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Teacher of English

Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, Northumberland

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an excellent English teacher to join Queen Elizabeth High School as it moves to a brand-new campus, co-locating with Hexham Middle School. Located in the beautiful market town of Hexham.

Applying for the job

Please apply for this vacancy by submitting your letter of application, application form and criminal records declaration form via quick apply or alternatively email to rstokes@qehs.net. If you wish to speak to someone regarding the vacancy please telephone Rachael Stokes, HR Assistant, on 01434 610362 or email rstokes@qehs.net.

Closing date for application is 9:00am on Friday 26th February. Interviews are scheduled for week beginning 8th March. Candidates will be notified by Thursday 4th March if they have been shortlisted for the interview process.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1301 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email
Contact phone number

About Queen Elizabeth High School

Hadrian Learning Trust was established as an academy converter in 2016. The Trust currently comprises Queen Elizabeth High School (with circa 1300 students aged 13-19) and Hexham Middle School (with circa 460 students aged 9-13).

Queen Elizabeth High School provides the highest standard of education to the people of Tynedale. We are an excellent school with a sixth form which outperforms most other state and voluntary-aided schools and colleges in the North East of England. Our success is due to having a shared ethos and a strong partnership between students, parents and the local community, and we want to recruit the best staff to help us achieve our vision of being the best school in the region.

Our attainment is high. In 2019, our Attainment 8 score was 53.3, with a Progress 8 of 0.29. While proud of our students' success, we are far from complacent and aspire for our Year 11 students to make the best progress possible. Our sixth form is truly outstanding and invites comparison with the best state schools in the country. With an average grade of B at A-Level, and an average vocational grade of distinction*-, over 160 students each year progress from our sixth form to a range of universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group. A number of our students also progress to exciting apprenticeships and vocational schools / conservatoires for a range of disciplines. We have been placed 2nd out of all state schools in the North-East of England for two years running in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings (based on attainment at GCSE and A Level).

Our curriculum currently offers a greater choice of subjects than most schools. Our Year 9 courses prepare students for their GCSE studies whilst at the same time ensuring that students receive a broad and balanced education. The advice and guidance offered to students ensures that the GCSE courses chosen by students best suit their needs and abilities. The size of our sixth form and the subject expertise of our teachers allow us to run a range of exciting courses at KS5. Our historically strong performance in maths attracts over 60 students each year to study maths and a further 15 or more to study further maths. Our vocational offer in sport, music performance, media, IT, health and social care and business allows students the opportunity to go on to study specialist vocational degrees at university.

Our last Ofsted inspection (April 2019) recognised our achievement in producing well-rounded and happy students. Each year, physics students visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and our Human Rights group travels to the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in India. One of our great strengths as a school is our links with the local, national and international communities, whether this is through sport and arts or through our charity work, Fairtrade group, hospital concerts or foreign visits. This year our students will participate in foreign exchange visits linked to schools in Spain and Germany. We also run an annual expedition to Morocco. Our renowned commitment to the performing arts can be seen through our weekly youth theatre and fantastic productions such as “Les Miserables” in December 2019. Our musicians put on concerts in autumn and spring and we have numerous choirs (including a boys’ choir) which perform at Hexham Abbey and to the local community. The opportunities for our students to take part in sport are considerable and they compete at a very high level whether individually or in teams. Our rowing team competes and is successful nationally and the school has produced Olympic athletes and rowers.

Continuing professional development is bringing about significant improvements in leadership and teaching, and a very strong Pastoral Team ensures that barriers to learning which affect outcomes for students are reduced. Our key to success in recent years has been to recruit the best staff we can and to provide a supportive but challenging environment in which they can develop as professionals.

Arranging a visit to Queen Elizabeth High School

Queen Elizabeth High School
Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3JB


Required from 6 September 2021

Main Scale

This is an exciting opportunity for an excellent teacher to join Queen Elizabeth High School as it moves to a brand-new campus, co-locating with Hexham Middle School. Located in the beautiful market town of Hexham, the successful candidate will join a thriving, high achieving school, ranked 2nd in the North-East in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings for 2020-21. The school is focussed on delivering the highest standards of learning and teaching for all students. The closer relationship between the High School and Middle School will enable teaching from Y7-Y13. A-Level English Literature is extremely popular, demonstrating the effectiveness of the talented, well-led English department.

The staff at Queen Elizabeth High School are dedicated to getting the best outcomes for all their students. Relationships between staff and students are excellent and you would join a welcoming and friendly school community.
We are seeking a teacher who can inspire, motivate, and support all learners and is committed to delivering first class education. All teachers should be motivated, adaptable, imaginative, and keen to develop professionally. We would welcome applications from NQTs and those more experienced professionals.

QEHS is a flourishing school and current roll is 1301 including 378 Sixth Form. Further information about the school can be found on our website – www.qehs.net

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a satisfactory Certificate of Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this advert at any time.

School location

Whetstone Bridge Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3JB

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