We are looking for a full-time teacher of Classics from September 2019.
The successful candidate must have the ability to teach Latin and Classical Civilisation to A Level. The ability to teach Classical Greek, or a willingness to learn and improve, would be of benefit.
They will be enthusiastic, energetic with the ability to inspire pupils to achieve the highest possible standards academically and personally.
The Classics Department
The Classics department at The Queen’s School currently employs two full time members of staff.
The teaching is distributed fairly to ensure both teachers have a share of all subjects and all age ranges.
Pupils in year 7 are taught Classics in ‘taster sessions’ of 30 minutes a week. They are introduced to the myths and history of the ancient world and have the opportunity to try some Latin. During year 7, students opt whether to study Latin in Years 8+9.
Pupils in Years 8+9 follow the Cambridge Latin Course, usually completing the first two books by the end of year 9. Options are made in Year 9 and the GCSE course begins in Year 10.
Both Latin and Classical Civilisation are offered at GCSE. We teach the OCR Specification for Latin. For the past two years we have taught ‘Women in the Ancient World’ and ‘The Homeric World’ for GCSE Classical Civilisation.
Latin and Classical Civilisation are likewise offered at A Level. For the Classical Civilisation, we have taught ‘World of the Hero (Iliad)’, ‘Greek Art’ and ‘Love and Relationships’, however, as with the GCSE, we would be willing to negotiate the units taught on the basis of the successful candidate’s expertise and interest.
Classical Greek is taught from beginner’s level in a range of classes off-timetable, according to ability. We have successfully entered students for GCSE in the past and we would hope that the successful candidate could be involved with this. A willingness to improve even very basic Classical Greek would be an advantage.
The department has run a number of successful trips, both abroad, to the Bay of Naples and Greece, as well as to museums and theatre productions in the UK. We also benefit from being having a wealth of Roman archaeological remains on our doorstep.
The Queen's School, Chester
The Queen’s School is a leading selective GSA Independent day school providing education for around 600 girls between the ages of 4 and 18 years.
The school is highly successful, with a strong and consistent emphasis on the needs of individual pupils that focuses on enabling pupils to challenge, question and develop. The Queen’s school is well known for its excellent pastoral care, which is a hallmark of its community and underpins the academic focus that characterises the school. The vast majority of our pupils go on to attend their first choice university, including medical and Oxbridge places, and leave the school as confident, articulate and well balanced young women.
The school is situated close to the centre of the thriving, historic city of Chester and a few minutes cycle ride or drive from the unspoiled countryside of Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales. Manchester and Liverpool are within easy reach, and London is 2.5 hours away via train.
The ISI awarded the school the highest standard of “excellent” in all categories in its most recent inspection.
The History of the School
The Queen’s School was founded in 1878. The school's pupils achieved considerable distinction from the outset. The school would subsequently provide Chester with its first female solicitor, its first lady mayor, the first woman to receive the Freedom of the City, the first woman president of the Freemen and Guilds in over 800 years and the first female cathedral provost in Church of England history.
The Queen’s Lower School was originally based in two large Victorian houses on Liverpool Road, Chester. It still occupies this site but has expanded in recent years.
Working at Queen’s
The Queen’s School has an outstanding reputation for staff and pupil welfare and staff career progression is important. Continuous professional development opportunities are offered, as is specific support for NQTs. The school is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association network of schools, enabling access to a wealth of support, information and training.
Teachers at The Queen’s School are ambitious for themselves and for the school, but mainly for their pupils, getting to know them as individuals to set challenging but achievable targets. Across all year groups, there is an expectation of excellent results. At the Senior School, this includes the preparation of students for entry to highly competitive courses, including Oxbridge.
The Queen’s School invests proactively in technology to support teaching and learning, and an extensive and well-populated Virtual Learning Environment is well used by all pupils and staff at both the Lower and Senior Schools. All pupils in the Senior School have individual iPads and all teachers (Lower and Senior Schools) are provided with individual iPads to enhance their practice.
How to Apply
Please visit our website to download our application form and to access more details about the role.
Applications must be received by noon on Tuesday 19th March 2019.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 21st March 2019.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. Child safety recruitment procedures operate and the post is subject to references and an Enhanced DBS disclosure. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.