• Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    10 May 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    28 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Law, Psychology, Social sciences, Sociology
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (From 1.9.21 to 7 July 2023)
from £16,045 to £19,944 per annum, depending on the balance of duties between teaching and learning support

Job summary

Would you like to train as a teacher in sixth form education, whilst being paid to do so? Reigate College offers the opportunity to gain your PGCE alongside paid employment as a trainee. The College is a National Teaching School with substantial and successful experience of training teachers.

With an exceptional reputation both locally and nationally, Reigate College focuses on outstanding teaching, learning and support to make it one of the best sixth form colleges in the country. Graded outstanding by Ofsted, the College is a great place to work and study, with an active and supportive community ethos at the heart of everything it does.

The Opportunity

The College is seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and hardworking Criminology/Sociology/Psychology/Law graduate to join the Sociology and Criminology Department and train to become a teacher. The successful applicant will be given a fixed-term contract over the training period and will divide their time between teaching and learning support duties.

The College has a well-developed mentoring system and comprehensive professional development opportunities, through which, trainees will be fully supported towards a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.

The Qualification

The post holder will undertake a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education over the duration of the fixed-term contract. They will work at the College during the working day and complete the lectures and seminars for the qualification on Monday nights from 6.00pm until 9.00pm each week. These sessions will take place on the College campus.

The Post

As a trainee, your typical week will comprise of teaching, usually between 1 and 17 periods per week (21 is full-time teacher), in addition to planning, preparation and marking time. The remainder of your time will be spent as a Learning Facilitator (Teaching Assistant) either supporting in class or working with individual students.

In addition to the PGCE sessions, you will be expected to attend various evening events throughout the year including Open Evenings and Student Review Meetings.

The post is a fixed-term, full-time appointment and is effective from 1 September 2021 to early July 2023. It is important to note that the College is unable to guarantee you any employment once your training is complete.

Applicants must have a relevant degree in Criminology/Sociology/Psychology/Law or a related subject and must not already hold a teaching qualification. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a clear commitment to a career in teaching and preferably have experience of working with young adults.

The Department

The Department is housed in the Priory Building in modern, fully equipped classrooms with access to desktop computers. The twelve-strong team work in a collaborative style, contributing to central teaching resources. Students regularly progress onto university courses for Criminology, Law, Politics, Sociology and Psychology.


The Department offers the following courses:

• Level 3 Diploma Criminology (Eduqas) www.reigate.ac.uk/courses/criminology-eduqas-level-3-diploma
• A Level Sociology (AQA) www.reigate.ac.uk/courses/sociology-a-level

For more information about the courses, please visit

The Department also operates a number of ‘Plus’ classes, designed to improve student performance as part of the timetabled periods.


Trainees are paid from £16,045 to £19,944 per annum, depending on the balance of duties between teaching and learning support.


Full details and an application form can be downloaded from our website (www.reigate.ac.uk/job-vacancies) or found in the Supporting Documents section of this page. Applicants are asked to complete and return the application form to the Personnel Department by email to jobs@reigate.ac.uk as soon as possible, but no later than 9.00am on Monday 10 May 2021.

When completing their application, candidates are asked to indicate:

• Why you are interested in a career in teaching
• Any experience you have of working or shadowing in an educational environment
• Any previous experience of working with young people and what you gained from this as useful development/preparation for a career in teaching
• Any evidence of working with people other than young people
• Personal qualities that you have that you believe would make you a suitable teacher
• Specific areas of your degree/employment that are relevant to the post advertised
• Particular strengths, experiences and interests that you would bring to this post
• What you are able to bring to College life outside of your teaching commitment

Reigate College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. These posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on successful applicants including an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
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Age range
16 to 19
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About Reigate College

About the College

We are a mixed, non-selective, sixth form college situated in Reigate, Surrey and provide outstanding education to around 2,500 16-19 year old students each year. Students consistently achieve excellent results and are well-prepared for the next stage in their lives, whether that is university, employment or apprenticeship.

We have an exceptional reputation both locally and nationally and have been graded 'outstanding' since 2005. We are consistently one of the very highest performing colleges in the country with a simple mission, to provide “high quality education in a supportive community.”

Values and Vision

The College is a great place to work and study, with an active and supportive community ethos embedded into everything we do. We work closely with the local community and have a strong sense of collaboration within the staff, who set high expectations of students, but always in a fully supportive and welcoming environment.

We are inclusive and work closely with students to develop the necessary independent learning skills to be successful in life. We place a strong emphasis on preparing students for the pathway of their choice and they have the opportunity to select dedicated Tutorials in the second year that reflect their preferred options.


The College offers over 50 different courses including A Levels and BTECs. The College is placed in the top 10% for A Level value added and success rates (achievement and retention) and our BTEC results are one of the highest in the country. Our value added for disadvantaged students also outperforms the national average for advantaged students.

Supporting students is critical. Therefore, each course is allocated ‘Plus’ support sessions as part of teaching allocations. This provides additional opportunities to enhance student performance, without staff needing to give up their free time.

College Staff

The Principal, Nick Clark is supported by the Senior Leadership Team and wider Senior Management Team. We employ over 250 teaching and support staff who are committed to providing sixth form education at its best, both in terms of results and in the development of students as responsible citizens.


We have an extensive wellbeing support programme for both staff and students. The Director (Mental Health and Wellbeing) is assisted by a team of Wellbeing Mentors who work closely with the College community. Staff enjoy wellbeing days at the end of each term, designed to maintain a healthy work-life balance and students are encouraged to take part in some of the 50 plus extra-curricular and enrichment activities offered for free each week.


We offer a modern, university-style campus that provides dedicated facilities for departments and students to work in. All members of staff have an allocated workspace in departmental offices, in addition to social space in the central College staffroom. The buildings and facilities are constantly being upgraded and the IT infrastructure compliments the ambition for students to spend concerted amounts of time on campus completing independent work, with almost one-to-one provision of devices for students and laptops for teaching staff.


We are a designated National Teaching School, recognising our outstanding teacher training programme (in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University), innovative teaching and learning and exceptional results.

We are part of a sixth form college consortium, S7 (www.s7colleges.com), which provides excellent continued professional development opportunities for all staff.

Staff Benefits and Incentives

• On-site parking for staff
• Free use of the on-site gym
• Free staff activities including: yoga, football, spinning and bridge
• Free tea, coffee, sparkling water, biscuits and half termly treats
• Free summer and Christmas meals
• Access to Mental Health First Aider
• Free confidential counselling service through Dorking Health Care
• Termly staff socials
• Staff wellbeing days and activities
• Large, modern staff room
• Department workrooms
• Discounts with local retailers and services
• The College participates in the cycle to work scheme (Cyclescheme)
• Free eye tests for employees who use video displays for more than 3.5 hours per day (Smart Employee Eyecare)
• Free vitamin C tablets
• Free annual flu jabs
• Free College drink bottle (BPA free)

School location

Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SD

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