The Headmaster is looking to appoint a high achieving graduate to teach English and Drama within a highly successful department. This is a full-time post, and the successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm and passion for English and Drama and be capable of teaching both to A Level. They should be able to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, and to contribute to the department in providing and delivering excellent teaching.
The English and Drama Department take pride in their teaching, and the results are consistently very good. Numbers taking GCSE Drama have seen significant growth in recent years, and the School has increased the timetable allocation at KS3 from September 2018. The post would involve teaching Drama to keen A level and GCSE examination groups, and English teaching at IGCSE and, possibly, A level, but the exact make-up of the job will depend in part on the candidate’s abilities and interests. The department currently follows the IGCSE English and English literature specifications at KS4 and OCR English Literature specification and AQA Theatre Studies.
Successful candidates would find the Department a happy and very supportive one in which to work. It consists of five full-time members of staff and is supported by two excellent librarians and a Learning Skills Department.
The School has always had a particularly high reputation for Drama with landmark productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar in Gloucester Cathedral and West Side Story in the local theatre. Brecht’s Mother Courage, The Crucible and the Real Inspector Hound have been recently staged to much acclaim. We are proud and particularly pleased by our success in Drama with three pupils achieving RADA places and one pupil at Bristol Old Vic in recent years, along with success in the National Youth Theatre.
The department operates dedicated independent reading periods for all pupils, runs book and literacy clubs, takes part in whole school academic enrichment activities, regularly invites visiting speakers and organises trips to the theatre.
Timetable, induction and training
The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 60 periods. Full-time members of staff teach 48 periods per cycle. Newly qualified teachers receive a 7 period remission in their first year for training and induction.
Experienced applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position. The King’s School has a strong record of training and developing teachers in situ, and there are opportunities for further development at every level. King’s supports unqualified teachers in achieving Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification whilst working at the School, and the School is fully accredited to participate in the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel NQT Programme, and NQTs are provided with a comprehensive induction and mentoring programme which supports them in achieving qualified teacher status (QTS). For applicants without a teaching qualification we are looking for a high level of subject knowledge, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience, an empathy with young people and a desire to get involved in the extra-curricular life of the School.