Teacher / Head of Drama (Maternity Cover)
Full-time, maternity cover, commencing April 2020.
A qualified teacher or ambitious graduate seeking Qualified Teacher Status in the future, is sought to teach / lead Drama to pupils in Year Seven upwards, including at GCSE and Level 3 BTEC. Applications for either role will be considered equally.
Our teachers are inspiring and creative, transforming the futures of intelligent pupils with literacy and language-related additional challenges, by empowering them.
About the school
Nationally celebrated, More House School provides an exceptional, mainstream education for boys with Specific Learning Difficulties and weakness in their developmental language. Providing a transformative education repeatedly recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over more than a decade, we offer a specialised learning environment for 480 day and boarding boys from Year 4 to Year 13. Our pupils are taught to recognise their strengths and develop their self-belief so that they achieve independence and extraordinary results at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, above the national averages.
Delivering a mainstream independent-school experience, both academically and socially, the very broad curriculum affords all pupils the opportunity to discover their strengths, challenging them to fulfil their academic and extra-curricular potential. All boys who attend More House are individually timetabled, with many receiving support through the on-site Learning Development Centre and its qualified therapeutic staff. Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last five school inspections, our most recent inspection (March 2019) graded More House School ‘Outstanding’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in each of the six sub-sections of the report. More House is CReSTeD approved, listed in their Specialist Schools category, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Boarding Schools’ Association.
The school is set on a wooded hillside in nearly thirty acres on the Hampshire/Surrey border, and attractive modern facilities lie above the playing fields. London Waterloo is one hour away by train from close-by Farnham railway station, and there is easy access to the M25, M3 and A3 major routes. Guildford is twenty minutes’ drive away.
In recent years, the school has refurbished and extended its boarding facilities, refurbished its eight Science laboratories, built its School of Engineering and CAD facilities, and opened a new Humanities block and school Chapel. Autumn 2017 witnessed the completion of our brand new library and Media Studies centre, and growth in learning support facilities. 2018 saw the expansion of the site and the conversion of a large domestic building into our new Sixth Form centre, which was opened in January 2019, improving further the facilities for both teaching, and independent study.
Teaching staff join the school from a variety of backgrounds. Many have worked at More House for years, but the school has supported several teachers through their initial teacher training, and more through their NQT year. Those already qualified may have previous experience in the state-maintained or independent sectors, and may have previous experience supporting learners with specific learning and language difficulties, or may not.
Teachers with a genuine wish to develop their skills in making learning opportunities successful for neuro-diverse learners thrive at More House School. The school provides a high level of support and training for all teaching staff, affording the development of confidence and skill in helping pupils to overcome the potential barriers to achievement posed by their difficulties. The school also provides training for many other external professionals and other schools, and on behalf of the Independent Schools Association.
About the department
Located in the Simkins Centre for the Performing Arts, the Drama department affords pupils superb opportunities and experiences, delivered both within the timetabled curriculum, and through extra-curricular activities. The staff comprises two teachers, and an ever-creative and inspirational Wardrobe Mistress. There are very strong links with other departments, and especially with the Music School, located a short distance from the Simkins Centre – both on campus. The department teaches Drama and Performing Arts is to pupils from Year Seven upwards, and delivers GCSE Drama, and Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts. Pupils in the Junior Years receive Drama teaching within the Junior Years’ curriculum, and delivered by the Junior Years’ teachers. Class sizes across the school are small, with a maximum of fourteen. School productions are a strength, and many recent successes have benefitted from collaboration with female pupils from neighbouring schools. Presently, all stops are out for rehearsals for our latest Senior School production of Guys and Dolls, in a few weeks’ time.
About this post
In order to cover maternity-leave, a qualified teacher, or graduate seeking Qualified Teacher Status in the future, is sought to teach Drama across the age-range from Year Seven to Year Thirteen. The candidate should be an adaptable and self-reflective professional who is capable of working collaboratively within a supportive team. Teachers with a genuine wish to develop their skills in making learning opportunities successful for neuro-diverse learners thrive at More House School. The post-holder will be able to demonstrate initiative and resilience, and be adaptable. Above all, the successful candidate will love the study of Drama and the theatre, and be able to communicate that passion to his or her pupils.
In addition to the commitments of the teaching timetable, the post-holder will be a form-tutor, supported and led by the Head of Year. This role requires the post-holder to liaise with teaching staff and parents to support the emotional wellbeing of the pupils and to develop pupils’ organisation. Like all full-time staff, the post-holder will also be expected to lead one extra-curricular, after-school activity, on one afternoon a week from 4.30pm until 5.30pm during term-time. The post-holder will participate in the supervision-duty programme, responsible within a team of staff allocated to duties at lunch and break-times, and other times as is necessary. The writing of reports and completion of other records, and the attendance at parent consultation evenings are elements of the role.
A comprehensive induction and support programme is offered to all new teaching staff, and includes a weekly training session from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Monday afternoons during term-time throughout the first year. Ongoing professional development is supported through INSET days and training opportunities. Lunch is provided free of charge, daily, as is parking within the school’s beautiful grounds.
The above list of duties is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to perform such other duties as may be, from time to time, deemed necessary by the Headmaster. This is a non-residential post.
More House School offers a teacher-training package to appropriate employees. Where applicable, such an employee would begin their training in their first year, receiving close mentoring and support in the school, developing confidence and experience; after the first year of employment the school will pay for the unqualified teacher to complete their PGCE with Buckingham University, allowing them to progress to the Newly Qualified Teacher programme within the school afterwards.
Closing date: 22nd January 2020