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Teacher of History

St Mary's CalneWiltshire

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London

St Mary’s Calne is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education.   It has around 360 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form.   As well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community.


St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects.  As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance.  The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne.  These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.


St Mary’s Calne is looking for a talented and enthusiastic teacher, with outstanding inter-personal skills, to teach History.  We would expect the successful candidate to be able to teach from Year 7 to up to and including A Level.  This post would particularly suit a newly qualified teacher.  The ability to teach Religious Studies to GCSE Level or, Politics to A Level, would be desirable.  This post is ideally offered as a full time opportunity but applicants requiring part time hours are also encouraged.

The History Department values an analytical, stimulating and critical approach to the study of History and strives to widen understanding and knowledge whilst also teaching vital evaluative skills.  All members of the Department are encouraged to keep abreast of change and development through Inset programmes, reading and attending lectures.

Most girls opt to study History IGCSE and over recent years our results have been very strong.  At A Level our results are also consistently strong and girls have secured places to read History at leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, UCL, Leeds and Exeter.

The Department is well resourced with a good range of materials from books, academic articles, online videos and DVDs.  During the course of the year we take groups to museums and local sites of historical interest and we often offer extension activities through relevant cinema or theatre visits.

What we want from you

• A strong academic background and a good honours degree in History or a related subject.

• Qualified Teacher Status.

• Up to date knowledge of History developments for pupils 11-18.

• The ability to offer RS to GCSE Level or, Politics to A Level, would be desirable.

• An empathetic, enthusiastic and well-presented person, capable of inspiring confidence in pupils, parents and staff.

• Ability to: work flexibly to fulfil the requirements of the post; prioritise; work calmly under pressure and respond positively to changing demands.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with very good written and spoken English.

• Excellent organisational and time management skills; competency in the use of ICT for administration and teaching purposes.

• An understanding of the expectations, ethos and aims of a full boarding school.

• Committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people.

What we offer

• Excellent and tailored CPD within the department and across the school

• Highly motivated girls with lessons taught in small groups

• Competitive salary and membership of the Teacher Pension Scheme

• Discounted membership of the St Mary’s Calne Sports Centre

• Fee remission for daughters educated at St Mary’s Calne and for sons and daughters educated at St Margaret’s Preparatory School

• Complimentary meals in the Dining Hall during term time

• Free on-site parking

How to Apply

For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website

Telephone: 01249 857200 (Karen Turner)


Closing date: Midday, Monday 19th April 2021

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