Teacher of French, Kingston upon Thames

Closing date:Expiring soon

Surbiton High Senior SchoolKingston upon Thames

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time / Part Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scales
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Surbiton High School seeks an enthusiastic and outstanding Teacher of French (maternity cover), who is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and empowering our pupils to achieve their very best in the subject of French.

Surbiton High School is a friendly and vibrant community where people matter, results count and where a passion for excellence drives everything we do. Our inspirational staff are dedicated to creating an intellectually rigorous and challenging academic environment, making Surbiton High School a place where a passion and energy abound, a school with a real heart and soul, where we look beyond the A* to offer a breadth of opportunity which allows every pupil and staff member to flourish.

We currently have 2 vacancies available at Surbiton  High School ( 1 maternity cover / 1 permanent.) We need to fill teaching gaps across our Preparatory and Senior Schools and will design the timetables around the successful applicant’s background, expertise and interests.Candidates do not need to submit more than one application but must specify within their personal statement which Key Stages they have the ability to teach at and/or any preferences they have.

Reporting Line: Head of French & Head of MFL 

Tenure: Maternity cover / Permanent, full-time or part-time (1 role is permanent, 1 maternity cover)

Key Responsibilities:

  • To possess and maintain a deep and secure knowledge of your subject and the pedagogy associated with its teaching
  • To 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
  • To monitor progress against prior attainment and employ effective intervention strategies when required
  • To undertake high quality preparation, marking and report writing, in line with School policy, so that pupils achieve the highest possible standards
  • To 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. ·
  • To conduct yourself in an appropriate professional manner at all times, supporting and fostering the aims and safeguarding policies of the School.
  • To contribute to the organisation and running of co-curricular and enrichment activities.
  • To be an active participant in CPD training opportunities, sharing best practice with colleagues, as requested.
  • The ability to teach Spanish is desirable
  • The department teach from Year 1 through to Year 13 so an ability to teach at least 3 key stages within this range is desirable

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
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • Ability to deliver inspiring lessons at KS2, KS3, GCSE and A-level in French (with the ability to Spanish would advantageous)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life
  • Committed to Surbiton High School’s ethos and strategic vision

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 

To Apply: 

Please apply online by clicking on the following:   


Closing date: 8:00am, Wednesday 24 April 2019 

Interviews to be held week commencing: 29 April 2019 

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More about Surbiton High Senior School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
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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Surbiton High School aims to inspire, encourage and empower its staff and pupils to be the very best they can be.

We are a school where a passion and energy abound, a school with a real heart and soul, where we look beyond the A* to offer a breadth of...