JOB | Part-Time Classics Teacher, Notting Hill and Ealing High School

Part Time Classics Teacher

For September 2020

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The Post

The post is available from September 2020 and is approximately 0.6 fte.

The vacancy provides the opportunity for a well-qualified, inspirational teacher of Classics to teach up to A-level and Oxbridge entrance and to play an active role in a flourishing department in both its curricular and extracurricular activities.

Person Specification

We are looking for a confident, well-qualified candidate with excellent subject knowledge and a passion for the subject.  She/he will be a good communicator who can enthuse and inspire pupils and will have exciting ideas about the teaching of Classics. She/he will have excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to produce creative solutions to challenges.  The ability to teach Classical Greek to A Level will be a distinct advantage.

The Department

The Classics Department has a high profile within the School and there is a tremendous amount of support and goodwill towards Classics in the School (the Head is also a Classicist).  The girls are bright and very keen to be involved in the subject where Latin is studied by all in Years 8 and 9.  There is a strong showing each year at GCSE with classes in both Latin and Classical Greek. The subject is supported through to A-level with girls every year choosing Latin and Greek and regular successful applications to Oxbridge.

The department is made up of the Head of Classics, to part-time teachers and the Headmaster. There are two main class-teaching rooms, one used for sixth form teaching and the other for lower school. The department maintains strong links with the Junior School and the primary Latin course (‘Minimus’) is taught to Year 4 students by the Year 11s and Sixth Form students.

The department is well equipped with resources both in the department and in the school library. The department has developed a comprehensive collection of resources for teachers and pupils. This is backed up by the generous IT provision and support which the school enjoys. There are ICT rooms and all pupils in Years 7-11 have their own chromebook.  

Extra-curricular provision

The Classics Society is one of the most active societies in the school and is supported by the 6th form. It arranges in-house lectures from university speakers and provides a range of extension classes for Oxbridge candidates. There are outings to places of educational interest including museums, theatres and classical sites both here and abroad (recent trips include those to Greece, Rome and Sicily). The department also runs a ‘Minimus’ primary Latin course for a local Primary School (North Ealing Primary), which is again led by the proactive sixth form classicists.

The Classics Curriculum

The department aims to give students not only a thorough grounding in each language, but also a deep understanding of classical culture and civilisation and its influence on the modern world.  The department is firm on its position of ‘Classics for All’ and supports pupils of all abilities achieve their best. All pupils study Latin in Years 8 and 9 and are able to take it up at GCSE.  Classical Greek GCSE is offered off-timetable to Years 10-11 for GCSE with the further possibility of proceeding to A-Level, which is timetabled alongside other A-Level options.

Years 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

In Years 8-9, all pupils begin to study Latin, using the Cambridge Latin Course.  The course is supplemented by in-house material to aid understanding of the language as well as to explore the history and culture.  As part of the curriculum, girls usually undertake projects, either individually or as a class.  These have included topics on Roman life, Greek drama, Fishbourne Palace and more.

Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

In Latin, pupils continue with the Cambridge Latin Course and prepare for the OCR examinations through studying set texts, which are supported by an extensive range of in-house materials. 

In Greek, pupils follow John Taylor’s ‘Greek to GCSE’ and study the set texts in an accelerated course but due time is still given to the wider cultural context. The department has enjoyed as many as 25 girls in a year taking up this option.

A Level

Both Greek and Latin are taught in the sixth form, using the OCR specification. Although the size of the teaching group at A-Level is often small, the quality of the candidates is invariably very high.

Typically, one or two girls every year opt to pursue a Classical degree. The Department has enjoyed considerable success with Oxbridge applications, including this year’s successful Cambridge applicant.

About the School

“Teaching here is all about being able to have in-depth conversations with students about your subject and helping to enthuse them with the same passion as you have. Teaching at NHEHS is exactly what I imagined teaching would be like when I got my first teaching job; it’s what teaching should be!”

Liberty: joined NHEHS in September 2017 as a Head of Department

Notting Hill & Ealing High School is one of London’s leading independent girls’ day schools. Founded in 1873 it is the oldest of the 25 schools which make up the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) having begun life in Notting Hill and moved to Ealing in 1930.  We are an all through school (ages 4-18). Around 300 girls in the Junior School and 600 in the Senior School, including 150 in the Sixth Form, make up a friendly and welcoming community.  The Junior and Senior Schools occupy their own parts of the site and in day-to-day terms operate independently.  We occupy a site in suburban, leafy, west Ealing with excellent transport links.  (We are an easy walk or bus ride from Ealing Broadway or West Ealing stations: District and Central underground lines, mainline trains and Crossrail.)  The school is oversubscribed and a very popular choice at all ages with girls joining us from most parts of West London as well as areas further afield. 

NHEHS is an academically selective school.  Our girls are ambitious, bright, enthusiastic and eager to learn.  In our latest ISI inspection we achieved the highest possible grades across the board and the inspectors noted that ‘the quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional.’ Public examination results are consistently outstanding and girls go on to study a wide range of subjects at prestigious universities including Oxbridge. (We recently achieved top 20 in the Times League Tables at GCSE and A-Level.)  The school is highly regarded for the way it achieves its outstanding outcomes within a particularly warm and supportive environment, and pastoral care and achieving the best for every girl is at the heart of everything we do.

About the GDST

GDST schools share an ethos and heritage of girls-only education and are members of a unique network which adds value to each school, student and member of staff.  Networking opportunities with other teachers across the Trust enable staff to share best practice and develop initiatives that benefit all our schools and students.  In addition to supporting the work of individual schools in supplying excellent induction and development opportunities for staff, the GDST network provides access to an extensive training programme.  This includes development opportunities (including a Middle Leaders Development Programme and Aspiring Leaders Programme) and to grants for individual courses of study. 

“We are delighted that you are considering NHEHS and hope that you will want to apply for this post once you have found out more about us.  Our website, www.nhehs.gdst.net will tell you more about the school and give you a taste of the atmosphere here.”

Matthew Shoults, Headmaster

Terms and Conditions of the Post

The GDST offers attractive salaries and pay progression, when compared with the education sector generally, and has its own pay and grading structure, and system of career progression. Leadership and teaching excellence are recognised and rewarded in its schools. The salary reflects London weighting.

Benefits include:

  • Membership of Teaching Staff Pension Scheme
  • Access to the GDST central training and development programme
  • Up to 50% discount on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Training grants for obtaining further qualifications
  • Season Ticket Loans: Interest free loans for travel are available to staff to enable them to buy annual season tickets
  • Computer Loans: Interest free loans are available to staff to enable them to buy a computer for personal use at home
  • Cycle Scheme: the School is part of the scheme which enables staff to purchase bicycles and equipment at a tax advantageous rate and pay for the equipment over 12 months
  • Lunches: free lunches are provided to all staff during term time
  • Four weeks’ study leave for teachers after ten years’ continuous service
  • Accredited NQT induction

Application and Interview Process

Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr Laura Snook (Head of Classics) at l.snook@nhehs.gdst net and will be considered as they arrive.

Candidates will be invited for interview over an online lesson: they will be expected to teach a lesson of up to 30 minutes for which a full prior briefing will be given. 

All adults employed at the school are cleared for working with children and young people through the Disclosure & Barring Service. Please see attached full information regarding the Girls’ Day School Trust guidelines on the Safeguarding of Children.

Application Form

Further information about the school can be found on our website at:  www.nhehs.gdst.net