Why teach in Kensington and Chelsea?
In Kensington and Chelsea we believe our schools offer a friendly, supportive, professional environment to begin, or further your teaching career. High quality continuing professional development and networking opportunities for teachers are available at all stages of their career. These opportunities help school staff to achieve their best and are conducive to a high quality of learning and outcomes for our pupils.
Schools work well together in partnership, and benefit from a wealth of educational and cultural resources and partnerships with some leading institutions such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music that exist throughout and beyond Kensington and Chelsea.
On our doorstep are the vibrant and world famous Portobello and King’s Roads, leading Museums such as the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Kensington and Chelsea for its size has a wealth of green space in Holland Park and Kensington Gardens and borders the River Thames to the South.
All of these features and more provide easy access to rich opportunities for learning and exploration.
Kensington and Chelsea is a relatively small, inner London borough which is very diverse both socio-economically, ethnically and culturally. Nearly one hundred different languages are spoken in local and neighbouring schools. Approximately 50% of children are bi-lingual, with a quarter of primary aged children being beginners in English.
There are two Roman Catholic secondary schools, four secondary academies, eight children’s centres, three nursery schools, 25 primary Church of England, Roman Catholic and non-denominational community schools and three primary academies. We also have a special school in Swanley, Kent, as well as a Hospital School, a Virtual School, two Alternative Provision settings, and a Roman Catholic Sixth Form.
Good outcomes for all
Schools in Kensington and Chelsea perform very strongly. Results achieved by children attending our schools significantly exceed the levels of attainment that the demographics of the borough would suggest they should, and key stage outcomes in our schools are among the highest across the country. At Key Stage 1 and 2, along with performance at GCSE and A level outcomes have been consistently well above national averages.
100% of our schools were rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (March 2020), maintained from summer 2019 (compared to 85% nationally in 2018-19, and 86% nationally in 2019-20). This includes all of our schools, secondary, primary, special and nursery schools. Achievement gaps are some of the lowest in the country for children with free school meals and special education needs, and continue to narrow year on year.
Children’s services in Kensington and Chelsea have been given a clean sweep of outstanding ratings in every practice by Ofsted, the independent inspectorate (2019). “Staff in Kensington and Chelsea are highly skilled, qualified and experienced. They embody the values of care, respect and integrity and visibly care about the children they are responsible for and their families.”
Join a committed, successful and ambitious team of teachers and support staff who enable children and young people to develop their full potential.
- high quality induction programmes and support throughout the early stages of your career
- a designated, qualified induction mentor and dedicated tutor
- opportunities for school visits to observe and learn from experienced teachers and fellow NQTs
- Networking opportunities with your peers
- continuing professional development programmes that offer the chance to progress further in the profession
- starting salary of £32,157 (1 September 2020)
There are several ways to apply for teaching positions in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea schools:
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Jobs page - the jobs page is used to advertise current vacancies in the Borough; these are divided into Business Groups. This page also has a Job Alerts service which can keep you up to date with all current vacancies as they are posted.
- School Websites - all schools within Kensington and Chelsea have their own school website – accessible to students, staff, parents and visitors. Most will include a jobs page and here you will be able to access a current list of vacancies.
- Times Educational Supplement - in addition to the paper, there is the TES website and the TES New Teachers website which is dedicated to supporting trainee and newly qualified teachers through the initial years of their career. The site offers advice, jobs, resources and information on school placements.
- The national teaching vacancy service is a free job-listing service from the Department for Education. You can search for a job at a school or Trust in Kensington and Chelsea and set up job alerts.