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Head of Department - MFL - Full-time

Leigh Academy Rainham, Rainham

  • Ref:MED105-1002-214T
  • Posted:15/04/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS commensurate with experience + TLR2a
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:29/04/2024 at 15:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you a visionary leader ready to shape the future of language education? We are seeking an exceptional Head of Languages to drive our aspirational curriculum, where languages are not just taught but experienced. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring a continuous and enriching linguistic journey for students from their starting point in year 7 guiding them through to mastery at GCSE and beyond. 

Working in a brand new school is a unique and rare opportunity and we are seeking a highly skilled Head of Department - MFL with a can-do ethos, drive, grit and boundless enthusiasm. MFL is a compulsory subject until year 11 so we are seeking someone with the knowledge and understanding of second language acquisition to help all students succeed. 

It is essential that our Head of MFL is a highly effective teacher with an exceptional understanding of curriculum design, is supportive of others and openly shares best practice, modeling this with their growing team. They need to embrace a forward-thinking approach to both curriculum intent and implementation, with carefully sequenced high-quality learning experiences for our students. 

The ideal candidate will have a track record of excellent outcomes and an awareness of the latest MFL pedagogy, cognitive science and second language acquisition to continue to challenge our students, making us a beacon for MFL teaching in the UK. The MFL team currently consists of 2 staff and one Assistant Principal who all teach French and Spanish. The successful candidate will play a fundamental role in managing this growth and the recruitment process going forward. 

This post would suit an experienced and ambitious subject specialist who is sympathetic to challenging perceived orthodoxy and who wants to play a leading role in continuing to build a very high-performing department.

Information about the school

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2022, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 3,000 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Our future plans are found in our Vision 2030 document available on our website.

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.

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:LAT Talent Team
  • Address:Leigh Academy Rainham, Otterham Quay Lane, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8GS
  • Telephone: 01634 412240
  • Email: info@leighacademyrainham.org.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.