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Michaela Community School


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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
April/September 2018
Apply by:
17 January 2018

Job description

Do you want to be part of a team that will help inner-city children to do the seemingly impossible? 

Michaela Community School is an exciting new free school that opened in September 2014. A vibrant and energetic team, our intention is to transform the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world. 

What we offer:

· CPD for staff starts as soon as the teacher is appointed

· We do not grade observations , we believe that trusting our teachers with autonomy to improve creates a strong, vibrant staff culture

· Every day we eat a family lunch together with our pupils 

Currently, we have 480 pupils, years 7, 8, 9 and 10. As we are growing every year (840 pupils at full capacity including a Sixth Form), there will be a lot of opportunities for promotion and development. In September 2018, we will have 600 pupils. In 2020, we will have over 800 pupils, including our Sixth Form. You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school.  

We teach a knowledge-based curriculum built on cutting-edge insights from cognitive science. Our teaching approaches have been influenced by ground-breaking charter schools in the American inner cities and we are driven by a desire to get the best possible results for all our pupils. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. Senior Team run centralised detentions twice daily so that consequences are immediate and teachers are not chasing absent detainees. In October, we offer pupils and staff a two-week half term. 

We don’t offer lessons in ICT, DT, Citizenship or take children out of lessons for intervention. All of our teachers see pupils at least twice per week so that a bond is built between teachers and pupils. Intervention happens in form time or after school. We believe in keeping marking to a minimum and so normal, decentralised written homework does not happen at Michaela. 

In the English Department, pupils are challenged from the beginning of year 7 to read and write about the most enduring texts; the best that has been thought and said. We study four Shakespeare plays, a wide range of poetry and classic texts. Reading is at the heart of the school, and we aim to support all pupils – regardless of ability or background – to read at many classic or notable works of literature during their time here. 

If you are the type of person who fits with our culture, you will really love working here. There is no other school like it in the country. 

Have a look at our school newspaper, published last year by our pupils. You can view the newspaper here:


We aim to achieve a minimum of 5 good GCSEs including English and Maths for 100% of our pupils. If you want to work in an environment where you will really make a difference, Michaela is for you. 

Our staff have written a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Teachers.  Michaela teachers, from founders to classroom teachers to senior leaders, lead readers through different methods and aspects of what makes Michaela unique. 

Some of our staff are on Twitter. Check them out! 




To register your interest, please send a covering letter (no more than 3 sides in Arial font, point 12) and an online application.

As part of your covering letter, can you be sure to answer these questions - 1. Why teach English at Michaela? and 2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?  

If you do not receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application, this means we have not received it, so please email it to us again. Candidates will be asked to disclose any past criminal convictions. We will let you know within a day of receiving your application whether or not you have been shortlisted for an interview.  

Suitable candidates will be interviewed promptly upon receipt of application. The closing date will be brought forward in the event that the post is filled.    

At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales. If you would like to discuss the position with one of our teachers, please email Head of English, Katie, at KAshford@mcsbrent.co.uk 


Michaela Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS and/or provide police checks from other countries, where appropriate. Michaela Community School is an equal opportunities employer. 

About Michaela Community School

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Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 in Wembley, and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. You may have heard of us: our Headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, is often in the news saying things that others find controversial but that we think are common sense. Last year, our Progress 8 at GCSE was 2.27, the highest Progress 8 in the country. Nearly three quarters of our GCSE papers achieved a 7 to 9 grade. We also got 95% grade 5s in English and Maths. Our A level results were equally impressive with almost three quarters of our A-Level exams graded A* or A, and 75% of students went on to Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, Imperial and LSE.

The ambition of our vibrant and energetic team is to transform the lives of all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world by showing that a child’s home circumstances don’t have to be a barrier to exceptional success.


Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh

Values and vision

Michaela Community School in Brent has a special focus on self-discipline and knowledge. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. The school believes its task is to develop the whole child. Teachers encourage children to contribute to their wider community and to show compassion, consideration and kindness to all.

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