Teacher of English, Perth and Kinross

Glenalmond CollegePerth and Kinross

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: own pay scale
Contract term: Fixed Term

Teacher of English required for September 2018 (Initially for one year)

The Position

For September 2018 we are looking to appoint a teacher of English for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of it being extended to a permanent position. The successful candidate should be a high achieving graduate and be able to teach up to GCSE, Higher and A-level English and be registered or eligible to be registered with GTC Scotland.

The College

Founded in 1847 by William Gladstone and others, Glenalmond College is a fully co-educational boarding and day school, set in the stunning Perthshire countryside and enjoying magnificent grounds of over 300 acres in an unrivalled setting at the foot of the Grampian hills. There are currently around 400 pupils at Glenalmond between the ages of 12 and 18. The principal point of entry is at 13 but we have a small Second Form group which is geared towards those transferring at 12 from the Scottish primary system. There are presently five boys' boarding houses and three girls' houses.

The School has excellent academic and extra-mural facilities. In addition to cricket, rugby and lacrosse pitches , there are tennis courts, squash courts, a grass athletics track and a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a sports hall and an all-weather playing surface. The Robin Thomson Theatre building is the venue for our drama and musical productions. The School has a strong CCF contingent, an outstanding Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and a Community Service programme which operates locally on a regular basis.

The Department

The English Department consists of a committed team of five teachers who take pride in their teaching and work hard to improve the profile of English as a subject across the school. This post therefore provides an exciting opportunity to build upon an already strong and thriving Department. We prepare pupils for the English examination system and all pupils are prepared for IGCSE in English Language and Literature (CIE). Uptake of English Literature at A Level (OCR) is strong, and several pupils have chosen to study English at Higher Education, entering institutions such as Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities. We have recently started offering English Higher over two years, and our first cohort will be entered for their examinations in Summer 2019. Last year we achieved a very strong set of results, with 100% of A Level candidates achieving A*-C, 65% achieving A*-A in English Literature IGCSE and 60% achieving A*-A in English Language IGCSE. On average, 96% of candidates achieve A*-C at IGCSE in both English Language and Literature.

The Department aims to make its presence felt beyond the classroom: a number of trips, competitions and extra-curricular activities are ran by members of the team, and candidates will be expected to contribute to such events. We are also a very supportive Department, and each teacher hosts a one hour Help Session each week for pupils that is always well attended.

Personal and Professional Qualities Sought

  • Qualified teacher of English and a passion for the subject with a relevant qualification at degree level
  • A commitment to teaching and learning
  • The ability to teach the full range of English courses that we offer
  • The willingness to be adaptable and flexible yet innovative and committed
  • An ability to understand teenagers and work constructively with them whilst maintaining clear standards of behaviour
  • A willingness to embrace continual, personal professional development
  • A willingness to engage in reflection and improvement
  • An understanding of the boarding school ethos and in particular a willingness to take part in other areas of College life, including tutoring and extra-curricular activities


The College has its own pay scale and accommodation may be available as part of the role. We can offer you a competitive salary, complimentary refreshments during hours of work, a good working environment as part of a close-knit team and the possibility of opportunities for the role to grow in the future. Fee concessions are available for staff children who attend Glenalmond and there are various reciprocal arrangements with local Prep schools.

Applications for the post

Glenalmond is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children: applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers/Disclosure Scotland at enhanced level. Appointments will be conditional on references acceptable to the College and sight or original qualification certificates.

All applications must be made on the College Application Form. Please also include a covering letter outlining your suitability for this position.

Detailed information about Glenalmond, together with a copy of this job description and an application form, can be found at https://www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/

Please return completed applications either by post (marked Private & Confidential) to: The HR Manager, Glenalmond College, Perth, PH1 3RY or by email to barbaraclark@glenalmondcollege.co.uk

Early applications are encouraged as the first round of interviews will commence the week beginning Monday 19th March. If no appointment is made a round of interviews will be held during the week of Monday 16th April. We do though reserve the right to interview and appoint at any time in the recruitment process.

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More about Glenalmond College
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Denomination: Episcopalian
Address: Glenalmond, Perth, Perthshire, PH1 3RY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1738 842056
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