Head of Classics

Head of Classics

  • Location

    West Ealing

  • Sector:

    Senior Schools

  • Salary:

    £25k - 45k per year

  • Contact:

    Jessamine Green

  • Email:


  • Contact phone:

    020 7587 5153

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  • Published:

    about 3 years ago

  • Duration:


  • Closing date:


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Head of Classics (Maternity Cover)
The role
Required for September 2019
Maternity Cover (minimum of two terms)

The school, one of London's leading independent girls' day schools, has an exciting opportunity for an inspirational teacher to lead a flourishing Classics Department in both its curricular and extra-curricular activities.

We are looking for a well-qualified teacher of Classics with a passion for the subject and excellent subject knowledge, with good organisational and time management skills. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to make the move into a permanent Head of Department role or get experience in a school with a strong demand for Classics throughout the age range.

If you are a good communicator who can enthuse and inspire both pupils and colleagues and have exciting ideas about the teaching of Latin (and Greek, although this is not required) and the ways in which it can be further developed and encouraged, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Classics is a vibrant and thriving subject throughout all stages of the school. Latin is compulsory for all students for Years 8 and 9, and leads to a large take-up at GCSE, where Greek is also offered. Results at GCSE and A Level are consistently outstanding, with 100% of students gaining A-A* at A Level over the last five years. Every year students go on to study Classical degrees at Oxbridge or other top universities with two girls securing places at Oxford last year.
The Classical extra-curricular programme is rich and varied. There is a residential trip every year, with recent locations including Sicily, Rome and Pompeii. Alongside this are day-trips to museums and local classical sites, evening trips to lectures or the theatre, as well as several eminent visiting speakers. The Sixth Form are proactive and creative at keeping Classics at the forefront of the school, and currently run a half-termly Classics 'masterclass', in addition to spending a term teaching Latin to students at a local primary school.

Teaching here
Teaching here is all about being able to have in-depth conversations with students about your subject and helping to enthuse them with the same passion as you have. Teaching here is exactly what I imagined teaching would be like when I got my first teaching job; it's what teaching should be!
- Head of Department
About the School
We are a a leading academic day school. Our girls are ambitious, bright, enthusiastic and eager to learn and we offer a warm and supportive community. We occupy a site in suburban, leafy, west Ealing with excellent transport links.

As part of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST), the UK's leading network of independent girls' schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:
- Competitive salaries and pay progression
- Access to extensive professional development opportunities
- Training grants for qualifications
- Generous pension schemes
- Free life assurance benefit
- A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
- Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
- A Cycle to Work scheme
- Free lunches during term time
- Access to our free BUPA Employee Assistance programme
- Competitive terms and conditions of employment
- There is a possibility of accommodation for September 2019

Closing date: Wednesday 1st May 2019 (12pm) but early applications are welcomed. Interviews will take place on Thursday 9th May 2019.

Harris Hill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all partners to share this commitment.