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Teacher of French plus a Second Language

Permanent, part-time, 0.5 FTE. Required for January 2020.

The Governors of this outstanding Grammar School wish to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic teacher of French plus a second language for January 2020. The post is permanent to and part time, 0.5 FTE, over a maximum of four days.

The successful candidate will be required to teach French across Key Stage 3 and 4; A-level teaching may be available for a suitably qualified candidate. Candidates must be able to offer a second language to GCSE and the ability to teach Spanish would be an advantage. All staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Teachers, who love to inspire learners with their own love of foreign languages through a range of learning activities, are invited to apply for this opportunity to work in our outstanding school. A willingness to take part in extra-curricular activities, including overseas visits would also be welcomed.

In 2019, the French department achieved excellent examination results; 17.5% of entries achieved Grade 9-8 at GCSE, with over 60% being awarded Grade 6 or above.  At A-level, 50% of students achieved a Grade A*-B. We follow the Edexcel course for both GCSE and A-level.

Languages are taught in a suite of seven classrooms; all have interactive boards. The department uses a variety of resources and subscribes to online textbooks for both GCSE and A-level. A range of activities take place throughout the year, including a visit to France in Key Stage 3 and, in the Sixth Form, a French exchange with our partner school in Lamballe. The languages department also organises trips regularly to Germany, Spain and Italy and runs exchanges with partner schools in Germany and Spain.

The Foreign Languages department comprises 11 members of staff.  French is taught to all pupils in Year 7, along with German, Spanish and Latin. Students then choose two foreign languages for further study in Year 8. At least one language is then studied to GCSE level. Students also have the opportunity to follow a GCSE Italian course, run as an after school activity. All languages, apart from Italian, are offered at A-level.

West Kirby Grammar School is a very successful selective girls’ school with boys in the Sixth Form. There are around 1200 students on roll and our results are outstanding. In 2019, our Progress 8 score was +0.83 (estimate) and we achieved 79% 9-6 grades. At A-level, 64.6% of grades were A*-B with the average grade achieved being a B.

Further information and an application form are available to download on the School’s website ( or by contacting the School on 0151 632 3449. A completed application form and letter addressing the content of the person specification, which should be no longer than two sides of A4, should be submitted to for the attention of Mrs E. Sargent, Headteacher.

If you have any questions regarding the post, please contact the school for further information.

Closing date: Monday 14 October 2019 at 9am.

Anticipated interview date: Week beginning 21 October 2019

Teaching Staff Application Form

Person Specification