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Teacher of Classics

19-04-2013 15:38

Teacher of Classics at King's School, Canterbury


We seek to appoint a well-qualified and highly-motivated graduate to teach Classics from September 2013.  

At The King’s School, there are four full-time Classics teachers and one part-time teacher. Classrooms are located in a dedicated Classics suite: each room is fitted with an interactive white board and the department is well-resourced and situated at the heart of the school. The successful candidate will be joining a busy and lively team of committed teachers who put the progress of the pupils at the heart of all that they do.

All pupils study Classics in their first year according to ability. While some pupils study Greek as well as Latin and Classical Civilisation topics, others study Latin and Classical Civilisation. Some pupils use John Taylor’s ‘Essential Latin for GCSE’ and ‘Greek to GCSE’; others use the Cambridge Latin Course. Classical Civilisation resources are produced in-house.  Numbers choosing Latin and Greek (taught as Gratin) or straight Latin at GCSE are healthy, as are those taking Classical Civilisation.  Classical subjects also remain popular in the Sixth Form and increasing numbers of Sixth Formers are applying for Classics and allied subjects at Oxbridge and other good universities.

Pupils are prepared for OCR examinations in Latin and Greek and AQA examinations in Classical Civilisation. Exam results are excellent at every level and King’s students enjoy considerable success in gaining places at university.  

The Classics department offers many enrichment opportunities. Activities include:

  • Expeditions abroad - Rome (April 2013) and Pompeii (March 2012)
  • Visits to local and national museums and theatres, as appropriate
  • The Pater Society – this hosts invited speakers and pupil-led presentations
  • Classics extension classes for those interested in pursuing the subject further
  • Participation in national prize competitions - we have had recent successes in the Stephen Spender prize for poetry translation and Iris essay competition


 The post is suitable for a person with a good Classics or Classics-related degree, capable of teaching Classics from Year 9 to Year 13. We are looking to appoint someone who is a personable communicator and who combines academic excellence, energy and a genuine passion for Classics with good humour, administrative skill and plenty of initiative.  Although classroom teaching experience is not a prerequisite, the successful applicant will have strong subject knowledge as well as being able to interact effectively with classes of teenagers. The ability to offer Greek would be an advantage.

In addition to academic excellence, the school seeks to promote excellence in all its varied co-curricular pursuits.  All teachers at King’s are expected to be involved in some capacity in this programme. They are also required to contribute to the pastoral care of the pupils through taking on a tutor group and duties in one of the houses.


Applications should be submitted online through the King’s website ( – Staff Vacancies), and should include a personal statement for the Headmaster and a CV. If you have any difficulties accessing the internet please contact the School Office:; 01227 595501.

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