Teacher of History

Teacher of History

Teacher of History

The Royal High School is an academically selective, independent day (3-18) and boarding (10-18) school for approximately 650 girls. Junior and Senior Schools are both situated on the northern side of Bath, enjoying commanding views of the city and with good access to the A46 and M4. The Sixth Form College is on the same site as the Senior School. The Junior School is located at Cranwell House, which is a 25 minute walk / 10 minute drive from the senior site. Cranwell consists of a refurbished Victorian mansion and a modern new building designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley. The Junior School site is approximately 11 acres.

The Senior site provides a fusion of history and heritage with modern and contemporary facilities which combine to create a perfect learning and teaching experience. Facilities on the site include an Art School, Performing Arts Theatre, Multi-Gym and Sports Hall. In 2015 the school, supported by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), embarked on an extensive roof replacement project which is scheduled for completion in 2018. There are also exciting plans in place to further develop boarding, and sporting facilities.

Committed to academic excellence, the school has outstanding results at GCSE and post 16 level and there is demand for places. Sixth Form students choose between A level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma

The Royal High School is committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening, including an Enhanced Disclosure, will apply to this post.

The Post

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our prestigious Royal High School Bath for a Full Time Teacher of History to join our team. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding History teacher to teach from KS3 through to A Level, IB & HE preparation within a high-achieving and high profile department. The ability or willingness to teach Politics AS would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience as a subject teacher covering KS3-5 and experience of pastoral care and pupil management., You will have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, to show initiative and imagination, to have vision and the ability to inspire others. We are looking for a professional, organised and reliable individual to join our team.

The Department

The History Department provides a well-organised, vibrant learning environment. There are three dedicated History rooms, two in Main School and one in the Sixth Form building. Up-take for public examinations is strong for GCSE and AS/A2 and there is one IB group. Therefore, a variety of teaching is available. Examination results are excellent at all levels and many students choose to pursue History or related subjects at a higher level.

An energetic, highly qualified and passionate History specialist is required, ideally with experience of teaching public examination classes.

KS3 time allocation is as follows per fortnight:

Year 7: 2 hours

Year 8: 3 hours

Year 9: 3 hours

KS4 allocation is 5 hours for Years 10 and 11.

For GCSE the Cambridge IGCSE Modern World History course is followed.

KS5 allocation is 9 hours per fortnight for AS and A2 and 8 hours for IB.

Currently for AS and A2 we use OCR. The AS modules this year are British Enquiry: 19th Century, and European Period Study: 15th and 16th Century Spain. For A2 the examined Themes Paper is Tudor Foreign Policy and the Coursework Enquiry is linked to the 19th Century Studies. The IB course is Modern World History with SL and HL options. We started offering Politics AS (Edexcel) as an enrichment option taught over two years in 2016.

The Department runs a variety of trips and field courses linked to the demand of the syllabuses.


Adhering to the policies of the school and the GDST, as published in the Staff handbook and ORACLE for Schools as amended from time to time, in particular policies relating to the safeguarding of children.

Safeguarding Checks

All appointments in will be subject to two satisfactory references, Disclosure check by the Disclosure & Barring Service, medical fitness for this role and evidence of identity and qualifications. All the above checks must be completed before beginning work in the school. In the unlikely event of an unsatisfactory report being received following the issuing of a contract, the offer of appointment will be terminated without notice.

Method of Application

Please complete an application form and return this and Forms S2 and S22 to theHead, enclosing a cover letter which should brieflywhat makes you a suitable candidate and what you could bring to this role. The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 12 May 2017.

Applications should be sent via email: or by post to: FAO Sophie Cox (HR Officer), The Royal High School, Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5SZ.


Each short-listed applicant will be invited to spend a day at the School, meeting the Head, senior staff and members of the department. Candidates will be invited to teach a lesson for approximately one hour. Information will be provided about this if the applicant is invited for interview. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

In addition to candidates’ ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children including:

  • Motivation to work with children and young people
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and

young people

  • Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline


Competitive. The post will be remunerated in accordance with The Girls’ Day School Trust Teachers’ pay scales.

Probationary Period

All posts are subject to a six months probationary period and the GDST Probationary Period Policy will be given to shortlisted candidates, but is also available on request to all enquirers.

Other Benefits

Other benefits include free lunches during term time and preferential rates for various insurances. You are eligible for All GDST teachers up to the age of 75 are eligible to belong to the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, and will automatically become members unless they opt out. A guide giving full details of the scheme is enclosed, and further information can be viewed at

For all staff and their immediate families, the GDST subscribes to BUPA Employee Assistance programme, a free and confidential counselling and information service. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sophie Cox

HR Officer

Tel: 01225 731 052