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English Teacher

Appointment for September 2022

Permanent Contract, Full Time - Outer London Pay Scale

Closing date: Friday 8th July at 9am. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.  Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Details and an application form may be downloaded from the school's website.  Please also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 sides of A4.  Completed applications and supporting statements should be sent to HR, hr@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

1.        Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who wants to join an excellent department.  This post is suitable either for a teacher who is currently in training (ECT) or someone who would like to widen their experience. This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

Park High is an 11-18 mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive school of almost 1600 students, situated in the London Borough of Harrow. There are very high achievement levels and excellent facilities.  Ofsted (2013) judged the school outstanding in all areas.

We can offer:

  • An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do. 
  • An award winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.
  • A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.
  • Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.
  • Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.
  • A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring team within which to grow and develop.
  • An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across three Key Stages

2.        Curriculum, staffing and resources

The successful candidate will join a dedicated, lively and closely-knit team of sixteen staff, all English specialists. The department is full of committed and creative teachers, who focus on the needs of their students. The Head of Department is supported by three other TLR post-holders.

Students are taught in mixed-ability groups throughout Years 7 - 11. We have a diverse and exciting curriculum which empowers our students to understand the world and their place in it. At KS4, we work with Eduqas for English Language and AQA for English Literature, and our KS3 curriculum immerses our students in the joy of story-telling from William Shakespeare to Lorraine Hansberry and Homer to Malala Yousafzai. We foster a love of reading through timetabled reading lessons in both the library and the classroom.

Our A Level English Literature results are among the best in the country. We follow the OCR specification, and our team of highly dedicated, skilled and creative practitioners teach a breadth of powerful and inspirational texts from authors such as Angela Carter, Claudia Rankine, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

3.        Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School.   Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is highly regarded and we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions and we actively support our staff in pursuing Master’s and other higher qualifications.

“Park High School has an incredibly strong developmental culture, with a real focus on investing in staff to better student outcomes. It is highly valued by staff and brilliantly led, with positive support from the Headteacher and senior leadership who are also quick to advocate its importance within school.”  TDT Audit 2018

4.        Pastoral role

All staff are involved in the tutorial system, most as tutors with tutor groups.  This is an important part of our work.

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic Education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive both as individuals and members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally.

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.  

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the successful applicant must provide satisfactory references and will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.