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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    15 April 2024 at 10am

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

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£30,100.00 - £46,961.00 Annually (FTE) Advantage Schools Teacher Pay Bands 1-12

Teacher of History job summary


Do you believe in traditional values, academic rigor and very high expectations? Do you want to be part of the expanding team of a new school that is determined to deliver world-class educational and extra-curricular opportunities?

Then you should be interested in teaching at Houstone School. We are recruiting a teacher of History for September 2024, offering you a really exciting opportunity to join our team and grasp a potentially career-defining opportunity.


Houstone School is a brand new secondary school, which opened in September 2022, we opened with pupils in Year 7-10, and from September 2023 we have pupils in all year groups.

At Houstone, our values of aspiration, endeavour, and respect, underpinned by very high expectations and drive in everything that we do. We have a powerful culture which is warm but strict, based on clear routines, systems, and structures. As a result, our teachers enjoy their teaching with impeccable behaviour in lessons and hardworking, highly motivated pupils.

The successful candidate will be intrinsic in further developing a school that will offer families a genuine choice of an excellent education for their child, including:

A disciplined “can do” culture that allows every student to be known, feel safe, and be cared for

An intensive focus on the basics of reading, writing and maths

An academic, knowledge-rich curriculum that values the distinctiveness of subject disciplines

Excellent quality, evidence-based classroom practice

High quality PSHE provision

Plentiful, high quality enrichment opportunities, including trips, visits, after-school clubs and sporting fixtures

Are you an ECT considering this role?

We are committed to providing high levels of support, so that you can thrive in the classroom. Our trust, Advantage Schools, are delivery partners for sector-leading training providers, Ambition Institute, and deliver the Early Career Framework to over 130 participants across 50 schools in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Luton. Therefore, we understand how best to support you through the induction process. You can expect:

Strong, highly visible leadership, who support you to maintain our culture of excellent behaviour so that you can focus on teaching and ensuring your pupils can learn in a calm, safe environment

High quality training, delivered by colleagues from the trust, that perfectly aligns to how our schools work and the wider professional development and support available at Advantage Schools

Consistent modelling of what effective teaching looks like, putting you on the path to becoming an expert

To understand how to keep getting better, so that you can continue to improve throughout your career

Instructional coaching from a trained mentor who understands the framework and knows how to support you effectively

Networking opportunities with other ECTs in the trust and our network of partners

Additional support from our trust Professional Development and Early Career Framework team


Our values are aspiration, honesty and respect and our vision is to create a family of exceptional schools, within which students are empowered and supported to achieve extraordinary outcomes. We currently run four schools in Bedfordshire – Bedford Free School (secondary, Ofsted outstanding), Houstone School (secondary, not yet inspected), Elstow School (primary, Ofsted good) and Queen’s Park Academy (primary, Ofsted good) – with a fifth school (primary) joining us imminently. Our pupils will leave our schools prepared for a fulfilling life, including the opportunity to go to a great university and pursue the career of their choice. To achieve this, our network of schools teach an academic, knowledge-rich curriculum enhanced by an entitlement to enrichment for all.

We achieve our goals through the recruitment and retention of the best colleagues and school leaders, developing talent through sector-leading professional learning. We foster collaborative work, both across our trust and our extensive network of professional contacts, to ensure our staff can learn from and contribute significantly to the wider educational system.

We believe great staff make a great school, so we look after our colleagues well. We value hard work, but we do all we can to identify and eliminate unnecessary workload that could result in burnout.


We invest heavily in professional learning, which alongside support and coaching from our senior leadership team, a brand new, fully equipped purpose built school, and access to expertise across Advantage Schools, means you can develop to be your very best. There is a programme of training available to all staff at different stages of their career.

We have no unwieldly marking policies; our pupils behaviour is impeccable, supported by the same day whole school sanctions where necessary and Senior Leaders have a very high profile that your are supported to develop.


We welcome applications from ambitious and inspirational teachers who share our traditional approach and values of Respect, Honesty and High Expectations. To apply please fill in the application form and supporting statement illustrating how you meet the person specification for this role.

We welcome visits to the school at any time and would encourage you to apply. For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Nafisa Khan, Business Support Officer on 01582 377771 or email nkhan@houstoneschool.co.uk to arrange an appointment.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we interview and make an offer to the right candidate prior to the closing date.

Safeguarding children enrolled at the school is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our pupils. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

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Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our pupils. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

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