Your Career, Our School, One Horizon

Working At Horizon

Horizon is committed to ensuring and promoting the wellbeing and professional support of all staff under its care; in 2023 the College received the Be Well @ Work award. At Horizon, just like students, staff are supported to reach their highest potential. 

Work at Horizon

If you choose to join Horizon to teach students or as a member of support staff, you’ll be joining a culture that embodies values that we believe help the college get the best for our students. We believe in a culture of kindness, staff having the highest expectations of themselves and others, equity of opportunity for staff and students, forging a strong community around the college and ensuring that we’re all globally ready.

To find out more about our culture , and the people who work at Horizon, click on one of the links below. If you’re already interested and wish to apply for a post at Horizon, then click on the Current Vacancies link to see what staff we’re looking for.



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We have a commitment to Staff Wellbeing & Flexible Working, and provide:

  • A lower-than-average number of teaching hours; our teachers with no additional responsibilities teach no more than 43 hours per fortnight. 
  • A commitment to Family First; we believe that for our staff, their family comes first.  
  • A culture of kindness communicated through our daily actions and work with the community.   
  • A comprehensivestaff wellbeing offer including free breakfast; access to local authority wellbeing support, in-college HR guidance, Staff Wellbeing Champions and dedicated Mental Health Leads, staff workload reviews, free annual flu vaccinations from Boots. 
  • Access to Yorkshire Psychotherapy and School Advisory Services (SAS) wellbeing support, which includes physiotherapy, Feeling Good Apps, bereavement support, counselling, and wellbeing telephone support.  
  • A centralised detention system, meaning College Leaders facilitate this instead of teachers. 
  • Flexible start and finish times (for teachers this is either 8:30-3.00 or 8:50 – 3:20); there is an option for teachers to choose a preference of either having a KS3 Form (morning) or KS4 Form (afternoon). Other options are available for Support Staff upon agreement.
  • Seven INSET days per year with two assigned as disaggregated days, one as a well-being day and a further day in lieu if all required online training is completed (Support Staff will attend two INSET days).

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  • An iPad 10, keyboard and stylus for all teachers 
  • Access to state-of-art facilities, including Promethean Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms. 
  • Full access to the Office 365 suite of apps, including 1tb of personal storage space. 
  • A working group that are looking into the use of AI in education to enable new and more efficient working practices. 



  • A dedication to “grow our own”; we have a vast array of career progression opportunities.  
  • Bespoke professional development opportunities for teachers and aspiring leaders, including access to the full suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). 
  • A comprehensive Professional Development for all staff designed to RAISE standards, including 1:1 instructional coaching and support for teachers of all career stages. We also have 1-hour CPD every Tuesday afternoon and seven INSET days per year (two disaggregated days, one well-being day and a further day in lieu if all required online training is completed) with two assigned as personal planning days.
  • Excellent ITT and ECT support and development programmes, underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Framework (ITTECF). 


We have a commitment to ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, and provide:

  • A school where Teachers Teach, Leaders Lead.  
  • Access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme / South Yorkshire Pension Scheme. 
  • Access to Lifetime Financial Management services.  
  • Access to an Electric Car Leasing Scheme from Tusker. 
  • A range of employee benefits from Vivup: our health and wellbeing partner. 
  • A pay day for all staff on the 15th of every month.  
  • Excellent public transport and motorway links to Barnsley from Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.  


We have a commitment to LOCAL COMMUNITY, and provide:

  • A school that is the ‘cornerstone of the local area’, where ‘pupils’ behaviour in lessons is excellent’ and where ‘staff are exceptionally proud to work’  (Ofsted, Oct ‘23).   
  • A school that has been highlighted by organisations such as the BBC for its excellent support of student wellbeing and attendance.  
  • A school that is an Inclusive Quality Mark Centre of Excellence; an award which encompasses equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.    
  • A school that has received numerous awards including Healthy Schools Status, the Complete Careers “Career Mark”, and the Eco-School Distinction. 
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Teaching Staff

Watch our teaching staff share insight into their roles, their responsibilities, and how Horizon and how Horizon has helped them develop their careers.

College Calendar

  • Thursday 27th June – Y11 Prom at Tankersley Manor Hotel
  • Wednesday 3rd July – Dance Show
  • Thursday 4th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th or Monday 8th July – Y6 Transition Days
  • Wednesday 17th July – Celebration of Achievement Evening