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Staff Benefits

The wellbeing and happiness of our teachers and support staff is so important to us, and we offer an attractive range of benefits to all staff on permanent contracts.

  • Free lunch when on duty, plus hot drinks and snacks provided at morning break and after school
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Free Private Health Insurance
  • Fee remission of 50% for staff whose children pass the entrance test to the school.
  • 20% fee remission for full-time staff daughters who pass entrance tests at the Headington Girls’ School
  • An interest-free travel loan scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension Schemes for Teaching and Support staff
  • Free fitness and wellbeing classes including mindfulness, pilates and yoga, and staff football, cricket, and tennis
  • Free entry to Oxford Botanic Gardens
  • Access to our on-site Medical Centre during the school day
  • Free membership of the library, entry to lectures, concerts, drama performances
  • Free tickets to Oxford Festival of the Arts events

About Us

Magdalen College School is a remarkable place. We are now well into our sixth century, and our former pupils include scholars, war heroes, musicians, Olympians, two Nobel Prize laureates, a Hollywood film director, and a saint. Our success in public examinations, in securing places at top universities, and in an astonishing array of extra-curricular pursuits ensures that we continue this proud tradition. We do so by nurturing the individual potential of each of our pupils, and above all we believe that learning is as fun as it is fulfilling.

William of Waynflete founded Magdalen College School in 1480: schoolmaster, bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England. Being of humble origins, Waynflete was determined that others of ability should be given the opportunity to learn, to serve and to prosper as he did. And so MCS offers a transformative education in our global university city, the community to which we contribute.

We attract and retain the best staff and MCS is a stimulating, welcoming and thriving environment in which both to learn and to work.

Graduate opportunities

Insight into Teaching

The school participates in the Insight Into Teaching scheme organised by the Careers Department of the University of Oxford.

This scheme allows current students of the university to visit the school for three days to experience what life as a teacher is like. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • observe lessons
  • talk to colleagues
  • try their hand at teaching or team-teaching some lessons.

Visits usually take place towards the end of the Hilary term, but the school is always interested to hear from those who would like to arrange a visit at a different time and will host up to twenty visits annually.

Waynflete Academics

Each year the school employs a number of graduate or post-doctoral students who are looking to find temporary or part-time employment in the secondary education sector.

These ‘Waynflete Academics’ (named after the school founder) assist with academic or extracurricular activities and bring their up-to-date, scholarly and expert knowledge to our pupil body. A motivating presence, they are a source of inspiration for our pupils to achieve the highest standards.

Waynflete Academic posts may be in any subject or extra-curricular activity subject to demand and can be for periods of time ranging from one morning or afternoon per week to full-time employment, and may be from one month to one year in duration.

Most appointments are for one half-day or the equivalent of one full day per week for the whole school year.

Waynflete Teaching Certificate

The school runs its own teacher training scheme which is open to those employed as teachers for advertised vacancies and who do not already possess a teaching qualification. The Waynflete Teaching Certificate course comprises two parts and is completed over a minimum of two years. The second part of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Partial certification is possible for those who complete only one year of the course.

The aim is to offer trainee teachers the opportunity to develop their teaching craft and reflect on their professional experiences through a structured programme of training, and to support them in becoming excellent practitioners.

There is no fee for Part I of the course. Part II involves a certification fee of approximately £2500 (which varies year on year) of which the School expects to contribute 50%.

In the past three years, nine graduates employed by the school as an intern or on the Waynflete Teaching Certificate scheme have gone on to obtain full-time teaching or Head of Department posts at MCS or in other leading schools. Further information can be obtained from the Deputy Head (Education Development) by e-mailing the Recruitment Officer, Mrs Gail Workman:

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