Current Vacancies

Teacher of English (Maternity cover)



Working Pattern

Full time (0.8 possible)


Start date

9th January 2023

Apply by

Wednesday 5th October 2022

Teacher of English (Maternity Cover)

We are looking for a dynamic English practitioner who demonstrates passion, commitment and enthusiasm to join us on a full-time, fixed term basis starting January 2023 to cover a period of maternity leave. Part time applications of 0.8 will also be considered.

We are a highly driven department who nurture aspiration and success within our students. Our curriculum is ambitious and culturally enriching; it is designed to inspire a love of reading, writing and creativity, and also to empower students to drive change in the world around them. Our highly improved GCSE results are testament to our ethos and vision, and the department has recently been recognised for it’s excellence in English by the DFE.

Our Journey:

Over the last 2 years, Norham High School has transformed. The school has made significant and sustained progress in all that it does for children and the community we serve. This transformation was formally recognised by Ofsted during our inspection in March 2022 and we are now immensely proud to be a ‘Good’ school. As we continue to strive and improve, we are seeking a skilled English practitioner willing to work collaboratively and efficiently with our existing team in order to advance our school’s progress.

Our school, our values, our family:

At Norham High School, our motto is ‘Pride, Determination, Strength’. We believe that every child has the right to an excellent quality of education and an enriching experience.

It is our role to support children, both academically and pastorally, so that they grow to be the very best version of themselves. At the heart of our school are our family values and collegiate approach; we support each other and invest in pupils and staff alike, providing a wealth of opportunities to all.

This includes Chromebooks and equipment for all pupils, refurbished classrooms/social areas, new technology for classrooms, and a personalised blend of welfare support that promotes a positive work-life balance - colleagues' efforts are genuinely recognised and rewarded in unique ways.

Behaviour is strong, with exceptional conduct around the school as pupils and staff greet visitors, and each other, with kindness and respect. This is due to the high expectations we have as a school for all and the explicit teaching of manners. Pupils take pride in their appearance and are smart, professional, and fully equipped for their learning. Pupils also recognise the efforts of staff and appreciate all we do. In a recent monitoring inspection, a pupil told an Ofsted inspector “we are like a massive family” - this is something we are very proud of.

We have a wide and growing intake resulting in the school increasing in size, this is in part due to the shift in culture and reputation but also because we are proud to be a genuine comprehensive school that serves all abilities, supporting every individual pupil to excel from their starting point. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and well thought out supporting all pupils. We are committed to improving life chances and we have a strong sense of social justice. In joining us, you too will enjoy both the challenge and reward of serving our community - all children deserve the best and we really are making a difference to children’s lives.

Late MPS / UPS candidates:

As a top end MPS / UPS teacher you will have a strong track record of performance and be able to secure excellent engagement and results for pupils. Your understanding of English, subject specific terminology, key concepts and misconceptions will be exceptional

We welcome you to visit us:

If you would like further information on this post, or would like to visit the school before applying, please contact Jessica Griffiths, Head of Faculty on (0191) 8143890 or

Applications and interviews:

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 5th October.

Shortlisting will take place that week and successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible with interviews taking place week commencing Monday 19th October.

Please send your completed application to Alison Tait, Norham High School, Alnwick Avenue, North Shields, NE29 7BU or via email to:

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