JOB | Teacher of Classics, Blundell’s School

Maternity cover for a


Required for September 2017

An enthusiastic and well qualified Classicist is required to teach Latin and Classical Civilisation at all levels throughout the school from Key Stage 3 to A Level. Greek may be an advantage but is not essential. The position would suit an experienced teacher, NQT or recent graduate.  A strong commitment to extra-curricular activities and participation in boarding life are essential. Re-advertised position, previous applicants are welcome to reapply.

For an application form and further information, please see our website or contact Mrs Liz Cole at

Closing date: Apply Immediately
Interviews: w/c Monday 1st May

Blundell’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


The Classics Department
The Department teaches Latin to all pupils in Years 7 and 8, and to large option groups in Years 9-11.  Pupils prepare for the WJEC specification at GCSE.  GCSE Classical Civilisation will still follow the OCR specification. A level Latin and Classical Civilisation (both OCR) continue to be popular subjects in the Sixth Form. Greek is taught to both GCSE and A level (as required) and attracts both pupils who have enjoyed success in Latin in Year 9 and 10 and international students (particularly from Germany) as a valued continuation of their previous studies.

The school has a long-standing tradition of Classical scholarship which has revived in recent years, with numbers taking one or a combination of subjects increasing.  We have bumper numbers across the school.  For the past twelve years we have sent a number of leavers each year on to study Classics based university degrees, and have successfully prepared students for Oxbridge.

The department works to broaden the appeal of the subjects it teaches, both within and beyond the school.  It hosts events such as the local Classical Association Reading Competition for schools, junior Classics days and lectures by speakers well-known in the classical world ranging from Professor Peter Wiseman (Exeter), Natalie Haynes, Ben Kane, Shelley Hales (Bristol and the Casts Project, Pompeii) and Dr Peter Jones (Newcastle) to Robin Bush of Channel Four’s ‘Time Team’.  Links with the Department of Classics at Exeter University have been fostered to the benefit of both sides and warrant further development.  The department has had excellent report/feedback from ISI inspections.

Job Description
This is a full time teaching post to cover a 3 term maternity leave, which would suit an experienced teacher or someone nearer the start of their career. The qualities needed are thorough subject knowledge, a passion for Classics and an energetic, enthusiastic, organised approach to teaching. It is hoped the new member of the Department will bring a sound linguistic competence in teaching language and literature up to A level in Latin and Greek (if possible), as well as Classical Civilisation, without losing the breadth of vision needed to promote Classical subjects at all levels. The Blundell’s Classics Department is vibrant and enthusiastic, and is a close-knit team. An interest in the use of IT and/or Drama would be favourably considered; the Department is likely to be able to share in and benefit from current further developments in these areas.  The successful applicant will be required to be seen as both a missionary and an ambassador for the subject by playing a lively part in the life of the school, as well as their professional enthusiasm and commitment projecting a modern and positive image of Classics.

For further information, contact the Head of Classics, Mrs Becky Milne ( or 01884 252543.