Teacher of English, Kingston upon Thames

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Surbiton High Senior SchoolKingston upon Thames

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Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scales
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Surbiton High School’s dynamic and outstanding English Department seeks a Teacher of English who is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and empowering our pupils in the subject. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Possess and maintain a deep and secure knowledge of your subject and the best practice pedagogy associated with its delivery.
  • Create a challenging and stimulating classroom climate that will motivate pupils to learn, think independently, take risks, empathise with others, and perform to the best of their abilities.
  • Support every pupil in their learning, making them feel included, secure and valued.
  • Be consistent, fair and create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
  • Be aware of the learning needs of the pupils you teach and ensure that each pupil is given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.
  • Monitor progress against prior attainment and employ effective intervention strategies when required.
  • Follow the guidance and schemes of work provided by the Head of Department.
  • Plan and deliver inspiring lessons.
  • Undertake high quality preparation, marking and report writing, in line with School policy, so that pupils achieve the highest possible standards.
  • Take part in KS4 intervention sessions to support Year 10 and Year 11 students in reaching their full potential.
  • Conduct yourself in an appropriate professional manner at all times, supporting and fostering the aims and safeguarding policies of the School.
  • Be prepared to take on the role of Form Tutor, which will encompass academic, pastoral and administrative responsibilities. Tutors have oversight of their tutees’ general well-being and academic progress, and they are the first point of contact for parents.
  • Contribute to the organisation and running of co-curricular and enrichment activities.
  • Uphold the School’s code of conduct and the values of Surbiton High School.
  • Maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils and be active in implementing the School’s policies for rewards and sanctions.
  • Attend formal parents’ evenings and maintain effective communication with parents, as appropriate.
  • Mark entrance papers and occasional vacancy entrance exams, as required.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to departmental policies, schemes of work, digital learning resources as well as development planning.
  • Be an active participant in CPD training opportunities, sharing best practice with colleagues, as requested.
  • Participate in the annual performance review, appraisal and development programme.
  • There may be particular responsibilities linked to the subject that may be added when necessary.
  • For the successful candidate, positions of responsibility may be available


Person Specification

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification including QTS, would be an advantage
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • Ability to deliver inspiring English lessons at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues in a successful and dynamic school
  • A proven track record of delivering on academic performance
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and an ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • Positive rapport with pupils
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Committed to Surbiton High School’s ethos and strategic vision
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role


To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following link: https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1383152?cid=1567

Closing date for Applications: 8:00am, Friday 22 September 2018 

Interviews to be held week commencing: 24 September 2018 


Surbiton High School 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. 


Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.


For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email recruitment@surbitonhigh.com



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8546 5245
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