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West Suffolk College is one of the top colleges in the country and this is testament to our amazing students, fantastic courses, wraparound support and of course our exceptional staff.

We are on a mission to be the leaders of education in the East of England whilst putting the students and their success at the heart of everything we do.

If you have the talent, motivation and ambition to help us achieve this we would love to hear from you.

We are a further education college with our main campus located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, a historic town in the middle of Suffolk, England, just half an hour from Cambridge and one hour from London. The college is made up of outstanding creative, enthusiastic and committed staff members who are experts in their own specialisms and curriculum areas. We teach students from age 16 upwards and we work with over 1,600 businesses. We pride ourselves as being an essential driving force behind the success of our much loved county.

We have eight college character strengths that underpin all we do and we make it a priority to give our students the strength of character in order to shine above the rest when faced with employers or universities.

Not only do they apply to our students but also to our staff members and the reasons why West Suffolk College is such a fantastic place to work. Take a look below:

  • Resilience – We are strong as an organisation and all teams work together to achieve. If and when we are faced with challenges we respond efficiently and effectively at all times.
  • Optimism – We use education as a catalyst for positive social change and prosperity for the community we serve, leaving no-one behind. We want to inspire our students.
  • Curiosity – We are a curious organisation, always trying to seek out new opportunities and ways in which we can break boundaries in the world of education.
  • Confidence – We are confident. We believe in all that we do and we appreciate the abilities and qualities of every single staff member. We celebrate our successes and we remain sure that we will continue to lead as a provider of education.
  • Ownership – We take responsibility for every single student and every single staff member ensuring our main goal is that everyone at the college is happy and achieving to their full potential. Our amazing wraparound support demonstrates this perfectly.
  • Self-Control – We are disciplined as individuals and always put the needs of our students first.
  • Ambition – We are an ambitious organisation. We are constantly evolving as demonstrated with the new STEM Innovation Campus and the Abbeygate Sixth Form building to be opening by September 2020.
  • Respect – We respect our staff and students alike and we put the success of our students at the heart of all that we do, preparing them for their future.

Please do familiarise yourself more with our character strengths and our mission statement; it will certainly help you as a potential applicant to understand our expectations of a West Suffolk College colleague. 

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West Suffolk College is working in collaboration with Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT (School Centred initial teaching training) to train and develop future teachers/lecturers in Chemistry, Physics and Computing.  Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT is a high-quality teacher-training provider who offer a range of school-based routes into teaching. Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT is the largest provider in the country based on the number of trainees on the school based teacher training routes. 

This opportunity will give you the potential to earn a very attractive tax free bursary meaning you can earn up to £28,000 (depending on the area you wish to teach) alongside gaining classroom hands on teaching experience this will therefore give you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd once your qualification is gained. You do not even have to have a degree in the above subjects, however, you will need to prove that you have an interest/other qualifications in which area you choose to teach in.

We are looking for inspiring and ambitious future teachers to train at West Suffolk College, which is one of the top 5% of colleges in the UK.  

With these opportunities, we are looking to attract driven, innovative candidates/students with a creative mind-set who have the ability to engage students and drive forward their education.  You will be integral in ensuring that our students receive an exceptional experience whilst working closely with our lecturers and management team. 

For more information please visit the SCITT website at www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk  

Please note that to apply for these opportunities you must hold a Maths and English GCSE (Grade 4 above or equivalent), BA Honours degree level or equivalent.

This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

In line with national legislation, and organisational policy, all data will be processed in a fair and lawful way, for the specific purpose and not disclosed in any way incompatible with such purpose or to any unauthorised persons or organisations.

Equal Opportunities

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 the college operates a policy of equality and diversity which protects employees, students and people who access the College’s goods, services and facilities, from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’ which include: age, disability, gender, reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins.), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


The successful applicant will be required to complete and obtain a standard or enhanced disclosure check (role dependant) from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The cost of processing this will be £44 and you will be required to make payment online via the safeguarding website before your employment commences. Further information about the Disclosure and Barring Scheme can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk or by speaking to a member of the Human Resources department.

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At West Suffolk College, we are committed to all aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion being at the core of our business ethos and this is demonstrated not only through our robust policies and working practices but in how we and all our employees live and breathe their day to day duties.

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