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Teacher of MFL – French and Spanish (desirable)

Jo Richardson Community SchoolBarking and Dagenham

Applications will not be acknowledged during the Christmas break (17th December 2021 - Wednesday 5th January 2022).

Please note that only application forms will be considered, due to our safeguarding procedures, we do accept CV's.


This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful school as part of a friendly and very hard-working department. Established as a brand-new school in 2002, we moved into our award-winning £30 million accommodation in 2005. The school is located within easy reach of central London via the District Line and yet just minutes by car from the Essex countryside.

In 2018/19 JRCS achieved another set of excellent outcomes at both KS4 and KS5.  The school’s Progress 8 score is 0.37 which will places us in the ‘well above national average’ category.  At KS5 our A*-C grade was 86%, the best in the borough, we also achieved an average A Level grade of B-.  Our vocational progress score was with an average BTEC grade of Distinction*.  On both measures, JRCS is one of the best in the borough.  Our Sixth Form continues to work in partnership with four other schools in order to deliver the highest quality post-16 education pathways for our students.  We were recently awarded an Alps Certificate of Outstanding Progress (2018/19) which places us in the top 20% of Sixth Form providers nationally.

In June 2018 we found out that we had been nominated for the Pearson Teaching Award School of the Year – Making a Difference.  Following a visit from the judges in June, we were informed we had made it to the finals in Central London in late October.  At the finals, Michael Morpurgo, renowned children’s author, presented us with this prestigious national gold award.  We are very proud to be the Pearson School of the Year 2018.

We pride ourselves on being a truly inclusive school and this is actively underpinned by our motto ‘Success for All’.  Academic rigour runs alongside a commitment to extra-curricular activities and we offer our students a wide range of opportunities to pursue their studies both inside and outside the classroom.  Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, together with trips to Rome, Berlin, France, Borneo, the WWI trenches in Ypres, skiing in the USA, and our highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh programme, is second to none and ensures all students get the chance to extend their academic, social and cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  New staff are encouraged to participate in trips.

The school’s most recent OFSTED report described the school as good with outstanding leadership and governance and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision; this judgement was reinforced at our last Section 8 inspection in November 2017.  

The school prides itself on providing staff with the most appropriate and effective support to ensure that their professional development needs are fully met and that there is a high level of challenge in the opportunities they are offered.  Wednesday afternoons are devoted to CPD and the school has a very strong record of developing staff; nearly half of the Heads of Department and Heads of Year joined the school as NQTs, as did three members of the Senior Leadership Team.  Please visit the “join us as a member of staff” page of our award-winning website to learn more about what makes JRCS such a special place to work.


The Modern Foreign Languages is a thriving department at JRCS and the person appointed will be joining a very effective team in first-class accommodation, fully equipped with the latest interactive technology. Indeed, all rooms are equipped with data projectors, visualisers and Smart Boards. Both languages follow the AQA GCSE Exam specification. The successful candidate will be a well-qualified, highly motivated and committed Spanish/French teacher who has a passion for working with students and can motivate, enthuse, and challenge them to produce the highest quality work.  You will have a good track record of raising standards and securing successful pupil outcomes at GCSE level in addition to being ready to make a whole school contribution. A strong vision for extra-curricular activities is also important for the department as well as the capacity to work collaboratively as part of a team. 

High quality induction, including a two-week NQT school-based immersion programme in July, is available to all staff at JRCS as part of our strong commitment to continuing professional development.

Please log onto our website for further details about the school, this post, a link to our recent Ofsted report and the application process itself. All applications should be made online by clicking the ‘Apply Now' link.  Please contact Margaret Stone on if you wish to arrange a visit to the school.

JRCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 9th January 2022

Interviews: Week commencing 24th January 2022

Headteacher: Lisa Keane

Patron:  Rt Hon Baroness Betty Boothroyd

Castle Green, Gale St, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN

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