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Teacher of English

The de Ferrers Trust is a Multi Academy Trust currently based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. We consist of 3 Secondary Academies and 4 Primary Academies.

Our Vision and Aims

To ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

We aim to achieve our vision through:

  1. Delivering a high quality education for all pupils.
  2. Recruiting, developing and retaining high - calibre members of staff.
  3. Establishing and developing robust governance.
  4. Ensuring financial probity and viability.
  5. Developing a highly efficient trust infrastructure and central services.
  6. Establishing effective systems to support the sustainable growth of the Trust.

The de Ferrers Academy

Location: Burton on Trent, DE13 0LL

Available from September 2020 or later by arrangement

NQT’s welcome to apply

We believe that The de Ferrers Academy and Trust is a very special place to work.  We have fantastic facilities and a truly supportive and skilled staff at all levels.  We also believe that to get the best out of our students we need to be the best we can be as staff. We take great pride in ensuring that we all support and develop ourselves and our teams.  We offer a fantastic range of staff wellbeing (Physical, Social and Emotional) and CPD opportunities at local, Trust and National levels.

Our students are a strength too.  They want to learn and make the most of the opportunities on offer to them.  They too take great pride in showcasing what is good about being a part of DFA.

The Faculty

The English Faculty consists of sixteen members of staff: we all have different specialisms including Literature, Language and Media.  Teaching is carried out in a number of rooms within the Academy and there are well-equipped teaching rooms across three campuses that are officially designated as English rooms where the work of students is displayed for all to see. Emphasis is placed upon a lively and imaginative display of students' work providing them with a stimulating environment in which to learn.

Literature and reading are central to the teaching of English at de Ferrers, though of course, much emphasis is placed on writing too: students are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and purposes.  Wherever possible, members of the team are encouraged to teach the full spectrum of age and ability.  Recent Ofsted reports commented on the “lively teaching which predominates within the area” and noted that the atmosphere in lessons is “busy and productive”. Ofsted also found that “Pupils make rapid progress from their starting points in all years and across almost all subjects, including English” and “In 2016, students made significantly better than average progress in English language.”

The English Faculty is well resourced with a large book stock as well as a range of audio-visual equipment.  Students are given ready access to computers and students in Year Nine through to Thirteen have the use of their own iPads.

For the external examinations, the AQA GCSE is followed in both English Language and English Literature.  At A Level, AQA English Literature A and AQA English Language are taught. Media course is delivered at both KS4 (GCSE) and KS5 (BTEC) by English practitioners and we are excited to add A Level Film Studies to our suite of courses this year.  Examination performance has been consistently good but we are always looking to improve! We are a strong, experienced team which nurtures new entrants to the profession and readily shares resources and ideas.

The English Faculty believes in providing students with a rich diet of extracurricular activities: there are frequent theatre visits and other external trips through the Academy available for students across all Key Stages. The team has also involved students in local competitions such as Spelling Bees and has initiated a KS3 Creative Writing Club. There are regular Book Fairs and workshops with external speakers.  We provide a fully enriched curriculum.

The members of the English Faculty have a high level of commitment and work very closely and successfully as a team ensuring that all students are supported to achieve their potential.

The Candidate

We are looking to appoint a candidate to the English Department. The successful candidate will be highly qualified, flexible and able to support the promotion of excellent standards of student learning, achievement, progress, attainment and behaviour through working effectively and collaboratively. They will be passionate about their specialist subject and seek to positively impact their field and Academy.


The Trust believes that professional development is key to successful teaching and offers excellent opportunities for colleagues to grow and achieve. 

Benefits Package

The de Ferrers Trust strives to be ‘Employer of Choice’ and are committed to the wellbeing and development of colleagues. Offering an excellent benefit package which includes:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Taste Card
  • Discounts for days out, shopping, holidays and much more, with different offers each month!
  • Access to a fully fitted fitness suite, located on site at The de Ferrers Academy.

Interview date: TBC

How to Apply:

You can apply directly to the Trust HR Team via the Trust website 

or email your application to You must complete an application form to be considered. Due to safeguarding reasons we cannot accept C.Vs.

Please note: Completed applications should be received by 9:00am on the closing date.

If you do not hear back after 5 working days from closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage.

If you would like to discuss the role, or have any other queries, please contact careers and address them to either the Trust HR Team or Samantha Lawless, HR Officer.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.