Why train with us?

Do you…

- have a passion for learning?
- have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children?
- want to make a unique and positive contribution?
- have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults?

JFS welcomes applications for the School Direct Programme (Training Route).  In partnership with our Higher Education partner, the Institute of Education (IOE), we are now recruiting for placements commencing in September 2015.

Entry Requirements

Minimum degree required:  Upper Second.

You must:

- have achieved grade C or above at GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics;
- have a degree classification of at least 2:1 in the subject (or related subject) in which you wish to train; 
- have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests prior to starting teacher training;
- be able to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in standard English, both verbally and in writing;
- be able to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively with adults and children alike and also be able to show a sound understanding of the subject or age phase that you wish to teach;
- take part in an interview process designed to assess your suitability to teach;
- have the capability to meet the required Teaching Standards by the end of training and possess appropriate and intellectual qualities to be a teacher.

Any offer of a place on our programme will be conditional upon:
- two satisfactory references;
- original qualification documents, including your degree certificate and higher and/or further education certificates;
- a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

NB:  All applications for 2015/16 should be made via the UCAS website.  Please click here.

What we are looking for

First and foremost, we are looking for mature, committed people who are passionate about their subject area and wish to enthuse our students through seeking to inspire them with a love of learning and enjoyment of the learning process.

It is vital that all our teachers are committed to the progress and achievement of students from all backgrounds and abilities.  They should have an unswerving commitment to ensuring that our students achieve not only academic success but also the highest standards of courtesy and care for others.

It is also important that successful candidates are committed to their own continuous learning and professional development within the supportive framework of JFS, a school with a rich history and tradition within the Jewish community. We are looking for trainee teachers who are resilient, hardworking and collaborative;  teachers who will, by drawing from their previous life experience, enrich the educational experience and personal development of our students.

Please note that the JFS staff profile shows well over half of our teaching staff are non-Jewish.  Applications from faith or non-faith backgrounds are most welcome.  We regard the rich variety of experience and background of our staff to be of considerable benefit to our students and thus applications are welcome from people of all faiths or of none. 

JFS will be holding an Open Day for interested applicants.  You will be given a tour of the School and opportunities to see teachers in action in the classroom and student learning, as well as to meet relevant colleagues with whom you would be working, if accepted onto the programme.

To express an interest in interested in attending an Open Day, please contact Mrs Vivien Harris, Recruitment Officer, by e-mail (, by Friday 5 December 2014.

How we select our trainees

The School Direct selection process is rigorous but also aims to provide you with a real experience of the energy which characterises a typical day for staff and students at JFS.  The process will include:

- a classroom observation experience;
- a short presentation which we will ask you to prepare;
- a panel interview with the relevant Subject Leader and a member of the Senor Leadership Team.

About this training programme

This programme runs for one year and is available to high-quality graduates.  Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The selection process will start with a standard application form, provided by the Department for Education (DfE) through the UCAS website.  You will need to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements laid down by the Teaching Agency.  We would also expect to see some evidence of why you have decided to pursue a career in teaching, for example, experience of observing in a school or employment within a school setting, e.g. as a Teaching Assistant.  Your choice of referees is also important.

For further information regarding Geography PGCE and what you will cover at the IOE, please click here.  

At JFS, you will be supported by a Professional Co-Ordinating Mentor and a Subject Mentor, both of whom will look after your professional development.  You will be expected to take an active role in your chosen department and be fully involved in pastoral, curricular and extra-curricular activities.  You will build up to a teaching timetable of 9-11 hours per week and will have the opportunity to observe many other outstanding teachers in the School, as you develop your practice.  Professional Studies sessions – delivered by a number of experts from within the School - will enable you to develop an understanding of broader whole-school issues (e.g. behaviour management, differentiation, assessment etc.) and will give you the opportunity to meet other trainees.  Historically, we have had up to ten Student Teachers in each placement from a range of disciplines and providers.

We have a number of partners for the second placement which will last for a minimum of six weeks in the Spring/Summer terms.  These include a number of local schools, with whom we work closely, to provide a contrasting yet rewarding placement.

Many past PGCE trainees have been employed at JFS – although numbers are naturally dependent on whether vacancies arise in what is, usually, a stable teaching staff.

The Geography Department at JFS

The Geography Department is very well resourced.  It has a suite of four dedicated classrooms, two Independent Learning Areas (equipped with computers), a large Staff Resource Base, an office for the Head of Geography, ample storage space and an ecological garden.  State-of the-art, superb ICT facilities pervade the School as a whole and all classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. 

The enthusiasm and hard work of colleagues enables the Department to achieve consistently very good GCSE and ‘A’ level results.  The Department is at the forefront of ICT use at the School.  It has developed lesson-by-lesson resources for the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study and a range of resources for other year groups, all of which can be accessed on the whole-school network.  It is justifiably proud of its achievements with students of all abilities.

Fieldwork features strongly in the curriculum.  ‘AS’ Level students take part in a residential visit to Birmingham and also conduct coastal fieldwork along the Brighton coast.  GCSE students visit Box Hill and a number of extra-curricular Key Stage 3 visits to museums and other fieldwork locations are arranged each year.  From time-to-time, outside speakers are invited to address specific groups of students.

Geography was the lead subject for the School’s Humanities specialism and retains a pioneering approach to developing teaching and learning strategies in the School.

The Department currently has seven full-time members:  they are all subject specialists.  It enjoys a strong team spirit and most staff teach across all Key Stages and all abilities.  All members of the Department are encouraged to contribute to the development of policies and schemes of work as well as undertaking additional professional responsibilities, both formal and informal.

The School operates a two-week timetable, with 48 lessons in the fortnightly cycle.  Each lesson is 60 or 65 minutes long. 

At Key Stage 3, three lessons per cycle are offered for Geography;  at Key Stage 4, this is increased to five lessons per cycle.  Year 7 is taught in tutor groups, Years 8 and 9 are placed in ability sets and Years 10 and 11 are taught in mixed-ability groups.  GCSE students follow the Edexcel syllabus B Geography course.  GCSE results in 2012/13 showed 93% of students achieving A*-C grades.

Geography is a popular choice at ‘A’ Level with three classes in both Years 12 and 13.  Students are entered for the Edexcel syllabus. 

A number of students go on to read Geography and associated subjects at a range of universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.  ‘A2’ results in 2012 showed 93% of students achieving A*-B grades.

About this training provider

JFS is a high-performing, comprehensive school with outstanding examination results over many years.  Our modern campus is on a 26-acre greenfield site.  We have superb facilities and all classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.   Successful School Direct applicants will benefit from:

- a superb in-school training programme, tailored to your needs, supported by experienced subject mentors who are outstanding classroom practitioners;
- opportunities to observe and learn from a wide range of outstanding colleagues across the school and to participate fully in the vibrant daily life of the School;
- a professional training and development programme in-house, linked to the proven expertise offered by our partners at the Institute of Education;
- a school where teaching and learning takes place in a calm and caring environment, where the strong ethos of ambition and success enables all teachers to develop their skills;
- additional experience at a second outstanding secondary school in the borough of Brent.

In recent years, JFS has won the Evening Standard Award for Academic Excellence twice, has been awarded Beacon Status and Sportsmark Status and has received a succession of DfES School Achievement Awards.  JFS was awarded Specialist School Status (Humanities) and, as a High Performing Specialist School, JFS was awarded a second specialism as part of the Raising Achievement Partnership Programme (RAPP).  Most recently, JFS was awarded Investors in People Gold status. 

In June 2012, the School achieved the NACE Challenge award.  NACE (the National Association for Able Children in Education) is a well-established and prestigious independent organisation.  In order to achieve the Challenge Award, a school has to demonstrate pedagogic and organisational excellence in the way it addresses the needs of its very able children.   JFS is only one of 68 secondary schools in England and Wales to have achieved this award.  The report declaring that: “The philosophy, culture and ethos of JFS are extremely aspirational and all encompassing, resulting in a wealth of achievement.” This is the aim we have in catering for the needs of all our students.

In July 2013, JFS was awarded full Investor in Careers status, following a detailed assessment of our provision for, and success in, providing high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to our students.  JFS is a national leader in the field of post-16 guidance and has also published a successful guide to University Interviews.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.


As a school, we are unable to offer accommodation to our trainees.

Child Care Facilities

We do not have provision for child care facilities.

Disability Access

If you have a disability and require any special arrangements to assist you during the selection process, please let us know and we will make every effort to provide assistance.

Public Transport

The nearest tube station to JFS is Kingsbury, on the Jubilee line, which is a seven-minute walk from the School.  Preston Road tube station, on the Metropolitan line, is a 20-minute walk from the School or, alternatively, the 79 bus stops here and right outside the School.

Where to find us

For directions to JFS, please click here