HEAD OF CLASSICS. TO START 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021
Magdalen College School, founded in 1480, is one of the country’s leading independent day schools.
We are seeking to appoint a Head of Classics to lead and manage the running of our outstanding Classics Department. Latin & Greek have a very long tradition at MCS and have a very strong presence in the School. This appointment will be from 1st September 2021.
Further details and application instructions are contained herein.
The Classics Department presently consists of six teachers (including the Head of Department) and a Waynflete Academic. Both Latin and Classical Greek are strongly established in the school, and all pupils study Latin in Years 7 and 8, with an option of continuing into Year 9 and beyond; Classical Greek can also be chosen from Year 9 onwards. Examination results in both Latin and Greek are excellent, with 100% of candidates in both classical subjects achieving Grades 9-8 at GCSE, and 92% (Latin) and 100% (Greek) achieving A* or A grades at A Level in 2019. About 15-20 Sixth Formers choose Latin and 5-10 usually opt for Classical Greek at A Level; there are also around 40 boys who choose Latin at GCSE each year and 5-10 opt for Classical Greek at GCSE. A good proportion of pupils choose a classically-related subject for their Waynflete Studies (the school’s unique extended project taught in conjunction with members of the University). Furthermore, a number of candidates per year are successful in gaining places to read a classical degree at Oxbridge and other leading universities.
The successful candidate will be required to teach from Year 7 to Oxbridge entrance level, and lead the day-to-day running of the Department.
The aim of the Classics Department is to infuse pupils with an enthusiasm for all classical languages, history, and culture while insisting on academic rigour. Each Classics teacher at MCS has an individual expertise and unique teaching style, yet the Department also places great importance on teamwork and collective input to produce the best results. The successful candidate will be expected to bring his or her personality and individual energy to the Department while also being able to thrive as a leader in an atmosphere of co-operation and collaboration.
This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished and enthusiastic Classicist to lead and manage our outstanding Department.
Magdalen College School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and the successful candidate will be required to undergo statutory checks before the commencement of his/her employment.