Teacher of Classics, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Stephen Perse Foundation Senior SchoolCambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The Stephen Perse Foundation has its own competitive salary scale.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, both students and staff, achieves and makes a contribution every day.

For us, our examination results, brilliant as they are, are not an end in themselves. Instead, they are a small part of a much broader process and experience. That process is all about added value, something we offer and look for in staff as much as in students. It is something in which every journey both begins with and is built around the individual.

A global outlook, a focus on pedagogy, a ground-breaking commitment to digital learning and an emphasis on inspirational learning environments make us different. More than that, our policy of 'looking beyond' underpins education here. Co-curricular learning is integral to what we do, where opportunity and excellence are valued and encouraged.

Our community, led by the Principal, Miss Tricia Kelleher, is made up of a family of six different schools, each with its own Head, comprising 1,100 boys and girls aged 3 to 18, around 150 teaching staff and 145 support staff.

With an Exceptional ISI Inspection report in 2014 and Independent School of the Year 2014/5, we have much to be proud about.

However, we know that education in the twenty-first century is as much about looking forward as looking back. We have just completed a pioneering redevelopment plan, which includes a five-storey sports and learning centre in the heart of Cambridge. We have also admitted boys right through the Foundation, with a diamond formation for learning for both boys and girls in the Senior School. It’s a twenty first century vision of single-sex education that we believe is right for the future.

The Classics Department 

The Classics Department is currently made up of 6 teachers (3 full time; 3 part time).  We teach Latin to all pupils in Years 7-9, and a good proportion of the year group choose to continue the subject through to GCSE. An ab initio Greek GCSE course is offered in year 10 (the GCSE is taken at the end of Year 11). In the Sixth Form College we offer Latin and Greek at IB, and Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation for A Level. We are committed to creating opportunities for learning beyond the curriculum, and recent initiatives have included day trips to local sites of interest, residential trips abroad, local lecture and seminar days, reading competitions and essay competitions. 

The department is a happy place: we all enjoy our jobs, and we value the opportunity to work with each other in order to help each other progress in our understanding both of the subjects we teach and the way in which we teach them. There is a supportive atmosphere within the department, and decisions about best practice are made collaboratively. Our ethos is that we need to focus on the academic and personal growth of our pupils, and we enjoy thinking creatively about how best we can use our subjects to help foster this. 

The successful applicant for this post needs to be enthusiastic about their subject, and keen to learn.  CPD is a core focus within the Foundation: within the Classics Department we enjoy learning from other, and we would hope that the successful candidate would be enthusiastic about joining in with this process.

Your Role as a Teacher 

At the Stephen Perse Foundation everyone is a learner. While our pupils enjoy the benefits of a creative and innovative learning environment, our teachers strive to inspire and engage through using a wide range of pedagogical approaches.

We want every teacher to offer the very best in teaching and learning to our students and this will inevitably, and perhaps even increasingly, involve the digital world. We are iPad 1-to-1 from 11 to 18 and our Junior Schools and Pre-Preps use class sets. We are a leader in the use of digital technology within the classroom and are one of only 11 schools in the UK to be Apple Distinguished Schools. This helps us to support our teachers and learners to have an appropriate use of these technologies.

We don’t need you to be fluent or confident user of technology before you start working with us but we will want you to have an agile and ambitious mind-set that is open to adopting new techniques. Training and support is offered on a regular basis as part of formal and informal CPD and is focused on student learning.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details on this position.

Application process 

Please apply directly through our online recruitment portal please click the Apply Now button below.

We are unable to accept CVs as a method of application.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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More about Stephen Perse Foundation Senior School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Union Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1HF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 454700
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We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, both students and staff, achieves and makes a contribution every day.

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