Independent Public School - North Metropolitan Education Region
Ashdale Secondary College
Head of Learning Area - English
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA717762

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022 

Ashdale Secondary College (SC) is seeking an innovative and dynamic Head of Learning Area (HoLA) - to lead English Education across the College. The successful applicant will ideally possess outstanding leadership, organisation and interpersonal skills, whilst modelling a positive approach to student learning.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to join an innovative leadership team dedicated to designing and developing a distinctive, world class educational environment. Ashdale SC’s Teaching and Learning Framework underpins the high-quality teaching and learning that takes place at the College. The successful applicant will ideally reflect and assess the effectiveness of the Learning Area teaching practices, promote an environment of active and positive learning, and provide educational opportunities and activities which enable students to achieve their highest potential. With effective interpersonal skills, the successful applicant will work closely with students, colleagues and the community to achieve the best educational outcomes for students. The HoLA has an integral role in modelling their exemplary practice and building the capacity of their team to ensure high standards for all.

The English Learning Area is a high functioning learning area with a team of committed and dedicated teachers, delivering a range of innovative teaching and learning programs from Year 7 through to Senior School courses. The successful applicant will be able to lead the delivery of quality teaching, learning and assessment programs and, in addition, will deliver the Western Australian Curriculum and Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Courses. The HoLA English will ideally possess a strong understanding of the College wide approach to Teaching and Learning, Literacy and Numeracy, and STEM.

At Ashdale SC there is a clear focus on high standards of student achievement. Systematic assessment and reporting procedures are carried out at the highest level, confirming performance and guiding the setting of future targets for the school. The College teaching staff has a key role in school planning processes including: the analysis of student performance data, development of performance and improvement plans and application of an evidence based approach to student performance.

Students at Ashdale are equipped with, and confident in the use of, new blends of skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their individual potential throughout their lives. They develop the capabilities necessary for healthy living and lifelong learning. They build social and emotional resilience, supported by clear, ethical and effective pastoral care. This ensures students are given the opportunities to develop the confidence they need to play an active part in the life of their school, family, community and nation while being successfully prepared for future transitions from home to school to work or further study.

Ashdale SC is a distinctive, world class, educational community of excellence where all students are motivated to strive to achieve their best and to realise their potential in a values-rich environment. Ashdale SC is founded on the philosophy of Positive Psychology and has a whole school approach to student engagement and wellbeing. The College measures its effectiveness through the achievement and character of our students and the integral part it plays in the community.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position. 

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements:

  • Capacity to provide effective leadership in a diverse range of educational settings;
  • High level of interpersonal and public relations skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to achieve planned outcomes;
  • Professional knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure a high level of educational outcomes for all students (e.g. Aboriginal students, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with special needs);
  • Capacity to manage staff, physical and financial resources.

Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about Ashdale SC can be found by visiting or Schools Online

For further job related information:

Please contact Adam Rains, Deputy Principal, by telephoning (08) 6207 1300 or emailing  

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A three (3) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV of up to five (5) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.


Employees will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
  • hold a recognised qualification in teaching and be currently registered or eligible for registration to teach in Western Australia;
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.


Employees will be required to:

  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.


Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA.  Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy.  More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 30 November 2021



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-11-30 4:30 PM