Teacher of English Saddleworth School, Oldham, Greater Manchester

Job description

For January 2020, we are seeking to appoint a passionate and inspiring English Teacher with excellent subject knowledge and the ability to contribute to improvements in pupils’ progress and attainment. The post would be suitable for an experienced or newly qualified teacher. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a supportive and dedicated team.

Essential educational requirements

Relevant degree

Essential qualifications

QTS

Essential skills and experience

Please refer to the person specification on our school website https://www.saddleworth.oldham.sch.uk/vacancies

Employee benefits

- Commitment to developing individuals and working with others to reach their full potential through our weekly CPD programme
- Opportunity to work with highly committed and enthusiastic staff


About Saddleworth School

Saddleworth School is a 10-form entry, 11-16 Comprehensive School, situated in pleasant rural surroundings at the foot of the western slopes of the Pennines, some four miles east of Oldham. The school enjoys a good reputation. In its Ofsted inspection of March 2018 it was rated “Good” in every aspect. The school caters for the whole rural district of Saddleworth and also for the nearby residential areas on the eastern side of Oldham. This district contains nine large villages with varied industrial undertakings and farming activities. Manchester and the M62 are within easy reach and the region is popular with commuters. Housing development is mainly of the higher value residential type. A wide range of housing is available within reasonable travelling distance. The school is situated at the northern end of Uppermill Village on the main A670 Ashton-Huddersfield Road which links with the A669 Oldham Road. A bus service from Manchester via Oldham terminates in Uppermill Square. The school is oversubscribed and the number on roll is currently 1370 but will expand to 1500 when the school moves to brand new premises in the nearby village of Diggle in 2020. This new building is being funded by the Education Funding Agency through the Governments Priority Schools Building Programme. The current site was opened in 1911 and has had a number of buildings added over the years with the major capital project being completed over 30 years ago. In addition to the normal classrooms, facilities include 8 Science laboratories, 11 Art design and Technology rooms, multi-media resource centre, gymnasium, sports hall, computer facilities, assembly hall, dining hall, and canopied social areas. The outdoor sports facilities include an all-weather pitch and MUGA; further playing fields and swimming pool are available, some 15 minutes walk away. On entry, children in Year 7 are placed in mixed ability classes, but set by ability in Maths as soon as possible. From Year 8 onwards, there is increasing use of setting, the nature of which varies from subject to subject. There is a long standing record of success rates in external examinations and pupils tend to leave with above average attainment. A wide range of extra-curricular activities is available. Fieldwork and outdoor pursuits are very strongly supported; a full programme of sporting activities is maintained, as are a wide range of excellent musical and drama activities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is particularly well represented. The school day is shaped around three, hour and fifty minute periods of learning. Some departments use half periods. The pupils leave early on a Wednesday and all staff engage in training that runs from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The pastoral system is organised on a year basis, with each year led by a Home School Leader. Form tutors play a crucial role and it follows; therefore, that all candidates for teaching posts at the school must be fully committed to the education of the ‘whole child’ and be prepared to contribute to the school as an active and caring form tutor. Standards of pupil dress and behaviour are good and children are encouraged to play a part in the running of the school, through the elected prefect body and the school council. The school has become the focus of many of the leisure pursuits of the local community. It is widely used after school and in the evenings for sport and cultural activities. The element of community service in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme has involved helping the Tame Valley wardens with their conservation work, helping at the museum, and the St John Ambulance, and giving support to the old people in the area. The school’s high standard of inclusion is well supported by Pastoral Support Assistants who are attached to each Home School. The school also has a Student Support Centre for pupils in need of additional support or time out from mainstream learning. We also have a “Seclusion” facility for pupils who have been unable to maintain the high standards of behaviour we expect. Saddleworth School is a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work. This is a school where teachers and pupils can really flourish. By coming to Saddleworth, successful candidates have an excellent opportunity to fulfil their full potential in the teaching profession. Approval has just been granted by the Secretary of State for the much publicised new build to take place in Diggle, and we are now in the six week period in which legal objections can be raised after which we begin the exciting journey to the development of a brand new state of the art building for the children of Saddleworth. Saddleworth School Values Saddleworth school is a place where: • We each feel that we are valued by and belong to the Saddleworth family • All work hard and are considerate and courteous towards each other • There is a strong belief in and practice of “can do and will do” • We all embrace opportunity • We are all encouraged to nurture and develop our passion • Everyone has a shared sense of community or of themselves • We develop a sense of our place within the global community • There is strong mutual respect, pride in self and in others, tolerance and collaboration • We all model the behaviours of responsible and successful individuals promoting aspirational attitudes and enabling fulfilment of potential in others • We develop and encourage a growth mindset and positive attitudes in self and others • We have a community based on equality and opportunity in which all are valued and can and do access • We embrace success and take pride in our own achievements and those of others Key words

Address
High Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL3 6BU
Phase
Secondary
Type
LA Maintained School
Website
Saddleworth School website (opens in a new window)