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Head of Classics

Salary Generous package dependent on qualifications and experience
Location South Croydon
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This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Whitgift is one of Britain’s leading independent day and boarding schools, set in an attractive 48-acre parkland site in South Croydon enjoying excellent links to London, Surrey and the south coast. We are proud to be able to offer:

  • a unique, tailor-made education for boys aged 10-18
  • beautiful and historic parkland site with outstanding facilities
  • a record of outstanding academic achievement
  • superb facilities for over 40 sports, an exciting performing arts programme and wide range of co-curricular activities
  • excellent pastoral care

An inspirational and committed Head of Classics is required to lead a highly successful, dynamic and innovative department at an exciting moment in the school’s evolution. Whitgift mapped out a clear vision of where the School wants to be by 2025: the academic and intellectual development of the students is the top curricular priority. A number of initiatives are in place throughout the School to develop the key areas of independent project work, collaborative working, digital literacy and life-long learning. Underpinning the Whitgift vision is a commitment to global citizenship and social responsibility, combined with the explicit promotion of diversity and inclusion in all areas of school life. The Classics department is playing a major role in a number of these initiatives, and the Head of Department will have the opportunity to help shape the future academic direction of the school.

Complementing this vision and ambition, the successful candidate will have a proven track record of outstanding teaching, as well as the management skills to get the best out of their department. The position would suit either an experienced Head of Department looking to lead a larger department or someone looking to take on their first management role.

We currently prepare students for the OCR GCSE Classical Greek and Latin and OCR A Level Classical Civilisation, Greek and Latin as well as the International Baccalaureate. Classics is a very popular option at GCSE, A Level and IB, and we regularly send a large number of students to study Classics and related disciplines at university. The ability to inspire, enthuse and support such students is a pre-requisite and applicants will:

  • have excellent subject knowledge
  • have the skills to promote a collaborative learning culture to maintain high standards
  • be able to demonstrate a talent for motivating and enthusing young learners to achieve their best
  • have excellent planning and preparation skills
  • have the ability to problem-solve and manage classroom behaviour effectively
  • be resilient under pressure
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Staff are expected to contribute fully to the co-curricular life of the School and this is reflected in the salary offered. A strong commitment to the pastoral system is also anticipated.

In return we offer a generous salary and benefits package including membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (including Life Assurance cover), Employee Discount Club, discount on school fees for the Foundation Schools (permanent posts only), access to our on-site gym, membership of a healthcare plan, a range of family-friendly benefits and season ticket loan. Accommodation may be available. Assistance is offered towards removal expenses etc., up to £1,000 in total.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to attract staff that match the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.

For further information and an online application form, please visit For any queries, please contact Miles Thompson, Head of Classics, on 020 8688 9222 or email Alternatively, telephone the Human Resources Department on 020 8688 9222 or email

Applications will be reviewed daily, and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received so we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Interview Date expected to be Thursday 18th April 2024

Whitgift School (part of the John Whitgift Foundation) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers, the Disclosure & Barring Service and on-line media checks (including personal, professional and other online activities). 

For more than 400 years, Whitgift has been transforming boys’ lives through education.

Whitgift 2025 was created as a result of the input and imagination of staff and students and the next few years will represent an exciting time of evolution for the school, both in terms of our site development plan and the educational partnerships we are embarking on. 

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