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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    22 April 2021 at 12:00 pm

  • Date listed

    1 April 2021

Job details

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

Job summary

We seek a well qualified and enthusiastic teacher with a commitment to students of all abilities in a comprehensive secondary school. A willingness to contribute within a team approach to develop the work of the department and the school is essential.

This would be an ideal opportunity for an experienced colleague or someone early in their career in a supportive and developmental environment.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach English across the full age and ability range.

This is a permanent post subject to successful completion of a six months probationary period.

The department consists of 13 colleagues ranging from NQTs to colleagues with many years of experience. Some members of the department have responsibilities elsewhere in the school.

Located in the oldest part of the school the department has access to 11 dedicated teaching spaces, three staff workspaces and is next to our library.

Students receive nine hours of English per fortnight in Year 7 and Year 9; eight hours in year Year 8 and ten hours in Year 10 and 11. A well planned and resourced SoW is in place for Key Stage 3 and 4 with key lessons being delivered weekly to ensure consistency of delivery and reduce workload for staff. In Key Stage 4, students follow the Eduqas GCSE for English Language and English Literature. Several colleagues mark for the exam board and share resources and knowledge regarding the GCSE courses. A new GCSE in Film studies is also taught within the department.

The department jointly plan, produce and then share resources. All SoW and long term plans are resourced leaving staff to consider how to adapt these to meet the needs of their classes.

The department supports a wide range of extra curricular opportunities and events. This has seen student success in many activities including public speaking and creative writing competitions. The department have supported several visits from authors, visits to theatre productions, live screenings and supporting whole school productions ranging from Macbeth to School of Rock. All of these help to foster a positive attitude to learning in English and a sense of team spirit in the department.

Key Tasks

• Plan and deliver effective lessons to all years, based on the agreed departmental long term plans, Knowledge Organisers and assessments.

• Show care and passion in your teaching using a range of strategies to ensure student progress.

• Support the development of resources for the department by sharing and adapting resources from others to meet the needs of your students.

• Inspire students and others to improve.

• Be an open and reflective teacher using our supportive coaching model to improve your teaching.

• Support your own wellbeing and that of other colleagues.

• Support school wide policies and ensure consistent application of our ‘Park Culture’.

• Ensure that participation and representation in extra curricular activities is wide and adds value to the life of the school supporting the development of an aspirational school culture .

• Support the wider life of the school and act as a tutor.

Curriculum Responsibilities

• To employ teaching strategies across the department that engender enthusiasm and raise the aspirations of all students.

• To engage and enthuse all students to allow them to teach reach their full potential.

• To assess students work in accordance with departmental and school guidelines to inform planning and stu-dent progress.

• To ensure effective use of tracking and monitoring systems within the department.

• To complete reports and records on students.

• To use homework to extend learning opportunities (Knowledge Organiser for KS3, KO and exam preparation for KS4)

• To promote the school and the department through displays of work, extra curricular activities and participa-tion in events, competitions and other events.

• To ensure that care is taken to keep classrooms, furniture and equipment in good safe working condition

• To maintain high standards in all areas.

Please see Application Pack for more information.

Applying for the job

Please follow our link to the online application, to download the relevant documents. Applications must be made using our Trust Application Form and submitted with a supporting letter of application, no more than 2 sides of A4 font size 11. We do not accept CVs as a method of application

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School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1404 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Ofsted report
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Contact email
Contact phone number

About The Park Community School

The Park Community School is a mixed, mainstream, non-denominational secondary school in Barnstaple, Devon. It caters for students aged 11 to 16 and has approximately 1440 students enrolled.

The Park Community School was founded in 1910 and was first known as Barnstaple Grammar School. The school took its current name in 1973 when it became a comprehensive. Since then, the school has grown and has an enviable reputation within the local community. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2015 and with the new leadership came a renewed focus on staff development and Teaching and Learning. The school is oversubscribed for the rising year 7, this is a true reflection of the recent developments and school journey.

The school is organised around a traditional House system, comprising of 5 houses, each with two tutor groups per year. The house system promotes strong pastoral care balanced with a healthy level of competition.

The Park Community School’s main aim is to be the best educational facility in Devon and to earn itself a national reputation of excellence. To do this, the secondary school strives to ensure that every child discovers their passion for learning and understands that they can achieve their potential. The school aims to be a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment that allows each student to become a confident, resilient and adaptable learner.

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT. Students are taught how to work well in a team, as well as the importance of self-reliance and citizenship.

Ofsted report:

"Pupils are aware of their responsibilities as citizens and demonstrate this by their involvement in the life of the school."

"The behavior of pupils is good. They are polite and well mannered. This contributes strongly to the calm atmosphere in the school. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive and respectful."

"The school runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis because pupils know and adhere to the high expectations of staff."

"The headteacher provides strong, clear-sighted leadership. Since his appointment, he has raised expectations at the school"

School location

Park Lane, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9AX

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