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History Teacher Maternity Cover

History Teacher Maternity Cover

Kent College, Pembury


Competitive Salary Scale
Job type:
Part Time, Maternity Cover
Start date:
01 January 2018
Apply by:
15 December 2017

Job overview

Teacher of History Maternity Cover (0.6) 

January 2018- Approx January 2019

Kent College Pembury excels in adding value to its pupils both academically and pastorally. An enthusiastic and well qualified History specialist is required to join a successful and supportive department to cover maternity leave (0.6).  Applicants need to be confident in teaching History from Year 7 to A level.

History is an important and successful subject in the school curriculum; all girls study History until the end of Year 9 and it is a popular option at both GCSE and A level.  Examination results are consistently very good; in 2014 and 2015 a 100% pass rate was achieved at A, A/S and GCSE. In 2014, 100% of our A level girls gained A* - A grades and over half of our GCSE candidates obtained A*or A grades.   At Advanced level students follow the new Edexcel Linear History specification, studying units on The American Dream 1917-76, South Africa 1948-94 and associated controversies in the UK 1760-1830.  Coursework focuses on race relations in the US 1877-1981.  At GCSE, Edexcel’s International GCSE specification is followed, with the examined units being on Germany, 1918-45; the Cold War 1945-62; and the fall of Communism in Europe 1979-91 and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1918-1994.   At Key Stage Three, lessons follow a chronological approach starting with units about medieval England and then moving through topics concerning the Reformation in Europe and England, the English Civil War, slavery, the age of empire, and the industrial revolution; in Year 9 units on the First and Second World Wars and their significance are studied.  

Field trips are undertaken and recent visits and those planned include: Lewes, Rochester, Battle, London, the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, Berlin and Ypres, and the Somme.

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About Kent College, Pembury


Founded in Folkestone in 1886, Kent College was recognised at the outset for being ‘the most forward-looking school of its time’, something we still embody today. We are an independent day and boarding school from 3-18 years. Our Forest Explorers Nursery is for girls and boys from rising 3 years. Boys can currently join Reception and Year 1, and from September 2023 Year 2 and each subsequent year group as the Prep School gradually moves to a co-educational school by 2027. The Senior School is girls only from ages 11-18 years. Since 1939, Kent College has been located in 75 acres of beautiful countryside in Pembury, on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. The school campus enjoys excellent facilities, including two indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pool (due to be completed in 2023), floodlit Astro, state of the art 200 seat theatre, modern science block, art studios and a Sixth Form centre.

Our Vision

To be the school of choice for its forward thinking, creative and adventurous approach to life and learning.

Our Aims

  • To maximise the academic achievement of all pupils whilst equipping them to make a purposeful contribution as global citizens.
  • Place physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing at the heart of school life.
  • To attract, retain and appropriately remunerate high quality staff.
  • Develop our facilities to ensure that we are providing outstanding opportunities for the pupils.
  • Ensuring the financial security of the school through strong stakeholder engagement, careful cost controls and additional opportunities for revenue generation, whilst being mindful of our obligations to widen access and fulfil Public Benefit requirements.


Katrina Handford (Head) Salli Hall (Head of Prep School)

Nursery and Prep School

The Prep School is a friendly, caring and happy school with a current roll of over 130 pupils aged 3 to 11 (Nursery – Year 6). The majority are day pupils with a small number of boarders. In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, all of the pupils in Key Stage 2 study Geography, History, Art, DT and RE. ICT is taught from Year 1 upwards. There are specialist teachers in Music, French, Drama and PE, and Mandarin is taught in Year 6. Class sizes in KS1 and KS2 are normally a maximum of 18. Each year, a number of pupils apply for and are awarded scholarships to the Senior School, and around two thirds of Year 6 pupils move up to the Senior School.

Senior School and Sixth Form

The Senior School has around 400 day and boarding pupils. Boarders make up 20% of the total school and come from all over the world. Entry at 11 and 13 is by the GL CAT4 test and the school accepts pupils with a range of academic abilities, with approximately half of our KS3 intake within the top 25% of the national ability range. Kent College offers a choice of over 26 GCSE subjects, with group sizes usually between 3 and 18. Most pupils complete 10 GCSEs or IGCSEs, but there is the opportunity to take more or less depending on interest or need. Students are also accepted for entry at 16+ and there are approximately 100 pupils in the Sixth Form. We offer around 27 subjects at A Level. BTECs are on offer in PE, Drama and Computer Science. Class sizes in the Sixth Form normally range between 3 and 12.

Extra Curricular Activities (ECA)

Kent College places a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and has a flexible and innovative lunchtime and evening programme of prep and activity sessions. All pupils are encouraged to plan the use of their time so that they follow a balanced programme of academic work and extra-curricular activities. The pastoral care in the school is very strong and all staff are highly involved in wellbeing and general pastoral matters. All teaching staff are required to be involved in at least one ECA and most do more than this, as both subject and general ECA’s are available.


"The curriculum is excellent; it shows great breadth, effectively covers all the appropriate areas of learning, whilst suiting all abilities and needs. Pupils…are thoughtful and compassionate, with a well-developed understanding of right and wrong and a high degree of emotional maturity. Leadership and management, and also governance, are excellent.”

View Kent College Pembury’s latest ISI report

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