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Current vacancies 

Application, job description, person specification and other related forms can be found at the bottom of the page.  Feel free to email your application, if you prefer, to Shirley O'Donovan at: or Tel: 01582 760043 ext 271.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Assistant Headteacher

L15-18 • Required for September 2017

Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Sir John Lawes School is a high performing secondary school, which has demonstrated a consistent record of improved standards at all levels over recent years. Key to this improvement has been a relentless focus on high standards of teaching and learning and a flexible and innovative curriculum enabling learners to follow individualised pathways to suit their abilities and aspirations. Our Teaching School status reflects the importance we place on recruiting and developing the very highest quality staff in all areas of the school. Sir John Lawes has been a National Support School since 2009 and has been the lead school in the SJL Academies Trust since 2012.  
We are looking to appoint an exceptional Assistant Headteacher to work with staff and students at our school as we move to the next stage in our development. To be successful, you must have an expert knowledge of the process of learning, coupled with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. You will have the desire to progress further in your career, and have the ability to make a difference. You will also value collaborative working as part of a Trust.
Our vision for our school is to produce responsible young people of whom we can all be proud and who are prepared to make a contribution to their local, national and global communities. If you feel that you have the qualities to help lead such an organisation and can meet our expectations, then we look forward to receiving your application! 
Closing date: Midday on Monday, 27 March 2017
Interview dates: 5 and 6 April 2017

Head of MFL Faculty

TLR1b • Required for September 2017

Following the appointment of the current postholder to a senior leadership position, we are looking to appoint an exceptional Head of MFL to provide professional leadership and management of our successful Modern Languages faculty. The faculty teaches French and German to Years 7–13 and Spanish to Years 9 -11.  We have excellent facilities, thriving GCSE and A level groups and achieve impressive results. For this post, an ability to teach German to A level would be a strong advantage.
As Lead School in the Alban Teaching School Alliance, we can offer supportive induction and professional development programmes recognising that our staff are the key to our success. 
Closing date: midday on Friday, 24 March 2017
Interview date: Friday, 31 March 2017

Finance/Admin Assistant

H3 £17,366 - £18,357 pa including outer fringe 

Actual salary for 18 hours £6,946 - £7,343 per annum  

Working hours are Mon, Tues, Weds 10.00am – 16.30pm. These hours are a pre-requisite to meet the needs of the post.

We are seeking to appoint an organised and committed Finance/Admin Assistant to join our small and friendly Finance Team based at Sir John Lawes School.
Your duties will include assisting to run the school shop, stock ordering, lunch tokens, administrative support and providing back-up for main reception.
Applicants need to be enthusiastic self-starters with relevant finance/admin experience. You must be able to work in a busy environment and interact confidently with students in our school shop.  Training and support will be provided for the successful candidate. 
Closing date: Midday on Thursday, 30 March 2017
Interview date: tbc

Evening Caretaker


H4 £18,126 - £19,817 pa including outer fringe 

5.5 hours per day Mon-Fri (4.00-9.30pm)

3 days will be considered for the right candidate

An opportunity has arisen for a reliable, experienced and enthusiastic person to join our premises staff on a 3 month fixed term basis. He/she will have responsibility for ensuring the school is ready for occupation and for locking up. They will provide a clean, healthy and safe environment for users of the school buildings and grounds.
The main purpose of this role is to carry out on site support to the school community facilitating extra-curricular activities and onsite visitors. Practical DIY skills would be advantageous.  You will be required to assist the Site team with general site maintenance duties. An ability to support the implementation of relevant policies including Health and Safety and CoSHH would be an advantage.
The successful applicant should be a good communicator and happy to work as part of a small team but also to work on their own initiative.  A flexible approach is very important. 
Closing date: Midday on Thursday, 16 March 2017


Further details are available from or call Shirley O’Donovan on: 01582 760043, ext 271. 


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Teaching Staff Application Forms

Teaching staff application form

Guidance for applicants for teaching posts

Child protection summary


Support Staff Application Forms

Support staff application form

Support staff person specification

Child protection summary


Sir John Lawes Academies’ Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all  staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

Closing date: Midday on Monday 20 February 2017

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