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Teacher of History (Part time)

Job Reference schooltalent/TP/285/936

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Permanent, Part Time, Term Time
Commensurate with skills and experience.
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Fettes College
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Package Description

The appointment will date from the start of the Autumn Term 2024.
•    Salary will be by negotiation and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
•    Subject to the availability of places at the time of first entry, you will be eligible for a generous staff discount on school fees.
•    Employment will be subject to one term’s notice on either side.
•    All applicants must be either registered with the GTCS or eligible for GTCS registration. If you are unsure of your eligibility you must check the GTCS website: before applying.

Other details and conditions of service will be discussed at interview.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving History Department. The successful candidate 
will be an excellent classroom practitioner who can inspire students of all abilities and 
demonstrate a real enthusiasm for History. 

We are looking for a 0.5 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) to teach History. The ability to teach Politics is desirable but not essential. If applicants can also teach Economics there is the possibility of a full-time position. 

Main Responsibilities

Please see the full Job Description for duties and responsibilities for this role.

The Ideal Candidate

Academic ability and rigour, a passion for learning and an enthusiastic approach to classroom teaching will be vital qualities for the successful applicant. All members of staff take part in a review process in which their own career development and progression is discussed and supported.

About the school/organisation


Fettes College is a leading HMC co-educational boarding and day school close to the heart of Edinburgh.  It has a strong tradition of academic, sporting and cultural excellence underpinned by outstanding pastoral care.  Fettes opened its doors in 1870 and became fully co-educational in 1980: it is now an independent school of some 785 students. There are 594 students in the Senior School (13-18 years) and 191 students in the Preparatory School (7-13 years). Fettes follows the English curriculum of GCSEs, and the dual pathway of A Levels and IB. Our full-boarding ethos ensures weekends are vibrant and fun.


The academic staff in the Senior School consists of the Head and 91 full-time members of the Common Room. Our Prep School shares the same site and consists of a further 29 full-time teaching staff. Fettes is a collaborative community in which every member is working towards fully realising their potential whilst supporting those around them. 

The school stands on a stunning and secure 100-acre site, but still within walking distance of Edinburgh’s city centre. The historic main building holds the Chapel, Library, the English, Classics and History Departments as well as the Medical Centre and two boarding houses. A large purpose-built teaching block (the Spens Building) houses Art, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Economics, Geography and Music. The Theatre, Science Laboratories and Dining Hall are adjacent. The Preparatory School and seven further boarding houses (including a purpose-built co-educational U6th House) are also on the campus. Our sports facilities (including extensive playing fields, two all-weather pitches and a private Health Club) are excellent. 

We have a commitment to build even more ground-breaking facilities, including a Wellbeing Centre and construction of new Science and Innovation buildings.

As well as our teaching staff we employ over 220 Operational Staff across the many departments, including Estates, Security, Housekeeping, Finance, Admissions and Marketing with a pervading sense of community amongst staff, students and parents alike. 


We have created and developed a bold new vision for Fettes, one which focuses on what we believe Fettesians should aspire to be, the skills they will need in life and the impact we want them to make in the world.

We have called this vision Fettes Moving Forward: A place to live. A place to learn. A place to grow. You can find out more about the vision - and how it shapes and informs Fettes' future at 

Please also watch (with sound on) our film below - Ode to Place - which complements the vision and captures the ethos of Fettes College and what a Fettes education means. 


Fettes College will ensure that our students:

  • Feel valued and respected as individuals

  • Receive the highest possible quality of education, engaging them in rigorous and relevant opportunities in a dynamic curriculum that creates lifelong learners

  • Feel safe, have a sense of personal worth, are thoughtful and considerate of the needs of others, while possessing a willingness to take on responsibility

  • Are encouraged to stretch and challenge themselves

  • Develop a sense of self-confidence, integrity, emotional resilience, loyalty, good manners, leadership skills and teamwork

  • Value a sense of community

  • Are surrounded by inspirational caring staff

  • Feel represented and are provided with equal opportunities regardless of gender, identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion. 

“Our Students will leave the school knowing themselves, looking out for others, capable of thinking critically and ready to make a positive mark on their rapidly changing world. They will be bold and visionary yet compassionate; they will possess a global perspective and be ready to embrace the opportunities of the future” Helen Harrison, Head


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