Computer Scientist in Residence

A highly inspirational and academically skilled computer scientist is required to join Highgate’s very successful and innovative Computer Science department from September 2022.  

The role of the Computer Scientist in Residence will be to enhance and support the academic rigour with which we teach Computer Science. The successful candidate will keep abreast of university-level research in Computer Science and help the department stay on-top of the latest developments in the software industry. Their specific duties would include: 

  • Training staff with their use of programming languages and their understanding of Computer Science Theory. 
  • Enhancing links with academic or industry representatives who would be willing to speak at Highgate or support our teaching program 
  • Delivering enrichment courses to groups of high motivation pupils 
  • Preparing projects and programming examples for Highgate’s A Level students, in particular to support the students’ work in the programming project 
  • Organising and helping pupils to enter challenging competitions such as the British Informatics Olympiad 
  • Supporting and advising pupils in their applications to universities as part of our UCAS mentoring program. 

The candidate would also be asked to teach a light teaching load, which would be particularly focussed on teaching able students and/or teaching in a team-teaching situation with another member of staff. This role would be an excellent opportunity for a Computer Science specialist, who was interested in a potential career in Secondary Education, to get a taste for teaching  

We seek someone with excellent academic qualifications in Computer Science and an ability to program to an intermediate level. The primary programming language at Highgate is Python. A teaching qualification is not necessarily required for this post, but a passion and aptitude for imparting knowledge is essential.  

The School has considerable experience and success in guiding unqualified entrants to the profession through induction and into established teaching and leadership positions at the school. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction. The role includes opportunities to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life of the school, both of which are valued highly at Highgate. We encourage applications from candidates who experience barriers and inequity due to their ethnicity, gender identity, physical or mental health, sexuality, and/or socio-economic background.   

At Highgate, we aim to enable our pupils to become confident users and programmers of computers, who are well equipped to tackle the demands of the modern world. All pupils will be taught the basic ideas of computer programming and will experience writing their own instructions for computers to follow in several computing languages. Pupils will use computational thinking to solve problems and will learn how to use computers creatively to implement their own ideas and designs. Pupils will learn how computers and computer networks work. They will also discover how computing power is enabling a transformation in the analysis and exploitation of information and understand why this is causing rapid and far-reaching changes to work and society. 

All pupils in Highgate study Computing in Years 7 and 8 and are introduced to Python programming and upper school Computing in a Year 9 course. Pupils may choose Computer Science as a GCSE option in Year 10. We follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Computer Science 2020 course, which as well as covering core computing principles allows pupils to learn to become proficient programmers in the Python language. This latter skill is explicitly tested in the online computing theory paper, where pupils are required to write programs during the exam. In recent years, Computer Science has become a popular A Level choice: sixth form students study for the OCR A Level in Computer Science, which includes completing a substantial programming project of their own choice and design. Many students choose to study Computer Science or computing-related subjects at university and have made successful applications to leading universities. As well as studying Computing in the classroom, throughout their time at Highgate pupils have the opportunity to attend a number of popular computing clubs and competitions. In recent years, Highgate pupils have had remarkable success in competitions such as the CyberFirst Girls Competition, the Oxford University Computing Challenge and the British Informatics Olympiad. 

The Department

The Computing Department at Highgate is relatively large with six full- or part-time Computing teachers. Computing lessons are taught in one of five fully equipped computer labs, where pupils have access to a substantial suite of software applications and programming IDEs. Highgate has learnt to react quickly to the changing requirements of Computer Science education and welcomes candidates who are able to contribute and innovate in this exciting subject area.




Computing is taught across all year groups

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.
  • Salaries are competitive. The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector.
  • Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities, including a fitness suite and the newly refurbished swimming pool.
  • Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

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Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 26 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

James Newton, Deputy Head (Academic) or Andrew Dales, Head of Department, are happy to answer any questions about this post.

Criteria for the post of Teacher of Computing

1. Essential professional criteria


CriteriaHow will these be tested or verified?
A good honours degree in Computing, or a related subject
  • Original degree certificate(s)
  • Questions about subject specialisation (and course content for more recent graduates)
  • Opportunities at interview to discuss techniques for teaching set topics
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 academic lessons, 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
Knowledge of, and experience of teaching Computing and at A Level
  • Opportunities at interview to recount
A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the department and school.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of running or participating in such activities or to give ideas for these

3. Person Specification

Highgate School seeks to appoint teachers who will have, in addition to the professional qualities outlined above, the following proven personal qualities, or the potential to develop them. At interview, candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate or give an account of these attributes.

  • Profound and continuing interest in the academic subject/s to be taught.
  • 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.
  • Capacity to deal sensitively with problems raised by pupils, in line with Highgate’s pastoral policies and sanctions system, working in partnership with Highgate’s designated staff i/c 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.
  • Dynamism and enthusiasm to contribute broadly 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.
  • Capacity for industry and initiative in both independent work and as part of teams of colleagues in academic work, pastoral care, sports and co-curricular activities.
  • Awareness and understanding of matters relating to the personal, social, health and emotional development of pupils.
  • 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 26 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

James Newton, Deputy Head (Academic) or Andrew Dales, Head of Department, are happy to answer any questions about this post.

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.