A teaching role at College offers pupils who are well-motivated, disciplined and conscientious and willing to learn, alongside access to excellent resources, professional support and personal development.
As a teacher at CLC, it is your role to engage with the girls, foster curiosity and create a challenging and stimulating classroom environment that motivates them to learn, think independently, take risks, empathise with others and perform to the best of their abilities. There is mutual respect between staff and girls, classes are small and the girls are encouraged to take an active part in lessons by challenging, debating and developing their viewpoint. Regular, constructive feedback between teacher and pupil, in all aspects of work and play, is at the heart of our success and enables each girl to realise her true potential.
At College we aim to embody excellence, independence and empowerment in the education of young women. We were inspected by the ISI in October 2014 and received the highest possible grading (Excellent) in all aspects, as well as being awarded ‘Exceptional’ for the ‘quality of pupils’ achievements and learning’, the only aspect for which this judgement is available.
College has approximately 850 pupils aged between 11 and 18 years who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, encompassing 40 different nationalities and over 30 languages. Our academic provision includes GCSEs, AS and A Levels and the IB Programme, underpinned by a comprehensive co-curricular programme.
You would join a staff of around 600 in total, of whom approximately 150 are teaching staff, both male and female, full-time and part-time. They range from new graduates through to staff with years of experience in either the state or independent sector.
Our staffing model differs from other schools in that our teaching community is responsible for academic life, tutoring and co-curricular activities only. Teaching takes place on a single main teaching site located in the heart of Cheltenham; our boarding and day houses and our sports facilities are located within a 10-minute walk in nearby residential areas.
Teams of live-in Housemistresses and House Staff at 15 houses manage boarding and day house matters, including meals, prep and house evening and weekend activities. They are supported by a round-the-clock medical team. Our new Wellbeing Programme is integrated within the timetable and a dedicated team lead the PE and sports programmes. For this reason, our teaching roles are non-residential.
The full-time teaching commitment is 20 hours per week and generous time allowances are built into the timetable to enable effective preparation, marking and report writing. Clubs run until 6.00pm and teachers are expected to lead a co-curricular activity at least once a week. Classes continue on a Saturday morning (16 within each academic year) with time off given during the week to compensate. We employ a number of part-time staff and commitments are managed on a pro-rata basis to the full-timers.
We believe that there are few better places to live and work – and no better setting within which ambitious teachers can make a positive impact on their pupils’ lives