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    Required for September 2024

  • Closing date

    2 May 2024 at 1pm

  • Date listed

    2 April 2024

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Full-time equivalent salary


Teacher of English job summary

The Governors of this highly successful, partially selective, mixed school invite applications for the post of Teacher of English. We seek a highly motivated and energetic candidate to join our very successful and very well resourced English department. English is a popular subject across all Key Stages. We are passionate about encouraging reading; students study a range of texts spanning various genres and time periods at both KS3 and KS4. English is a popular subject at A level and we offer two A level courses: English Literature and English Language & Literature. You will need to be able to teach students up to and including A level.

In the 2023 A level examinations:

  • 100% of A Level English Literature results were graded A*-B with 68% graded A-A*.

  • 100% of A Level English Language and Literature results were graded A*-C with 67% graded A*-A.

In 2023 GCSE examinations:

  • Over 93% of GCSE English Language results were graded at 5 or above, with 29% achieving a grade 8 or 9.

  • Over 92% of GCSE English Literature results were graded at 5 or above, with 40% achieving a grade 8 or 9.

You can read more about the English Department by following this link: https://damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk/departments/english/

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

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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
1449 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18


Thank you for your interest in applying to Dame Alice Owen’s School. Though much of the information we have about our school is available on our website, we know you

are busy so have put some key information in this pack to help you understand who we are and what we do.

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, in 1976.

Today, Owen’s is an exciting place to work where “staff overwhelmingly feel well cared for” and behaviour is “exemplary.” [Ofsted December 2023] Ours is a school where teachers love talking about teaching and learning, where relationships between students and staff are positive and strong, and where we do what we can to keep workload manageable. We are never complacent; we are always looking for marginal gains in order to keep what we do reasonable, but exciting. It is the combination of interested students, dedicated staff, supportive parents, a rigorous and empathetic Governing Body and school leadership team (staff and student) which makes our school such a special place to be.

Dame Alice Owen’s School is a mixed, partially selective secondary school with approximately 1,440 students including over 400 in our vibrant and highly successful sixth form. Our school benefits from some of the most able students in the country. In the 2023 A level examinations; 60% of all A level grades were A*-A with 82% of grades being awarded A*-B. In GCSE examinations, students achieved an average Attainment 8 score of 71.2 and a Progress 8 score of 0.63 with 24% of all grades awarded at level 9 and 95% of students achieving 5 or more grades 9 – 4 including English and Maths. Many of our school leavers from Year 13 have offers from top universities to choose from, including an average of 24 places at Oxbridge each year.

We were delighted to be recognised as ‘The Sunday Times Regional School of the Decade’ in 2020 and the country’s highest ranking non-fully selective state school of the year many times over. Securing a place at Owen’s has been described as “winning the lottery” in the Good School Guide, “the golden ticket” in Tatler and Ofsted judged us “outstanding” in all categories in December 2023, with no areas for improvement.

If you’d like to come and join us, we would love to meet you and talk to you more. Please call to arrange a chat, if you would like to, or just send us your completed application pack. I look forward to meeting you

Hannah Nemko



At Dame Alice Owen’s, we appreciate that when staff are well looked after, and conditions are right for learning, students and staff thrive.

Owen’s has a relaxed, supportive environment, the atmosphere is friendly and collegial and staff are nurtured and supported. Students at Owen's are engaged, well-motivated and behavioural issues are rare and well managed. Therefore, it is a place where you can focus your energies on developing effective teaching and learning strategies and grow as a practitioner. The Senior Leadership team are fully aware of the importance of a good work life balance and are mindful of this when supporting the teams they line manage. Meetings are kept to a minimum, as is cover, courtesy of a team of dedicated cover supervisors. There are regular, whole staff and departmental social events throughout the year, and, with a nod to our 400 year old traditions, Owen’s is often a fun and interesting place to be.

Teaching at Owen's is not just a job; it's a fulfilling and rewarding experience that goes beyond the classroom, positively shaping both students' futures and teachers' careers. If you would like to work in a school where your passion for education can truly flourish, Owen's is the perfect place for you.

In addition to this we also offer a variety of benefits including:

Access to an Employee Assistance Package, which provides staff with a wide range of health and wellbeing services including physio sessions and 24 hour access to a GP;

Excellent facilities and resources including a Fitness Suite which is open to all staff for certain hours outside of the school day;

Free on school site parking;

Staff child places, in line with our admissions procedures;

A great location - the school is situated on an attractive 35-acre site in the Green Belt. Central London is easily reached, in 15 minutes, by rail from Potters Bar and the school is close to motorway links.

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