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Individuals who are people focused, effective team players, selfless and passionate about doing the absolute best job that they can for the benefit of students and staff. A positive outlook is vital, as are integrity, empathy, honesty, and kindness.

All our vacancies are advertised on the Excalibur Academies Trust website, and applications are made through TES Jobs.

No. All our recruitment is managed through TES Jobs

Clarity, relevant experience, passion for your area of expertise, warmth, and empathy. We want to see the real person coming through in just one side of A4.

Your application is reviewed by the selection panel and assessed against the person specification for the role. Once the closing date is reached we will contact candidates to inform them whether they have been successful in reaching the interview stage. If you are shortlisted for interview, we will give you as much notice as possible.

We ask for references after inviting candidates for interview, so that we can view them before the date of the interview.

We are happy to arrange for applicants to visit St John’s, where they will be offered a guided tour by students. Where a face-to-face visit is not possible, we strongly recommend applicants tour the website, including our Virtual Tour pages, our termly newsletter and media releases, and our curriculum pages.

We will inform you in advance if the interview will include any tests or presentations. It is important to spend time reviewing the job description and person specification to ensure you understand the requirements of the role. 

Yes this is something we see as a key part of the recruitment process for both parties, so we ensure that there is good opportunity to meet the relevant team. 

Yes, we always ask students to take intervieweeon a tour of the school as part of the interview process. 

St John’s is committed to developing the next generation of teachers, managers, and leaders. We offer clearly defined pathways to success for both teaching and support. We aim to create an environment where our staff can grow and succeed, and the professional and personal development of our workforce is especially important to us. Both St Johns and Excalibur Academies Trust offer a range of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities, nationally recognised qualifications, and coaching programmes for staff at all levels and from all disciplines, ranging from apprenticeships to national leadership qualifications.

We welcome applications from both experienced and newly qualified teachers for all roles, unless we specify otherwise in the advert. Many teachers at St John’s joined us as newly-qualified teachers before progressing to become great teachers take on leadership responsibilities. In fact, some of our newly qualified teachers took on their first teaching position with us having trained for their PGCE on our School Direct programme. 

Working in a Trust school means you get to work in a collaborative environment with other academies. You also benefit from greater opportunities for professional development and promotion, as we encourage movement between our academies to broaden your experience. 

If you have an Honours degree, ideally in a relevant subject, you can train to teach as a secondary teacher, based at St John’s. We work with Bath Spa University to develop and deliver cutting-edge teacher training programmes, and offer a School Direct PGCE one-year programme. School Direct is a school-led training programme for graduates who want hands-on training in a school. On a School Direct course you’ll feel part of our school family, and get the chance to learn on the job in at least two different schools, working with experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into practice from day one.

If you would like to discuss your own situation and aims, and find out more about our programme, email or call us on 01672 519575 for an informal, friendly chat.

Your application will always be considered based on your abilities, irrespective of any disability you may have. Selection for interview is based your skills and experience for the criteria in the person specification for the role. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose whether you require any adjustments. We will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible, such as arranging a disabled parking space, ensuring the interview room is accessible or arranging for assistance during the interview. If you require any adjustments or assistance with any part of the selection process, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss how we can support you.