Part Time Teacher of Mathematics, Maternity Cover, Reading

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Abbey School ReadingReading

Date posted:
Start date: 29 April, or earlier if possible
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No


Reports to: Head of Mathematics

Location: Senior School

Overall job purpose:

To work as part of the Mathematics Department team teaching Maths from UIII (Y7) to UIV (Y9).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

• Educated to Bachelor’s degree level (or international equivalent) at a minimum in the subject or closely related subjects.

• A teaching qualification relevant to the subject and stage is preferred but not essential.

• Experience of teaching the subject at the relevant stage is preferred but not essential.

• Strong IT skills are preferred; good IT skills are essential.

• Fluent in both verbal and written English.

Person Specification

• Demonstrates consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct

• Develops good relationships

• Demonstrates empathy with students, parents and colleagues

• Committed to promoting the wellbeing of students 

Teacher Standards

Teachers at The Abbey are expected to adhere to the Teachers’ Standards as detailed by the Department for Education; these cover teaching as well as personal and professional conduct and can be found here: 


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience;

Staff are members of the State Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

Lunches are available free of charge.  

The role

The department’s scheme of work and teaching activities are constantly evolving and the successful applicant should be keen to become involved in this process. S/he should be prepared to contribute to developing resources and setting tests and examinations. In addition to enabling girls to achieve their mathematical potential, s/he should also be willing to encourage pupils’ interest in mathematics outside the classroom by helping with activities such as National Mathematics Challenges, trips to local lectures, cross curricular events and clubs. At present the Mathematics department comprises fourteen members of staff, some having other roles of responsibility in the school, who work closely together and share the teaching throughout the Senior School.

All staff in the department are actively involved in developing teaching and learning resources and activities to enhance the problem solving skills of our students. The department’s aim is to develop the confidence of each individual girl, whatever her ability, and to stimulate enjoyment and challenge for all pupils. An after school Maths Club and a biennial Puzzle Day allow younger girls to develop their problem solving skills further. The department enters girls for the National Mathematics Challenge events and regularly sends teams to the National Team Challenge events. 

All staff are either Form Tutors or Assistant Form Tutors and are expected to take part in the pastoral care of the pupils and to be involved in extra-curricular activity.  They undertake various supervision duties according to a rota. The post-holder may also be required to carry out other duties appropriate to the post, as agreed and arranged by the school.

Health and Safety

It is a duty of employees:

• To be familiar with, and conform to, the School’s Health and Safety Policy and procedures

• To take reasonable care of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work

• To co-operate with employers in order to ensure that employers’ duties can be performed and complied with

• To report all accidents and damage immediately

• To report all observed hazards or dangerous occurrences immediately

• Neither intentionally, nor recklessly, to interfere with any equipment provided.


• All employees are required to remain vigilant on the school premises and to report any security issues to the Head of Finance immediately.

Child Protection

• The Abbey School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

• This post may involve unsupervised contact with children and young people.  The School therefore expects from the successful candidate the level and degree of adult leadership of children and young people expected in a School environment.  

• The successful candidate should expect to undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance process.

Terms of Employment

Under current legislation, we are required to advise applicants that this appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure.  Details of any criminal record (spent or unspent, due to exemption from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) must be disclosed at interview.  Only relevant convictions and other information will be taken into account so disclosure need not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position at this School.   For further information, contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090 811 or visit the Disclosure website at

For more information on our lively and well-resourced school and for an application form, please visit the Vacancies Page on our website  

To apply for this position, please complete an application form in full, including details of suitable referees as instructed, then send this with your full CV and covering letter by email to 

Interviews will only be arranged following our receipt of a completed application form.

Closing Date for Applications: 21st January 2019 but early application is encouraged as applicants may be interviewed before the closing date.

For enquires please contact 

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More about The Abbey School Reading
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Christian
Address: 17 Kendrick Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 118 9872256
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The Abbey is a vibrant and welcoming community of almost 1,070 girls aged 3-18 years. Academic excellence is achieved in an environment that is diverse, inclusive and energetic, while an exceptional extra-curricular programme enables girls to develop...