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English Teacher

Closing Date: June 25, 2018 09:00

Location: Helenswood Academy - (Hastings)

Salary: Outside London Ark MPS/UPS £23,490 - £34,670 / £36,826 - £39,599

Hours: Full time

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English Teacher

English Teacher

This role is suitable for either a NQT or an experienced teacher

Start date:               September 2018

Salary:                     Outside London Ark MPS/UPS £23,490 - £39,599

Location:                 Hastings

Closing Date:          09.00am 25 June 2018

(interviews may take place before the closing date as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Interview:               Week beginning 2 July 2018

Ark Helenswood Academy is a large all-girls 11-16 academy with a mixed sixth form provision in Hastings. Hastings is a vibrant seaside town situated in East Sussex, a county steeped in English history and areas of natural beauty. The academy benefits from being located within stunning grounds surrounded by fields and woodland, and being just three miles from Hastings town with its artistic Old Town, quirky shops, and revolutionary double deck promenade and pier of the year. There are easily accessible links to Eastbourne and Brighton with a direct rail link to London.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful and aspirational academy which is consistently achieving some of the highest results in Hastings and St Leonards. We recently gained a “Good” judgement from Ofsted.  The strength of our ambitious Improvement Plan provides a strong and supportive environment for you to develop and provide you with support to gain advancement to senior positions within Helenswood or other network schools.

The position will involve teaching students across Key Stages 3 and 4 and potentially Key Stage 5. We are keen to appoint someone who would like to assist in the encouragement of extra-curricular activities, such as the debate club or our creative writing club. There is also scope to assist in the organisation of educational trips which will enhance students’ learning and their love of English, as well as continue to work closely with the Library and their team. The successful applicant will be a motivated individual with a keen interest in encouraging and inspiring students to love learning and excel in the subject area of English.

We take the wellbeing of our staff seriously and offer health benefits including subsidised gym membership, flu vaccinations in the autumn term and Employee Assistance Programme which provides a free and confidential service to staff. Weekly recognition from the Principal is awarded to staff for effort and enthusiasm and is shared with all staff during briefings.

Helenswood Academy is part of Ark, an international charity and one of the UK’s most successful multi-academy trusts, with a network of 36 schools in 4 locations across the country. Benefits of being part of the Ark network include:

  • A salary higher than the main scale teacher salaries
  • Twice as many training days as standard and network-wide events with Ark colleagues, held by the best minds in education

As the ideal candidate you will:

  • be committed to raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • have a resilient character and a strong personal drive
  • have proven experience working successfully with students of all abilities
  • be able to show evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes of work and extra-curricular activitieshave the opportunity to teach a range of key stages.

We are committed to ensuring all staff have access to a comprehensive programme of professional development and dedicate one afternoon to training sessions on a regular basis. Teachers new to the profession have weekly bespoke training and receive termly training from the staff at Ark Central.  NQTs are also assigned a subject mentor and coach.

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We would love you to visit our school and see first-hand the environment in which we work; to arrange, please contact Jan Laker, HR Manager on 01424 757928 or

To apply please submit your application online by visiting

Ark Helenswood Academy is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Job Description: English Teacher

Reports to:              Head of Faculty

Start date:               September 2018

Salary:                    Ark Teacher Scales (outside London)

The Role

To deliver outstanding teaching and learning of their subject and therefore help students achieve excellent academic results, and be a role-model/impact the academy more widely.

To design an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children to appreciate the subject and its application.

Key responsibilities

  • To plan, resource and deliver lessons and sequences of lessons to the highest standard that ensure real learning takes place and students make superior progress
  • To provide a nurturing classroom and academy environment that helps students to develop as learners
  • To help to maintain/establish discipline across the whole academy
  • To contribute to the effective working of the academy.

Outcomes and Activities

Teaching and Learning

  • Enrich the curriculum with trips and visits to enhance the learning experience of all students
  • With direction from the Head of Department and within the context of the academy’s curriculum and schemes of work, plan and prepare effective teaching modules and lessons
  • Teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and improve pupil attainment
  • Use regular assessments to set targets for students, monitor student progress and respond accordingly to the results of such monitoring
  • To produce/contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual and groups of pupils
  • Develop plans and processes for the classroom with measurable results and evaluate those results to make improvements in student achievement
  • Ensure that all students achieve at least at chronological age level or, if well below level, make significant and continuing progress towards achieving at chronological age level
  • Maintain regular and productive communication with pupils, parents and carers, to report on progress, sanctions and rewards and all other communications
  • Provide or contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual pupils and groups of pupils
  • Direct and supervise support staff assigned to lessons and when required participate in related recruitment and selection activities
  • Implement and adhere to the academies behaviour management policy, ensuring the health and well-being of pupils is maintained at all times
  • Participate in preparing pupils for external examinations. 

Academy Culture

  • Support the academy’s values and ethos by contributing to the development and implementation of policies practices and procedures
  • Help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships
  • Help develop a small school/department culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement
  • To be active in issues of student welfare and support
  • Support and work in collaboration with colleagues and other professional in and beyond the school, covering lessons and providing other support as required. 


  • Undertake, and when required, deliver or be part of the appraisal system and relevant training and professional development
  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Head of Department or Principal.


Person Specification: English Teacher

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach and work in the UK. 


  • Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • Experience of reflecting on and improving teaching practice to increase student achievement
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes of work and extra-curricular activities.


  • Up to date knowledge in the curriculum area
  • Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour.



Effective team worker and leader

  • High expectations for accountability and consistency
  • Vision aligned with Ark’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every student
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence
  • Effective listening skills that lead to a strong understanding of others
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.

Teaching and Learning

  • Excellent classroom teacher with the ability to reflect on lessons and continually improve their own practice
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards
  • Thinks strategically about classroom practice and tailoring lessons to students’ needs
  • Understands and interprets complex student data to drive lesson planning and student attainment
  • Good communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement
  • Acts as a role model to staff and students
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice.


  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Willingness to undertake training
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check


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