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  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    8 March 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    27 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to UPS

What skills and experience we're looking for

Qualifications, experience & knowledge:

Essential Qualifications

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Relevant qualifications to teach English to an advanced level

Desirable Qualification

  • Relevant qualification to teach Film & Media to an advanced level

Competencies & Skills

  • Evidence of effective and successful teaching of English (this could be on teaching practice) across a wide range of ability.
  • The ability to motivate and inspire students to achieve the highest possible standards in English
  • Up to date knowledge of the English curriculum and assessment procedures
  • Excellent classroom management skills.
  • Ability to analyse and use data to set and monitor targets;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Good I.C.T. skills;
  • Able to evidence and demonstrate a creative approach to engaging and inspiring students;

Personal Traits:

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills in speech and writing.
  • An excellent record of attendance and punctuality.
  • Ability to be proactive, self-starting, enthusiastic and committed.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and take ownership for key tasks.

What the school offers its staff

Why Chestnut Grove?

When staff join Chestnut Grove they are joining a vibrant and forward thinking community which will challenge and support them in equal measure. Our staff’s well-being and morale is of the utmost importance to us. We offer a comprehensive professional development programme, through the Wandle Learning Partnership which enables staff to progress professionally; many middle and senior leaders started at the school as (NQTs) ECTs. We also have ties with first-class external providers and speakers (Equaliteach, Football Beyond Borders, Imperial College, Craig Barton, Teacher Development Trust, UCL, to name but a few recent liaisons).

We promote Diversity, Inclusion and Equality, workload reduction strategies, staff autonomy and Support Staff Council (to ensure our support staff’s needs are heard and met).

We offer a broad Wellbeing Program, which includes:

  • Annual 'Nike Day': a whole day of pampering with yoga, martial arts, art therapy, stress reduction, meditation workshops and pastoral CPD at Nike HQ
  • Reflective Practice: teachers are the only profession that deals with trauma without supervision - but not at Chestnut Grove! We provide fortnightly RP sessions in which teachers can reflect and collectively problem-solve in order to develop coping strategies and improve their practice.
  • Weekly yoga sessions
  • Weekly staff fitness & dance session.
  • Regular staff football, badminton and other sports staff elect to do

In 2019 we were awarded the Platinum Quality Mark for Professional Development and we also received the Healthy Workplace Achievement award from the Mayor of London.

The Wandle Learning Trust values the diversity of our students and is proud to inspire them through representative teaching and support staff. We aim to select all staff on merit, irrespective of race, sex, disability, age, gender reassignment, sexuality or other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

Further details about the role

We seek an enthusiastic, well-qualified teacher of English to join our successful English, Film & Media Department and teach up to A Level.

The department is one of the most successful in the school, with progress data for GCSE putting us well into the top 15% of schools nationally. A Level results in all three subjects are also among the best in the school.

Chestnut Grove is a high performing, 11-18, multi-cultural school in Balham, South London and has won a number of awards for its inclusive approach including UNICEF Gold Status (2022).We have recently completed a multi-million pound building programme, which has provided staff and students with modern facilities.

This post is suitable for an ECT for whom excellent support would be available. As the lead partner in the Wandle Learning Partnership we are able to offer exceptional opportunities for professional development.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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About Chestnut Grove Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1279 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number

Chestnut Grove Academy is a high achieving, forward thinking, caring community. A tradition of academic rigour combined with creativity
characterises our ethos and we feel passionately that this is a winning combination.
We are proud of our students’ achievements. They are ambitious, talented and resilient and this has secured examination results which continue to go from strength to strength. We help them to achieve this through exceptionally high expectations and positive relationships.
We firmly believe that students achieve when they feel the genuine security of a community that supports learning and promotes social responsibility

Arranging a visit to Chestnut Grove Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@chestnutgrove.org.uk.

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