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We are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision of using the power of football to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families across the North East through a broad range of innovative programmes that help improve their lives.

That's why we believe that the successful recruitment, retention and development of staff through professional qualifications, training and a values-led culture is vital to our success.

If you are passionate about helping people within this great region, and have expert skills to offer, we look forward to receiving your application.

In addition to paid employment, we also offer volunteering and non-paid student internship and apprenticeship opportunities.

All positions are based at the Stadium of Light unless otherwise stated in the job description. Foundation of Light is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Current Vacancies:



Location: Sunderland
Salary: MPS/UPS - TLR2a 
Contract type: 4 Days (0.8)
Contract term: Permanent

We are currently seeking to appoint a passionate, committed and experienced Curriculum Leader for Science & PSHE who is also an outstanding practitioner to join us in September 2017 as we continue our journey towards excellence.

This key appointment will play a vital role in shaping the ethos, vision and values of our school and make a positive impact on our young people, their families, communities, and future. We are creating an environment for personalised educational opportunities, where there are highest expectations for all members of the school community - this appointment is key to embedding these aims and aspirations.

If you are interested at the prospect of working in an environment where you can make a real impact, and where exciting things are happening, then we welcome an application from you.


The successful applicant will:

  • Be resilient, enthusiastic and committed, with a proven ability to secure successful student outcomes within Science and the creativity and vision to inspire and lead in PSHE across the curriculum
  • Have experience of leading and managing staff and develop the leadership capacity of middle leaders through coaching and challenge
  • Have experience of delivering high standards of teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate an unrelenting commitment to providing the best educational experiences for our students
  • Embed our commitment to achievement for all 
  • Inspire, motivate and influence staff and students on a daily basis
  • Play a key role in the day to day running of the school and its direction of progress
  • Be prepared to go ‘the extra mile’ to ensure every student achieves to the very best of their ability
  • Be passionate about the power of education to improve the quality of life and the chances of young people


In return we offer:

  • The professional benefits that come from working with a collegiate and supportive team
  • Exciting collaborative curriculum opportunities with partners, businesses, employers and outside agencies
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching from the Senior Leadership Team 
  • Opportunities to continue your professional development
  • The unique chance to shape the direction of the Beacon of Light School 
  • Competitive rate of pay
  • State of the art facilities from September 2018

Opened September 2016 within Sunderland AFC Stadium of Light, the Beacon of Light School is a relatively new, unique Alternative Provision for young people aged 13-16. Our curriculum offer provides life-changing opportunities to the students who attend, not only in terms of improved educational outcomes but also in the longer term outcomes of training, work and economic wellbeing.

Students are at the very heart of our school community and we are passionate about embedding strong foundations and values for their future achievement and success. We recognise every student is an individual and celebrate this through personalised, inspiring and authentic learning experiences designed to nurture talent, build character and shape futures.

Offering the highest quality academic and vocational routes, supported by prestigious employers and endorsed by business, we align workplace qualities within a curriculum context. Our students are “work-ready” with a set of futureproofed skills as their ‘employability passport’ – fully prepared for the next exciting stage of life’s learning journey.

By investing in our young people today we will secure the future they deserve – enabling them to learn more, do more and be more.


Informal School Visit:

A school visit prior to application is positively encouraged. The visit for interested applicants will take place on Tuesday 18th April 10.30-11.30am where you will have the opportunity to speak to Denise Taylor (Principal) at the Beacon of Light School, within the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Please contact Alex Dunn to make an appointment:

Formal interviews will be conducted the week commencing Monday 1st May 2017.


Completed forms should be addressed to:

Alex Dunn
Foundation of Light
Stadium of Light

Or emailed to this address:

Closing date for applications: Monday 24th April 2017 at 3pm
Interview dates: w/b Monday 1st May 2017
Start date: September 2017

As part of the Foundation of Light’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, all employees employed within schools are required to undergo an enhanced DS check. Further details can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Services website

The successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory references and satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Foundation of Light welcomes a diverse population of both children and staff and is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions.

Job Description | Person Specification | Application Form Part 1 | Application Form Part 2



Earn money, help support local communities and watch Sunderland AFC.

Are you confident in a sales environment and able to communicate on all levels? Foundation of Light are looking for confident, outgoing people to sell 'Grand in your Hand' lottery tickets.

Tickets are sold on match days and you will also get to see the Black Cats in action.


Job Role:

  • Selling lottery tickets to SAFC supporters on a match day, inside the Stadium of Light
  • Answering queries and giving information about Foundation of Light, SAFC's official charity
  • Handling cash and taking payment for the 'Grand in Your Hand' tickets
  • Being highly motivated and able to sell to target audiences
  • Wearing Foundation of Light lottery seller uniform


To apply, download an application form which can be completed and returned to to or posted to Foundation of Light, Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU.

For more information, please contact Jemma Garrett or call 0191 5515365.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION APPRENTICESHIP (Various locations) | full time fixed terms (two years)

The main duties are to provide administrative support to staff within designated departments. Locations include Sunderland, Washington, South Tyneside and Shildon. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience and qualifications in a real work setting. Experience is not required; all training is provided. These opportunities may particularly suit school leavers. Applicants aged between 16-18 years old are invited to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply. Interested applicants should request an application pack by sending an email to, downloading packs below or by contacting 0191 551 5346. CVs are not accepted.

Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.

If you are successful you can look forward to ongoing training opportunities, competitive salary and a range of benefits including childcare voucher scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, pension and opportunities for reward and recognition.

Application Form | Job Description

Appointments may be subject to an enhanced DBS Check · Foundation of Light is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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