La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

What Can We Offer You?

Why La Retraite?

Investing in You

Professional development is extremely important to us.  We understand the pivotal role our staff play in ensuring students make the progress we desire for them. We have invested in a range of professional development opportunities for our staff. These include, but are not limited to:

  • A 10-week (1 day per week) detailed induction programme for ECTs and New Staff with extensive training in a range of interventions and practices (Safeguarding, H&S, Catholic Ethos, SEN/EAL, Data Protection, teaching with technology, Oracy)
  • An internal programme of CPD tailored to staff needs
  • Two weeks of paid work for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in July for a September start
  • Dedicated weekly mentor hour for ECTs and PGCE students on teaching practice
  • Teach First Induction Programme
  • Leadership Programme for different levels of responsibility (NPQs)
  • Inner London pay
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Inset sessions on Teaching with Technology and Blended Learning
  • Training sessions on Oracy and Literacy
  • T-level training 
  • Teaching & Learning meetings
  • Access to different online training platforms (SSS CPD, Judicium H&S training)
  • Support to attend subject specific external CPD courses
  • Internal departmental training 
  • Royal Navy training for designated staff.

A Rewarding Career

We recognise the importance of developing and sustaining creative, productive and empowering working environments in which our staff can flourish. To enhance and support day-to-day life working at La Retraite, we offer unique benefits related to the individual, and working environment. Some of which include:

  • Inner London weighting
  • A 2 week autumn term half-term holiday
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free tea and coffee and spacious staff room
  • Dedicated wellbeing programme including the Heath Assured Employee Assistance Scheme and access to an onsite staff counsellor
  • Benenden Membership (healthcare scheme)
  • Wellbeing afternoons
  • A well maintained, clean and modern teaching environment with spacious classrooms, interactive tv screens, modern technology, a well-resourced library, state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, dedicated science labs and much more
  • Cycle-to-Work scheme
  • After-school physical activity groups e.g. yoga
  • Regular onsite massages
  • Free flu jabs
  • Working in Lambeth with access to a vibrant borough just 18 minutes from the centre of London, we are well connected with excellent public transport links
  • A wealth of unique sights, attractions and activities on the  doorstep to benefit you in your free time and provide exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom
  • A culturally rich borough closely situated to the Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Lambeth Palace, Streatham Ice Rink, Norwood Park, Brixton O2 Academy, Brixton Market and Village, a plethora of theatres, and so much more.

 What can you expect from us?

  • Relationships between staff are based on mutual respect and developmental feedback. Senior leaders encourage staff through clear leadership and a meaningful vision for the school
  • The potential and commitment of all staff is recognised and rewarded
  • We value strong partnerships with our whole school community: parents, families and Governors
  • Positive engagement with networks, professionals and organisations
  • Strong, visionary and successful leadership
  • An emphasis on a positive home life balance
  • A highly skilled, supportive and approachable network of colleagues.

Download our Recruitment Pack to find out more about the teaching experience at La Retraite