Principal Teacher of Computer Science, Oxford

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Start date: April 2018, although a September start will be considered for the right candidate
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The school has its own salary scale (above the national scale) and pension scheme. There are additional responsibility awards for senior responsibilities.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

The Post and the Department

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic and exceptional teacher to take responsibility for the teaching of all A Level Computer Science groups. Typically, we have 12-15 students in both Y12 and Y13, each cohort being taught in two classes (we have maximum class sizes of 10 in the Sixth Form).

Computer Science is an increasingly popular option and recent results have been very good (at least 50% and up to 75% gaining A*/A), in no small part due to the high quality and charismatic teaching of the present incumbent, who is sadly moving on to work in industry. We teach the AQA specification, opting for the Python module.

Duties and responsibilities

While this is not a Head of Subject role as such, as sole teacher the successful candidate’s role will include responsibility for devising appropriate schemes of work, selecting appropriate books and I.T. teaching resources and overseeing the provision and maintenance of computers in the Computer Science classroom. They will also have responsibility for preparing any potential Oxbridge candidates for Computer Science courses.

Person Specification and Qualifications

The successful applicant will be a talented computer scientist who is passionate about teaching computing. We are looking for a teacher whose approach is a flexible; a teacher with strong academic skills and subject knowledge, but also the ability to convey knowledge, passion and enjoyment of the subject to students across the full sixth form ability range. Flexibility of approach, a sense of fun, a readiness to respond to students’ individual needs and an enthusiastic, open approach to teaching are among the qualities we value. d’Overbroeck’s offers teachers and students alike a friendly and welcoming environment where classes are small and standards are high.

We are very happy to receive applications from newly qualified teachers or graduates who hope to enter the profession but don’t have a PGCE. NQTs receive a full induction programme through ISTIP ( with the support and guidance of senior members of staff. Our recent report from ISTip generously praised our provision for NQTs.

Graduates who have not completed a PGCE receive an extensive in-house training programme. Two of our current Mathematics teachers joined d’Overbroeck’s directly from university and have followed this route. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer support and training to NQTs and recent graduates.

All applicants will be expected to have a good degree in Computing or a related subject and be able to demonstrate their teaching ability. d’Overbroeck’s does not require that its staff possess a PGCE or equivalent formal teaching qualification, though many members of staff have an appropriate qualification.

Salary and hours

The school has its own salary scale (above the national scale) and pension scheme. There are additional responsibility awards for senior Sixth Form pastoral responsibilities.

The advertised post is a full-time one, but the School is always willing to consider applications from teachers who only wish to work part-time.

Further information

If you would like any further information at this stage, please feel free to telephone Alastair Barnett on the main school number 01865 688600


Applicants should complete the Application form, and e-mail this, along with a full Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter, to and a signed copy sent to:

Helena Barron


333 Banbury Road



Please apply as soon as possible, but no later than Monday 29th January 2018.

Short-listed applicants will be notified of the interview arrangements as soon as possible after short-listing.

Job location

More about d’Overbroeck’s
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Independent Sixth Form, The Swan Building, 333 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7PL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1865 688600
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