JOB | Teacher of Classics, Royal Grammar School, Guildford


Required from September 2019, an enthusiastic, well-qualified graduate to teach Classics. The successful candidate will teach Latin from Year 7 beginners to A Level. The ability to offer Greek, which is taught from Year 8, is desirable but not essential. This year the Department has begun teaching A Level Ancient History and the ability to offer this subject would be welcome but is not essential. In the future there may be the opportunity to become the subject leader for Ancient History. We require an inspirational teacher who will be able to motivate pupils and further the department’s excellent academic record and high profile within the school. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the pastoral and co-curricular life of the School.

• Competitive salary well above the national scale; 

• Generous relocation package available including a mortgage subsidy scheme; 

• Would suit an experienced teacher, an NQT or a graduate; 

• Applications are welcome from graduates without teaching qualifications – the School can provide full support to achieve Qualified Teacher Status while in post; 

• RGS has a proven track record of good career progression. 

• Closing date midday on 22 January 2019

The RGS Guildford Classics Department is one of the largest and most successful Classics departments in the country.  Eight members of staff teach Latin and Greek from beginners through to A Level and Oxbridge preparation. Last year the Department began teaching Ancient History in the Sixth Form. Throughout the School, the number of boys studying Classical subjects is strong and the grades achieved in public examinations at all levels are very high.  No less importantly, students enjoy the opportunity to study ancient languages with a focus on the rich cultural, social and historical context using a diverse range of resources.  The Classics library and electronic resources available to the boys offer a wide range of texts to supplement the students’ study and allow them to pursue their interests independently.

All boys in the First to Third Forms (Years 7 to 9) study Latin using the Cambridge Latin Course.  Greek is an optional subject in the Third Form (Year 9) using Greek to GCSE (Taylor) as a course book; Latin and Greek become GCSE options in the Fourth Form (Year 10).  The success rate in public examinations is excellent with the vast majority of GCSE candidates achieving an 8 or 9.  At A Level, numbers are strong and Latin, Greek and Ancient History are studied.  The results at A Level have been equally impressive, with the vast majority of students achieving an A or A* grade.  The Department has an excellent record at university level with a number of boys each year going on to study Classical subjects at university.

The Classics Department organises trips to visit sites of classical interest both nationally and internationally.  As well as running trips to Bath, Fishbourne, Bignor and the British Museum, the Department runs Junior Classics trips to Rome and the Bay of Naples and Senior trips to Greece and Sicily and in the past we have also visited Tunisia and Turkey. The boys also enjoy regular opportunities to watch productions of Greek plays and to attend conferences and talks put on by the local classical association; in addition, the School has its own thriving Junior and Senior Classics Societies.

The Classics Department is housed in a new teaching block and has four Classics classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. The Department has a Classics office for staff to work in, where each member of staff has their own desk and storage space.

Please see the Royal Grammar School website for full details of the vacancy and the link to the online application form.

The Royal Grammar School has a responsibility for and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The person appointed to this post will be required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS.

RGS and Lanesborough is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales, Company Number 10874615.  Registered Office High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3BB. Registered Charity Number 1177353.