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Teacher of English

Teacher of English
Full Time or Part Time
Required to start September 2020

We welcome applications from experienced and newly qualified teachers

Thurston Community College is a thriving mixed comprehensive school which boasts a strong sense of community, a supportive, caring ethos and a positive, friendly atmosphere. Thurston Community College offers an exciting, dynamic learning environment, where students display a positive attitude to learning and make good progress.

“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy school and say that they feel well supported. Most groups of pupils, including the most able and those who are disadvantaged, now make strong progress from their starting points.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Staff work collaboratively, share a common sense of purpose and are relentless in the pursuit of outcomes of the highest quality for every student.

“Staff morale is high and most staff are positive about the leadership and management of the school. This is because leaders have provided them with high-quality training and supported their development well at all levels. Newly qualified and trainee teachers are passionate advocates of the school and its pupils. School leaders support them well and subject leaders develop their teaching skills through regular mentoring and effective support.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

Thurston Community College enjoys a rural location with free parking and convenient transport links to Cambridge, Ipswich and London.

“Planning is a strength, particularly in English, where teachers build logical sequences of lessons over time and focus on consolidating pupils’ understanding.”  (Ofsted March 2018)

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding teacher of English who shares the desire to enrich the lives of all students through the study of our subject, and to enable the pupils under our care to achieve the potential we can see in them. Your commitment to education, together with your passion for English, will enable you to inspire and motivate students across the age and ability range.  You will join a dynamic and collaborative team of English specialists, who welcome forward thinking initiatives and offer advice, support and professional development opportunities in a friendly, positive and creative environment. 

The most able pupils are making strong progress in a range of subjects at key stages 3 and 4, especially in English.” (Ofsted March 2018)

English is a highly successful and popular subject in the College with a large uptake in both English Language and English Literature at Advanced Level. English is delivered in specialist accommodation comprising a suite of ten dedicated classrooms at the Thurston Campus and two dedicated classrooms at the Beyton Campus, each of which is equipped with audio visual equipment.  Results in English are consistently high.  In 2019, Progress 8 in GCSE English was +0.3 and the ALPS value added grade was again grade 3 (excellent) for both Language and Literature.  At Advanced Level in 2019, English Literature achieved an ALPS grade 4 (very good) and English Language an ALPS grade 2 (outstanding).

If you are excited by this post, its challenges and opportunities; if you relish the prospect of joining our team of outstanding staff; please look on our website for more information and complete the application form below.

The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 26 February 2020. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 2 March 2020.  We very much look forward to hearing from you.

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