Contract Type: Full Time
Job Start Date: 2021-09-01
Salary: Main Scale
School Type:
Academy Secondary Aged
School Size: 1001-2000
School Age Range: 11-18
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: Surley Row, Emmer Green, Reading, West Berkshire RG4 8LR
Ofsted Ranking: Good 2


Teacher of History – Maternity cover

Required September 2021 – Easter 2022

Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre is a very popular, oversubscribed and successful school set in 32 acres of parkland in Caversham to the north of Reading.

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, innovative and enthusiastic Teacher of History to join an established Humanities team in a well-resourced, successful department. The History team also deliver Government & Politics and Sociology at A level.

You should be a highly motivated and successful practitioner who is willing to contribute to all aspects of the school vision and the many enrichment activities that the department offers.

Why Highdown School?

  • We are a Good School with many outstanding features which continues to rapidly improve
  • We are committed to staff professional learning and leadership development for all staff, at all levels
  • We provide highly regarded NQT induction and Coaching for Excellence programmes
  • We have adopted a ‘Fair Workload Charter’ Staff have subsidised access to Highdown Sport and Leisure facilities
  • We are able to offer on-site accommodation for NQTs with competitive rent

Highdown School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. We are also trained in safer recruitment and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and a ‘Prohibition from Teaching’ check.

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About Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre

Highdown was established as a comprehensive school in 1971.  Currently we have in the region of 1250 students on roll from 11 to 18 years of age.  The school includes three grade II listed buildings within its grounds.

Highdown was awarded academy status in 2010 and was judged to be a good school by Ofsted in April 2015.

Highdown School is a very special place. As Headteacher, I am very proud of all we do here and our resolute determination to continue to improve every day. Staff and students alike aspire to achieve excellence in all we do. Our commitment and resilience is underpinned by core values of honesty, responsibility, respect, tolerance and courtesy.

Our philosophy is simple – great teaching supported by committed pastoral care gives great outcomes and life chances for our young people. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and provides a solid platform for life in our Sixth Form. Life at Highdown is a five or more likely a seven year journey. We provide learning opportunities to ensure our students remain stimulated and motivated and develop a lifelong thirst for learning. Highdowners should go from outstanding lesson to outstanding lesson being challenged and guided to make the most of great opportunities.

Our extra curricular offer is superb. We make full advantage of our fantastic site with the full range of sports. All students will find something to enjoy outside the classroom. It might be in the performing arts or in the ‘Knit and Natter’ club. There really is something for everyone.

The Highdown community is tolerant and happy. Our students do not tolerate prejudice or unkindness from one another. Staff and students work together to promote inclusivity on every level. For those needing additional support our STAR centre provides care and develops life skills. For those who are aspiring to Oxbridge our bespoke programmes enable aspiration to be successful.

Our commitment to staff development is second to none. A motivated staff body provides the best education for our children and Highdown believes in life long learning for all.