Chaplain and Teacher of Divinity
We are looking for an inspiring Chaplain and Divinity specialist who will provide strong pastoral and spiritual support for students and members of the Eton staff community, be excited to be part of a dynamic and successful academic department and embrace life in our boarding community. The successful candidate must be an ordained member of the Anglican clergy and a well-qualified student of Theology, and be able to teach Divinity as an academic subject to a high standard.
- Teach across the age and ability range, with the ability to adapt teaching to accommodate the most able, and those who find the subject challenging;
- Ensure the best possible academic outcomes, by planning, preparing and delivering well-structured and creative lessons which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils;
- Assess, mark, record and report on the development and progress of pupils in line with the school’s assessment and reporting processes, ensuring challenging goals are set and achieved;
- Provide timely, detailed and supportive feedback to pupils;
- Ensure subject knowledge and skills as a teacher are up-to-date;
- Cover lessons when required;
- Contribute more widely to the department through, for example, enrichment activities, administering internal examinations, interventions to support individuals or groups of pupils or partnership activities;
- Be expected to teach nonexamined curricular subjects, including SPHERE (the College's PSHE programme);
- Seek to develop your own professional practice and development in conjunction with your Head of Department;
- Attend parents’ meetings as required;
- Carry out administrative and other functions related to the smooth running of the department;
- Contribute to the co-curricular life of the school as agreed with your Head of Department;
- Accompany students on visits away from the School, subject to risk assessment;
- Actively contribute to the staff duty rota, such as supervising meal times and exam invigilating;
- Contribute to the wider school social programme, including workshops, seminars, chapel services, competitions, trips, open days, and so on;
- Be committed to the safeguarding of all young people;
- Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a positive and safe learning environment
- Treat pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
- Tutor up to twelve pupils, (typically in groups of six) taking an interest in their academic progress and well-being;
- Assist on a regular basis in a boarding house, supporting the House Master and getting to know all the students.
- Work with the Conduct (Senior Chaplain) and Chaplaincy team (2 Anglican Priests and 1 Roman Catholic Priest) on a rota to lead Chapel services on weekdays and on Sundays;
- Liaise with the Conduct and House Masters in visiting boys in their boarding houses;
- Help in the preparation of boys wishing to be confirmed, running confirmation preparation groups as necessary;
- Assist when requested with occasional pastoral offices such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
- Be available to any member of the college and school community (boy or member of staff) for consultation, advice and support;
- Represent the place of the Chaplaincy team in school life by readily participating in co-curricular activities throughout the school week.
The Ideal Candidate
You will be a reflective and inspiring classroom teacher who:
- is an ordained Anglican priest and a carer of all souls;
- is able to communicate with, enthuse and motivate young people;
- is excited to join a high-achieving and reflective academic culture;
- has experience of Chaplaincy work within the education sector;
- is open to a range of approaches to enhance your own spiritual well-being;
- has a solid understanding of the distinctive nature of Chaplaincy within a boarding school environment;
- demonstrates experience of leading worship, church traditions, practices and rituals;
- has previous experience as a teacher and the ability to teach an academic subject [would be desirable];
- shares Eton’s holistic vision of education and is excited to contribute to the co-curricular and pastoral aspects of boarding-school life;
- demonstrates a solid understanding of, and commitment to working within the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion;
- has strong interpersonal skills and can build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people;
- is committed to their ongoing professional development;
- embraces developments and innovations in teaching and learning and is open to a range of approaches to assessment and differentiation in the classroom;
- can demonstrate good ICT competence and willingness to use new technologies for teaching and learning;
- is highly motivated and can work independently as well as within wider teams;
- as a colleague, be positive, forward-looking and collaborative;
- is interested in the welfare and pastoral wellbeing of young people;
- has excellent oral and written communication skills;
- has a positive attitude, an optimistic approach to change and development, a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour.
Our staff are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer an
excellent remuneration and benefits package which includes free accommodation, a generous Pension Scheme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme, free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities which are currently being extensively upgraded and discount at local retailers and businesses.
About the College
LIVING IN ETON
All members of our community are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities. Windsor is just across the river, with a tangle of pretty lanes, chic shopping streets, green spaces, an ancient castle and picturesque tea shops. There is plenty to see and do. Windsor hosts the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world as well as one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious repertory theatres. 20 miles of beautiful and historic waterways meanders through the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, leaving historic villages and iconic attractions waiting to be discovered, such as the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, Windsor Guildhall, Maidenhead Heritage Centre and LEGOLAND Windsor. Central London is also easily accessible by rail or motorway.
THE ETON COMMUNITY
There is enormous collegiality at the school. As one new teacher said: “This is my fourth school and I’ve never been made to feel so welcome”. Colleagues are also genuinely interested in the scholarship of their subject and enjoy a level of autonomy in their teaching that allows them to develop their own effective style.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including, but not limited to, reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (including Barred List information), an online search and, where applicable, Prohibition checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form. Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.
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