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Biology Teacher (maternity cover)

20 Oct 2020
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Cranleigh seeks to appoint, for January 2021, a strong honours graduate to teach Biology up to A level as maternity cover. This post would suit either someone who is looking to start a career in the subject, or someone who already has some experience in the profession. The successful candidate will teach a variety of classes in a lively and successful Department and will take full part in the life of this busy and friendly boarding school.

Cranleigh aspires to be a beacon of excellence in learning and teaching and is committed to the continuing professional development of all employees.

Cranleigh is a leading fully co-educational independent boarding and day Senior School consisting of around 690 girls and boys of 13 – 18 years of age. There is also a Preparatory School on the opposite side of the road which has around 343 girls and boys

We are looking for an energetic character who can effectively communicate their enthusiasm for Biology with humour, patience and skill. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of and enthusiasm for, the subject and is likely to hold a good honours degree in Biology (or closely related subject). She/he will be self-motivated and will relish the challenge presented by being part of a highly successful Department. A commitment to pupils, the Department and the wider life of the School, plus a firm grasp of curricular developments are important, as are empathy, organisation, collegiality, a sense of humour and the ability to sustain and enhance the Department’s delivery of Biology.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, adaptable, innovative and a good team-player.

In addition, she/he will be expected to get involved in all aspects of this busy boarding school, including acting as a tutor to a group of students within a House and some delivery of the School’s PSHEE programme. This would normally include one evening duty per week. All teachers are expected to contribute to the School’s               co-curricular programme.

Please read ‘Why teach at Cranleigh?’ on our website, which gives an impression of the ethos to which it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the post informally, please get in touch with Freddie Laughton, Head of Biology by email in the first instance:

The appointment is from January 2021, for two terms in the first instance, with the potential for this to be extended.

Candidates should state fully what their particular interests are and where they think they can make contributions to the wider life of the School.

Cranleigh has its own salary scales significantly above the maintained sector and the successful applicant will be offered a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. Accommodation is available if required.

Further details an application form are available on the School website. Candidates are requested to submit to the Headmaster a brief letter of application, together with a completed application form supported by a full CV, as soon as possible and no later than 9.30 am on Monday 9th November 2020.

Applications will be considered as they are received and the vacancy may therefore close earlier than advertised. Applications should be sent to:

By post: The Headmaster, Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8QQ or via email to

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The post holder will be subject to a DBS check.

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