From the Headmaster:  Neal Bailey


Head of Latin

to cover a period of maternity from September 2019


Mowden Hall is an independent co-educational boarding and day school of 170 children from age 3 – 13 situated in the Northumberland countryside, fifteen miles west of Newcastle.  The Pre-Prep and Nursery are based on the same site and share facilities with the Prep School.  The Prep School has a strong boarding ethos with the majority of the children boarding.

Mowden Hall is set in 50 acres of stunning grounds with fabulous views over the Tyne Valley.  The School provides an extremely broad, holistic education with the ethos that education does not start and stop at the classroom door. Whilst we strive for excellence in our academic provision, there is also considerable emphasis on developing the children’s skills and interests, and hence great importance is also attached to the extra-curricular programme.

Children from Mowden Hall go on to a wide range of senior schools including Oundle, Uppingham, Eton, Shrewsbury, Stowe, Rugby, Sedbergh, Oakham, Glenalmond, Ampleforth, Fettes and Queen Margaret’s, as well as the Newcastle day schools.  Multiple scholarships in all disciplines have been achieved in recent years and since September 2007 all children have been successful at 13+ entry to their senior school of choice.

Mowden Hall is a member of the Cothill Trust.  The Trust provides exciting opportunities for the School in terms of investment and development.  Château de Sauveterre, near Toulouse in France, is also a member of the Trust and Mowden children in Year 7 currently spend a term at the Château learning the French language and culture.  Other members of the Cothill Trust are Cothill House, Kitebrook House, Chandlings School, Ashdown House and Barfield School.

The Role: We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, suitably qualified and inspirational teacher to oversee our Latin curriculum and teach to Common Entrance and Scholarship level for a period of maternity cover.

The Head of Latin is responsible to the Headmaster for the efficient running, development and performance of the department, supporting all members of the department in their responsibilities, and directing, as appropriate, the work of those colleagues to ensure successful and effective teaching and learning. The ability to teach Greek to some top sets will also be preferable.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Head of Department

•         To ensure that a relevant scheme of work is maintained and reviewed regularly and that departmental policy is implemented;

•         To actively engage in a review of the department; the aim of which will be to confidently review the quality of teaching and learning, on a regular basis;

•         To act upon the findings from the review to maintain the highest quality of teaching and learning across the department;

•         To engage colleagues to talk about their teaching and the impact that it has on pupil learning;

•         To ensure that data is used effectively as a useful measure of progress, though never as a blunt instrument, and always accompanied with a deep understanding of the pupils as individuals;

•         To manage the departmental budget effectively and ensure that the department is appropriately resourced;

•         To lead members of the department, offering help and guidance when necessary and encouraging their ongoing training and development, and to involve all colleagues in departmental development planning;

•         To hold departmental meetings as required;

•         To liaise with other Heads of Department, the Director of Studies, and the Headmaster as appropriate;

•         To liaise with the Learning Support Department, ensuring that the needs of all pupils are met;

•         To liaise with Pre-Prep and Nursery Departments to ensure continuity and progression;

•         To communicate with parents and other schools, as applicable;

•         To teach Latin from Years 5-8, as timetabled, including preparing pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations;

•         To keep up to date with educational developments and changes within the subject area;

•         To monitor and review the progress of pupils through regular assessment;

•          Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual pupils and groups of pupils;

•         Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils;

•         To prepare for and attend Parents’ Meetings;

•         To take an active part in the extra-curricular life of the School and its pupils;

•         Appraisal – to be part of the School’s appraisal system, and if required by the Headmaster, be part of a team of appraisers.

Pastoral care

•         To share in the collective responsibility of the pastoral care, well-being and discipline of all pupils at Mowden Hall School;

•         To provide guidance and advice to pupils on educational, social, moral, spiritual and cultural matters;

•         To participate in meetings with staff and parents to discuss pupils’ progress as required;

•         To assume the role of Form Teacher if required.

Public Relations

•         To be readily and enthusiastically available to parents, displaying approachability and professionalism at all times.


•         To comply with, and adhere to, agreed whole school policies;

•         To oversee the production of year group plays;

•         Accompanying pupils on trips away from the School;

•         Contributing to the extra-curricular life of the School;

•         Attending school functions;

•         Participating in assemblies and church services;

•         Contributing to the maintenance of a stimulating working environment in school; upholding the ethos and high standards of the School;

•         Covering for absent colleagues, and to set work for an absent member of the department if he/she is unable to do so;

•         Any other duties as commensurate with the post, that the Headmaster may from time to time ask the Teacher to perform.


Persons wishing to apply for the position of Head of Latin must complete an Application Form ( and submit a letter of application with full CV addressed to Mr Neal Bailey, Headmaster, by Friday, 22nd February 2019.  Items should be posted to the address below or emailed to

Mr Neal Bailey


Mowden Hall School




NE43 7TP

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday, 1st March 2019. Applicants may request to visit the School before applying for the role. If candidates would like a School prospectus and calendar, please contact Mrs Vivienne Smales, PA to the Headmaster on 01661 842147 or email


Mowden Hall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Any offer of employment would be subject to:  references satisfactory to the Cothill Trust; enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check; proof of right to live/work in the UK, and evidence of stated qualifications.

Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7TP

Telephone:  (01661) 842147      Email:

Mowden Hall is part of the Cothill Trust               Registered Company No. 961616            Registered Charity No. 308639