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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    4 March 2024 at 9:43am

  • Date listed

    21 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Salary negotiable

What skills and experience we're looking for

Job Purpose

In conjunction with the Head of Department:

  • Work closely with the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English in all areas of the department.
  • Ensure that all students, and/or identified groups of students make maximum progress.
  • Support and challenge the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English as necessary thus ensuring that the student experience and progress is maximised.
  • Role model excellent practices, actively encouraging other members of staff to do the same, going ‘above and beyond’, intervening with students outside the curriculum so they ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible.
  • Ensure data is used effectively in a straightforward way so it impacts directly and positively on the student experience.
  • Support underachieving students by removing barriers from their learning and providing them with the opportunities and skills to progress.
  • Ensure, in conjunction with the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English, that lessons are well planned and follow schemes of work with regular and consistent assessments providing students with high quality feedback which they are accountable for acting upon via DIRT marking.
  • Encourage a culture of shared practice in the department where resources are shared, practices are discussed and lesson observations take place in a positive collaborative way.
  • Communicate with parents on a range of issues, particularly where students are underachieving.
  • Communicate appropriate information to the department.
  • Contribute to a confidential record of issues affecting the educational progress of students.
  • Run department CPD sessions as necessary.
  • Be proactive, seeking improvement in everything the English department does.
  • Be highly visible and a point of contact for students and teaching staff.


  • To be familiar with school policies, in particular safeguarding procedures, and promote the welfare of children.

Key responsibilities

In conjunction with the Head of Department:

  • Support and assist the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English in ensuring the vision for the school and department is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon by all.
  • Propose improved practice to the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Intervene forensically, but systematically, with a range of students to help improve performance levels in English.
  • Work with the Assistant Headteacher – Head of English on student progress and attainment targets.
  • Ensure that the department benefits from a rigorous self‐evaluation framework that substantially contributes to raising standards.
  • Promote high expectations of attainment and progress for all.
  • Ensure implementation of key policies.
  • Be a skilled and successful teacher who has high expectations and leads by example.
  • Have a holistic approach to learning, recognising the importance of relationships at all levels which is broader than examination results and targets.
  • Help develop policies and practices across the department that promote inclusion and high achievement through effective and differentiated teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Ensure appropriate support and interventions are put in place, as necessary, to secure high-quality teaching and learning experiences.
  • Play a lead role in the development of the department’s teachers by working with and through others to further develop a shared positive teaching and learning culture.
  • Coach and mentor others, model and exemplify good practice and act as consultant for other teachers.
  • Provide regular, diagnostic feedback for colleagues so good practice is recognized but, where necessary, to challenge teaching staff so student progress is maximized.
  • Ensure vulnerable students succeed via differentiated lesson delivery.
  • Communicate effectively and purposefully with parents so they are well informed about the department’s procedures, expectations and upcoming events.
  • Liaise with the SEND Department to ensure such students are effectively catered for.
  • Promote best practice through the delivery of department and whole school INSET.
  • Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the school.

What the school offers its staff

Blenheim is a dynamic, exciting and supportive environment in which to work. The school opened in September 1997 with one year group and has grown to its current size of 1337 students on roll including over 200 in the Sixth Form. Blenheim is a mixed comprehensive and our reputation in the community is excellent. In 2019, Blenheim was characterised as a ‘good’ school following a Section 5 Ofsted inspection. Ofsted commented that the school had excellent capacity to continue improving. Blenheim converted to Academy Status in March 2012 and has developed many community and primary school links. Blenheim is a well–resourced school and is fortunate to have outstanding facilities. Together with a very supportive and well qualified governing body the school has invested significantly in several areas, not least in the appointment of high-quality practitioners and on-site infrastructure. Visitors often comment on the calm, purposeful learning environment that pervades. Blenheim sets high standards in terms of uniform with several ‘non-negotiables’ and there are strict expectations regarding behaviour and conduct, both in and out of the classroom. Ofsted described Blenheim as ‘calm, orderly and purposeful’ and our students as ‘respectful, kind and courteous’, which is what those of us who work at Blenheim see every day. As Blenheim students prepare to take up their place in society they are actively encouraged to become independent learners. Part of this process involves the integration of iPads across the curriculum; all teachers and 98% of students own one. Technological evolution is inevitable and this approach is key to ensuring that students develop attributes that will allow them to adapt in a rapidly changing world. The iPad complements daily teaching and allows students to easily access a multitude of interactive and innovative resources both in and away fromschool.

Commitment to safeguarding

Blenheim High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy along with our Equality policy can be found below. All successful candidates will be subject to DBS checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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About Blenheim High School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1329 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01372 745333

Comprehensive state funded academy secondary school [mixed], based in Epsom, Surrey.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk.

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