Specialist Teacher of English KS2, Kingston upon Thames

Closing date:Expiring soon

Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory SchoolKingston upon Thames

Date posted:
Start date: April 2019
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Competetive
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No

Applications are invited for the part time post (maternity cover) of specialist teacher of English at Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School, a selective, highly over-subscribed, 4-11 independent school in Kingston-upon-Thames. 

The school has a warm and caring atmosphere where pupils can flourish; we put great emphasis on the well-being and personal development of each individual.  The school is also strong in academic achievement; we expect good results from our students in all subjects and have students of above average ability who are highly motivated and achieve positive Value-Added at the 11+. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach English as required to Key Stage2 pupils                                         
  • Be fully aware of the requirements of Senior Schools at both11+ Entrance and Scholarship levels
  • Be committed to academic excellence and develop and implement programmes of study to ensure that each pupil develops at a good pace through differentiated planning and teaching
  • Teach any required subjects to other groups and classes, as reasonably required
  • Embrace the development of new teaching strategies and pupils’ learning                                                    
  • Promote the use of Digital Learning Technologies to support pupil achievement
  • Ensure the smooth, efficient, supportive and rigorous running of the English Curriculum, including the application of rewards and sanctions
  • Provide a stimulating learning environment through display, that is routinely maintained
  • Track and monitor pupil progress and achievement within the subject area across all Key Stages, using baseline data
  • Take appropriate action to intervene in pupils’ underachievement, which is likely to include communication with the appropriate Form Tutor/SLT member and parent/s
  • Promote the use of target-setting and high-quality pupil feedback to inform teaching and learning strategies
  • Develop strategies for raising pupil participation, achievement and performance
  • Review, analyse and evaluate results throughout the year
  • Maintain a good up-to-date knowledge of the Key Stage 2 curriculum and assessment procedures
  • Work collaboratively with the Department on continually developing and updating the Schemes of Work, ensuring a mix of National Curriculum and United Learning KPIs
  • Ensure that the curriculum offers enough stretch and challenge for all pupils, providing opportunities for learning at a greater depth whilst also meeting the basic requirements of each year group
  • Use areas of strength and expertise amongst the Team and beyond SHS to enhance curriculum delivery.
  • Ensure a smooth transition between each Key Stage, including Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
  • Engage in on-going personal and professional development
  • Be aligned to the School’s values and ethos to ensure ownership of whole school change
  • Promote the School’s ethos of May Love Always Lead Us and the Best in Everyone
  • Implement all school policies
  • Work co-operatively with SLT and all colleagues
  • Promote the School and its training courses and activities, including participation in external and internal marketing activities
  • Uphold the good reputation of the School and of United Learning with pupils, parents and other stakeholders
  • Ensure that the principles and practices of the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy are promoted through the curriculum  
  • Undertake the duties expected of a class teacher
  • Undertake duties before, during and after school as required
  • Participate in co-curricular school activities including clubs and residential field trips
  • Attend school functions
  • Be committed to the personal development of the pupils in the form and take responsibility for their welfare and social well-being
  • Develop effective professional relationships with pupils, colleagues and parents                                 
  • Keep the Head fully informed of any significant developments concerning any pupil in the form

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

  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and IT skills
  • An excellent up to date knowledge of the Key Stage 2 Curriculum
  • Experience of teaching the 11+ English Curriculum
  • Experience of teaching National Curriculum at Key Stage 2
  • A proven track record of delivering on academic performance both in terms of attainment and progress
  • 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
  • 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
  • A team player with leadership qualities and a reflective and flexible approach
  • Organized, energetic and able to self-direct
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct
  • Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the school
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role
  • Willingness to go the extra mile

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 

To Apply Please apply online by clicking on the following link: 


Closing date: 8:00am, Monday 21 January 2019

Interviews to be held week commencing: Monday 28 January 2019 

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More about Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Avenue Elmers, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT6 4SP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8390 6640
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