Year 1 Class Teacher, Waltham Forest

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Forest SchoolWaltham Forest

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Would you like to work in a well-established independent Preparatory School with ambitious plans for the future?

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced teacher for Year 1. We are looking for someone who can work well with a certain degree of independence, who has an innovative outlook, clear ambition and enthusiasm for pupil development and who will be fully involved in the life of the school.

Class sizes are small (16) and each Pre-Prep class has a full-time teaching assistant. The split between the sexes is exactly 50:50.  Pupils are taught in single-sex classes between the ages of 7 and 16 and in co-educational classes both in the Pre-Prep and the Sixth Form.  This ‘diamond structure’ is a striking feature of the School. 

Forest is very proud of its academic status, its reputation in a range of co-curricular activities.  All teaching staff are encouraged and expected to contribute in accordance with their strengths to the outstanding co-curricular programme and other areas of School life.

Introduction to Forest Preparatory School

Forest Preparatory School is in the middle of a very exciting development of the site, as work on expansion and building project has begun which will enable Forest’s provision to rise a new and even more innovative level. Benefitting from the structure and the economies of scale it brings, Forest Prep School is a vital component of an all-through school which teaches pupils up to the age of 18. Currently 2-form entry from Reception to Year 6, Forest is expanding to increase the number of pupils starting at Reception and will, at full size, reach 325 pupils.

The Forest Preparatory School Ethos

Forest Prep School encourages personal development and academic progress and understands the inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral. We encourage confidence in our pupils and emphasise that they can trust the school to help them be successful.  In the end, as they progress through the School, Forest Preparatory School produces pupils who are more than ready for the next stage in their education and are well on their journey to becoming the best version of themselves.

Forest Preparatory School: Where Young People Grow

Our values: Courage, Curiosity, and Integrity. 

About Forest

Forest School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18yrs established in 1834; benefiting from a tremendous location on the edge of North-East London.  London’s only diamond structure school, Forest combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching on a single site as pupils move up the school. Our 1,395 boys and girls are taught together until the age of seven, separately from seven to 16, before coming back together again in a joint sixth form.  This diamond structure offers all the academic benefits of single-sex teaching with all the social benefits of a co-educational school.  The best of both worlds.


Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station.  

Why work at Forest? 

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset.   Key benefits include:

• Generous CPD budget

• Comprehensive Professional Development Review system

• Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme

• 18 weeks holiday and our own salary scale with salaries above those paid in the maintained sector

• Free death in service cover and subsidised AXA PPP healthcare insurance

• All teaching staff currently enrolled in the national Teachers’ Pension Scheme

• 50% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13

• Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day

• Free membership of the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre during school hours and heavily subsidised membership outside those hours

Don’t just take our word for it

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart.  The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Key Findings (November 2017):

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent…The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent”

For more information on our CPD, training and ethos please visit our career site.  

Please visit our website ( where you will find a full introduction to Forest Preparatory School.  

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

Contact the Head  for more details or call 020 8532 6620

Interviews will be held on Thursday October 17th for a January start.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

More about Forest School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
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Situated on a beautiful site on the edge of Epping Forest in North East London with outstanding facilities, Forest School is one of the few diamond structure schools in the country where pupils are taught in single-sex classes between the ages of 7 a...