The City of London School for Girls is an independent, non-denominational girls’ school which is administered by the Corporation of the City of London. It is a member of the HMC and caters for pupils whose ages range from 7 to 18 years. The total number of pupils in the School is about 755, approximately 93 of whom are members of the Preparatory Department. There are, on average 150 girls in the Sixth Form. Entry is by competitive examination at 11+ and by testing and interview at 7+ and Sixth Form level. The school has a strong academic tradition and all girls go on to Higher Education from the Sixth Form.
Members of the English Department teach classes from Years 7 to 13, and prepare girls for GCSE and A level examinations. We have followed the AQA (9-1) GCSE syllabus since September 2016. All girls take both English and English Literature GCSE examinations. At A Level, we follow the Edexcel board. The number of periods taught per week varies from four to five for Years 7 to 11 with A Level students being taught for eight lessons per week. Girls applying to Oxford or Cambridge to read English have the opportunity of attending enrichment classes. There are currently three A Level groups and the teaching of each group is split between two teachers.
We have a tradition in the department of encouraging strong, original, creative writing and girls have regular language lessons to provide them with a good foundation of grammar for their writing. We consider accuracy in all features of writing important. We study a broad range of literature from Shakespeare to contemporary authors and aim to give girls an appreciation of works which they might not read on their own. We teach Shakespeare from Year 7.
Applications are invited for either a teacher of English position, or a teacher of English in charge of KS3 and Pupil Progress. Details of the nature of the responsibility are outlined below.
The teacher of English in charge of KS3 and Pupil Progress will have immediate responsibility to the Head of English with whom they will work closely to update the KS3 schemes of work. They will also be responsible for finding new texts and for ensuring the alignment of the KS3 schemes of work with GCSE syllabus. The successful candidate will oversee assessment in KS3, including the setting of Common Assessment Tasks, the relevant mark schemes, and organising moderation across the department. They will also track and analyse pupil progress at KS3 and liaise with the SEND department for support strategies for pupils for whom English is not the main language of communication at home and whose fluency in formal English may be limited.
Achieving academic excellence is an important part of life at CLSG, but so too is the provision of a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities, broadening students’ lives with new experiences and challenges and ultimately, ensuring that our pupils flourish. A highly supportive system of pastoral care is in place in which understanding, encouraging and inspiring individual pupils is a fundamental part. Our School is cosmopolitan in outlook and the staff and students make the most of all that London has to offer. We are committed to an active outreach programme, to an international outlook and to educating young women to be the leaders of tomorrow. Applicants for teaching posts at City should therefore be enthusiastic about getting to know students and providing guidance appropriate to their individual needs. Applicants should also be keen to invest time and energy in extra-curricular activities, and to exploit to the full the opportunities arising from being at the heart of the City of London and to contributing to the strong community spirit which is a prominent feature of the school.