Spanish Teacher - maternity cover

Southend High School for Girls, Southend-on-Sea

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Job Ref No. ECC8825428-310S Position Type: Teacher Pay Range: M1 - UPS3
Position Start Date: 26/02/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Fixed
Application Close: 06/12/2023 Midnight Date of Interviews: Friday 15th December 2023  

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Teacher of Spanish

Maternity Cover - Required for February 2024

One-year fixed term contract

Closing date: Wednesday 6th December 2023

Application forms are available at

Please submit your application and covering letter to

We are looking for an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher to join our highly successful Modern Foreign Languages Faculty as a Teacher of Spanish to cover a period of maternity absence.

The ability to teach Spanish to KS3 & KS4 is essential.

The MFL faculty consists of a team of experienced, enthusiastic teachers who are committed to providing the very best learning experiences for all students.

The ability to teach French to KS3 would be a distinct advantage.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate who:

  • will be an outstanding practitioner, able to teach Spanish to KS3 & KS4.
  • will be a passionate subject specialistic who is committed to ensuring that all students see the beauty and the value in studying languages beyond simply having to pass examinations.
  • will be a positive, dynamic and impactful teacher working closely with the Director of Faculty improving teaching and learning and leading students to achieving exceptional results.
  • will engage with the MFL Faculty's excellent academic performance and range of extra-curricular provision, including the organisation and participation in overseas and exchange visits.
  • will be committed to raising the profile of Spanish across the school.

We can offer you:

  • highly motivated, ambitious students
  • a strong, highly qualified committed team of subject experts
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • an environment which promotes innovation

Southend High School for Girls is a highly successful and oversubscribed girls' grammar school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. This is an exciting time to join the school as it continues to move forward under the leadership of its Headteacher, Mr Jason Carey

For all enquiries, please contact Karen Lacey HR & Finance Manager by e-mail at

Shortlisting Thursday 7th December 2023

Interviews to be held in school on Friday 15th December 2023

We reserve the right to call applicants to interview, and appoint, prior to the closing date

All staff at Southend High School for Girls have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful applicant will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check. This is a customer-facing role needing fluent spoken English and Spanish.

Information about the School

Southend High School for Girls is a grammar school with academy status, steeped in history, and built on strong traditions and values, combining tradition with innovative approaches to teaching and learning and curriculum delivery. We are an outward facing school, ambitious and proactive in researching and learning about the best practices. Our friendly, ‘family-orientated’ ethos is at the heart of all that we do; our core principles are to ensure that everyone is ‘safe, happy and successful.’

Southend High School for Girls has a long and illustrious history of over 100 years of educating the brightest minds in the country. At the core of our philosophy, we believe that students should be safe, happy and successful. Our team of staff are all experts in their fields and are passionate about the education and well-being of our young people. We are unashamedly ambitious for them and aspire to create a pervasive ethos of high expectations, and promote discipline and good behaviour in school life.

Our moral purpose is to ensure that our students experience a rigorous and stretching academic education on the one hand, and outstanding wider personal development on the other. We believe that our students should develop high self-efficacy and self-belief, and be confident and fearless – demonstrating resilience in the face of challenges. Being a member of a high-performing grammar school demands hard work, fortitude and a can-do attitude; participation, energy and commitment are our non-negotiables – but the results are well worth it.

Our academic ethos is underpinned by a culture of teaching which centres on Trivium 21C approaches where the tradition of grammar and knowledge form the foundations for questioning, reasoning, communicating, and learning. An SHSG student is encouraged to develop a swashbuckling approach to their learning and personal development journey from Year 7 to Year 13, confident to take risks and engaging in learning adventures with gusto and flamboyance.

We believe in the importance of creating a strong sense of pride, shared identity, teamwork and belonging in our school for every member of the SHSG family. Once a member of the SHSG family, you are always a member of the SHSG family and have a lifelong connection to the school, its people, values and traditions.

We truly believe that Southend High School for Girls is a special place to work. Our students are highly motivated, curious, and hard-working, and our staff are ambitious for them. It is a privilege to learn and to work at Southend High School for Girls.

Local Area

Southend High School for Girls is situated on Southchurch Boulevard in the east of the City of Southend-On-Sea, Essex. The schools location is easily accessible with links by road to the A13, the A127 and the M25 can be reached in under 30 minutes. London is 35 miles away with direct and regular rail services to Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street from several local stations. The closest train station to the school is Southend.

Southend and the locality offer Department stores, exclusive shops and popular street markets, and a modern library within close distance of the town centre. The local districts and towns such as Leigh-on-Sea, Westcliff, Thorpe Bay and Southchurch are full of shopping and cultural facilities including museums and art galleries. The town's parks and gardens are well-known features and Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve is popular with bird-watchers and nature lovers. Within a short distance of Southchurch is the open countryside with many places of interest to visit.

Southend offers many recreational opportunities. There are lots of different sport activities available through both public and private facilities for swimming, tennis and golf and with seven miles of seafront, windsurfing, angling, sailing and paddle boarding are popular. Southend Pier is a major landmark in the City of Southend-on-Sea. Extending 2.16 kilometres into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world. It is serviced by its own trains and is one of the town's oldest landmarks.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Karen Lacey
Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS2 4UZ
Telephone: 01702 588852

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