Teacher of History

Accrington, Lancashire
20 May 2021
26 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Teacher of History

Location: Accrington

Salary: United Learning Pay Scale (Competitive with MPS/UPS) Potential for Lead Practitioner/Assistant Faculty Leader TLR2 for suitably experienced candidate.

Closing date: 26 May 2021 (12 noon)

Start date-September 2021

The school

Accrington Academy is part of United Learning, a successful national group of independent schools and academies which share a mission to bring out ‘the best in everyone’ and improve the life chances of the children and young people in their care. Our school has a strong local reputation and has been oversubscribed for several years. We are a successful school, with expanding 11-18 provision, and most students spend their entire journey with us.

Our most important purpose is to teach young people things they would not learn outside school which empower them. We strive to ‘bring out the best’ in every child, regardless of their background, prior attainment or needs. We are committed to providing ‘Education with Character’ – we want young people to look back on a schooling that has inspired and challenged them, given them wide opportunity and prepared them for the ups and downs of life.

We are unapologetically ambitious for our students to succeed in life and encourage every staff member to commit to our school vision:

  • We will be an aspirational, high achieving school of choice for children and staff in the Northwest.
  • We will be at the heart of the community creating lifelong learners where everyone is proud and happy to belong.
  • We will create opportunities and experiences which broaden horizons and create lifelong memories.

As a school we encourage our staff to work creatively together and our core Team Values underpin how we operate:


Truth - We will tell the truth to ourselves and each other, even when it's hard.

Effort - We will work hard individually and as a team and never give up.

Ambition - We will always aim high and challenge ourselves to be the best we can be.

Manners - We will respect everyone in our school and treat everyone with kindness.

The role

You will be responsible for teaching History at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. You will be an experienced teacher, delivering consistently good and outstanding lessons, an excellent team player with the highest standards of professionalism and expectations of students. You will have up to date subject knowledge and a track record of success in maximising student progress across all key stages.

As well as being an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about the teaching of History, you will also be required to be a form tutor and support extra-curricular activities at the Academy.

Humanities is a strong and supportive department within school currently with eight staff members. The subjects are popular within the student body with an excellent uptake at GCSE and sustainable A-level groups for both History and Geography. We believe extra-curricular learning is essential for our students and have taken students to Berlin, Auschwitz and London. When COVID restrictions lift there are future plans for a Geography trip to Iceland, a history trip to Krakow and an RE trip to London. Collaborative learning and CPD are at the heart of the department and we continually strive to improve our practice, holding the highest expectations of ourselves for our students. 

We would welcome applications from both experienced teachers and NQT's looking to start their career in a supportive environment.

Why Join Us?

Our students demand the best from their teachers, and we are committed to doing everything we can to support their development.

We aim to have a purposeful work environment and we seek to recruit and retain dynamic and inspirational staff that share in our vision and commitment.

We want to be known across United Learning as a school of choice due to our prioritisation of workload and wellbeing. We have demonstrated this commitment to staff wellbeing through our staff workload and wellbeing manifesto.

We offer flexible working and offer a wide range of CPD opportunities for staff pooled from a wealth of experience and expertise both in the Academy and across the United Learning group. As part of the United Learning chain of Academies, you will have access to strong and tailored leadership development and unrivalled career development opportunities and support to ensure you achieve your ambitions.

All teachers at United Learning receive free membership to the Chartered College of Teaching, giving you access to the world's largest education research database, a subscription to the College's peer-reviewed journal, networking opportunities and the chance to have your say in the development of education policy.

We love working in education but recognise that it can be challenging, that is why your wellbeing is always a priority to us, from emotional support to regular workload management. To help you relax and keep fit, you can benefit from free use of our onsite gym and pool. We have also partnered with Perkbox to offer every member of staff over 250 discounts on shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets and more!

Other staff benefits include:

  • Annual Wellbeing Health Checks.
  • Free Flu Vaccinations.
  • Weekly in-house JPD Sessions (Joint Personal Development).
  • Subsidised Staff Functions.
  • Termly Staff Breakfast.
  • Regular Charity Events.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

This is the perfect opportunity to work in an innovative and creative school. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to visit us or get in touch for an informal conversation prior to interview. We are happy to meet you and show you around the Academy. If you would like to arrange a tour of the Academy or if you have any questions about the role please contact Headteacher’s PA, Sandra Mercer on sandra.mercer@accrington-academy.org

Safeguarding Statement:

Accrington Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks. 

To Apply

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Where teaching is better shared

Start date: September 2021.

Closing date: 26 May 2021.

Shortlisting: 27 May 2021.

Interviews: 28 May 2021.

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