Teacher of History
Posted: Wednesday 29 November 2023
Closing date: Friday 5 January 2024, 12:00pm
Interviews to be held: w/c 8 January 2024
Start Date: Spring Term 2024 (Monday 15 April 2024)
Salary: M1 – U3
Location: Kings Priory School
Hours of Work: Full time, fixed-term maternity contract for two terms
Due to a colleague’s time on maternity leave, Kings Priory School wishes to appoint a highly qualified professional to contribute to the teaching of History from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5. This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate to develop and shape pupils’ experience of History at Kings Priory School. Our pupils achieve results which are significantly above national average at GCSE. The post involves teaching History in the Sixth Form; please do state any specialisms in your application (we teach the Tudors and the Cold War in the Sixth Form). Interest in Key Stage 3 Religious Studies and/or Geography would also be beneficial. A willingness to participate in the wider life of the school, in all of its forms, is absolutely essential.
Kings Priory School is one of the highest performing schools in North East of England, providing high quality education to 1500 pupils aged 4 – 19. We are a school with excellent teachers, a family environment, motivated pupils and a commitment to educating the whole child both in and outside of the classroom. We are proud of our pupils who regularly achieve well above the national average in public examinations: in 2023 at GCSE, 94% of pupils achieved a grade 4+ in Maths and 93% of pupils achieved a 4+ in Maths.
The School operates across neighbouring sites in the centre of the attractive coastal village of Tynemouth with short commuting links into Newcastle upon Tyne. Kings Priory School is part of Woodard Academies Trust multi-academy sponsor whose aim is to be a provider of world class education, transforming lives within and across communities. Our Christian Ethos helps to make our school a thoughtful community and we are welcoming, positive and open to pupils and staff of all faiths and none.
Kings Priory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer Recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
The History Department
The History Department at Kings Priory School currently consists of three full-time specialists and one member of SLT teaching across the age and ability range through Years 7 to 13 under the direction of the Head of History/DCTL of Humanities and the CTL of Humanities. We are proud of our students who regularly achieve well above the national average in public examinations. The department has an excellent reputation throughout the school both for the quality of teaching and high levels of pupil enjoyment of our subject, demonstrated by our traditionally strong uptake.
Years 7 and 8 form our Key Stage 3, where pupils follow a challenging curriculum which focuses on developing their key historical and analytical skills. Pupils cover a newly-developed comprehensive scheme of work, ranging from enquiries into the extent of the Norman transformation of England up to enquiries into modern history for example the extent of freedom achieved by the Civil Rights Act. As part of this, they are also provided with the opportunity to independently research an area of local history, considering what impact World War Two had on the North East, and more specifically North Tyneside.
Key Stage 4 pupils currently follow the Edexcel History syllabus. Pupils study crime and punishment from c.1000 to modern day, including a case study on Whitechapel and the mystery of Jack the Ripper. They also cover Elizabethan England, The Cold War and Weimar and Nazi Germany.
At Key Stage 5 we follow the AQA syllabus studying The Tudors and The Cold War for the duration of both years at A-Level standard. Alongside this, students also complete a piece of non-examined assessment (NEA) focusing on the development of America in c1800-c1900. Students are able to choose a topic of interest within this time period, and are supported by designated staff within the department to support with specialist areas.
The department is passionate about taking history beyond the classroom. Over the years this has involved trips to London participating in Jack the Ripper tours and visits to Hampton Court, as well as virtual study days with the National Archives involving a live question and answer session with leading historians. We are looking to extend this to educational visits to Berlin alongside the MFL department to further support our study of Germany and the Cold War. A significant number of our students do also go on to successfully read history at university.
Kings Priory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.