Spanish Language Assistant, South Croydon

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

Whitgift SchoolSouth Croydon

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £24,683 - £26,862 pa (full-time, full-year) which will be pro rata to £19,461 - £21,179 pa (full-time, term-time only)
Contract term: Fixed Term

Fixed-Term, Full-Time, Term-Time Only

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 2019. 

The Languages Faculty at Whitgift is one of the largest in the country, comprising seven languages.  In addition to Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Latin and Ancient Greek are also taught within the School. 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.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be fluent in Spanish 
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about promoting Spanish across the School
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good command of the English Language
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Confident and well-organized
  • Ability to meet changing deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team
  • Flexibility and co-operation
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office


Whitgift is one of Britain’s leading independent day and boarding schools, set in an attractive 48-acre parkland site in South Croydon enjoying excellent links to London, Surrey and the south coast. We are proud to be able to offer:

  • A unique, tailor-made education for boys aged 10-18
  • Beautiful and historic parkland site with outstanding facilities
  • A record of outstanding academic achievement
  • Superb facilities for over 40 sports, an exciting performing arts programme and wide range of co-curricular activities
  • Excellent pastoral care.


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. 

For further information and an online application form, please visit www.whitgift.co.uk/vacancies. For any queries, please telephone the Human Resources Department on 020 8688 9222 or email SchoolHR@whitgift.co.uk.

Applications will be reviewed daily and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received so we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Closing date: Midnight on 16 June 2019 

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 Services.



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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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