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Whitefield Academy Trust is internationally recognised for its expertise in teaching children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs. Our schools, situated on two campuses in Waltham Forest in North East London are dedicated to helping students with complex needs, autism, and visual impairment unlock their full potential and lead happy and fulfilled lives. We also have a base in a local college where students develop independence and gain vocational qualifications. Both schools have a long history in their community; Whitefield Schools opened in 1903 and Joseph Clarke School celebrates its centenary this year.'

You will be working with the most knowledgeable and supportive specialist teachers in the country – and with excellent facilities. Our Research and Development Centre offers unparalleled potential for continuous professional development and collaborates with both Kingston University and the University of East London – you will have the opportunity to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education whilst working with us. Middle and senior leaders are supported to complete the National Professional Qualification for Middle/Senior Leadership

If you are:

  • an existing mainstream teacher, ready to make a serious commitment to professional development in special education
  • an existing special school teacher, looking to deepen and extend your expertise in preparation for a leadership role


  •  a teacher with experience of working with young people with special needs at post sixteen who is excited about developing our college provision.

We would like to hear from you.

If invited to interview, you will get a chance to visit different parts of the Academy and we will work to match your skills and aspirations to our needs.

About Us:

Whitefield Academy Trust comprises:

Whitefield Schools –  based in Walthamstow that provides specialist education for pupils with complex needs including communication and interaction difficulties.

Joseph Clarke School -  based nearby in Highams Park and highly regarded for its expertise in vision impairment.

Both Schools attract pupils from across London and surrounding counties and together have more than 425 pupils on roll. 

Our Research and Development Centre provides support, training and resources for both school staff and other professionals.  It also hosts an excellent library and an Outreach Service which supports pupils across 4 Local Authorities.

Waltham Forest as an area combines the best aspects of vibrant city living with easy access to some beautiful green spaces. It has excellent transport links.

Download an application form below or contact the personnel department

Whitefield is uncompromising in its commitment to safeguarding children and young people.

  • Closing date: Friday 29th March
  • Interview date: Week commencing 29th April
  • Outer London Weighting applies