Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region
Australind Senior High School
Head of Learning Area - English
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA729373

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

Australind Senior High School (SHS) are seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic Head of Learning Area to lead our dedicated and successful English team.

Professional Benefits

Working at Australind Senior High School (SHS) provides you with the many professional and personal benefits of working for the Department of Education You also have the opportunity to work in one of the largest and most consistently performing Senior High Schools in the South West Region.

About the Role

The Head of Learning Area – English, as a member of the Senior Leadership Group, will work collaboratively with the Principal and other members of the school administration team to provide educational leadership in the school and community by developing and promoting the school vision as articulated in the current Business Plan. As a key school leader, you will facilitate positive, quality teaching supporting learning outcomes in English. You will do this through the effective modelling of excellent classroom practice while promoting a culture of success supported by performance management and a range of collegiate opportunities. An important aspect of this position is the continued development of our Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) courses in English Literature and English, supporting lower school pathways through our Mathematics and Philosophy Specialist program students along with Extension Program students as a specific lower school pathway into ATAR.

The successful applicant for this position will be responsible for curriculum development and contemporary lesson delivery within the English Learning Area as well as managing the professional development of teaching staff. You should be committed to effectively leading a Professional Learning Community within the English Learning Area by engaging in innovative practices and to contribute to strategic planning within the Learning Area.

Australind SHS recognises that students have different interests and abilities and is able to cater for diverse student needs by providing relevant and engaging programs across contexts. A broad curriculum is offered which includes specialist electives that are mapped in Lower School to assist students into strong Senior School pathways of interest leading to ATAR while also supporting students in the Curtin University UniReady program on site, General Courses, Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways. The school is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Experience with using data to inform planning linked to student performance and learning area review across Year 7 to Year 12 is important in this role as is the interrogation of NAPLAN and OLNA data performance data. Planning for appropriate intervention programs. Understanding student on-entry transition data linked to the Leschenault Alliance of Public Schools. Knowledge of SEN (Special Educational Needs) planning and reporting will also be desirable.

Ideally the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills along with an environment of active and positive learning within their own classroom. A collaborative approach in supporting classroom teachers to successfully engage students with identified literacy difficulties is highly regarded. The successful applicant will illustrate their use of differentiated teaching practices within the classroom and skills and strategies that support students to access relevant curriculum requirements as part of a whole of school approach.

School Background  

Australind SHS is the largest Independent Public School in the South West region of Western Australia. We are also one of the most successful with a strong history of outstanding success for our students in both ATAR and VET pathways. We are committed to continuous improvement in teaching and learning through reflective practice with a focus on Quality Teaching and Learning, as detailed in our business plan. Our recent excellent Public-School Review demonstrates the success of our teachers and students.

At Australind SHS the care that we offer each and every student defines our purpose. We have a rigorous student services and wellbeing program which has been set up to ensure all our students are well cared for socially, emotionally, physically and academically. The school in currently evolving a Positive Behaviour Support journey so that we are clear about our expectations as a school.

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 Australind Senior High School can be found by visiting or Schools Online

For further job related information:

Please contact Adam Blackmore, Deputy Principal by telephoning (08) 9797 4400 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Domenic Camera on 0417 916 679.

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 four (4) 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.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • 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;
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; 
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment; and
  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.


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 Friday, 21 January 2022.



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Australind
CLOSING DATE: 2022-01-21 4:30 PM