JOB | Head of Latin and Classical Civilisation, Jewish Community Secondary School

JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School)
Castlewood Road, New Barnet EN4 9GQ
Tel: 020 8344 2220
Headteacher: Patrick Moriarty   MA (Oxon), MA (Ed), NPQH, FRSA

Head of Department: Latin & Classical Civilisation

Salary – TLR2a (£2,720).  Additional responsibility allowances may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates

Required for September 2019
Closing Date: 9am Friday 3rd May

Interviews: Tuesday 14th May, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.

Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes. 

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again.  Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition.  The staff and leadership team includes different faiths and none at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results and have consistently achieved a ALPS Grade 2 at KS5 and Grade 2/3 at KS4. Our 2018 figures were typical: over 40% of GCSE grades were at Grade 7 (A) or higher, and well over a quarter of our students achieved 8 Grade 7/A grades or better.  We have averaged +0.4 for Progress 8 in the three years to date, and have been an SSAT Top 10% school for achievement and progress for the last two years.  At A level (also typical) 67% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes were at Distinction or better.  13 students have secured offers from Oxbridge this year, and we regularly send students to Medicine and Vet Science courses too; the great majority of students go to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities. 

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development.  Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new teaching staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes, and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities.  Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term.  Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff*.

* (Children, Jewish and non-Jewish, of JCoSS staff who have a permanent contract of employment and have completed two years of service on the last day of the summer term of the academic year prior to application)

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt.  It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance.  We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.

This Role: This is an excellent opportunity to continue the shaping of Classics at JCoSS which attracts exceptional students and enjoys strong support from parents and the school.  Latin is an option for students from Year 8 and runs as a GCSE course; we already run Classical Civilisation at A level and are introducing Latin A level from September, supported by a grant from Classics for All with whom we have an ongoing and productive relationship.  An annual whole-school Classics Week means that the department has a high profile, and is an opportunity to invite high profile speakers to the school.  We are committed to championing the teaching of Classics in the maintained sector and our new Head of Department, within the Languages Faculty, will take forward this small but thriving area of the school’s life.

Job Description

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

For information, including an application pack, please visit our website or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on or 020 8344 2220.

All applications should be made via the School’s website, using their application form.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.