Start Date: Wednesday 1st September 2021
Closing Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021
Interviews: Week commencing 22 February 2021
Salary: Excellent salary, depending on experience.
Contract Type: Permanent Full Time

Thomas Gainsborough School is a consistently high performing, well resourced, and truly comprehensive school, with a firm belief in excellence for each and every student, placing students at the heart of their curriculum.

As a popular and successful school we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking Head of English to lead the teaching of English across the school.

Attainment has risen in English at Key Stage 4  but we can see opportunities to build on this to further raise levels of progress for all students. We provide A Level courses in English Language and Literature which provides excellent progression for our students and opportunities for our staff.

The English department comprises a strong and professional team of 14 committed practitioners dedicated to ensuring the progress and success of the students in their charge.

In September 2015 the school moved into an award winning new building, where English is taught on a single floor. We also have a separate Sixth Form centre for our thriving Key Stage 5 students. 

The team is experienced, very supportive and expectations for students are high. 

The school continues to invest in high quality professional development and provides a range of employee benefits. We are closely linked to the Unity Research School and lead the way in many local and national initiatives including being an EdTech Demonstrator School and being an ArtsMark platinum school. We provide excellent support care and support for our staff and students.

This is an excellent opportunity for any leader with a passion for teaching & learning to develop their practice and continue their career progression.

The school is located just south of Sudbury in Suffolk and is within easy reach of Colchester, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience of teaching English at Key Stages 3 to 5

  • Has a record of raising attainment of their students

  • Has an up to date knowledge of curriculum developments

  • Is committed to high standards and ensuring that all groups of students make progress

  • Is willing to work flexibly

  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Is able to solve problems and be proactive

  • Has an excellent sense of humour

If you would like to visit the school in preparation for making an application, or would like to speak to someone about this exciting opportunity, then please contact Mrs K Fuller (Headteacher’s PA),, 01787 375232. You can find out more about this vacancy and our thriving community at

During this period of on site support for children of key workers we are still open and staff will be available to speak to you. The interview process will be well supported to be personal, fair and flexible and is likely to be conducted on site in line with our current risk assessment. 

Closing date: Wednesday 10 February 2021, 12:00

Interview: week commencing 22 February 2021

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  DBS checks are required for relevant posts.  Unity Schools Partnership – welcoming diversity.