Spanish Language Assistant, South Croydon

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Whitgift SchoolSouth Croydon

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Salary will be on the Whitgift Foundation Scale (dependent on qualifications and experience)
Contract term: Fixed Term

Whitgift is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys, with approximately   1460 pupils including over a hundred boarding pupils and flexi boarding pupils. It set in an attractive 48-acre parkland site in South Croydon enjoying excellent links to London, Surrey and the south coast.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fluent Spanish speaker to join our vibrant and dynamic Spanish Department as a full-time Spanish Language Assistant from September 2018. The Languages Faculty at Whitgift is one of the largest in the country, comprising eight languages.  In addition to Spanish, the other languages taught at the School are French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Italian, Latin and Ancient Greek. There   are six Spanish teachers in the Department, and Spanish is taught from Year 7. Many pupils take IGCSE Spanish, and continue their studies in the Sixth Form, where we offer both IB and Pre-U. We offer a wide co-curricular   provision, and students have the opportunity to take part in exchanges to Zaragoza and Valencia, as well as a Sixth Form trip (this year we visited Bilbao). 

As a full-time language assistant, the successful candidate will be pro-active and enthusiastic about promoting Spanish across the School. He or she will play an important role in preparing students for examinations, working with students in small groups and assisting teachers in the classroom. He or she will be able to produce resources and lead enjoyable discussions that challenge students while simultaneously building their confidence and ability to converse in both a natural and articulate manner. In addition to preparing resources for his or her own teaching, the successful candidate will work with the Head of Spanish to assist in the production of high quality and innovative resources to support classroom teaching. A high level of accuracy in both spoken and written Spanish and English will be essential, and the ideal candidate will excel in encouraging our students to engage with current Hispanic issues, drawing inspiration from the media and other authentic sources. Flexibility and a willingness to engage with the broader life of the school is a prerequisite. An ability to teach Spanish literature would be an advantage.

In return we offer a generous salary and benefits package including a money purchase pension scheme (plus Life Assurance over), Employee Discount Club, discounted school fees for the Foundation Schools, discounted off-peak membership at our on-site gym (Nuffield Health), membership of a healthcare plan, a range of family-friendly benefits and season ticket loan.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to attract staff that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.

From the advertisement on school's website (, select the white 'documents available' button at the top left of the advertisement, and the green 'apply' button on the top right for the online application form. For any queries, please telephone Sam Thater on 020 8688 9222 or e-mail

Applications will be reviewed on a daily basis and we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Closing date is midnight on 17th June. Interviews will be during week commencing 18th June 2018.

Whitgift School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young   people, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening   including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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More about Whitgift School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 10 - 18 years
Address: Haling Park, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6YT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8688 9222
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