Curriculum Leader in MFL

Contract:      Permanent

Start date:    September 2024

About the Trust

Gosforth Group are a dynamic and diverse Multi Academy Trust – this means we have a clear energy and purpose and all students are valued equally, regardless of their background or ability.  We are a growing multi-academy trust currently comprising of 6 academies, two of which opened in September 2021.  The Trust currently has approx. 6000 students and 650 staff.  ‘Create your future’ encapsulates our purpose as a Multi Academy Trust: to educate, support and nurture all of our students so they can achieve their potential and fulfil their ambitious aspirations.  

About the Academy

North Gosforth Academy is a small secondary school from Year 7 through to Year 11 with a strong focus on providing high quality education in a safe, happy and caring environment. Community is at the heart of what we do.  Each student is a valued member of the academy and we take pride in giving them opportunities which will allow them to thrive as an individual, both academically and holistically. Students receive a first-class education from our team of enthusiastic, dedicated teachers and our pastoral and support staff. We have high expectations of both ourselves and of our students, and we strive to develop their talents and help them succeed.

We offer our staff a positive and thriving working environment. As well as our own academy, we have the benefit of working alongside the other schools in the Gosforth Group Multi Academy Trust and pooling our experience and resources. As part of a large Trust, we can provide a wide array of personal and career development opportunities for our staff both in and out of the classroom. Whilst our staff work hard to deliver outstanding outcomes and are dedicated to go that extra mile we always seek to provide innovative and bespoke staff workload and wellbeing practices. If you are passionate about providing a first-class education to our well-behaved and able students and want to join a successful team we want to hear from you.

About the role

First and foremost, we are looking for someone who loves MFL and is passionate, proactive and innovative. Our successful and enthusiastic MFL department (Spanish and Chinese) has a well-designed curriculum, enthusiastic students and well-resourced facilities. We need someone who is ready to take the department into its next exciting phase. You may already be a subject leader or a second in subject, or you may be ready to take your first step into subject leadership. You will have a proven record of raising attainment and accelerating progress, whilst demonstrating effective and exciting teaching and learning.

The MFL department is on an exciting journey and this is your chance to build a team of specialists and to shape the vision of the department. We have a strong team of practitioners at North Gosforth Academy who are able to be versatile and are keen to be involved in many and varied aspects of school life. You will be an important part of our growing school and will be a consummate professional, practical and ‘hands-on’; able to enthuse and motivate colleagues and students alike. 

This is a unique chance for someone looking to develop as a leader within a highly successful and supportive school and multi academy trust, backed up by excellent resources and facilities.

What we are looking for

  • An outstanding practitioner with a passion for MFL
  • A proven track record of excellent progress and achievement across KS3 and KS4
  • A commitment to fresh and exciting methods of delivering the curriculum
  • The ability to develop, lead and inspire a team of staff
  • A relentless drive to secure the best possible outcomes for students of all abilities and from all backgrounds 
  • Excellent communication and ICT skills 
  • An interest and commitment to the whole school community 

What we can offer you

  • A competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave
  • Benefits including; excellent pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, free on-site parking.
  • An opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals
  • Enthusiastic and motivated students
  • An exciting and extensive commitment to professional development
  • A school with its community at heart
  • An exciting programme of staff well-being activities, from football to surfing!
  • Wider career development opportunities to be involved across the Gosforth Group

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further or would like an informal visit of the school, please contact Pete Fox, Principal, on / 0191 236 1700.

To apply

Please complete an application form and email to

Applications are shortlisted for interview as they are received, and so early application is encouraged.  We reserve the right to commence the interview process and close the vacancy prior to this date.

Closing date: 9am 26th April 2024

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.  This means certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide and you can view our Policy on the Employment of Ex-offenders here

Gosforth Group 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. References will normally be requested prior to interview for those candidates shortlisted. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, along with other relevant pre-employment checks, including an online check.

The Trust is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

Following the shortlisting process, where applicable, candidates who attend interview, will be reimbursed reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation.