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Career Opportunity

Ambitious, forward-thinking, flexible and self motivated? If you can combine these attributes with excellent teaching skills then here is a unique opportunity to become part of the pioneering teaching staff at Coombe Wood School: teachers of varying experience and across a range of subjects are invited to join the Head, Mr Barry Laker, to create this inaugural team. The school opens this September with 180 Y7 pupils following keen interest and significant over-subscription. The school ethos derives from the theoretical and practical nature of sport with TEAMWORK, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT, DISCIPLINE and SPORTSMANSHIP as its core values.

By becoming part of the team at Coombe Wood School, your career will benefit from joining a future-focussed group of schools, where you have the advantages of natural progression and professional development opportunities within the school and potentially within Folio Education Trust: This is a local collaboration of schools offering access to high calibre CPD which contributes to the recognised quality of learning within our schools. 

The Sixth Form will open in September 2020 by which time it is intended the permanent building will be fully operational. The School will grow into an 8-form entry school (NOR 1680) including 480 in the Sixth Form; an increasing number of pastoral and curriculum responsibilities will be on offer.


Initially, a key priority will be the collaborative and exciting task of designing the curriculum content, with creative input into meeting and delivering the themes of the three main educational strands: Sport and Health Related Fitness, Creative and Performing Arts, Academic Studies.

Coombe Wood School is being designed to feature sport as a specialism as well as an emphasis on the creative and performing arts, both specialisms will fully integrate with the academic strands. This approach will centre on delivering a narrower range of sports to promote a deeper understanding of core skills alongside a focus on Health Related Fitness. 


This is a new secondary fully-inclusive co-educational school, serving the communities of South and Central Croydon, established to meet an urgent rising local demand. Initially housed in temporary accommodation, the proposed site for the ‘new build’ school is opposite Lloyd Park in South Croydon, with an excellent Tramlink service to and from East Croydon station (just 5 minutes journey-time away) and a short walk from several bus routes. Over £35 million is to be invested in building a state-of-the-art school which will include enhanced sports facilities, comprising a competition-sized sports hall, a full-size 3G artificial floodlit surface and aspirations to include a closed circuit cycle track (CRC) and 8-lane floodlit athletics track.  

Advantages include:

  • Network of expertise and support within Folio 
  • Chance to join a ground-breaking team 
  • Opportunity of career progression with natural expansion of the school
  • Catchment includes many aspirational, supportive families 
  • Sporting partnerships that will support educational and vocational ambitions as well as community benefits
  • Outstanding brand new facilities in the near future
  • Free use of sports amenities for staff and their families  

Application procedure

Please download the candidate pack and application form or visit 

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultant Mrs J Baker: 020 3011 2762 or 07891 671 226 evenings until 7pm.

Please email your completed applications to  in compliance with safer recruitment guidelines CVs will not be accepted.

Closing Date: 9am Monday 19th February 

Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 26th February. 

Folio Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The recruitment process will include an enhanced DBS check, medical screening, confirmation of right to work in the UK and all other pre-employment checks in line with safer recruitment requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The location shown below is the Folio Education Trust office, Coombe Wood's designated site is approx. half a mile away to the south east.


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