We are looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious classicist to join our Senior School Classics Department in April 2019 for a full-time maternity cover role. This fixed-term position will initially be for two terms, until December 2019, though may be extended to a third term.
The post would suit either an experienced teacher or someone at an earlier stage of their career. The successful applicant will have a good degree in classical languages; they will be able to teach Latin up to at least GCSE level and Classical Civilisation at A-Level. A willingness to assist with other departmental activities (detailed below) is expected, as is a willingness to contribute to the school’s broad co-curricular programme.
The Colfe’s Classics Department consists of four teachers. Our priorities are to help all students achieve their full potential and to enthuse students about the classical world, sharing our ideas with each other in the process. We constantly review and improve our practice and strive to be excellent teachers; there is a strong team ethos.
All Colfeians study Latin in Years 7 and 8: students have two 50-minute lessons and one homework per week; they follow the Cambridge Latin Course (supplemented with in-house resources). In Year 9 Latin becomes optional, with roughly half the cohort deciding to continue; we use our own in-house resources. Numbers subsequently opting for Latin GCSE (Eduqas) are very healthy (there are 28 students in the current Year 10). GCSE results in recent years have been very strong. Students in Years 10 & 11 use Latin to GCSE and Latin Stories (the Head of Department is co-author of both).
All the classes are mixed-ability, and historical topics are incorporated alongside the linguistic content in our lessons. Students are offered the opportunity of studying Classical Greek in Years 10-11 via a combination of timetabled and off-timetable lessons; very able students can enter for the GCSE and continue their Greek into the Sixth Form. There are typically around 5 Latinists and 6-10 Classical Civilisation students in the Sixth Form at any one time, and the department regularly sends students on to read for degrees in classical subjects. Recent leavers have gone to a variety of universities and we have had several Oxbridge offers in recent years. During the school week we offer a range of clinics and extra sessions, including a Latin Outreach scheme for students from our local partner schools in the borough of Lewisham. In addition, we organise activities including theatre trips, visits to London museums, lecture days and house competitions. Overseas trips are arranged in alternate years.