Head of English
Head of English
Full time, permanent position,
For: as soon as possible - we will wait for the right candidate.
An experienced teacher is sought to lead the English department in its delivery from Year Seven upwards, including at GCSE and A Level.
Our teachers are inspiring and creative, transforming the futures of intelligent pupils with literacy and language-related additional challenges, by empowering them.
About the school
Nationally celebrated, More House School provides an exceptional, mainstream education for boys with Specific Learning Difficulties and weakness in their developmental language. Providing a transformative education repeatedly recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over more than a decade, we offer a specialised learning environment for 480 day and boarding boys from Year 4 to Year 13. Our pupils are taught to recognise their strengths and develop their self-belief so that they achieve independence and extraordinary results at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, above the national averages.
Delivering a mainstream independent-school experience, both academically and socially, the very broad curriculum affords all pupils the opportunity to discover their strengths, challenging them to fulfil their academic and extra-curricular potential. All boys who attend More House are individually timetabled, with many receiving support through the on-site Learning Development Centre and its qualified therapeutic staff. Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last five school inspections, our most recent inspection (March 2019) graded More House School ‘Outstanding’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in each of the six sub-sections of the report. More House is CReSTeD approved, listed in their Specialist Schools category, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Boarding Schools’ Association.
The school is set on a wooded hillside in nearly thirty acres on the Hampshire/Surrey border, and attractive modern facilities lie above the playing fields. London Waterloo is one hour away by train from close-by Farnham railway station, and there is easy access to the M25, M3 and A3 major routes. Guildford is twenty minutes’ drive away.
In recent years, the school has refurbished and extended its boarding facilities, refurbished its eight Science laboratories, built its School of Engineering and CAD facilities, and opened a new Humanities block and school Chapel. Autumn 2017 witnessed the completion of our brand new library and Media Studies centre, and growth in learning support facilities. 2018 saw the expansion of the site and the conversion of a large domestic building into our new Sixth Form centre, which was opened in January 2019, improving further the facilities for both teaching, and independent study.
Teaching staff join the school from a variety of backgrounds. Many have worked at More House for many years, but the school has supported several teachers through their initial teacher training, and more through their NQT year. Those already qualified may have previous experience in the state-maintained or independent sectors, and may have previous experience supporting learners with specific learning and language difficulties, or may not.
Teachers with a genuine wish to develop their skills in making learning opportunities successful for neuro-diverse learners thrive at More House School. The school provides a high level of support and training for all teaching staff, affording the development of confidence and skill in helping pupils to overcome the potential barriers to achievement posed by their difficulties. The school also provides training for many other external professionals and other schools, and on behalf of the Independent Schools Association.
About the department
The English department comprises six classrooms in the centre of the campus, with additional rooms used for the teaching of some Key Stage 2 and 5 lessons. There are eight full-time teachers within the department. There is a strong sense of team-spirit amongst the department’s teachers and departmental assistant, with much collaborative work and mutual support. The department supports the School’s pupils to achieve extraordinary success at GCSE, and A Level English Literature, in spite of pupils’ neuro-diverse learning profiles.
Recently, the School’s library and two librarians moved into a newly purpose-built, much larger space next to the main English department classrooms. This capital project supported the school-wide commitment to developing pupils’ language and literacy skills, and instilling a love of literature in a broad sense. This was recognised and celebrated in our recent Ofsted school inspection report.
- The post-holder is responsible to the Headmaster in all matters, is supported by and reports to the Deputy Head (Curriculum) in respect of academic matters, and the Head of Year in respect of pastoral matters.
- The position includes the normal duties of form-tutor.
- The successful applicant must also interact effectively on a professional level with colleagues, and seek to establish and maintain productive relationships with all.
Closing date: 5pm Thursday 21st November