Job Description

Reception Teacher and Head of Early Years

Location: St Christopher’s Preparatory School and Nursery

Working hours: 40 per week, Monday to Friday

Salary: up to £40,000 per annum subject to experience and qualifications

Start date: January 2022



St Christopher’s Preparatory School and Nursery is seeking to appoint an energetic, highly motivated, passionate and outstanding Early Years educator. Applicants should be team players who bring a genuine love of teaching and learning and a commitment to pupil wellbeing and wider school life.

Applicants need to be qualified teachers with QTS and have experience of working with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The successful candidate will show a genuine commitment to creating an inspiring and stimulating child-centred learning environment. Candidates should be committed to ongoing school improvement and feel comfortable in a climate of change and innovative development. This is a rare opportunity to take on the leadership of a key department.

St Christopher’s Preparatory School and Nursery based in Middlesex, Northwest London is a co-educational independent school for children aged 2 years -11 years, which provides a broad and balanced education within a unique setting. It offers an individually focused education in a friendly environment, promoting excellence in learning and encouraging exceptional behaviour. It is a truly inclusive school with a unique family feel and offers small classes, dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and experiences catered to the needs and interests of every child. The school has a strong family atmosphere and prepare pupils exceptionally well for schools of their choice at age 11+.

About the role

As well as planning and preparing courses and lessons to an agreed syllabus, we will rely on you to teach each pupil according to their educational needs. You will also be responsible for the setting and marking of work, including homework and examinations, and assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of each pupil. Promoting each child’s general progress and wellbeing will be important too, as will giving them guidance and advice on educational and social matters. Making records and reports on pupils’ personal and social needs, communicating and consulting with parents and organising appropriate school trips – all are aspects of this exciting and rewarding role.

As Head of Early Years, you will also be required to work alongside our Nursery team to maintain the smooth running and high level of teaching and learning experiences throughout our Early Years department. You will be able to lead other staff and work as a member of the SLT in order to ensure the effective strategic direction, leadership and management of all aspects of EYFS school organisation. Leading by example both in a teaching capacity and through supporting the School’s activities, performances and events. You will promote the vision and aims of the School and raise aspirations in standards of teaching and learning.

What we need from you:

With Qualified Teacher Status, a love or learning and evidence of continuing professional development, you have what it takes to truly engage and inspire children. You have a high degree of emotional intelligence and a proven ability to motivate, enthuse and drive forward individuals and groups to achieve successful outcomes. You also have strong knowledge of the benefits of technology in education, both academically and pastorally and relish the prospect of creating creative lessons. A good understanding of the requirements of the EYFS is essential, as is the ability to prepare and plan for lessons. Developing teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral arrangements – you will need to be able to do all this while taking into account the unique requirements of every child in your class. An appreciation of the whole school perspective on all matters and a clear understanding of and a commitment to the aims of an Independent day school showing flexibility and willingness to commit fully to the School during term time.

The successful candidate will also benefit from joining a fun, supportive and creative team.

What do you get in return for your hard work?

In addition to playing an important role in a growing outstanding school that has an ambitious growth agenda, you will receive a competitive salary and annual salary review. There will also be ample professional development and training opportunities, including ongoing coaching from the leadership team, with the prospect of career and salary progression as our business grows.

Other benefits include:

  • Childcare fee discount
  • A stakeholder Pension scheme
  • Refer a friend scheme up to £750
  • A comprehensive health cash plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Westfield rewards (discounts from various high street and online outlets)

Sound good?

For an informal chat call our Headteacher, Mr. Jonathan Coke, on 020 8902 5069.

To apply, please e-mail your CV along with the completed application form and cover letter explaining why you think you are right for the role

We may close this opportunity early, so we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

St Christopher’s Preparatory School and Nursery is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, as all new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, identity checks, qualification checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references and registration with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references and registration with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).