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Career Opportunities

Staff Vacancies

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Why work at the Willow Learning Trust?

It is important to the Trustees and Governors that the schools in the Willow Learning Trust are a great place to work. The Willow Learning Trust offers a wealth of opportunities and benefits for staff working in WLT schools, including the opportunity to work in good and outstanding schools with well-established and highly effective behaviour systems where pupils feel valued, supported and able to learn.

Professional Development

  • The Trust offers a comprehensive programme of professional development for staff, both teaching and non-teaching, at all levels with numerous pathways to support your professional development through in-house and national professional qualifications, whether as a teacher or member of the support, administrative, technical or site staff. In addition, the Trust offers rigorous induction, tailored CPD through appraisal and established teams and experienced colleagues to advise and learn from.

  • The Trust has a long and successful track record of supporting teachers from ITT, through ECT and into lead practitioner and various middle and senior leadership roles. The Trust leads the Sutton SCITT, judged outstanding by OFSTED in 2021, and is at the vanguard of research and innovative practice. Glenthorne High School runs its own bespoke ECT programme. 

  • The Trust offers collaborative opportunities to work on innovation and in partnerships across the Trust. 

  • The Trust offers apprenticeships in Finance and IT to support the development of staff new to those roles.

Specific benefits at the Willow Learning Trust

  • The Trust offers national pay and conditions for teachers and for support staff, including Teachers’ Pensions for teachers and the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for all support staff.

  • The Trust offers salary sacrifice schemes such as the Cycle to work scheme, and the legacy Childcare Voucher scheme.

  • From Autumn 2023, the Willow Learning Trust will also be offering the following benefits:

    • The Octopus Electric Vehicle (EV) salary sacrifice scheme

    • A pro-rata Christmas payment to all staff of £250.

    • A Golden Hello of £1,500 to be paid as a lump sum in first month’s salary to new external teaching staff at Abbey and Glenthorne. 

    • Discounts schemes for staff – eg a 10% discount through Perk Box or Thrive. 

    • £50 vouchers for staff who reach five years’ service for the Trust and £100 for those who reach 10 years’ service; £150 for those who reach 15 years’ service; and £200 for those who reach 20 years’ service. 

    • A 50% flat-rate subsidy for the Benenden Health scheme for employees, so staff and the Trust each pay £6.40 per month, ie £76.80 per annum.


  • · A 24/7 employee assistance programme for all staff which provides counselling and support/advice in a wide array of areas. 

  • Flexible working can be requested from day one (from September 2023) and is accommodated where feasible.

  • For staff at our Primary Schools: 

    • Dedicated, blocked PPA time for teachers that can be taken at home.

    • A Wellbeing Day pilot for staff with 5+ years’ service for Wellbeing Days/half days ie a day that full-time staff can choose to take off at any time of the year to improve their wellbeing. 

    • A Wellbeing Team that proposes initiatives on staff wellbeing and oversees and monitors staff work-life balance. 

  • For staff at Glenthorne High School:

    • A maximum of three cover lessons per year.

    • Guaranteed, protected “gained time” for planning for the next academic year.

    • Organised wellbeing activities and initiatives based on suggestions from staff surveys.

Government payments for early career teachers in shortage subjects

From Autumn 2023, early-career payments worth between £2,000 and £5,000 will be available for eligible mathematics, physics, chemistry, and languages teachers in state-funded secondary schools who completed their initial teacher training (ITT) in the 2018 to 2019 academic year (mathematics only) or the 2020 to 2021 academic year (mathematics, physics, chemistry, and languages).

Safer Recruitment

The Willow Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. We are committed to protecting our pupils and staff and therefore have a rigorous recruitment process which includes assessing candidates’ suitability to work with children. All staff will be required to hold an enhanced DBS check and an online check will be carried on successful candidates.

Equal Opportunities

The Willow Learning Trust believes that all individuals are of equal value and we are committed to equal opportunities for all. All people who work and study in our schools have the right to be respected and valued within a safe and secure environment and not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, class, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

Staff Vacancies

Information on available staffing vacancies are listed below. Links to all relevant application materials should be included with each job description. If you have any queries, please contact our HR Department via the details at the top of the page:

Glenthorne Staff Applications Currently Open

Click here to view on the Glenthorne website

Abbey Primary Staff Applications Currently Open

Click here to view on the Abbey website

Aragon Primary Staff Applications Currently Open

Click here to view on the Aragon website