September 3, 2021
Job Type
Short Summary
We are seeking to appoint an experienced teacher to take on the Second in Charge position in our English department with the ability to teach English language and literature.
MPS/UPS commensurate with experience + TLR 2b (£4,783)
Working Pattern
Closing Date
September 29, 2021


About the role: We are seeking to appoint an experienced teacher to take on the Second in Charge position in our English department with the ability to teach English language and literature. This position will be suitable for individuals who have been teaching English and are now looking for their next steps into leadership and therefore would require a significant level of teaching/ curriculum experience across a range of Key Stages. 

In English, our aim is to create a cumulative curriculum which builds specifically on skills and knowledge over a robust five-year plan. At Key Stage 3, students study the MYP programme. The aim of the MYP programme is to give students a conceptual understanding of English through a curriculum that is rich, broad, challenging and global in nature. Throughout their three years on the programme, students study a curriculum that includes works from different authors, time periods, genres, countries and literary traditions that will give them a well-rounded and thorough understanding of the subject. 

Key Stage 4 classes follow the AQA curriculum for both Language and Literature in which the focus is for students to receive equity between the two.  For both subjects, it is essential that we encourage students to become independent thinkers who formulate personalised ideas and opinions in their responses, recognising the effect and impact of authorial purpose and intent.

In Key Stage 5 our aim is to further develop students’ passion for English and it is imperative that they are offered a curriculum which continues to promote confidence in their ability to achieve and exceed their aspirations.  Much like our ethos in KS4, our first priority is to enable students to formulate personalised, informed ideas and opinions, to take risks with their assertions and to articulate these confidently in their written work.  Students follow AQA English Literature A for their two year A Level study.

The basis of this is role is permanent, offering MPS/UPS commensurate with experience with TLR2b (£4,783).​​​​​​​

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Working for Strood Academy:  Since opening in 2009, our academy has transformed the educational opportunities and outcomes for girls and boys in Strood. The improvement in academic performance has been driven by a talented and committed workforce, the hard work of our students, and support from parents and our community.  Our new buildings in Carnation Road were designed in partnership with Nicholas Hare and built by BAM as our main contractor at a cost of £26m. They opened in September 2012 and have outstanding learning environments and outside play areas as well as fantastic sports facilities. The buildings reflect our education vision of creating a mature and purposeful educational environment where children of all abilities can learn and thrive.

Our core value is “Building ambition; inspiring pride” and our purpose at Strood Academy is to:

  • nurture students’ aspirations and build resilience within an environment of tolerance, respect and empathy;
  • shape leaders within a global community;
  • develop and celebrate knowledgeable and inquiring minds to promote lifelong learning and;
  • help young people develop into well educated, considerate and caring citizens.

We have a growing roll call of 1400 children, including 200 in Sixth Form. Working in our academy takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but for the right individuals, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience and contribute significantly to personal and professional development. 

Why work at Strood Academy?

  • Centralised behaviour system and detentions - simple for teachers to follow allowing disruptive free classrooms.
  • Our commitment to the development of all staff - CPD on Wednesday afternoons and the opportunity to collaborate with staff from other schools in the LAT. Also all staff at Strood receive regular coaching feedback through our on-line platform on-track.
  • Strood academy is easily accessible by A2 and the high speed train can allow for travel into London in less than 30 minutes.
  • We have a common sense approach to workload. All teachers are expected to feedback or live mark. We also work closely as a Trust allowing for centralised resources to be shared across our secondary schools.

Being a part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2020, our Trust will comprise 28 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 15 primaries and 2 special) educating over 16,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have one further secondary academy in the development phase, due to open in September 2021.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to.

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust. 

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19:  Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months.  This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments.  Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities will vary.  If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date.  Applicants will be notified of this where possible.  Therefore, early applications are encouraged.    

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