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Teacher of French & Spanish

  • Buckinghamshire

  • Swanbourne House

  • Competitive

  • Part-time


We seek to appoint an outstanding teacher to teach French and and Spanish across the 6-13 age range.


Date of appointment: January 2020

Closing date: 25 September 2020

Contract type: Permanent Contract

Hours: Part time (0.6)

Responsible to: The Head of Ancient MFL Salary: Competitive

The Ancient and MFL Department prides itself on its innovative and collaborative culture, passion for languages and commitment to inspiring students to fulfil their considerable potential.

THE DEPARTMENT consists of the two full-time joint Heads of Ancient and MFL, one part time member of staff and two teachers of Mandarin and Spanish for individual lessons who are housed in the Walker building. All our lessons are 1 hour long; pupils in KS2 have 1 or 2 hours of French per week, whereas KS3 have 3 hours. Pupils in KS1 have 30 min-sessions, generally taught in their classroom.


These small and very able classes will be sitting scholarship examinations to get into their chosen senior schools. Our pupils tend to go onto Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Radley, Stowe, Bloxham and Oundle. Although the content is the same as Years 7 and 8, each lesson contains much more stretch and challenge. This includes more advanced grammar, language structures and a much wider vocabulary. Although the demands differ between schools, some of the more challenging scholarship examinations will include translation work and reading comprehension at a much higher level.


• To encourage and stimulate the pupils to achieve excellence in all their endeavours and to expect the highest standards.

• To foster a love of Languages through planning and delivering stimulating lessons using the target language.

• Teach French and in the future Spanish to pupils in Years 1-8, including pupils who will be sitting Academic Scholarships in Year 8.

• To prepare lessons in line with the agreed curriculum and schemes of work in French and Spanish

• To assist and support the Head of Faculty by developing and sharing new schemes of work and resources, assisting with general administrative duties and other reasonable tasks.

• Support pupils taking Academic Scholarship Entrance Examinations. Please note that as of September 2019, we moved to the PSB Assessment Framework for pupils in Year 7.

• To ensure that the pupils’ work is presented and maintained in an organised and accessible format.

• To create an atmosphere within the classroom that encourages learning. This will include the displaying of pupils’ work, posters, pictures and artefacts as appropriate, keeping them up to date and refreshed

• To mark and assess the pupils’ work and progress in line with the school and departmental policies and to record assessments in a clear and informative manner.

• To report progress to parents at Parents’ Evenings and in written reports.

• Have an understanding of how to support those who need additional help in MFL

• To liaise with the SEND department about pupils’ individual needs.

• To ensure that IEPs are managed and maintained effectively.

• Promote school initiatives in classroom teaching activities.

• Participate in subject specific INSET and undertake appropriate further training (and pass relevant information on to colleagues) as part of the professional development programme.

• Promote and help to organise a range of events to develop a love and raise the profile of MFL.


• To act as a Personal Tutor with academic oversight and direct pastoral responsibility for those pupils. To assist with the Pastoral Care of a Year Group.

• To monitor closely the behaviour of the pupils in the Personal Tutor Group and to deal with any inappropriate behaviour, in consultation with senior members of staff

• To encourage and reward the pupils for good behaviour, using a variety of appropriate methods

• To communicate effectively and regularly with parents and other staff by responding in a timely manner to emails and queries


• To perform break time and lunchtime duties as required

• To organise and run clubs as required of all staff (inclusive of Saturdays)

• To supervise pupils during assemblies

• To assist with the organisation and running of trips (including a week residential trip to France) and events when necessary


• Educated to degree level in French or Spanish and if possible A-Level in Spanish or French

• To be a qualified teacher with QTS status

• Experience of teaching Languages at Key Stage 2 and 3

• Knowledge of Senior School Entrance examinations and access arrangements is desirable, but not essential

• In all areas of school life, staff are expected to lead by example and demonstrate and uphold the values and principles that we wish the pupils to learn


• Assist with the co-curricular programme

• Work as part of the staff team and be a positive member of the Staff Room

• Participate in the general day to day activities of the school as a whole and undertake a share of the staff duties, which can include an evening duty

• Support the aims and ethos of the school, and contribute to and support the spiritual side of school life. All teachers are expected to attend assemblies, departmental and staff meetings, parents’ evenings, open days, sports day, speech day and INSET days. Attendance for other important events will be negotiated in advance


Further Information

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Swanbourne House

Swanbourne, Nr Winslow, Buckinghamshire, MK17 0HZ

  • 184 Day Boys (3-13)
  • 44 Boarding Boys (7-13)
  • 116 Day Girls (3-13)
  • 38 Boarding Girls (7-13)

01296 720264

Closing Date: 25 September 2020

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