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Head of Theatre Studies (Maternity Cover)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction


You will:  

  • Lead the curricular drama department across all year groups.
  • Teach from Year 10 to Year 13
  • Set papers for internal assessments
  • Lead the standardisation process for internal assessments
  • Organise one theatre trip per half for the GCSE and A Level students.
  • Organise the administration of all drama exams
  • Lead the technical and dress rehearsals for all practical exams (including mentoring a team of young technicians who will design and operate the lighting and sound).
  • Be available to rehearse in the evenings (20.00 – 22.00) and on Sundays (14.00 -18.00) in the lead up to practical exams.
  • Seek to develop your own professional practice and development.
  • Follow the school’s assessment and reporting processes and attend Parents’ Meetings as required.
  • Assist the boys in charge of the Theatre Society in organising talks and theatre trips.


You will

  •  Contribute to the co-curricular life of the school.
  • This is subject to the needs of the school and will be discussed with the successful candidate on a case by case basis. 


  • The successful candidate is not expected to undertake a boarding house duty or act as a tutor.
  • All staff are expected to be committed to the safeguarding of young people.

This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfil any reasonable request made by the Head Master or the Executive Leadership Team

Main Duties

Eton - Town and School

Eton College is a friendly community with a family atmosphere. We are situated in a beautiful Berkshire town that offers excellent local schools and amenities. Historic Windsor is just across the river, and London is easily accessible by rail or motorway. There is enormous collegiality at Eton. 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.


This role does not come with accommodation.

Professional Development

We have a structured and well-funded professional development programme, in addition to a culture of sharing best practice informally within departments. For all new staff, there is an induction and mentoring programme and a tailored programme for new Heads of Departments. Teachers joining the profession are supported as they find their feet, and anyone wanting to gain QTS or PGCE qualifications is given significant help and resources.

The school also has a generous salary scale and benefits of service, including:

  • Teachers’ pension scheme
  • Bike-to-work scheme
  • Counselling and legal advice services
  • School fee reduction (means-tested)
  • Eyecare plan
  • Free use of sports and leisure facilities
  • Discount at local shops and amenities
  • Subsidised Masters’ Common Room

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a reflective classroom teacher who:

  • Has a good honours degree
  • Is passionate about their subject
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and can build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people
  • Commitment to their ongoing professional development
  • Shares Eton’s holistic vision of education
  • Embraces developments and innovations in teaching and learning
  • Is interested in the welfare and pastoral well being of young people
  • Has a positive attitude and approach to change and development
  • Has a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour


Join a challenging and exciting learning environment, within lessons and beyond.

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated Head of Theatre Studies to lead our successful academic drama department. 

The department operates a collegiate, open-door culture with regular sharing of ideas, enthusiasm and expertise. The department is housed within the English department, but the majority of teaching happens in one of our three performance spaces, the Empty Space.

This is a fixed term maternity cover post starting in November 2020.

About the College

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 checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Eton College

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