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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    26 January 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    13 January 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£28,000 to £43,685

Pay scale

M1 to UPS3

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a highly-motivated and passionate individual as a Teacher of English and media to join our English and media department. If successful, you would be working closely with our established team of 13 English and media teachers in promoting the highest standards of teaching and learning to support students of all backgrounds and abilities. As a department, we deliver a curriculum that ensures students are prepared for both qualifications and builds a full understanding of English Language and English Literature as academic disciplines. Previous experience of teaching A Level media is an advantage.

What the school offers its staff

Within The Education Alliance Multi Academy Trust, there are lots of opportunities for collaboration and also further opportunities to develop and progress. As a trust, we are here to make great schools and happier, stronger communities so that people have better lives. For too long in many schools, staff have been asked to choose between being seen as good at their job and being a good mum, dad, partner, son, daughter or friend. We are doing everything we can to support our staff to balance the demands of their jobs and those at home.

To support this, we:

  • Trust our staff to plan, prepare and assess at the best time for them, allowing them to go off-site in their PPA
  • Have centralised our Behaviour Policy so teachers are freed up from supervising detentions
  • Demand ethical leadership built on professional trust
  • Reject fads and ensure our CPD is evidence-informed and predominantly subject specific
  • Have reduced data collections to twice yearly
  • Do not expect staff to respond to emails outside normal working hours
  • Do not deploy staff at other Trust schools unless it is at their request

We have removed the following:

  • Performance management objectives and performance-related pay
  • Lesson observations and high stakes, toxic accountability
  • Onerous marking policies
  • Requirements for daily or weekly lesson plans

Above all, we recognise that seeking to remove the number of tasks staff undertake will have little effect on improving work/home balance if this happens within a toxic culture. To support this, we offer training for our leaders to ensure they are able to translate our values into behaviours which are built on the principles of dignity, respect, professionalism and integrity.

Further details about the role

In their last visit (January 2020), Ofsted described our school as a ‘happy and friendly place,’ providing ‘a good quality of education to its pupils and sixth-form students.’ As a school, we are dedicated to providing a great teacher in every classroom and are committed to high-quality, collective teacher development. This helps us to reduce the replication of effort and helps all teachers to thrive in our setting. We do this by prioritising the continuing development of our staff. This comes in a variety of forms: professional subject-specific development delivered in department time; INSET days as well as through CPD opportunities across The Education Alliance.

Driffield School is based in the heart of the bucolic Yorkshire Wolds and is easily accessible from local towns and cities (with commutes of 20 minutes from Beverley, 30 minutes from Scarborough and 40 minutes from York or Hull). As a school, we are immensely proud of our students and would welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you around our school community. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, or would like to visit us to see what we have to offer, please contact Laura Sanders on 01377 232362 or by email at hr@driffieldschool.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on 26 January 2023 and it is anticipated that interviews will be held on Monday 30 January 2023.

Commitment to safeguarding

Driffield School & Sixth Form is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service is required prior to appointment.

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About Driffield School and Sixth Form

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1361 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01377 232362

About Driffield School & Sixth Form Forward by Vicky Loftus (Headteacher) Thank you for your interest in working at Driffield School and Sixth Form. I hope that, after reading the information provided, you will feel not only encouraged to apply, but excited by the opportunities that Driffield has to offer. I have been a Senior Leader within The Education Alliance since 2013 and before moving to Driffield School’s senior team, I was a Trust Director working across the secondary schools within the trust. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to work with colleagues and students in Driffield and instantly felt a connection with the school and its community. In spring 2018, I moved to the school’s senior team full time so that I could be a key stakeholder in driving forward the school’s success. I was Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum and Standards, working very closely with Subject Leaders to develop curriculum and standards of teaching, before being appointed Headteacher in 2022. Driffield has the perfect comprehensive mix of students; they are a pleasure to teach and are our greatest asset. Many want to stay onto our Sixth Form due to its superb reputation. The number of students securing their first choice of university remains well above national average and we have many students who secure places at Russell group universities. I have no doubt that Driffield School will be an outstanding school, but this is not the driver for myself, our governors or staff. We want to provide a great education for every young person in our local area and this is our motivation. I have extremely high expectations of myself, staff and students. However, staff well-being is of utmost importance to us and everything we do is underpinned by our ‘Workload Charter’. At Driffield School and Sixth Form, we are extremely passionate about improving the life chances of our young people and we want all of our students to leave us with the best possible outcomes, a wide range of memorable experiences and an abundance of positive memories. I am proud to be the Headteacher leading the school through the next stage of its exciting journey and feel very lucky to lead a school with such amazing staff and students. Driffield offers a great opportunity for colleagues who are passionate about making a difference in an improving school and a supportive organisation. I would strongly encourage visits to the school. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Sue Lord, the school’s HR Manager at hr@driffieldschool.org.uk or by telephone on 01377 253631. This is undoubtedly an exciting time to join Driffield School & Sixth Form and the Education Alliance. We very much look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in our school. About Driffield School & Sixth Form We are an 11-19 Comprehensive School with approximately 1,500 students on roll. We are part of The Education Alliance, a growing multi-academy trust, currently consisting of South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College, Malet Lambert School, Driffield School and Sixth Form, The Snaith School, Hunsley Primary School, North Cave Church of England Primary School, Howden Junior School and Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training. We are here to make great schools and happier, stronger communities so that people have better lives. We do this by always doing what is right, trusting each other and standing shoulder to shoulder and doing what we know makes the difference. Doing what is right means always acting with integrity, in the interests of others and being honest, open and transparent. Driffield School and Sixth Form is a friendly and supportive school and we do everything we can to ensure that every individual child receives the care, support and guidance they need to thrive and be the best they can be. Our fantastic team of hardworking and caring staff are fundamental to this success and we invest heavily in professional development to enable our staff to flourish, continually develop and access in-house career opportunities. We have a long tradition of being an inclusive and supportive school and our aim is for all students and staff to enjoy learning, experience success and develop their full potential. Our Be Well Programme was introduced in September 2019 and provides a comprehensive package of well-being and mental health support for all our students, parents/caregivers and staff. Further details are available in the general details section below. Staff, governors, students and members of the community have worked together to create a new vision of the key qualities and values they would like to see in the school: Believe ● Achieve A proud and confident community: achieving success through trust and respectful relationships. As this dynamic new vision statement illustrates, it is an exciting time for the school which has enormous potential. The hard work of staff and students has resulted in a record number of the highest grades at Driffield School and Sixth Form in 2019. At A Level, 48% of our students achieved A* to B grades (a 14% increase on the previous year) and 78% A* to C grades. We are really proud of our students' efforts and achievements and this year saw a wonderful set of results for students who can now move successfully into employment, apprenticeships and further study in Higher Education after a 99.4% pass rate. The majority of our students gained their first choice of university with a high proportion securing a place at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities. A record number of students have also successfully graduated from our MEDSOC programme, securing a place to study medicine at university. At GCSE level in 2019, a record number of students achieved the highest grades. Our basics measure has improved for the fourth year running with 66% of students achieving at least a standard pass in both English and Maths and 43% achieving a strong pass or above in English and Maths. The number of students achieving grades 7 and above has doubled over the last two years. Over 50 grade 9s were awarded to students at Driffield School, putting them in the top 3% in the country. Our facilities have been designed to ensure the environment promotes learning and these include a purpose built Art and Technology building and a state of the art Performing Arts block. A £1.2 million investment has recently been completed to update the school’s North Building and the energy efficiencies this will create will be reinvested into teaching and learning. All our facilities are actively used by the local community outside school hours. We also have access to the East Riding Leisure Centre which is adjacent to the school site and is equipped with the latest fitness equipment for the benefit of staff and students. The school is also able to use residential facilities at Spiers Bank House, an ex-forestry commission house located near Pickering in the North York Moors. This provides a fantastic resource for the development of students’ outdoor experiences as well as personal development. Our school prospectus can be accessed here. Driffield is at the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds and has recently been named by The Times as one of the best places to live in the North of England. We are proud of our school and welcome the opportunity to show prospective staff who are interested in any current vacancies around the site.

Arranging a visit to Driffield School and Sixth Form

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email lsanders@driffieldschool.org.uk.

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