as well as reviewing, evaluating and developing standards of teaching and learning across Key Stage 5. You will help lead the English department with a focus on developing teaching and learning strategies to keep English a fresh, exciting and relevant subject for all students.

In the 2022 GCSE examinations, students achieved an average Attainment 8 score of 75.6 (our last official Progress 8 score was +0.65 in 2019) with 40% of all grades being a grade 9 and 93% of students achieving 5 or more grades 9-4 including English and Maths. 69.7% of GCSE English Language results were graded 7-9, with over 90% at 5 or above; 67.2% of GCSE English Literature results were graded 7-9, with over 93.9% at 5 or above. 100% of English Literature results and 88.9% of A Level English Language and Literature results were graded A*-B.

The school is situated on an attractive 35-acre site in the Green Belt, has excellent facilities and is committed to an extensive programme of staff development. Central London is easily reached by rail from Potters Bar and the school is close to motorway links.

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About Dame Alice Owen's School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1447 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Dame Alice Owen’s School is a mixed, partially selective secondary school with over 1,440 registered students and a vibrant and highly successful sixth form. Our school was founded 400 years ago by Dame Alice Owen, a remarkable philanthropist with an unusually modern vision for education. She established the first school in Islington and as demand outstripped space, it moved to its current setting in the Hertfordshire countryside. Because of its roots and its close and important relationship with the Worshipful Company of Brewers, there are 20 places each year for 11 year old students from Islington. It also offers 65 places to the highest scoring applicants who sit the entrance exam each year and a further 10 places for students showing the most aptitude in music who apply for a place in Year 7. The remainder of the places, in an annual cohort of 200, go to siblings, local students on the basis of proximity to the school and to those with priority need.

It is this combination of student and our truly outstanding record of achievement and added value that makes our school such a special place. It is oversubscribed by 5 applicants per place every year. Our dedicated staff, parents’ association, Governing Body and school (staff and student) leaders constantly appraise and re-appraise the various aspects of school life, learning and achievement so we are never complacent. Our school faces the usual challenges of all educational establishments in the public sector, and ensuring that their impact is felt least by the students is a key objective.

We were delighted to be recognised as The Sunday Times Regional School of the Decade in November 2020’ and the country’s highest ranking non-fully selective state school of the year in 2021. Securing a place at Owen’s has been described as “winning the lottery” in the Good School Guide and “the golden ticket” in Tatler. Our school benefits from some of the most able students in the country. Many of our school leavers from Year 13 have offers from top universities to choose from, including on average 20 places at Oxbridge each year.

Our Foundress left a number of fields in the then village of Islington to the care of the Worshipful Company of Brewers which now generate over one million pounds of additional income for the school annually, to support the school. This creates a very special ethos and fosters the very positive staff working environment. The students and staff benefit from a number of traditions including Beer Money, staff awards and Visitation.

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