Teaching jobs in Forest Gate, London

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Katherine Abraham – 6th Form Administration

Before joining St Bonaventure’s, my work history had always predominately been corporate city business, so working for a local school, which my older brother attended was a novelty. I work within the 6th Form Admin team and deal with admissions, careers and UCAS applications. All the teachers and staff are very friendly and no two days are ever the same. All staff members are given opportunities to learn new skills and attend training courses. As a bonus, the school hosts many opportunities for staff to socialise inside and outside of school, which allows you to bond and as a result, the School becomes a stronger unit.

Working at St Bonaventure’s School has been very exciting and I look forward to many more years to come.

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Janet Haastrup – Assistant Curriculum Leader/ Assistant Head of Year

My St Bonaventure’s Journey started in 2012 when I was initially employed as a Learning Support Assistant. This was an excellent opportunity for me to really understand the dynamics of an outstanding school. After my first academic school year had passed I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of a post 16 learning mentor, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

However, I then had the opportunity to teach computer sciences. Due to the wonderful support network St Bonaventure’s has offered me I am now a fully qualified teacher of Computer Sciences and Assistant Curriculum Leader as well as Assistant Head of Year. I am really pleased how my career have developed and the support I have received helping me reach my full potential.

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James Fleming – NQT and Assistant Curriculum Leader

I was looking to change careers when I began working at St Bonaventure’s as a Learning Support Assistant, and almost immediately found that teaching, and working with young adults, was something I really wanted to do. The school fully supported me as I undertook a degree, and, upon completion, I was offered a position in the English department as a trainee teacher.

I am now in my sixth year of teaching and teach A Level English Literature and Key Stage 4 English Language and Literature as well as KS3. I also run an extra-curricular Year 10 Gifted & Talented Club – Viva Voce –as well as Year 11 boosters. I achieved qualified teacher status using the 'Assessment Only' route. The school is committed to my progression as a teacher and runs its own comprehensive professional development program, I work with hugely talented teachers in a highly successful department.

St Bonaventure’s is a great place to work.

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Jabed Miah – Teaching Business Studies for four years

Having joined St Bonaventure’s, an outstanding school, I have discovered it is a brilliant place to be. Staff members are extremely welcoming and supportive; you will feel part of the community very quickly and share the same vision and goal of the school. The students are active in their education and are lively learners.

I am currently working with our Young Enterprise group to help them become tech savvy and real entrepreneurs helping them develop products to sell where they learn all about the world of business. Each day is different. St Bonaventure’s is always in the news in some way or other for a variety of reasons, whether it is for saving a pedestrian’s life to breaking records within sports. As a relatively new teacher I feel I am being supported to become the best teacher I can be.

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Michael Adenekan – Curriculum Leader for Science

As a former St. Bonaventure’s student it was a brilliant opportunity to return to the school to give back to the institution which I spent 7 years at. It’s a school with a supportive friendly core of staff who are ultimately working towards the best for the boys. The pupils want to succeed, and many constantly strive to do so, they are kind, friendly and quirky but a great group to be helping to learn and do better every single day.

The school has significant amount of CPD sessions on offer to help with the development of your role in the school, explore areas of subject knowledge and to simply allow you to become more knowledgeable and informed as a teacher. The pedagogy behind teaching is particularly highlighted to overcome classroom challenges.

This year I was delighted to be made Curriculum Leader for Science.

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Aine Burke – Assistant Headteacher

I am currently Assistant Head with responsibility for student progress in KS4 at St Bonaventure’s School. I started at St Bonaventure’s as a Teaching Assistant and worked within Learning Support for 6 months. During this time I was accepted onto the Graduate Teaching Program and qualified after only 18 months at the school, as a Religious Studies teacher. In my Graduate teaching year I was given whole school responsibility for establishing the School Council and in my NQT year was successful in my application as an assistant Head of Year.

I then became Head of Year within 3 years, was promoted to Lead Senior Tutor in 6th Form and then applied for and was successful in my current role as Assistant Headteacher. During this time I was also supported by the school with maternity leave. I have now been a leader in all Key Stages and the school has supported me in my studies for an MA in Catholic School Leadership. I recently finished my time as staff governor, a post I held for 10 Years. St Bonaventure’s has supported me in my professional development and made me the Practitioner I am today.