JOB | Head of Classics, Woldingham School

Head of Classics

Required April 2021

We are looking for an inspiring Head of Classics to lead our department through the next phase of its development. The post will suit a well-qualified graduate who has some substantial teaching experience, who is committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for every pupil and is ready to lead a department in our high performing Catholic girls’ school.

Classics is a popular and successful subject at Woldingham. The department consists of a team of two highly committed classicists who work with a focus on high level achievement and independent learning. All girls take Latin from Year 7, and it is a popular choice for at GCSE where it is offered both on and off-timetable. In the Sixth Form, we offer Latin and Classical Civilisation A Levels. In addition, we also offer Greek GCSE as an off-timetable subject to girls from Year 10 and the option of reintroducing Classical Greek A Level is being considered. A small number of girls go on to study classics at university each year and we have a very good Oxbridge record. The department promotes innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning and there is a culture of sharing ideas, good practice and resources.

The ability to teach Latin across all Key Stages and up to A Level is essential, as is the ability to teach Classical Civilisation at A Level. The ability to teach Greek GCSE is necessary and up to A Level and Oxbridge it is highly desirable. Candidates should also possess first-rate organisational, team working and ICT skills.

Woldingham is a happy and successful Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 and is firmly established as one of the top girls’ independent schools in the UK, outperforming many schools that are far more selective in their admissions process. Central to this achievement is Woldingham’s academic enrichment and extra-curricular programmes, pastoral support and caring community. Close to London, yet in an outstandingly beautiful rural setting, Woldingham has a strong community and culture building on a proud heritage that stretches back 175 years. We are committed to an exciting future that is underpinned by fresh ideas, an innovative spirit and state-of-the-art facilities.

Salary: Competitive. All staff receive free lunches and refreshments.

Please visit our website to download an application form. Once completed, return it to with a supporting letter.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 30 November 2020.

Interviews: w/c 7 December 2020.

Woldingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS report will be required for the successful candidate.

Professional development and staff welfare

Our professional team of staff is Woldingham’s greatest asset, and we want to ensure that everyone is supported to work in an effective, enjoyable and fulfilling way. Staff Development is a high priority, with induction and mentoring programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers and new colleagues, plus an annual cycle of Personal Professional Development planning for all colleagues.

Staff are welcome to use our range of outstanding facilities including the gym, squash and tennis courts and the swimming pool. Our Staffroom Committee organises regular social events, and individual members of staff have organised yoga classes and reflexology on site.