JOB | Teacher of Classics, Colfe’s School


We are looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious classicist to join our highly successful Classics Department in June or September 2021. The successful applicant will have a good degree in classical languages and will be able to teach Latin up to at least GCSE level and Classical Civilisation at A-Level.

This post would suit a recent graduate, a newly qualified teacher, or an experienced teacher seeking a new challenge. Full time or part time appointments will be considered. If a graduate or NQT were appointed to the post, structured support and guidance (meeting statutory requirements) would be provided to ensure progression towards the successful completion of their training or induction period. At Colfe’s we are proud of our outstanding record for supporting and training teachers new to the profession.

The Colfe’s Classics Department consists of four teachers (plus the Headmaster). Our priorities are to help all students achieve their full potential and to enthuse and inspire our pupils about the classical world. We pride ourselves on our strong team ethos, collaborating closely to constantly review and develop our practice to ensure the best possible student experience.

All our pupils study Latin in Years 7-8; roughly half choose to carry on in Year 9, and around 25-30 subsequently opt for the GCSE each year. GCSE results in recent years have been very strong: across 2018 and 2019 combined, 74% of our students achieved grade 8 or 9. A combined ‘Gratin’ course has recently been added as a Year 9 and GCSE option, enabling our most able linguists to take both Latin and Greek at GCSE. There are typically around 5 Latinists and 6-10 Classical Civilisation students in the Sixth Form at any one time, and the department regularly sends students on to read for degrees in classical subjects, including several Oxbridge offers in recent years. Across 2018 and 2019, 57% of our A-Level Latin and Classical Civilisation students achieved grade A or A*.

During the school week, alongside our range of clinics and extension sessions, we run a Latin Outreach programme for students from our Lewisham Partner schools. Enrichment is a crucial aspect of Colfe’s Classics department: we want every Colfeian to leave the school with a genuine appreciation of the classical world and treasured memories of their studies with us. We organise a number of internal Classics events and competitions as well as regular excursions including theatre outings, visits to London museums, residentials (e.g. Bath) and overseas trips (e.g. Greece and Italy). Our teachers are passionate about their subject and department members are positively encouraged to draw on their own particular specialisms and areas of interest to inspire the next generation of classicists.

Teachers appointed to Colfe’s are expected to maintain the highest professional standards and to contribute to the extracurricular life of the community. Those who join the School can expect to become part of a caring, purposeful and committed community.

Application procedure

The recruitment process will require all applicants to complete an application form, accompanied by a letter of application, current CV and details of two referees, who will be contacted prior to interview, in accordance with the School’s Safer Recruitment procedures. There will be an interview and lesson observation for short-listed candidates.
The application should be submitted electronically to: Mrs A Ross, Human Resources, at

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Applications should be sent as soon as possible and by Noon, Friday 26 February at the latest. Colfe’s reserves the right to appoint to this post before the closing date if necessary.

Colfe’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.