Magdalen College School, founded in 1480 by William of Waynflete, is one of the country’s leading independent day schools. It is situated in an enviable location at the heart of Oxford beside the River Cherwell.
Magdalen College School is seeking to appoint a Junior School teacher to teach Year 3 pupils starting this Trinity term. This could be brought forward to starting after the Hilary half term on Monday 22nd February 2021 if the successful candidate is available earlier. We are looking for a motivated, friendly and caring individual, willing to contribute to the many extra-curricular activities on offer.
The Junior School
The Junior School, for boys aged 7-11, is a happy and highly successful part of one of the country’s leading independent day schools. It currently has 134 pupils in eight forms. Although the school has grown substantially in recent years, the intimate size helps to create a family-like atmosphere, where boys demonstrate a spirit of respect and tolerance. We aim to provide an education which enables each boy to acquire an independent and searching mind, to develop a broad range of extra-curricular interests, and to take pleasure in the life of ideas. Key dispositions such as kindness, perseverance, resilience and teamwork underpin all aspects of Junior School life.
Whilst following the broad outline of the National Curriculum, we seek to enrich and extend boys’ interest and achievement in a variety of subject areas. Specialist staff and facilities help boys to reach their potential. Entry is now predominantly at 7+ starting with two small classes to which we add at 8+ and 9+. Boys take the school’s 11+ tests and almost all pupils move on to the Senior School.
The successful candidate will be a friendly, enthusiastic, motivated and caring individual who enjoys teaching and nurturing pupils across the infant and junior school range and who will add value to our busy, thriving and friendly Junior School community.
One of the many strengths of the school is the level of pastoral care. This is provided primarily by the form tutor, who is the first point of contact for boys and parents. Each boy is also in one of six houses in the Junior School: regular opportunities to meet and take part in house events enable boys to work together with pupils from different year groups. The Junior School Council, with representatives from each form, has an important role to play in the running of the Junior School.
There are two parallel classes at Year 3 and the candidate will take full responsibility for one class both pastorally and academically; there are currently fourteen boys in each class. This will involve planning, preparing and presenting lessons with other specialist teachers that cater for young, bright minds, celebrating their strengths and creating displays to encourage a welcoming, positive and valued learning environment. Flexibility and a sense of fun will be essential for this role. The candidate will also assess and record the pupils’ development providing feedback through reports and at parents’ evenings and other meetings. Another integral part of this role will be to oversee the pastoral wellbeing of boys at playtimes and helping to plan and organise activities and trips. This is an immensely rewarding and vital role helping pupils settle at the beginning of their life at MCS. The majority of these boys will progress to the senior school and remain there until they are 18. The role would be attractive to both experienced teachers across the infant and junior age range as well as those new to the profession.