Job vacancy – Teacher of French at David Nieper Academy

Posted by: Jacqueline Rodgers

Wed 21st February 2024

A vacancy for a Teacher of French has arisen at the David Nieper Academy in Alfreton.
Here are the details of the vacancy, and how to apply, from the academy:

Our Academy is sponsored by the Christopher Nieper Education Trust, together with local employer partners, who are highly committed in supporting the development and achievements of our students. With an innovative approach to teaching, hands-on learning and brand-new purpose-built facilities, which opened in February 2017, we believe that this is a truly exciting time to join the academy. We are a growing school now of 780 students 11-18 and will soon be at our full capacity of 850 students 11-18. Our September 2022 Ofsted Inspection graded the academy as ‘Good in all areas’, a fantastic improvement from the ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating when we took over the academy – and we endeavour to build on this as we grow and develop further.
Our aim is to raise standards, expectations, inspire excellence, to provide care and support, and to encourage students to achieve their full potential. We will help them develop confidence and key lifelong learning skills and to obtain the qualifications required as they look to future careers and explore the many opportunities in further education, apprenticeships, university and beyond.
The David Nieper Academy has a clear distinctive character due to the integrated involvement of its prestigious business partners. High profile local businesses, most being either international or national household names such as Denby Pottery, Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd, Bowmer & Kirkland, Places for People, Equip UK alongside David Nieper Ltd, are committed to bringing the world of work and 21st Century employment practices into every classroom.
If you like the sound of the academy and are keen to be instrumental in its future success, then we would like to hear from you and look forward to receiving your application by 9.30am Monday 4th March 2024.
If you have any queries please contact Mrs Jacqueline Rodgers, HR Manager, via email at
Mr R White,
Head of School

Christopher Nieper Education Trust

Teacher of French
David Nieper Academy, Grange Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7JA
Age Range – 11-19

Permanent full-time or part-time position (0.8 but open to discussion for the right candidate)
Responsible to Head of Humanities Faculty
Start: September 2024
Salary: Main scale or UPS

The David Nieper Academy is an academy in the town of Alfreton, Derbyshire. A brand-new school building was opened in early 2017. A key aspect of our vision is our focus on applied learning within all subject areas and across year groups. We have seen an increase in student numbers within each year group and are currently oversubscribed in a number of year groups; we are looking to build on this year on year. This is an immensely exciting time to be joining the academy and being a key driver in enhancing the academic and social achievement of our students.

The Governing Body is seeking to appoint an excellent Teacher to continue the work of the academy.

The successful candidates must be able to:

plan and deliver outstanding lessons that engage and motive students
work well as part of a team
embrace the co-curricula and extra curricula aspects of the academy
have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
have a ‘can-do’ attitude; be highly organised and
have the ability to work under pressure.

The Governing Body is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people, so all staff appointments are subject to employment checks and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Candidates should indicate an acceptance of, and a commitment to, the Academy’s policies in relation to equality and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

It is an offence to apply for this role if an applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
Please follow the below link to view the David Nieper Education Trust Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy
How to Apply
CV’s will not be accepted so please apply via our recruitment site, My New Term following this link;
Closing date for applications: 9.30am Monday 4th March 2024

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that unfortunately, on this occasion, your application has not been successful.

Teacher of French
The Role

To provide highly effective teaching of French, contributing to the ongoing development of the French curriculum and the humanities Faculty. The faculty consists of MFL (French) Geography, History, RE, PSHCE, Citizenship and MFL across all key stages and Business Studies, Health and Social care at Key Stage 5 and Sociology at Key stage 5. To be a full and contributing member of the Humanities Faculty and the Academy.

The Humanities Faculty currently encompasses a wide range of subjects including:
Key stage 3 & 4 French
Key stage 3 & 4 History (looking to start A level History in September 2024)
Key stage 3 & 4 & 5 Geography
Key stage 3 & 4 RE core and GCSE
Key stage 3 & 4 & 5 PSHCE and Citizenship
Key stage 4 & 5 Business Studies
Key stage 5 Finance
Key stage 4 &5 Health & Social Care
Key stage 5 Sociology
The Humanities Faculty at David Nieper Academy
The humanities faculty at David Nieper Academy includes MFL (currently French), history, geography, religious studies, PSHE/citizenship, Business Studies, Health & Social Care, and sociology. Despite its wide variety of subjects, the faculty works very closely together and shares a common ethos when it comes to education. Our view is that every single young person – regardless of their background – is entitled to access the rich body of knowledge that characterises the disciplines we represent. We firmly believe that it is from this rigorous knowledge-led foundation that students are best-equipped to succeed in the applied learning opportunities that we are committed to providing here at David Nieper Academy. As such, successful candidates would be joining a faculty that:
Is committed to developing innovative, research-informed teaching based on knowledge of how children learn
Celebrates explicit instruction as an approach to teaching that supports the fostering of students’ knowledge acquisition, independence and criticality skills
Is self-reflective and constantly striving to improve the key principles of our practice (namely: review, acquire, question, model, practice, assess and feedback)
Is newly and fully resourced after a recent curriculum over-haul
Has a ‘warm but strict’ approach to discipline where expectations are high
Is highly supportive and enjoys a strong sense of collegiality and humour
Overall, this is an immensely exciting time to join this thriving and growing faculty on our drive to improve results. Our knowledge-led approach is proving to be more popular than ever amongst students.
We are very keen to strengthen our French provision and are looking to increases the number of pupils who opt for GCSE French each year. We are also actively considering introducing a second MFL over the next few years likely to be Spanish. If you have any further questions about our Faculty, please do get in touch.
Key Responsibilities

To teach French across Key Stage 3 & 4 contributing to the planning and organisation of the curriculum

To be a form tutor
To contribute to the co-curricular life of the school
Participate in the academy Performance Management arrangements

Teaching and Learning

Plan and teach engaging and challenging lessons that pave the way for success in school and life
Meet the needs of all learners by consistently planning and teaching carefully differentiated lessons
Contribute to Faculty planning and the creation and updating of schemes of work
Use regular, measurable and significant assessments of teaching
Set and mark appropriate homework
Complete all reporting on time
Closely monitor progress and attainment of all students and use it to inform teaching
Provide content for and, where necessary, deliver high quality student interventions with direction from the Head of Faculty
Work to ensure that all students achieve or exceed targets
Maintain regular and productive communication with parents about their child’s progress, behaviour and development, including attending after school parent meetings as required


Undertake professional development as agreed with academy leaders
Perform additional duties and tasks required for the effective operation of the school as directed by the Headteacher.


Free access to Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme
Free onsite Parking
Generous discount at the David Nieper Ltd factory shop
Ongoing training, support and mentoring will be provided
Free eye tests for Display Screen Users
Free annual flu vaccinations

Person Specification: Teacher of French

Good Honours Degree in French or closely related subject
Recognised Teaching Qualification
Experience of successful teaching of French at Key stage 3 and 4
Evidence of continually improving teaching and learning
Excellent classroom practitioner
Good communication, planning and organisational skills


Additional qualifications
Pastoral related experience
Experience of teaching other subjects
Experience of data tracking
Knowledge of curriculum reforms


A strong team player
Prepared to go the extra mile
Good sense of humour

All duties and responsibilities must be carried out with due regard to the David Nieper Academy’s Health and Safety Policy.

Post holders will be accountable for carrying out all duties and responsibilities with due regard to the David Nieper Academy’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Duties which include processing of any personal data must be undertaken within the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Guidelines (Data Protection Act 2018)

Method of Application
Curriculum Vitae will not be accepted so please apply via our recruitment site, My New Term following this link;

The statement in your application should focus on:
Candidate’s previous experience which will help in successfully undertaking the role

Personal skills to benefit the learning by students at the David Nieper Academy.

For any queries or if you would like to visit, please email Jacqui Rodgers

Completed application forms to be returned via email for the attention of Mrs Jacqueline Rodgers, to

The school operates a NO SMOKING policy on site.

Interviews – Candidates invited to interview will:

(a)Lead a lesson of prepared activities
(b)Have the opportunity to tour the school
(c)Complete a written task
Have a formal individual interview with the selection panel.

An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful candidates that are offered a position within our Academy. If you are successful at the interview stage and you have accepted our offer of employment, then a DBS check will be started. If you subsequently withdraw from the position after accepting our employment offer, then you may be required to pay for the DBS check charge.

R. White – February 2024