Teacher of English

Full time: starting April or September 2017
Salary: MPS, UPS or SLE (opportunities for suitable candidates)

Do you aspire to work in a dynamic, progressive and supportive English department, where there are ample opportunities to develop your professional practice and further your career?

Whatever stage you are at in your career, why not take the next step at Samuel Whitbread Academy? We have a large, experienced and welcoming department that wishes to appoint a teacher of English for GCSE English (AQA) and A-Level English Literature and Language (Edexcel).  Applications from both NQTs and experienced teachers are welcomed. The size of the academy means that we can offer a range of opportunities to excite any candidate and we would welcome a conversation to discuss your career aspirations.

Are you interested in teaching English at Samuel Whitbread Academy?

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit both the department and the Academy to see what the school is like on a normal working day. If you are interested or to arrange a tour please contact the Vice Principal Mr Butler or call 01462 629900.


Message from the Head of English

"The English department at Samuel Whitbread Academy is looking to appoint a dedicated teacher who can join the team and make a difference at an exciting time in our development. Opportunities are available for both teachers at the start of their career and leadership roles are available to more experienced colleagues. You will be joining a large welcoming team of staff, including two SLEs, who all have a wealth of experience. All the classrooms in the English department are fully equipped with a range of ICT facilities and the department enjoys a large bank of resources, including lessons and homework. One of the unique opportunities available at Samuel Whitbread is to engage with Research Lesson Study supported by the University of Cambridge. If you feel inspired to find out more please don't hesitate to contact the school."
Ben Morris

A Teacher's Perspective

"I joined the department two years ago after working in schools overseas. Samuel Whitbread supported me through my teacher training to acquire my QTS. Since joining the department I have enjoyed every minute and there is a real mix of experience and personalities. Everyone is really supportive and this has helped me to develop as a teacher. The students are fantastic and I feel that Samuel Whitbread is a brilliant place to start your career."
Sarah Sinclair
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A SLE's Perspective

"I have been working at Samuel Whitbread for ten years and over that time I have had a number of different roles and responsibilities. The roles that I have enjoyed the most have been coaching and mentoring other members of staff all across the academy. As an SLE I have lead inset for both the English department and other departments on a whole range of different teaching and learning strategies. I have also shadowed a member of the Senior Leadership Team to see what the role entails and to develop my skills as a leader."
Sonia Kerridge

Samuel Whitbread Academy

Samuel Whitbread Academy is a large, rural upper school with approximately 1,700 students including a Sixth Form approaching 450 students. The school is situated on the outskirts of the village of Shefford, in Bedfordshire, and has all the variety and energy of a fully comprehensive secondary school. In June 2014 the Academy was inspected and judged as Good, with Outstanding features by Ofsted. Since then, we have continued to improve and are constantly striving to develop our practice and raise levels of achievement. Please take a few minutes to watch a video made by the Sixth Form media students.


What the students have to say

“I am a Year 13 student studying A Level English Language. The enthusiasm of my English teachers has been incredibly motivating and inspiring; hence, when I applied to university, I chose Linguistics courses as well as Speech and Language Therapy, which had been my original goal. Following the huge amount of encouragement and support I received from my teachers, I applied to and have received an offer from the University of Cambridge to continue studying this incredibly fascinating subject. I would like to thank my teachers, who have expanded my metaphorical horizon and allowed me to achieve and exceed beyond what I had imagined.”
Eleanor Hare, Year 13
"I’ve taken English Language in Sixth Form for the two years that I’ve been here. I have learned how to break down texts framework by framework in order to contrast them between each other. More recently, I’ve been taught how to distinguish what time period a text I’m given is from by looking at key features throughout and how to create a well structured essay after doing so. The wide range of terminology and structuring techniques I have learned can be applied in a variety of workplaces; I’m applying for a higher apprenticeship within an IT/Admin based role so the skills I’ve learned will prove helpful."
 Louie Baker, Year 13

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Please note that the Trust does not accept applications from agencies or other third parties.