German Language Assistant, Croydon

Closing date:

Whitgift SchoolCroydon

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £25,177 - £27,399 pa (full-time, full-year) which will be pro rata to £19,851 - £21,603 pa (full-time, term-time only)
Contract term: Fixed Term

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fluent German speaker to join our vibrant and dynamic German Department as a full-time German Language Assistant from September 2019. The Languages Faculty at Whitgift is one of the largest in the country, comprising eight languages.  In addition to German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Latin and Ancient Greek are also taught within the School. There are ten German teachers in the Department, and German is taught from Year 7. Many pupils take IGCSE German, and continue their studies in the Sixth Form, where we offer both IB and A level. We offer a wide co-curricular provision, and students have the opportunity to take part in Exchanges to Nuremberg and Munich, as well as a Sixth Form trip (most recently to Hamburg).  

As a full-time language assistant, the successful candidate will be pro-active and enthusiastic about promoting German 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 German 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 German and English will be essential, and the ideal candidate will excel in encouraging our students to engage with current social and political issues in German-speaking countries, 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 German literature would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will:

  • Excellent knowledge of the German Language is essential, ideally a fluent German speaker
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about promoting German across the School
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good command of the English Languag
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Confident and well-organied
  • 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 . For any queries, please telephone the Human Resources Department on 020 8688 9222 or email  

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

Closing date: Midnight on Monday 5th August and interviews will be on Thursday 15th August 2019.

Whitgift School (part of the Whitgift Foundation) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Where applicable, applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8688 9222
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