Oxbridge places for ML in the last three years
An able, well-qualified and inspiring teacher of French is required to join this very successful and innovative department from September 2022.
Applicants should have a degree in French, or be a heritage speaker with a relevant degree, and have excellent grades at A Level, or equivalent. The successful candidate will be required to teach pupils throughout the school, from Year 7 to Year 13. The Modern Languages department also teaches Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Russian. The ability to teach an additional modern language is certainly welcome, but in no way essential. This is an exciting opportunity for either an experienced classroom practitioner who enjoys the company of bright, ambitious and well-motivated pupils or someone wishing to gain experience of teaching in an academically selective secondary school.
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 inspire ambitious, resilient, and committed linguists who are passionate about the culture and literature of France and equipped with the skills and motivation to explore the subject beyond the classroom. Pupils are taught grammar explicitly and encouraged to make links with the other ancient and modern languages they study alongside French. We want our pupils to use language ambitiously and use our own high-quality resources to go beyond the curriculum at all key stages. Pupils are successful in competitions such as the Stephen Spender and Anthea Bell translation prizes, the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes, and the UK Linguistics Olympiad. They present independently researched talks on topics ranging so far this year from Zola’s Assomoir to Francophone influence on Turkish at our weekly French Society, and perform in the annual French play. Trips are central to our department vision and are run annually for years 9 and above. The department also runs an extraordinary full year group trip to France in Year 7.
The French Department currently teach the Pearson Edexcel GCSE, and the Cambridge Pre-U, transitioning to the Edexcel A-Level course for first examination in 2024. Teachers are encouraged to go beyond the examination specifications where appropriate in order to challenge and inspire pupils most effectively, and pupils achieve outstanding exam results. In the last three years 87% of pupils have achieved a 7 or above at GCSE, and almost every sixth form pupil has achieved a Distinction grade in Pre-U. We run a challenging extension programme of literature seminars for sixth form pupils, and many pupils go on to read French at leading universities. In the last five years, and average of three pupils annually have gone on to read French at Oxford and Cambridge.
The Modern Languages Department occupies classrooms at the centre of the School, all equipped with computers, HD screens, and iPad mirroring capability. The MFL department has class sets of iPads, and subscriptions to resources such as Le Monde, JSTOR, and Kerboodle, to facilitate dynamic, adaptive, and relevant teaching. The department itself is vibrant and scholarly: staff routinely devote time to their own language learning, and their understanding of contemporary French news and culture. The department has a reputation for high academic standards and engaging teaching and will aim to continue to develop and maintain the highest standards of language learning and broadest possible opportunities amongst our enthusiastic pupils.
Oxbridge places for ML in the last three years
trips, exchanges, and study visits offered annually
More details about working at Highgate can be found here:
Closing date: 8:00 am on Wednesday 23 February 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.
|Criteria||How will these be tested or verified?|
|A good honours degree in Modern Languages, or a related subject|
|Excellent communication skills|
|The ability to use ICT appropriately to support teaching, or a willingness to learn the skills|
|The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils.|
|Sympathy with and knowledge of fundamental British values|
|Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children|
|Criteria||How 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 teaching qualification (eg PGCE, GTP)|
|Knowledge of, and experience of teaching Modern Languages and at A Level|
|A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the department and school.|
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.
Closing date: 8:00am on Wednesday 23 February 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.
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.