At Compass School Southwark we believe that “everyone in the Compass School Community will confidently reach the destination to which they aspire”. This applies to everyone, including our staff team. Our four values of Aspiration, Integrity, Exploration and Resilience are reflected in all areas of the school and our work. We are extremely passionate about ensuring that our students meet the challenging targets that we set for them, and we strive to be outstanding, innovative and reflective practitioners ourselves.

If you share our values, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and are excited by the prospect of making a real contribution to an established and growing school, we want to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply for a position, please apply via the TES website

Please refer to our Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment policies and contact us via should you have any queries.

To apply for the support staff vacancies, our preferred method of application is via the TES website but you can also send your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring forms to

Download the application form

Download the equal opportunities monitoring form

NOTE: Compass School is fully committed to the safeguarding of children. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and the school will carry out other necessary checks including identity, right to work in the UK, proof of qualifications and two references (including most recent employer).

Teaching vacancies

Currently there are no teaching vacancies.

Non-teaching vacancies

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant – download the Information Pack below:

Information Pack – Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 25th January 2022.  The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the closing date.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a small school, rooting in our community, we are always supportive of members of the local community who are interested in sharing their time with us on a volunteer basis. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to develop your own skills, and we always provide appropriate training to volunteers. The types of activities that we encourage volunteers to participate in include:

  • Paired reading with our least confident and low ability readers
  • Supervising our students during break and lunchtimes
  • Supporting our catering team in the dining hall at break and lunchtime.
  • Leading or supporting enrichment activities where you have a unique skill to share

School Governor – Deadline 30th November 2021

We are seeking to appoint new governors to join our board and play their role in supporting our ambition to make Compass School an outstanding provider of education for our community. Our board bring a diverse range of experiences and skills and use these to provide support and challenge to the school’s leadership. We welcome applications from all interested parties including members of the BAME community so the board is fully reflective of the community we serve.

School Governor Application Form

Responsibilities and roles of the Governing Body and individual governors

Collective responsibilities

1. The governors are collectively responsible for the following:

a. Setting the strategy of the School
b. Appointing the Principal
c. Reviewing the delivery by the Principal and the staff of the School’s strategy and holding him to account for the running of the School
d. Approving the budget proposed each year by the Principal and Reviewing actual financial performance
e. Overseeing the internal audit function and approving the School’s annual audited accounts
f. Approving the most important Policies
g. Compliance with relevant company, charity and Academy law and regulation

2. We mainly fulfil our role through meetings of the Full Governing Body (“FGB”), but we have two permanent Committees that go into more detail on key issues:

a. The Standards Committee reviews progress vs the development plan, educational provision and outcomes
b. The Finance and Operations Committee reviews and approves budgets, management accounts and annual financial statements, receives reports from our internal and external auditors, and oversees non-educational operations

3. The FGB and Committees typically meet five times a year. We may also convene ad hoc meetings to deal with pressing business. The meetings generally take place in the early evening on weekdays, and last for about 90 minutes. Meetings are scheduled in advance at the start of the year. Papers are circulated via an online folder not less than five days before the meeting. The time required to read the papers will vary depending on the agenda, but might typically be two to three hours.

Roles and responsibilities of individual Governors

4. The Governors generally have other individual roles, for example:

a. Panels of Governors adjudicate permanent exclusions and hear some complaints and appeals
b. We operate a system of Link Governors, whereby individual Governors visit the school to monitor a topic in more detail and lead in our deliberations about it
c. Visits to meet students, parents and to participate in events – eg the Remembrance Day and for Pride Week assemblies, Prize Day, School plays and art-shows, sports days and other special events
d. Meetings with stakeholders
e. Governors are expected to attend training as organised by the school


5. The workload of a typical governor will therefore include as a minimum:

a. attendance at five FGB and five committee meetings plus preparatory reading (evenings)
b. attendance at training sessions, up to four a year (likely to be evenings)
c. at least two Link visits each year, lasting at least two hours, plus drafting and finalising of a short report (working hours)
d. exclusion and other panels – the composition of panels depends on individual governors’ availability; frequency is hard to predict but could be two or three per year (working hours)
e. orientation/contact visits at the school, and visits for events – ideally at least two each year (working hours)

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at Compass School Southwark, please contact, expressing your interest and explaining your experience and skills for the position.