Michaela Community School in Wembley is looking for a ‘sergeant major’ for detention role

PUBLISHED: 17:19 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:58 30 January 2017

Michaela Community School headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh.

Michaela Community School headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh.


A Wembley school is on the lookout for a “sergeant major” figure to take up a new “detention director” role.

Michaela Community School is advertising for a Michaela Community School is advertising for a "detention director" who is a believer in "tough love".

Those applying for the Michaela Community School job, which pays up to £35,000 per year, are advised to be a believer in “tough love”.

According to the North End school’s website, detentions can be handed out for “infractions” such as turning around in class, failing to listen attentively and calling out.

The job advert has been viewed more than 8,000 times in the past 24 hours.

Posted on the Times Educational Supplement, the advert states: “Do you like order and discipline? Do you believe in children being obedient every time? Do you believe that allowing children to make excuses is unkind?

Previous controversies

The school is the brainchild of Katherine Birbalsingh, a teacher who launched a scathing attack on the standard of education at a Conservative party conference back in 2010.

Her speech cost the mother-of-one her job at a school in south London.

When the school opened in 2014 pupils were banned from using colourful umbrellas - only allowed to use blue or black ones and last year it was criticised for forcing children to eat by themselves if their parents fail to pay for school lunches on time.

Children were made to sit on their own for an hour and given just a sandwich and piece of fruit, instead of the usual hot meal and dessert.

Ms Birbalsingh said it was to encourage parents to “change their ways”.

“If you do, then the role of detention director at Michaela Community School, could be for you.”

The school hit the headlines last year when the Sunday Times referred to headteacher, Katharine Birbalsingh, as “Britain’s strictest teacher”.

Discipline is at the heart of the advert, which continues: “This role isn’t suited to a would-be counsellor or to someone who wants to be every child’s best friend.

“This role is for someone who believes children need clear, firm discipline.

“This role is for someone who believes tough love is what children need to become better people and grow into responsible young adults.”

Do you have children at Michaela Community School? What do you think of the announcement? E-mail education editor James Scott:

The school has been approached for comment.


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