Teacher of French (with Spanish), Witney, Oxfordshire

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Cokethorpe SchoolWitney, Oxfordshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Job Description – Teacher of French and Spanish

Role Details

We are looking to appoint an exceptional Modern Foreign Language Teacher with excellent subject knowledge and a commitment to sharing their passion for languages with the pupils.

The Modern Foreign Languages department 

The Modern Foreign Languages department consists of five full time and two part time teachers. The department is well resourced with projectors in classrooms as well as portable audio equipment. There is also an additional Sixth Form study room. The department have their own laptops and iPads. IT is an integral part of teaching and the department has several excellent multimedia presentation packages for both languages. There is an extensive library of film and books and we subscribe to several foreign language publications. 

Spanish and French are compulsory in First and Second Form with those pupils joining the School from the Junior School having already studied French for two periods a week in years 5 and 6. All pupils are set according to their ability with beginners taught separately in the first term. In the Third Form, the pupils may choose either to continue with two languages or opt to study either French or Spanish. Both languages are a popular option at GCSE (with a 95% take up) and at A Level. Examination results are excellent with almost 100% A* - C pass rate at GCSE. The courses followed in First Form to Third Form are ‘Studio’ and ‘Mira’ published by Heinemann. The department has recently moved to teaching Edexcel International GCSE and A Level. In French and Spanish the groups follow the Edexcel International GCSE course and Edexcel A level course, both published by Hodder. 

Class sizes are small; they do not exceed 20 pupils and most groups are smaller than this. Lessons are fast-paced and lively and include a wide variety of activities. The Department aims to create a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere in the classroom where pupils are engaged and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

All teachers in the department are encouraged to take an active role in the organisation of trips, such as the annual exchange visits to Marseilles and Seville. 

Teacher of Spanish and French

The person appointed will be expected to teach a combination of French up to and including A Level and Oxbridge entrance and Spanish to Third Form. All of the department currently teach both languages.

The Department works strongly together as a team and the successful candidate will be able to develop and strengthen the profile of languages at Cokethorpe. Good practice is shared, and regular meetings are held in order to discuss ideas and monitor progress. Ideal candidates will have very good ICT skills for both teaching and administration and be willing to contribute to the bank of electronic resources on the School’s VLE. 


At Cokethorpe School, teachers are expected to

· Inspire a love of languages in pupils, based on excellent subject knowledge and innovative, creative teaching techniques.

· Be accountable for the progress made by pupils, both in terms of internal and external communications – for example, through Progress Review Evenings and written reports.

· Develop strategies to support pupils in becoming independent and effective learners.

· Work with the Head of Department to promote the Modern Foreign Languages Department, organising extra-curricular experiences to stretch and challenge all pupils.

· Play a full and committed role in the development of the whole learning experience of pupils within the school, including participation in tutoring, the AOB programme and, if appropriate, Games.

· Take part in, and, where appropriate, contribute to a full and varied Professional Development programme.

Person Specification


· A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Languages 

· Ability to teach French and Spanish (the former to A Level)

· Excellent subject knowledge

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills with pupils, parents and staff

· An ability to inspire and teach a love of learning of languages

· High standards of written and oral communication

· Willingness to contribute to the wider school life including the sports programme, co-curricular commitments, the activities programme and the tutoring and House system.

To apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically (as separate PDF documents in one e mail) the following to the HR Manager, Mrs Sandy Coles, recruitment@cokethorpe.org before the closing date: Midday on Monday 5 March.

  • A covering letter addressed to Mr Damian Ettinger, Headmaster
  • A completed Cokethorpe School application form with the names and contact details of at least two referees. The application form must be completed in full with an explanation of all employment gaps. 
  • A CV can be submitted as a separate document but it must not be instead of the      application form. 

Interviews: w/c 12 March


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More about Cokethorpe School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 18 years
Address: Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7PU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1993 703921
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