PART-TIME TEACHER OF ENGLISH
1-year fixed-term contract
Magdalen College School, founded in 1480, is one of the country’s leading independent day schools.
The school is seeking to appoint a well-qualified, part-time (roughly 50%) Teacher of English (from 01.01.2022-31.12.2022), to teach bright and enthusiastic pupils from Year 7 to Pre-U and Oxbridge. Further information on the post is below. This is a 1-year fixed-term contract to cover a period of maternity leave.
The English department at Magdalen College School is a thriving, ambitious and stimulating environment where pupils have the opportunity to develop a love of reading and writing in lessons and independently.
Outstanding classroom teaching is supported by a busy enrichment programme which includes the school’s creative-writing society and magazine, lunchtime seminars, lectures from visiting speakers, regular theatre trips to Stratford and London, debating, and pupil-led reading groups with other local schools.
Academic standards are high. In 2019, 71% of A Level results were graded A* and 100% were graded A*-A. At GCSE, 80% of boys gained 8 or 9 in English Literature and 66% in English Language (90% and 86% 7-9 respectively). The subject is a popular choice for university applications; each year a good number of our applicants receive offers to read English at Oxford, Cambridge, and many more leading universities.
English is at the centre of the curriculum at MCS, with all boys taking four periods of English per week in Years 7-10, and five periods per week in Year 11. In the Sixth Form, there are two or three sets in each year-group, and pupils study the subject for eight periods per week.
In the Lower School (Years 7 to 9), the development of the boys’ creative and analytical writing skills is driven primarily through the close study of a wide range of poetry, prose and drama texts. Our aim in these years is to foster a love of literature as well as to ensure the boys are well equipped to make the transition to GCSE, where we follow the AQA English Language and English Literature specifications. In the Sixth Form, we currently teach the Pre-U course, the flexibility of which offers teachers and pupils extensive opportunities to exploit and develop their passions in the subject, both collaboratively and individually. From September 2022, we will move to a new A Level in English Literature.
The successful candidate will be required to teach English from the Second Form (Year 7) up to Pre-U and Oxbridge preparation and will have the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to contribute significantly to this successful department.
The Teacher of English will report to the Head of English, and ultimately to the Master via the Deputy Head (Education Development).