Key Stage 2 Teacher

An inspiring, creative, flexible and versatile teacher is required for this successful and thriving Junior School from September 2022.

Applications are sought from well-qualified teachers with relevant experience of the primary or the preparatory school curricula. Candidates will need to be able to contribute to a challenging, accelerated curriculum and have experience of teaching intelligent, lively pupils or an interest in doing so, and the flair, imagination and people-skills to do so successfully.

The person appointed should be both able and willing to teach across the curriculum and to be flexible in their approach. All staff are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school.

The Junior School

The Junior School is one of the largest, if not the largest Key Stage 2 Independent Junior School in the country. There are 445 pupils from Years 3 to 6 in five classes in each of these four year groups.

Our broad and creative curriculum is planned around clear learning objectives for every subject area in each year group. We promote high levels of achievement and effort, ensuring our pupils aim high in all they do. We push the boundaries beyond mere acquisition of knowledge: we want our pupils to develop the confidence to investigate and enquire, to solve problems, and to take personal responsibility for their learning.

In addition to developing children’s academic and creative talents, we have a team of staff dedicated to nurturing our pupils’ wellbeing. To develop a sense of community and belonging from day one at Highgate, our pupils all belong to a form group and one of our four houses.

There are over 60 clubs for pupils to choose from in the Junior School, and time is set aside for each pupil to take part in a co-curricular activity of their choice. We encourage social responsibility through our charity work, both locally and further afield.

Community

Pupils within the Junior School
raise over £10,000 annually

Partnership

Opportunities for staff to be involved in
projects with local state schools

Working at Highgate

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff. We take great pride in allowing every pupil to create and explore their own identity and develop their passions – the result is a wonderful community that celebrates and recognises everyone as an individual.

We moved into new state-of-the-art accommodation in September 2016 providing us with an outstanding purpose-built teaching environment. The deliberate playfulness of the architecture and the openness to our sports fields is the physical expression of our belief that children in academically selective schools need not grow up quickly or miss out on play.

We currently employ approximately 650 teaching and support staff (across all three schools). Working at Highgate is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, diverse and welcoming community, committed to academic excellence and the highest standards of pastoral care. Salaries are competitive.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 7 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Mr Mark James, Principal of the Junior School, is happy to answer any questions on jsoffice@highgateschool.org.uk

Criteria for the post of Key Stage 2 Teacher

1. Essential professional criteria

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested or verified?
A good honours degree
  • Original degree certificate(s)
  • Opportunities at interview to discuss teaching
Excellent communication skills
  • Two panel interviews
  • A taught lesson
The ability to use ICT appropriately to support teaching, or a willingness to learn the skills
  • Lesson planning and resources
  • Opportunities to recount experience and expertise at interview
The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experiences where these skills have been demonstrated
  • Questions which referees will be asked as part of the confidential reference request
Sympathy with and knowledge of fundamental British values
  • Questions at interview to test this
Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Questions at interview to test attitudes towards and knowledge of children’s safeguarding and welfare
  • Questions which referees will be asked as part of the confidential
  • Reference request

2. Desirable professional criteria 

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested
Experience of teaching able pupils, either as an employed teacher or during a teaching placement, and an understanding of effective assessment.
  • A taught lesson with a lesson plan and resources
  • Questions at interview
  • A confidential reference request
  • Verification of a candidate’s employment history
A teaching qualification (eg PGCE, GTP)
  • Original certificate
Willingness and ability to teach in all year groups of Key Stage 2
  • Opportunities at interview to recount
A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of running or participating in activities or clubs to give ideas for these

3. Person Specification

We seek to appoint teachers who will have the following proven qualities, or the potential to develop them.  At interview candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate or give an account of these attributes.

  • The energy, dynamism and stamina to contribute fully to the life of a busy co-educational independent day school
  • Willingness to contribute to the extensive range of activities provided for pupils and to support them in their co-curricular pursuits
  • Excellent knowledge of the core curriculum subjects in Key Stage 2, and the ability and willingness to contribute intelligently to a challenging and stimulating curriculum
  • An understanding of the National Curriculum computing/coding curriculum and a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for using technology to enrich teaching and learning across all subject areas
  • Capacity for industry and initiative
  • The depth of knowledge and agility of mind to allow flexibility in lessons, adapting delivery as appropriate in the light of pupils’ responses
  • Empathy with pupils across the age and ability spectrum at Highgate and the ability to implement a range of teaching strategies to cater for each individual pupil

 

  • Awareness and understanding of matters relating to the personal, social, health and emotional development of Highgate pupils
  • General knowledge of Child Protection issues and good practice, particularly relating to professional obligations on safeguarding the welfare of each child and avoiding guarantees of confidentiality in any disclosure
  • Sympathy with and knowledge of fundamental British values
  • Capacity to deal sensitively with problems raised by pupils, in line with Highgate’s pastoral policies and sanctions systems, working in partnership with Highgate’s designated staff responsible for pastoral care
  • Ability to create effective rapport and a sound relationship with pupils, earning their respect and trust but maintaining proper professional boundaries by not deliberately courting popularity or friendship
  • Willingness and ability to liaise effectively and professionally between pupils, staff and parents when required, making accurate records of these exchanges
  • Patience and thoughtfulness to see any issues that may arise with pupils, parents or colleagues from a variety of perspectives
  • The ability to defuse difficult situations using different strategies such as careful listening, sensitive use of humour, praise and recognition where due, utilising the School’s reward system
  • Retention of a sense of perspective and, on occasion, the invaluable ability to laugh at oneself

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 7 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Mr Mark James, Principal of the Junior School, is happy to answer any questions on jsoffice@highgateschool.org.uk

Please read before you apply

 

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding & Welfare Policy. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Policy. A copy of this Policy will accompany all offers of employment. 

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities. 

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. 

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