This job expired on 11 June 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    11 June 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    22 May 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time: Staff are expected to be on site for 8.10am Monday to Friday. The school day runs until 15.00pm.

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - Until August 2024

Full-time equivalent salary

Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £25,714 to £41,604

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Relevant Degree
  • Teaching Qualification
  • Evidence of Continual Professional Development.
  • Written and oral fluency in French
  • Successful teaching at KS3, KS4 and/or KS5
  • Understanding and application of strategies to raise standards across the ability range through effective teaching and learning
  • Sensitivity to the learning needs of all pupils
  • Demonstrate understanding of using comparative data, together with information about pupil’s prior attainment to establish benchmarks and set targets for improvement
  • Identify usage of current good practice in assessment techniques and the monitoring of pupil progress across all key stages.

  • Demonstrate application of information and communication technology for development of learning and teaching in the subject
  • Ability to inspire, enthuse and motivate pupils and staff
  • Excellent classroom management to encourage positive behaviour
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving and good communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively or on own initiative
  • Time management skills and a capacity for hard work and an ability to priorities effectively with good administrative skills
  • The ability to think creatively and imaginatively to anticipate and solve problems and identify opportunities.

What the school offers its staff

All students within Samuel Whitbread Academy study either French or Spanish in Year 9 whilst in Years 10 and 11, students are taught in middle ability sets according to their GCSE option choices with groups varying from 10 to 26 students. We follow the AQA GCSE Syllabus.

Languages are popular options at A-Level. Since 2015 we have followed the AQA syllabuses. At this level of qualification classes are often shared and Teachers work together, from the specification, to teach texts which inspire them.

We are delighted in the increased number of students who choose to study languages and at the success evident within their results.

With regard to the enforcement of the English Baccalaureate and introducing Modern Foreign Languages at an earlier age, we aspire to teach a creative curriculum where learning is a joy, yet a challenge for all students who wish to further their education.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department undertakes the majority of its teaching in a suite of three classrooms, all of which are equipped with a networked interactive whiteboard and a large number of display boards to stimulate students’ creativity. Teachers will be given a copy of the approved text book to use and are encouraged to adapt this to their own teaching methods to support all students’ abilities. The Edulink platform used by Samuel Whitbread Academy offers the possibility to communicate relevant information and revision material to students, including audio files, pdf documents and PowerPoint presentations.

Our Department is characterised by a friendly, caring atmosphere of mutual respect and well-being. We support, but also challenge each other to become better Teachers and develop pedagogical effectiveness. We are genuinely committed to ensuring that each student fulfils his or her own potential - academically as well as personally and socially.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Samuel Whitbread Academy

School type
Academy, ages 13 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1674 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Phone number
01462 629900

Samuel Whitbread Academy

We offer an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience at Samuel Whitbread Academy in an outstanding learning environment where students are expected to work hard and achieve their best.

In our last Ofsted inspection, we were judged as ‘Good’ with many outstanding features and over the next three years we have set ourselves the target of being Outstanding!

Our GCSE results are amongst the best in the Local Authority. We offer a well-balanced curriculum with plenty of choice to prepare our students for the next stage in their lives. Most of our students continue on to the Sixth Form, which is one of the largest and highest performing in the area - providing students with a huge range of courses designed to match the expectations of universities and employers.

Our pastoral care is exceptional and we have dedicated pastoral support teams for each Year Group. The Academy is also broken down into five houses, named after people who have made a distinctive contribution to our community. These provide the framework for the multitude of different competitions, celebrations and charity events that bring our school community together during the year.

Extra-curricular opportunity is a vital part of our ethos and we expect all of our students to get involved in at least one club or activity. There are a huge number of opportunities ranging from highly competitive sports teams to spectacular drama and musical performances.

We enjoy showing visitors around the school so please take the opportunity to come and see us during the school day, so you can see Samuel Whitbread Academy in action and we can answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Nick Martin, Principal.

Shefford, Bedfordshire

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