Summerhill School is a co-educational boarding school in Suffolk, England – the original famous alternative ‘free’ school. Founded in 1921, it continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world. The system Summerhill employs is about educating the whole child. A.S. Neill believed that if you free the emotions, the intellect will look after itself.
“Summerhill is a real place, not a utopia. Living in a community of around 100 people is not always easy. Everybody is learning about themselves, and on a bleak January day, with the east wind blowing, things are sometimes not wonderful! But Summerhill in summer time is lush, green and not unlike never-never land. It is more of a family or tribe than a school – full of companionship, laughter and real feelings. For many Summerhill pupils it becomes the most meaningful experience in their lives.” (Zoë Neill Readhead, Principal of Summerhill)
An exciting opportunity to work in the oldest children’s democracy in the world. Must be able to teach GCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology and provide engaging Science lessons to students between the ages of 5 and 17. Also, maintaining and managing chemical stores and taking on the role of the lab technician.
This position is full-time and live-in. Single accommodation only. Preferred starting date: September 2022.
At Summerhill a teacher should:
• be able to develop a close rapport with students in the classroom and be prepared to cater for different styles of learning and adjust expectations to suit each child. Class sizes are very small and there is the possibility of some one-to-one teaching. An ability to teach mixed abilities and non-native speakers of English is an advantage.
• be able to help students develop the skills and confidence required to learn their chosen subject and achieve qualifications in that subject if they so desire.
• possess the appropriate academic qualifications and the relevant teaching experience.
For more information and an application form contact: email@example.com
Summerhill School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all who work here to share this commitment. A copy of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on the school’s website.
The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
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