A teaching role at College combines pupils who are well-motivated, disciplined, conscientious and willing to learn, with 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 students 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. The ISI carried out a full Focussed Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection in November 2022, and College was found 'excellent' in every category.
College has approximately 870 pupils aged between 11 and 18 years who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, encompassing 40 different nationalities and speaking 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 sectors.
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 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 Houseparents and House Staff at 15 houses manage boarding and day house matters, including meals, prep and house evening and weekend activities, supported by a 24-hour medical team. Our 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.
A teacher at CLC typically teaches 18 x 55 minute periods per week. All teachers tutor, are attached to a House, and are responsible for a tutor group of around 8 pupils from that House. Teachers give freely of their time outside of lessons, with all committing to co-curricular and enrichment activities, and helping individual pupils with their academic progress.
The typical overall weekly schedule for a full-time academic teacher is 18 teaching contact hours (TCH), representing hours in the classroom teaching students. This is a scheduled teaching hour (55 minutes) assigned by College. In addition, directed time includes 1.5 hours towards tutoring (mentoring and House visits for lunch); 2 hours CPD/meetings (for part-time teachers this will be pro rata of their TCH); 1 hour of academic enrichment, and 6 Saturday mornings across the year. Additionally, there will be some time (approximately 12 hours across the year) required to support students at the House or at College events.
Teachers at College are expected to plan and deliver lessons which appropriately engage and inspire the girls. We encourage the use of new ideas and innovative pedagogies, and teachers can expect girls to be enthusiastic and keen to learn new concepts, ideas and skills.
Keeping track of girls’ progress is important and allows teachers to be all the more effective in their targeting of differentiation and their recording of achievements. Teachers will also be expected to work with pastoral tutors in helping girls make decisions about their GCSE, Sixth Form and Higher Education choices. All teachers tutor, which will see them work closely with a small group of tutees, supporting them in many aspects of College life, whether it be academic lessons, co-curricular commitments or their general wellbeing.
Teaching is much more than only being in a classroom, and it is expected that all teachers will contribute effectively to College’s extensive and varied co-curricular programme, including the Saturday Enrichment Programme. Moreover, teachers will be expected to organise and attend appropriate trips; be present and involved in major College functions and take an active interest in the lives of the girls beyond the classroom.
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.