Mathematics Teacher Southfields Academy, London

Job description

“Outstanding insight into what a great team/department is like”
Comment made by a visiting teacher from the borough in 2019

A rare vacancy has become available in a Mathematics Department in a thriving non-selective secondary academy located in South West London.

What makes us different?

• We are one of the lead schools in the borough for the development of teaching for mastery and we host visits from other schools to observe the innovative work we have been producing (see below for feedback from teachers in the borough).

• We have adopted a collaborative planning approach to planning lessons (see below).

• We are an extremely well supported, autonomous team with a strong emphasis on teacher development and support.

• We teach mixed attainment classes at years 7 and 8

• All teachers observe each other within the department

• Meetings are predominately based on the growth of excellent pedagogy, rather than administration.

• Both the Head Teacher and Principal teach mathematics, a Senior Leader takes responsibility for teacher development and supports teaching across the department

• We were the subject of a recent NCETM article about the use of collaborative planning to drive the success of our mastery programme (

Comments on the collaborative planning meeting from visitors:

“Outstanding insight into what a great team/department is like”

"I didn’t even think that such collaborative planning was possible!”

“I feel inspired to start a collaborative planning meeting at my school”

Comments on the collaborative planning meeting from Southfields Academy mathematics teachers:

“I have really enjoyed these sessions. Everyone has made lots of contributions and every contribution is valued regardless the amount of experience teachers in the group have.”

“Time saving, especially planning, we have not had to duplicate the work of each other.”

“The amount of thought and attention I have been able to give each lesson I have planned for the group has been immense, compared to if I was having to plan all the lesson myself.”

Our mathematical and pedagogical ethos:

• Teaching mathematics is an integral part of equipping young people with a fundamental skill they will need for life.

• Our philosophy is that mathematics can and should be enjoyed by all children.

• Confident happy teachers equate to confident happy students ready to engage and learn.

• We pride ourselves on excellent practice to support student development.


• The Mathematics Department has consistently been amongst the top schools in the borough for progress since the P8 measure was introduced (+0.61 in 2018 and +0.53 in 2019).

• A-Level Mathematics results have been consistently excellent. We have had a positive value added score in each of the last 6 years. Our best year being 2018, when our students achieved 50% A*-A and 81% A*-B, in A-Level Mathematics.

• We have now offered Further Mathematics A-level for 6 years. We have had A* Further Mathematics students every year and have recently achieved 54% A*-A and 77% A*-B.

Southfields Academy has recently undergone complete redevelopment and benefits from cutting edge sporting facilities, art, design & vocational technology facilities, spacious and bright communal areas and well-equipped classrooms. All facilities incorporate the latest technology and were designed by our staff and students to ensure their fitness of purpose to educate the children of today to become the best versions of themselves in the world of tomorrow.

Who we are looking for?

Our prime target is a like-minded candidate whose philosophy of mathematics education is based on developing mathematical thinking and who is prepared to deliver this to students from a wide range of backgrounds.

• Motivated and inspiring teacher.

• Deliver mathematics to students of all abilities across Years 7 – 13.

• Excellent planning skills.

• Good classroom management.

• Be able to deliver in a variety of teaching and learning styles.

• Able to switch seamlessly from teaching higher achieving students to those requiring more individual guidance and encouragement.

• N.Q.T or experienced teacher.

• Experience of teaching A-Level is desirable but not essential.

You are welcome to visit us before applying, to join one of our collaborative planning sessions and/or make an appointment to speak to the teacher vacating this exciting role. The person leaving this post, to return to their native country, is happy to meet with any prospective candidates to explain what the job really entails.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age. All applicants are considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the job. The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Academy will only accept applications directly from candidates themselves.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you were unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this post early, should we receive a high volume of applications.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics or related subject.

Essential qualifications

QTS to teach mathematics.

Essential skills and experience

Our prime target is a like-minded candidate whose philosophy of mathematics education is based on developing mathematical thinking and who is prepared to deliver this to students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Employee benefits


About Southfields Academy

At Southfields we aim to create a culture of tolerance and respect for others, where students and staff work together to improve. Our vision is to develop a provision that will secure the best life chances for our students once they leave Southfields Academy. This environment must inspire each individual in the community to be the very best that they can be. At Southfields we have the highest expectations of achievement and behaviour and offer a nurturing and supportive environment where we celebrate difference and ensure that everyone meets their full potential. We value every individual and commit to ensuring everyone feels supported and listened to. We offer the highest quality educational experience, aiming to inspire a generation of lifelong learners, who take pride in their achievements and take ownership of their learning. We believe creativity and imagination are the key to developing future passions and talents. We have a positive, “can do” attitude, believing that the sky is our limit, and we will think creatively and innovatively to meet the needs of our learners and our community. A successful Southfields student will be one that understands the world we live in and is curious and keen to develop further by learning from others around them. This student will leave Southfields ready for their next stage in education or employment, equipped to learn and to grow.

333 Merton Road, London, SW18 5JU
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