Teacher of English
To deliver to students a balanced, relevant, and ambitious curriculum
in your taught subject; to support subject developments; to monitor, assess
and report upon student progress, and to contribute to raising subject
Head of English
To ensure that students’
prior attainment data is used to inform planning and teaching of assigned classes.
To maintain records and
monitor and report upon student progress and attainment in assigned classes.
To contribute to the
development of effective teaching and learning within your taught subject(s)
To ensure that an effective
‘climate for learning’ is in place in the assigned classes.
To assist the Head of
Department in ensuring that teaching in your subject is of high quality and
contributes to the department’s improvement plan.
To participate in
staff development activities provided within the department and whole school.
To deliver, as
directed, syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, assessment and marking
policies and teaching strategies so that student needs can be met.
To report student
progress in your subject to the Head of Department and to parents/carers
To contribute to
the department improvement plans so that the quality of teaching and learning
in your subject can be continuously improved.
Passion for learning:
Creating a learning environment that supports students in their
learning and encourages them to become confident, independent learners.
Challenge and support:
caring for the students and expressing positive expectations
directing, enthusing, and motivating students so that effective
learning takes place in an orderly learning environment.
show confidence and a willingness to take on challenges.
work with others in the department to achieve
Knowledge and Experience:
- A degree in a
relevant subject eg. English
- To continue personal development as agreed
at appraisal reviews.
- To engage actively in the appraisal review
- To address the appraisal targets set by the
line manager each Autumn Term
- To play a full part in the life of the
school community, to support its distinctive aim and ethos and to encourage
staff and students to follow this example.
- To support the school in meeting its legal
requirements for worship
- To promote actively the school’s corporate
- To comply with the school’s Health and
Safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
- To show a record of excellent attendance
- To adhere to the school’s Dress Code
- To undertake any other reasonable duty
delegated by the principal.
Whilst every effort
has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each
individual task undertaken may not be identified.
Employees will be
expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work
of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.
expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to
visitors and telephone callers.
The school will endeavor
to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working
environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job
applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling
This job description
is current at the date shown, but following consultation with you, may be
changed by Governors to reflect or anticipate changes in the job which are
commensurate with the salary and job title.
Information about Goffs and the Generations Multi
Welcome to our information pack about Goffs and the Generations Multi
Academy Trust. We are a mixed 11-18
comprehensive Academy with approximately 1,600 students on roll, including a
thriving and successful Sixth Form. Our Academy is extremely popular in the
local area, with an average of over 800 applications annually for the 240
places available, and significant waiting lists for places across the year
groups. On intake our students are of a level of prior attainment significantly
above that of the national average. We
are, though, a true comprehensive school and welcome a mix of students of all
levels of prior attainment.
The school has been awarded the International Schools Award twice,
Investors in People status three times, and has Sportsmark Gold and Artsmark
Silver. We also hold the Secondary Geography Quality Mark, as well as being a
designated Leading Edge School, and chairing the national Leadership Partner
Professional Working and Learning
Our school was among those named
as part of a £2billion Government scheme, the Priority Schools Building
Programme. As a result, Goffs received a completely new build and facilities,
and moved into them in January 2017. The school has further invested in an
additional new building, which opened in April 2022, which includes 8 brand-new
classrooms, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre run by Lifestyle
Fitness, with whom we work in close partnership.
This significant investment of
funds by the Department for Education is a further recognition of the
outstanding work being undertaken by the school, and represents another
fantastic opportunity for our community. Our school building provides a light, modern, professional and fit
for purpose working environment for all.
The Generations Multi Academy Trust
In early 2016,
Goffs Academy received a direct approach from the DfE asking that they consider
establishing a Multi Academy Trust and work in partnership with other schools.
As a result, the Generations MAT, GMAT, was established from 1st September
2016, with Goffs as the lead school within the Trust. Subsequently, the Trust
took over the former Cheshunt School and established Goffs-Churchgate Academy,
which is now another thriving secondary.
Goffs-Churchgate is a fully mixed
comprehensive school from 11-16 years of age, with 605 on the roll. Recognising that
not all children thrive in large secondary schools, the Trust made a deliberate
decision to offer both a larger and much smaller secondary school for local
parents to choose between. As such, the decision to cap
student numbers at 600 is entirely deliberate, enabling us to maintain a strong
sense of community where everybody knows everybody. Both secondaries
enjoy extremely high levels of Year 6 applications, with both being fully
over-subscribed. Flamstead End Primary joined the MAT from 1st
January 2023, and is another highly successful, thriving and nurturing
community, rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. All of the schools are within close
proximity of each other and share many activities, including CPD for staff. One
of the Trust’s fundamental principles is that no one school is in any way more
important or successful than the other. As such, CPD and other events are
rotated through all schools in the Trust, with everyone learning from and
sharing with each other. This collegiate and collaborative approach permeates
From Spring 2023,
the MAT opened nursery provision on the Goffs-Churchgate site, with subsidised
and term-time only places for staff. The nursery is run by Ashbourne Nurseries
The MAT is
extremely clear about its daily purpose, reflected in its motto of “No Set
Destiny for Any Child.” All of our schools, leaders and staff fiercely believe
in the life-changing nature of education and work tirelessly to that end, day
in and day out. There is no set destiny for any of the children in our care;
rather, our daily work across the piece allows children to forge new futures
The MAT is extremely financially
secure. Finances are overseen by a Chief Finance Officer with considerable
financial expertise in the private sector, plus a highly experienced Finance
Manager. The Trust deliberately created an Income Generation function, and
extensive lettings and business development work now takes place across all
sites in the MAT. This additional income – now yielding in excess of £500k per
annum – underpins generous levels of staffing at both schools, plus many
“extras” that would otherwise be unaffordable in the current funding climate.
As one example, all teacher loadings were reduced from 19/20 as a direct result
of the additional monies coming into the Trust via this income generation work.
We are looking forward to further widening our Trust and to working in
partnership with both primary schools and further secondaries. Further
information about GMAT can be found here: https://generationsmat.com/
Our strategy for continuous
school improvement has had huge success and we are actively committed to
ensuring that our very popular and successful school, plus the wider MAT,
continues as a centre of excellence in the community.
Exam results in 2023 were another
year of huge success for Goffs. GCSE highlights include:
- Student progress outcomes which remain above
- 75% of students achieved grade 4 or more in
English and Maths and 55% achieved 5 or more in both
- English grade 4/5 or more: 77%/64%
- Maths grade 4/5 or more: 80%/61%
- Percentage of grade 7 or more in all subjects: 29%
Crucially, students were well supported in progressing onto a
range of exciting destinations. The majority of Year 11 students have continued
their studies in the Sixth Form at Goffs, with all others securing a place in
further education or training. 65% of Year 13 students secured a university or
college place to start in autumn 2023.
At A Level, continuing the upward trend of recent years, students
achieved another excellent set of exam results, including an overall 100% pass
rate. The wide range of university or further education courses onto which
students have progressed include Law, History, Geography, Maths, Finance,
Physics and Biomedical Science, whilst many other students progressed directly
into employment or apprenticeships. Our Sixth Form has an excellent reputation
in the local area, over the past three years the numbers of students applying
to join our Sixth Form has continued to increase, such that we now have
approximately 400 Sixth Formers within our school community.
We are, of course, very proud
of these outcomes. Equally, we are clear
that they reflect the start of our journey, not the end. As such, we
target set in the top 10% of all schools nationally and strive at all times to
meet ambitious targets. We are committed to a cycle of continuous improvement
and aspiration and are keen to appoint a colleague who shares that vision,
determination and a restless quest for even higher outcomes. All of these
factors combine to make Goffs a very exciting and rewarding community to be a
Goffs prides itself on its
sense of community – both within the school itself, and in the wider
locality. Visitors to our school
unfailingly comment on a very real sense of community, coupled with warmth and
pride. We are members of Cheshunt Extended Services (ChExS), offering a variety
of extended school and community based activities for both students and
parents. Our students actively support local charity work such as the Isabel
Hospice and the Rainbow Trust, and maintain strong links with our local primary
schools. In addition, our young Sports Leaders regularly work in primary
schools. Goffs runs a ‘G-Involved’ Volunteering programme, where every Sixth
Form student completes 20 hours volunteering during the course of the academic
year. Students are rewarded through our annual Pride of Goffs Awards evening.
We firmly believe in every student feeling a strong sense of community
and on entering the school, each student is placed in one of four Houses:
Eagle, Falcon, Hawk and Phoenix. Each
House is led by a team of student House Captains and has a clear sense of
identity. Regular competitions and
assemblies strengthen this sense of community.
year the House Captains decide on a possible group of charities to support;
students in every year then vote on their chosen school charity.Students
within eachHouse then arrange a variety of fund raising events throughout
the schoolyear. The House which raises the most money in the year for our
school charity is awarded the Charity House Shield. Such work is indicative of
Goffs students’ ability to empathise with the needs of others, and further
develops their capacity to work successfully in a variety of social settings.
regularly bring visitors from the community into school to work with students,
and maintain strong links with our local secondary schools as a partner school
in the Broxbourne Partnership. The school building is used for evening, weekend
and holiday classes, providing opportunities for a diverse range of users
including the Greek School, and local dance and sports groups.
The Goffs Student Leadership
Academy actively encourages leadership development through a series of student
led groups. We currently have students enrolled in the Leadership Academy
from Year 7 to Year 13, with groups including:
- Student Parliament
- Community and Charity Leaders
- House Leaders
- Sports Leaders
- Top Team
The student groupseach
have a member of Student Parliament who is responsible for coordinating the
group and their projects. Students regularly report back on
theirwork and theimpact that it is havingboth in and outside
our school community.
variety of annual school trips give students the opportunities to sample
different cultures, whilst an extensive programme of off-site visits provides
opportunities for students to experience the diversity that exists within the
UK including theatre, galleries and museum visits. Our overseas trips have
included Germany, Spain, USA, Czech Republic, Paris, Berlin and Reykjavik, in
addition to a student exchange with a school in Beijing, and annual ski trips
to countries such as Italy, Andorra or Austria. In addition, we regularly host
students from Spain as part of our specialism work.
Goffs is proud to be a truly
comprehensive school, with students and staff from different religions and a
number of languages spoken in the school. We recognise and celebrate what makes
us unique and different, and acknowledge that we are also part of one
community. Our aim is for everybody to feel valued and respected and we strive
hard to ensure we create a positive culture within the school to enable this to
Care, Guidance and Support
Successful learning takes place
when students feel safe, confident, respected and valued, and are engaged.
Goffs believes in supporting and nurturing all students in their quest to
become successful learners. As such, we
place a high value on pastoral care as an integral part of the life of the
We promote positive attitudes
towards learning and provide a caring and supportive environment within our
community. We were delighted to see Ofsted’s comments
“students’ behaviour and attitudes are outstanding” and that “students feel
very safe, because bullying is extremely rare and they are very confident that
any incidents that concern them will be dealt with swiftly and effectively.”
Continuously nurturing, supporting and developing our students is hugely
important to us and significant investment is made in the school’s pastoral
structures, including our investing in dedicated Learning Mentors for the
Goffs has an extremely strong
reputation for staff development, across both teaching and support staff.
Developing the next generation of school leaders, both middle and senior, and
future Headteachers for those who wish to pursue this, is a responsibility that
we take very seriously.
We have a full suite of staff
leadership development which staff can join be they an ECT or highly
experienced colleague, whilst Alison Garner, Chief Executive Officer of the
Generations Trust, chairs the national Leadership Partner School network, a group
that brings together schools dedicated to developing outstanding leadership
skills throughout their communities, and which allows us to visit other network
schools, to attend national conferences and to share best practice.
During our most recent
inspection, the team described our whole staff CPD programme as “outstanding”
and “the best they had seen”. In
addition to innovative whole staff training, built into protected time within
the fortnightly timetable, we disaggregate a number of hours for training every
year. This allows staff development to be highly personalised as staff can opt
for the training which best meets their needs, including the opportunity to do
a research project in partnership with Cambridge University. All staff complete peer observations to
observe best practice, and use our Iris camera technology as part of evaluating
and improving their own teaching. Many use their disaggregated time to coach
others or to receive coaching. Moreover, there are specific training sessions
for ECTs and other interested staff which run every Wednesday after school.
We also place a lot of emphasis
on ‘on the job’ training and support. A thorough induction scheme is available
to all new staff, and mentors/buddies are assigned to guide you through those
new routines. Finally, external courses
can of course be booked if, on very rare occasions, we cannot cater for a
particular training need in house.
Goffs Leadership Academy
encompasses both staff and student leadership development through a series of
student led groups and staff leadership pathways.
All pathways are personalised
for the individual and staff receive one to one support from a mentor alongside
working on a whole school project. Both support staff and teaching staff
are welcome to join the Leadership Academy at any point in their career.
A full suite of leadership
training is offered with a range of sessions including:
- What makes a good leader?
- Leadership and staff motivation
- Leading and managing change
- Being a Lead Practitioner
- Strategic pastoral leadership –
being a Director of Learning
- Strategic curriculum leadership –
being a Head of Department
- Coaching and mentoring
- Using data in leadership
- Resilience in leadership
- How to make your applications
In addition, we encourage aspirant Senior Leaders to take part in the
SSAT ‘Stepping Up to Senior Leadership’ training programme, as well as
supporting colleagues to undertake various NPQs (National Professional
Qualifications). As part of the school’s commitment to develop future leaders,
a number of the existing Senior Leadership Team gained experience through an
‘Associate’ SLT position before gaining substantive leadership posts.
Alongside our very strong focus
on outstanding professional development and promotion opportunities, we also
offer a range of benefits including:
Competitive base salary with a
tailor made development plan aimed at enhancing your future [earnings]
- High quality, personalised
- Bespoke leadership
- Subsidies for Masters and
- Secondment and shadowing
- As part of our Multi
Academy Trust, “Generations”, potential to work across more than one
school to develop career enhancing skills and knowledge
- Supported Nursery provision with
Ashbourne at any of their nurseries in
the Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire,
Northamptonshire, and Bedfordshire area:
- 15% discount for all
- Term time only places are
- Onsite car valeting at a
reduced price for Trust staff
discounted membership to Lifestyle Fitness’s state of the art purpose
built gym, at Goffs Academy
Additional financial incentives
and tax efficient benefits, including:
- Exam marker payment of
£400 plus 2 days paid leave to do the marking (1styear)
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Payments for staff taking
weekend sporting fixtures: staff paid £200 for leading a minimum of six
Saturday fixtures plus 6 weekly training sessions
- A daily allowance of £50
for school trips taken over a weekend or any school holiday
- A £1,000 Employee Referral
Scheme (i.e. finder’s fee) for anyqualifying positionsthat you
refer the successful candidate for: £500 on the person starting, and £500
if the person is still at the school 12 months later
Access to a wide range of
health and well-being resources including:
- New, professional and fit
for purpose £20million working environment
- Free use of gym
- Occupational Health &
- Free flu jabs
- Subsidised social events
- 100% attendance reward –
day in lieu, taken at the school’s discretion
- Free tea, coffee and milk
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