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Thank you for your interest in working at Northwood College for Girls.

Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 880 girls aged 3-18.  Located in North West London, most of our pupils come from professional or business backgrounds with a wide catchment area which encompasses parts of the North London, Buckinghamshire and Middlesex community.

The school is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust and offers:

  • the opportunity to teach highly motivated, talented pupils
  • an enhanced salary scale
  • access to the GDST’s programme of professional development
  • a pleasant and convenient location in North West London with excellent transport links

There is also the opportunity of reduced tuition fees at Northwood College for daughters of established staff (subject to the usual entry requirements).

All adults employed at the school are cleared for working with children and young people through the Disclosure and Barring Service.


To apply for teaching positions all applicants must complete an online application form via the link below.  In addition applicants should provide :

  • a full letter of application
  • a detailed CV
  • the name, email address and telephone number of two professional referees, one of whom should be the Head of their present or most recent school

Teachers are expected to have a suitable degree and teaching qualification, unless their experience and further training makes them qualified to teach a subject they did not initially study to degree level.

GDST Teacher Standards

Pensions information for teaching job applicants

TEACHING STAFF VACANCIES


 

Head of Science

Required from: September 2023
Contract term: Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Salary: Middle Leader Band 4

The role: Northwood College for Girls seeks a talented, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher to lead our Science Department into the future. The successful candidate will be able to communicate their enjoyment of the subject to students, strive to maintain the highest academic standards and promote a genuine passion for science and its place in today’s world. There is also the opportunity to teach STEAM enrichment classes throughout the school.

The successful candidate will teach throughout the age range, including KS3, GCSE and A Level. We have no preference over specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics); however, you should feel confident teaching all three Sciences to a high standard at GCSE and at least one specialism at A-level. The successful applicant would also assume the position as either Head of Biology or STEM Coordinator, depending on their specialism. Commitment to wider school life is expected.

The Department: This is an exciting time to join as a leader of our Science Department. We have a newly opened Science building (The Alvarium) at the heart of our school, with state-of-the-art labs and facilities, offering a cutting-edge teaching and learning environment. We have a strong STEAM focus, and our goal is to help girls awaken their inner scientists—so that no matter what they decide to pursue as a career, they can ask questions, develop creative solutions, think critically about data, draw conclusions and be scientifically literate members of society. All students from Year 5 to Year 8 have a dedicated timetabled STEM enrichment lesson to help develop their investigative skills and we are extending this further to develop links between the Junior and Senior School science programmes. We have a dedicated Maker Space lab, which includes 3D Printers and a Laser Cutter, as well as a dedicated Junior School Science Lab.

The individual Science Heads of Department work closely together to ensure that connections are made across the three sciences starting in KS3 with the Activate scheme of work.  In Year 9 girls begin the AQA GCSE (9-1) programme of study and choose either combined or separate science starting in Year 10.  Over half of the Sixth Form choose to study one or more science options at A level as a precursor to university study in such areas as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, engineering and pure sciences. We run an active extracurricular programme, with clubs and activities across all key stages, from the STEAM team and CREST to Biomedical Society and EcoWarriors.

In recent years we have had a team of Sixth Form girls compete in and win the TfL Innovate programme and one of our Year 6 girls was a finalist in the Young Imagineers competition. Students regularly prepare for and compete in the Royal Society’s Biology and Chemistry Olympiads; we also hold annual ‘Biology Week’ and ‘Science Week’ events in line with national celebration of these subjects where students participate in competitions and engage with activities to further develop their scientific interest.

We are a very well-resourced department, with dedicated technicians for each of the sciences who allow us to embed practical work into every aspect of our courses. Professional development and life-long learning are essential to our department, where all teachers have an opportunity to teach across the year groups and courses, ensuring variety, motivation and CPD opportunities. We value collaboration and work well as a team to provide the very best Science education to our students as possible.

About the School:  Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 880 girls aged 3-18. At NWC, we value character and academic rigour equally. Our curriculum ignites intellectual curiosity and fosters emotional intelligence, building resilience through challenge. An NWC education enables every girl to lead a purposeful life and feel successful in their learning.

Both pupils and staff are encouraged to find and develop their passions and talents, through clubs, societies and an extensive programme of CPD. All members of the NWC community are expected to act with compassion and integrity, with respect for others and the environment and an awareness of global responsibility.

Everyone is equally valued in our NWC family and our dynamic young women are proud of their school. Looking after one another and rejoicing in one another’s successes comes second nature to a NWC girl as does her ‘can-do’ attitude and drive.

NWC is at an exhilarating moment in its evolution, with a dynamic and ambitious Senior Leadership Team and a range of new developments (including a Sixth Form Centre and the Alvarium science building).  The successful candidate will be similarly ambitious for the school and ready to make an impact in our vibrant learning community.

Benefits: As part of the GDST, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest-free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details and an application form please CLICK HERE.

Applications must be received by 9am on Thursday 2 February 2023
Interviews will take place the following week.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

 We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

Head of Science Candidate Brief

Head of Science Job Description

Teacher of Classics

Required from: September 2023
Contract term: Permanent
Hours: Part Time (0.6 or higher) / Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits

The role: Northwood College has an exciting opportunity available for a Teacher of Classics to join our leading academic day school and to be part of an exceptionally creative, warm and supportive community. We are looking for candidates who have the drive and motivation to contribute to the development of our growing department.

The ability to teach A Level Classical Civilisation and Latin is essential. The ability to offer a second subject would be an advantage for the full time position.

The Department:  The Classics Department consists of four teachers and has grown significantly over the past decade. All Classics classrooms have interactive whiteboards as well as access to laptops and iPads, and all girls in Years 5 -9 have their own Google Chromebook devices available in lessons, with ‘Bring Your Own Device’ options available in Years 10-13.  We believe that a Classical education is necessary for understanding not only the past but also the modern world, and we guide our students in their discovery of the different disciplines that make up our area of specialism: linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, history and literature. All teachers in the department have an opportunity to teach across the year groups and courses, ensuring variety, motivation and CPD opportunities for all. Our materials and resources are revised on an ongoing basis, and there is a chance for all members of the department to contribute in this respect. We have a large Classics Office and storage space with a wide range of books and teaching resources for all abilities, from Junior School to University level.

 

Latin starts in the Junior School in Years 5 and 6 with weekly lessons currently following the Minimus course, focusing on literacy, mythology and storytelling. All students study Latin in Years 7 and 8 as part of the core curriculum. We follow the Cambridge Latin Course and employ other additional resources developed by the Classics Department to ensure an adequate level of differentiation and challenge, and the development of the girls’ thinking skills and awareness of ancient culture. We also work closely with the Modern Foreign Languages to develop students’ linguistic skills. In Year 9, we follow Taylor’s ‘Latin to GCSE 1’ book and begin to put an emphasis on prose composition. We also integrate components of both Greek and Roman mythology and history into the course.

In Years 10 and 11, we offer both GCSE Latin and GCSE Classical Civilisation, following the OCR specifications. Groups are growing year-on-year and we have highly motivated students. All students achieve highly in the public examinations, with Latin results consistently being among the highest.

At A Level we offer both Latin and Classical Civilisation. Group sizes are small, and we have our own dedicated Classics seminar room with a large LED screen and an extensive library of classical texts, academic commentaries and journals, as well as online subscriptions such as JSTOR and Massolit. Our Sixth Form students are dedicated and engaged, and often go on to study Classics at prestigious universities.

We also offer Ancient Greek as an extracurricular club with a dedicated group of students attending on a weekly basis. Other extra-curricular activities include Classics Club, Latin Surgery, a Classics Week and a variety of university essay competitions. We take advantage of the many opportunities for trips into central London, which include visiting the British Museum and UCL & KCL’s annual Classics plays. Many of our students also opt to join our residential trips to Italy or Greece.

About the School: Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 880 girls aged 3-18. At NWC, we value character and academic rigour equally. Our curriculum ignites intellectual curiosity and fosters emotional intelligence, building resilience through challenge. An NWC education enables every girl to lead a purposeful life and feel successful in their learning.

Both pupils and staff are encouraged to find and develop their passions and talents, through clubs, societies and an extensive programme of CPD. All members of the NWC community are expected to act with compassion and integrity, with respect for others and the environment and an awareness of global responsibility.

Everyone is equally valued in our NWC family and our dynamic young women are proud of their school. Looking after one another and rejoicing in one another’s successes comes second nature to a NWC girl as does her ‘can-do’ attitude and drive.

NWC is at an exhilarating moment in its evolution, with a dynamic and ambitious Senior Leadership Team. We are delighted to have a suite of recent school site developments, including a Sixth Form Centre and STEAM Building.  The successful candidate will be similarly ambitious for the school and ready to make an impact in our vibrant learning community.

Benefits:  As part of the GDST, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details and an application form please CLICK HERE.

Deadline for applications: 9am Friday 3rd February
I
nterviews will take place the following week.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

 We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

 

Senior School Classroom Teacher Job Description

Teacher of Physical Education (0.6)

Required from: September 2022
Contract term: Permanent
Hours: Part-time (0.6)
Salary: PL1/PL2

The role: An inspiring and impactful teacher is required to teach in our dynamic Physical Education Department. Working closely with our enthusiastic and ambitious Director of Sport, they will play a critical role in the crafting and delivery of the curriculum from EYFS through to KS5.

The successful candidate will be a passionate subject advocate, eager to communicate their enthusiasm for sport and physical activity in order to encourage NWC girls to strive for success, whilst also developing an understanding of the importance of an active lifestyle. They will be a flexible team player, committed to supporting their departmental colleagues and they will readily contribute to the wider life of the department and school through extra-curricular squads, clubs and fixtures. They will have the ability to coach more than one sport to a high standard, with particular expertise in hockey and/or cricket being an advantage, but not an essential requirement.

The Department: The Physical Education Department is a positive and dedicated team of seven, led by our enthusiastic Director of Sport who is keen to develop competitive sport, whilst also encouraging participation and a love of physical activity. The department delivers the full Physical Education curriculum across EYFS to KS5, which includes swimming and a range of traditional and contemporary sports. We offer academic courses at KS4 and KS4, offering Edexcel GCSE Physical Education and OCR A Level Physical Education.

The department has some excellent facilities including a large 4 badminton court sports hall, a newly refurbished indoor 6 lane 25 metre swimming pool, two netball / tennis courts, a newly resurfaced small astro-turf which caters for a further two netball courts, a hockey D and multi-use pitch, a large grass pitch and a long jump pit. There is also a 7 metre high, five line climbing wall that includes 3 auto belays and a 30 metre traversing wall.

We run an extensive extra-curricular programme, with competitive squads in netball, swimming, hockey, badminton, dance, gymnastics, football, tennis, athletics and cricket. We also provide recreational and developmental clubs in netball, badminton, dance, football, yoga, table tennis, alternative games, basketball and running. It is vital that the successful candidate is fully committed to offering expertise in specific sports, ideally hockey and/or cricket, whilst also being flexible in offering other activities if required within the extra-curricular offer at NWC. We currently compete in the majority of Hillingdon Borough leagues and competitions, as well as regular fixtures against a range of independent schools. We also benefit from entering teams in GDST rallies, which take place twice a term and offer girls the opportunity to compete at a high level against other GDST schools in a wide range of sports.

About the School: Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 840 girls aged 3-18. At NWC, we value character and academic rigour equally. Our curriculum ignites intellectual curiosity and fosters emotional intelligence, building resilience through challenge. An NWC education enables every girl to lead a purposeful life and feel successful in their learning.  Both students and staff are encouraged to find and develop their passions and talents, through clubs, societies and an extensive programme of CPD. All members of the NWC community are expected to act with compassion and integrity, with respect for others and the environment and an awareness of global responsibility.

NWC is at an exhilarating moment in its evolution under its Head, Rebecca Brown, and with exciting school development projects around the corner. The successful candidate will be similarly ambitious for the school, and for the Physical Education Department in particular.

Benefits: As part of the GDST, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Good transport links
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details and to apply online please visit the school’s website at: www.northwoodcollege.gdst.net or CLICK HERE.

Applications will be considered as they are submitted and we reserve the right to interview and appoint before the deadline which is 9am on Monday 23 January 2023.  Early applications are encouraged.

Northwood College for Girls and the GDST are 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 the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

Senior School Classroom Teacher Job Description

SUPPORT STAFF VACANCIES

 

Finance Assistant

Required from: Immediately
Contract term: Permanent
Hours: Full time only, 36 hours per week. This is a site based role.
Salary: Support Staff Grade 3/4 (circa £25,803 to £41,925 per annum FTE)

The role:  Northwood College for Girls is seeking a full/part qualified or trained finance/accounts professional for the role of Finance Assistant to provide accurate and effective financial support to the school. This is a great opportunity to join a busy finance team, further expand your knowledge and expertise and be part of an exciting and exceptional school.

The Finance Assistant will report to the Finance Manager and assist with all aspects of school accounting, in particular purchase ledger functions, expenses, credit card and trips administration. The post holder will also train staff in the use of the purchase order system, and liaise with parents, staff, and suppliers.

The ability to manage and prioritise multiple workloads whilst maintaining positive working relationships is key to this role. Equally important is your previous experience in a finance department, with the ability to evidence an all-round accountancy background, including sales and purchase ledgers and journals. An understanding of accounting software (PS Financials or equivalent) will round off your profile.

This is a full time position, working 36 hours per week on site. Previous experience in a school environment is not essential.

About the School:  Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 880 girls aged 3-18. At NWC, we value character and academic rigour equally. Our curriculum ignites intellectual curiosity and fosters emotional intelligence, building resilience through challenge. An NWC education enables every girl to lead a purposeful life and feel successful in their learning.

Both pupils and staff are encouraged to find and develop their passions and talents, through clubs, societies and an extensive programme of CPD. All members of the NWC community are expected to act with compassion and integrity, with respect for others and the environment and an awareness of global responsibility.

Everyone is equally valued in our NWC family and our dynamic young women are proud of their school. Looking after one another and rejoicing in one another’s successes comes second nature to a NWC girl as does her ‘can-do’ attitude and drive.

NWC is at an exhilarating moment in its evolution, with a dynamic and ambitious Senior Leadership Team. We are delighted to have a suite of recent school site developments, including a Sixth Form Centre and STEAM Building.  The successful candidate will be similarly ambitious for the school and ready to make an impact in our vibrant learning community.

Benefits:  As part of the GDST, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details and an application form please CLICK HERE.

Applications must be received by 6pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023.
Interviews will take place w/c 6th February 2023. Early applications are welcome.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

 We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

Finance Assistant Job Description

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

Please convey the message to all your staff to continue with their hard work and promote the ethos and value of Northwood College for Girls. These beliefs and philosophies are the reasons why we wanted our daughter to continue her schooling here.

— Current Parent