Michaela Community School | French Teacher Vacancy
Michaela Community School, Wembley

French Teacher Vacancy

French Teacher

Do you want to be part of a team that will help inner-city children to do the seemingly impossible?

Michaela Community School is an exciting new free school that opened in September 2014. A young, dynamic and energetic team, our intention is to transform the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world.

In September 2017 we will have 480 pupils, years 7, 8, 9and 10. As we are growing every year (840 pupils at full capacity including a Sixth Form), there will be a lot of opportunities for promotion and development. You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school.

We teach a knowledge-based curriculum built on cutting-edge insights from cognitive science. Our teaching approaches have been influenced by ground-breaking charter schools in the American inner cities and we are driven by a desire to get the best possible results for all our pupils. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. Teachers have their own classrooms. Senior Team run centralised detentions twice daily so that consequences are immediate and teachers are not chasing absent detainees. In October, we offer pupils and staff a two-week half term.

We don’t offer lessons in ICT, DT, Citizenship or take children out of lessons for intervention. All of our teachers see pupils at least twice per week so that a bond is built between teachers and pupils. Intervention happens in form time or after school. We believe in keeping marking to a minimum and so normal, decentralized written homework does not happen at Michaela.

The Michaela approach to teaching French is like nothing you have ever seen before. We turn so-called ‘good practice’ on its head. As a result, our pupils’ accents are stunning, their written accuracy is superb and the complexity of their language is unparalleled. From the beginning of year 7, all pupils use Past, Reasons, Opinions, Future and Subjunctive (PROFS) with aplomb. By the middle of Key Stage 3 our pupils can understand and use French of a standard that is more commonly seen in Sixth Forms. Our approach is simple: no games, no pictures, no group work. For the first time in your career, you’ll feel like a real French teacher. If you love the French language, if you love kids, if you love a giggle and are willing to jettison all of those ‘outstanding’ habits, come and see us at Michaela. Vous serez époustouflés!

You can read more about our approach in our blogs by Barry Smith and Jessica Lund. These blogs might terrify or tantalise – you decide!


If you are the type of person who fits with our culture, you will really love working here. There is no other school like it in the country. Have a look at our school newspaper. You can view the newspaper here: http://mcsbrent.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/michaela-matters-20141209-1229.pdf

Thanks to how teaching is organised, you will see your classes at least three times per week. As a consequence, the relationships you can forge and the learning you can foster are exceptional.

You are also very welcome to visit the school – even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. We love to have people visit, to see just how well-behaved and kind our pupils are to each other.

Some of our staff are on Twitter. Check them out!


To register your interest please send a covering letter (no more than 3 sides in Arial font, point 12) and a CV to info@mcsbrent.co.uk. Please include answers to these questions:

  1. Why teach French at Michaela?
    2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?

If you do not receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application, this means we have not received it, so please email it to us again. In the subject line please put the job title.

Candidates will be asked to disclose any past criminal convictions.

At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales and your salary will increase from what you currently earn. If you would like to discuss the position with one of our teachers about the school and what it is like to work at Michaela, please email our Head of MFL, Jess Lund at: Jlund@mcsbrent.co.uk.

Closing date: 1st March 2017

Michaela Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS and/or provide police checks from other countries, where appropriate. Michaela Community School is an equal opportunities employer.