Teaching Roles

A teaching role at College combines pupils who are well-motivated, disciplined, 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. 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 880 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 sector.

Our model

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 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 commitment

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 e.g. 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. 

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