History Teacher, West Sussex

Closing date:Expiring today

The Sir Robert Woodard AcademyWest Sussex

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, part of the Woodard family of schools, is a dynamic and popular 11–18 academy located between Worthing and Brighton, serving the students of Lancing, Sompting and Shoreham. 

Our aim is that every student is known and nurtured and is provided with teaching and learning experiences that allow them to fulfil their potential. We believe that students succeed when the environment is caring and orderly, with teaching that fires the imagination and brings learning to life.

Students and staff at SRWA are lucky enough to benefit from a purpose built school with outstanding facilities. As well as a reputation for excellent work in STEM we are also known for our superb performing arts offering and we are home to the Sussex Bears Basketball Academy which brings superb sporting expertise.

We wish to appoint an inspirational Historian to join our Humanities team on a permanent and full time basis from September 2020.  We are seeking someone passionate and enthusiastic who has excellent subject knowledge to help instil in our students a lifelong love of learning history.

The History department is a popular option choice at GCSE due in large part to an engaging curriculum combined with a team that is committed to engaging teaching strategies based on strong subject knowledge. The annual trip to the battlefields is oversubscribed as is the year 7 trip to Dover Castle and we are keen to establish a KS4 trip linked to the curriculum. We also contribute to educating the wider community alongside the holocaust trust, and run an annual project where two 6th formers go to Auschwitz and share their experiences in order to educate others. The Humanities team as a whole is firmly established and has a collaborative ethos built around sharing best practice and discussing the latest research. We also have strong links with Sussex University that we are keen to develop through supporting trainee teachers. Depending on experience and qualifications there may be an opportunity to teach KS5 history, where we benefit from small classes and a rich curriculum.

SRWA teaching staff benefit from the following:-

  • a collaborative approach and strong collegial relationships;
  • the opportunity to join and/or benefit from Action Research Groups;
  • proven student progress;
  • excellent student behaviour;
  • an extensive CPD programme tailored to skills and experience;
  • strong links with Brighton and Sussex Universities;
  • dedicated staff wellbeing space and 1-1 mental health booster sessions available;
  • free use of the Academy’s fitness suite;
  • free on site car parking and easy access to local public transport;
  • childcare voucher scheme;
  • cycle to work scheme.


Quotes from last full Ofsted inspection report, Feb 2018

"Staff morale is high."
"Pupils’ behaviour is good…Pupils come to lessons ready to learn.”
“An atmosphere of mutual trust and respect are strengths of the school.”

A Staff well-being survey commissioned externally in September 2019 for SRWA revealed that:

These were some of the areas Staff considered to be ‘outstanding’:
Staff morale
Job satisfaction,
Opportunity for staff to offer ideas
Opportunities for staff professional development   
Support from line managers,
Appreciation of staff achievement/contribution,
Induction of new staff
Students' respect for staff/others.

Quote from a current SRWA Teacher, September 2019:

“Having worked at SRWA for a number of years it is obvious that this Academy is on a huge upward trajectory. As a teacher here you have amazing opportunities to contribute to whole school CPD and to benefit from listening to the fascinating experiences of your colleagues. The staff are incredibly friendly and there is a real sense of purpose and togetherness in the way we work here. I’m personally delighted to be part of a team really helping to make a difference in the local community.”

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is a lively, fast-paced, passionate, demanding yet rewarding place to work. If you want to work with a team of people who love what they do and are prepared to go the extra mile in order to achieve results, and you want to work near Brighton, with all its rich cultural opportunities, then this may be the place for you.

The successful candidate will:-

  • demonstrate the skills of a good teacher
  • be able to interest, encourage and engage students
  • provide appropriate levels of challenge so that all students make good progress
  • use methods and resources that enable all students to learn effectively
  • use assessment information effectively to plan the next steps in students learning
  • make effective use of their time
  • secure high standards of behaviour from students
  • be able to demonstrate a proven track record of recent and successful class teaching in mixed ability classes of aged 11-18 students.


This is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive difference to the life experiences and achievements of our students.

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to interview and, if necessary, withdraw the advertisement before the closing date of Friday 17 January 2020, should the right candidate be appointed.  Visits to the Academy are welcomed.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share in this commitment. All posts will be subject to receipt of two satisfactory references and successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Woodard Academies Trust is committed to equality of opportunity. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please download and complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form; once complete, please send directly to the Academy.



More about The Sir Robert Woodard Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Christian
Address: Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9QZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1903 767434
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