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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    22 February 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    7 February 2024

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Teachers pay scale

What skills and experience we're looking for

Thank you for considering St. Mary's Catholic Academy for the next stage in your career. We are seeking to appoint a talented teacher of MFL with the relevant knowledge and expertise to teach either Spanish or French (or both) up to A Level. The role is offered as either part time (minimum 0.6) or full time, to commence in September 2024, and would be a fantastic opportunity for a talented teacher to develop their skills in a successful MFL department. Further details of the post are outlined in this information pack.

Applications must be sent electronically to admin@st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk by midday on Thursday 22nd February 2024.


Person Specification

The successful candidate will be someone with enthusiasm, initiative and very good subject knowledge. S/he will demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting the highest possible standards of achievement and developing excellent relationships with staff and students across the full age and ability range at St. Mary's. The person appointed will have a professional and personal profile that most closely matches the specification given below:


  • Qualified teacher status at graduate level.
  • MFL Degree/Degree containing substantial MFL element.
  • Recent professional development/teaching placement relevant to the post.


  • A clear philosophy for the teaching of MFL.
  • Knowledge of some strategies that will enhance learning and raise the attainment of all students in MFL.
  • Ability to use MFL to transform learning.
  • Effective communicator – verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to form good relationships with both colleagues and students.
  • Commitment to actively supporting the distinctive ethos of the school.
  • Commitment to assisting with the development of extra-curricular activities.
  • Resilience, commitment, ability to work under pressure and a sense of humour.
  • An excellent attendance and punctuality record. (Please note that excellent attendance is considered to be 95% attendance over the past two academic years. Governors will take note of one-off illnesses/absences and individual circumstances).
  • High expectations of all students.
  • Enthusiasm for career development.

The standard full-time contact time for teachers is 33 out of 40 periods per fortnight (31 for ECT Y1), including a period of PSHE with your form.

What the school offers its staff

St. Mary’s is a highly regarded, oversubscribed and successful school with:

  • A caring ethos and high standards.
  • An Outstanding Diocesan Inspection Report (March 2017)
  • A full Ofsted Inspection of St Mary’s in May 2022 was extremely positive and confirmed that St Mary’s Catholic Academy continues to be good in all areas. You can read a copy of the report on the Academy's website.
  • An outstanding induction programme, friendly staff, high quality professional cover supervisors, ICT technicians and admin support and a strong family ethos which make St. Mary’s a great place to work.
  • State of the art facilities housed in our £22.5 million pound refurbished campus.

We would be delighted to receive your application.

As Head Teacher, I believe that a happy, highly trained and well supported staff is the key to our success. Staff at St Mary’s received a full induction programme and access our outstanding weekly professional development. All teaching staff also have 90 minutes of additional non-contact time per fortnight to focus on their own area of interest in enhanced professional development. New staff are also supported by regular, weekly coaching meetings and support from their subject areas; a range of leadership development programmes is also available.

St Mary’s is designated as Blackpool’s research school and provides staff with the opportunity to benefit from the latest research and evidence in education. Everything we do, whether that be our innovative key stage 3 reading programme; our approach to revision and practice homework; or the design of our professional development curriculum for teachers; is researched evidence based.

Staff wellbeing is also a key part of our success as a school. A hard-working staff should be well supported and cared for to allow them to meet the demands made of teachers in a modern context. All staff are provided with their own personal laptop and extensive training and the support of colleagues. Staff are able to take advantage of the Schools Advisory Service Wellbeing package which offers access to Counselling, 24 hour GP helpline, Health advice and support, Physiotherapy advice and a range of other services. A well-resourced support team of IT technicians, admin staff, chaplaincy staff and site staff work hard to make sure the Academy runs smoothly and that teaching staff are well supported to focus on our core business of teaching. Workload issues are regularly discussed with our staff committee and policies around marking, assessment, reporting and home work are carefully designed to try and manage the workload for staff. An email protocol ensures staff are not disturbed by emails in an evening and small gestures like tea, coffee and biscuits served by our amazing housekeepers, free access to the school fitness suite; free annual flu jabs; a car valet service and regular staff social events all help to make our Academy and Trust a rewarding place to work. All of this work takes place in state of the art facilities. St Mary’s was lucky enough to benefit from a 22.5 million point partial rebuild and refurbishment, we are so lucky to work in one of the best school building in the region.

Commitment to safeguarding

BEBCMAT is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors.

All posts are subject to:
● Medical clearance
● Verification of qualifications and National Insurance number.
● Two references including a judgement about suitability to work with children.
● A member of the interview panel will be trained in implementing Child Protection procedures.
● In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, online search be carried out.
For teaching positions, barred list checks and prohibition from teaching checks will be carried out.
For leadership positions, section 128 checks will be performed.

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About St Mary's Catholic Academy

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1199 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01253 396286

St Mary's is a highly regarded oversubscribed Catholic Academy in Blackpool in the Diocese of Lancaster.

The school is very much a Catholic family where everyone works together to support and challenge one another to be the best they can be.

Our Catholic Ethos, founded on the hallmarks of:
Catholic Caring Community Challenge
is key to our success. Students and staff are all encouraged, as our mission statement states, to grow in wisdom, understanding, self-esteem and closeness to God. Many of our staff and students are Catholic or Christian, we are joined by a number of staff and students who aren’t, anyone is welcome to come and be part of our family as long as they are willing to support and contribute to the ethos and success of the Academy.

Arranging a visit to St Mary's Catholic Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk.

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