This job expired on 21 November 2023

  • Earliest start date

    15 April 2024

  • Latest start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    21 November 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Commensurate with experience

Additional allowances

TLR of £3,990.

What skills and experience we're looking for

Key characteristics of the role include:

  • to impart your passion for Modern Foreign Languages to the pupils you teach, whilst also ensuring their mastery of the subject.
  • to lead the planning and delivering schemes of work for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 within your department, and monitoring their effectiveness.
  • to monitor the progress of pupils according to the department and school assessment policy.
  • to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the department by taking part in collaborative planning, sharing resources, mentoring and observing teachers, and participating in continuing professional development.
  • to be a form tutor, and work collaboratively with your year group team.
  • to contribute to the wider school life, such as events, trips, and co-curricular clubs.

The successful candidate will have:

  • strong subject knowledge, a passion for Modern Foreign Languages, and will enthuse staff, pupils and parents with a love for language learning;
  • the ability to lead the MFL team with vision and enthusiasm;
  • ability to model excellent practice, leading the MFL team by example.
  • a well-defined understanding of and commitment to the ethos of the West London Free School.
  • an ability to teach Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 to all ability levels, including pupils with SEN;
  • a proven track record of excellent Modern Foreign Languages teaching and, where relevant, outstanding outcomes for pupils at both GCSE and A-level;
  • an understanding of the ethos of the West London Free School, and a commitment to teaching a knowledge-based curriculum;
  • high expectations of pupil conduct and behaviour;
  • excellent team working skills;
  • excellent communication skills with both pupils and staff;
  • a willingness to contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme.

What the school offers its staff

People are at the heart of our success. We look for talented and ambitious individuals who share our vision for creating an exceptional school, and are committed to ensuring that every child has access to the best possible education. Pursuing a career at the WLFS also gives you the chance to work alongside a highly capable and committed Senior Leadership team. Senior Leaders at WLFS all teach, pay due attention to workload pressures and are highly visible ‘in the corridors’.

We have developed a positive and supportive staff culture at the WLFS, and we invest in our staff with support, coaching and mentoring as well as external training programmes. To that end, we offer:

  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme for teaching staff
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Complimentary drinks
  • Employee counselling
  • Recommend a teacher bonus scheme
  • Staff children have priority admission into the school (after 2 years’ service)
  • Season ticket travel loan

Further details about the role

The WLFS has an enthusiastic and committed Modern Foreign Languages Department, teaching both French and Spanish at every year group in the school. At Key Stages 3 and 4, pupils have three hours a week of either French or Spanish, according to their preference. At KS5 we offer both French and Spanish, and students have six hours a week plus speaking practice hours. The Department runs with six teachers, including one member of SLT who teaches French. All speaking hours are delivered by full time teachers as part of their weekly timetable allocation.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Knowledge Schools Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.
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About West London Free School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
911 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Email address
Phone number
020 8600 0670

The WLFS is one of the pioneering schools in the country for delivering a knowledge-rich education to all pupils, irrespective of birth or background. At the WLFS, we pride ourselves on the quality of the curriculum; the excellent behaviour of the pupils; the support provided by senior leaders; and the trust that we place in staff. Our 2022 results showed that our approach to teaching is delivering results. At A-level, 45% of entries were graded A* to A, and 73% were graded A* to B. At GCSE, 49% of entries were graded 9 to 7, and 88% were graded 9 to 4. Progress 8 was 0.61. Our pupils go on to study at some of the best universities in the UK and abroad, with seven students accepted to courses at Oxford or Cambridge in 2022 alone. We look for talented and ambitious individuals who share our vision for creating an exceptional school, and are committed to ensuring that every child has access to the best possible education.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email r.peal@wlfs.org.

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