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information below carefully. It is designed to help you decide whether this is
the right school for you and whether you are the right person for us. Also,
please take careful note of the information about how to apply.
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Information for prospective candidates for teaching positions
The BSC was founded in 1998. In 2003 it moved into new, purpose built accommodation in the city of Córdoba and in September 2007 opened a new foundation unit 500 metres from the main school. It grew rapidly towards full two form entry with students from 3 to 18 years old. It has quickly established itself as one of the city’s and Spain’s most prestigious schools with students entering Oxbridge and Spain’s best universities. In February 2014 it achieved BSO (British Schools Overseas) recognition after a rigorous inspection by UK and Spanish based inspectors. (The full report is published on this website in the ‘Education’ section.) The AS/A level and SATS results have been pleasing and our IGCSE results have been outstanding in recent years. In June 2006 and June 2008, two of our students were awarded the Cambridge International Examinations “Brilliance in Spain” award for achieving the best grades out of the 70+ British schools nationally. We have since gained many more awards for outstanding performance including the following: Cordinated Science (IGCSE Best in the World), History (IGCSE Best in Spain), Thinking Skills (AS and A level Best in Spain), Marine Science (AS Best in the World),Spanish (IGCSE best in the World), Spanish Literature (IGCSE Best in the World and AS level Best in Spain), Biology (A level Best in Spain) and Art and design (AS Best in Spain) Business Studies (IGCSE Best in Spain), Co-Ordinated Sciences (IGCSE Best in Spain), History (IGCSE Best in Spain), Thinking Skills, (AS Best in Spain), English Language, (AS Best in Spain), Biology (A level Best in Spain).
High expectations are made of staff who work hard in a busy, purposeful
atmosphere with a focus on learning. Teachers have the full support of senior
management in insisting on the highest standards of dress and behaviour. There
is an average class size overall of 18 in the school, but most primary and
foundation classes have between 20 and 25 students. The timetable allows for
daily preparation time for all teachers. The school day is from 9.00 to 16.30
except in the hotter months of September and June when classes end at 14.30.
The city of Córdoba (350,000 inhabitants) is of great historical interest. The many centuries of historical Arab occupation have left their mark on the architecture, food and culture of the city. The school staff tend to live in the city and take full advantage of the busy street life and reasonably priced restaurants. The surrounding countryside offers opportunities for walking and the city is well placed for visiting the rest of AndalucÍa. (Seville and Málaga are both an hour and a half away by car.) There are a high speed rail links to Madrid, Seville and Málaga.
All teaching posts offer a gross salary of 26,288 euros p.a. divided into 12 monthly payments. As well as an annual cost of living increase, staff receive additional payments between their second and tenth year to reward length of service. Spanish income tax is deducted and the school makes full social security payments. There are no fees for staff children but there is a charge of 125 Euros a month per child for lunch and materials. The school offers one week in a hotel on arrival and help is given to find suitable accommodation as well as fulfilling all the bureaucratic requirements of a move to Spain.
conditions of service are determined by the Spanish national agreement for
private schools. Staff work from September to the end of June. There is a staff
meeting once a week after school and parents’ evenings are held two or three
times a year. There are usually between 175 and 180 teaching days a year and
teachers enjoy 2 months paid summer holiday. There are Christmas and Easter
breaks (between 1.5/2 weeks each) and a number of festivals and local holidays
throughout the year. The school provides a free lunch for staff and a weekly
Spanish lesson with entry for IGCSE Spanish. Continuous professional development
is provided and support for staff.. The school is a member of the National
Association of British Schools in Spain. Appointment to any post will only be
confirmed once relevant police checks have been completed satisfactorily.
Accommodation is approximately 500/550 euros per month for a 2 bedroom flat and up to 1000 euros a month for a substantial family home.
Secondary Biology Teacher
The British School of Córdoba wishes to recruit an experienced teacher of biology whose timetable will include responsibility for IGCSE classes (CIE Coordinated Sciences) and can include A level for the right candidate within the Science Department. Biology has a history of success in the school and we are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled professional to continue and develop the subject within the curriculum.
Our two form entry school has built an outstanding reputation on a philosophy of education that puts the child at the centre of learning. From a starting point of believing that happy children learn best we have developed a values driven curriculum - we are the first school in Spain and one of the first internationally to be awarded the quality mark by VbE – which puts the holistic development of the child as a priority. By doing so, and by building quality relationships with pupils who feel valued as individuals, academic success has followed naturally avoiding a ‘force feeding’ approach to learning, especially examination preparation. The school also has BSO status and has figured for the last 3 years in the list of best international schools in Spain published annually by El Mundo national newspaper.
This post offers an opportunity to the right candidate to get pleasure from teaching well motivated, genuinely interested students, to develop as a professional through a mutually supportive work ethic and to enjoy living and working in Andalucia in a safe, friendly city with a lowish cost of living which breathes history and culture.
Our selection process starts with a Skype interview for long listed candidates, being followed by interviews in Córdoba for short listed applicants. Applicants wishing to have an informal chat with the Headteacher, Howard Thomas, prior to applying are welcome to ring the school (+34-957 767 048).
Teachers’ Rights (From the school's policies and procedures document)
All teachers have the right to:
All teaching staff must:
We invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced teachers with a working knowledge of the National Curriculum. We prefer teachers with three or more years experience, but this is not a hard and fast rule. We tend not to employ NQTs and we cannot obtain work permits for non EU citizens.
How to apply
The following notes are intended to help you with your application.
The following common errors prejudice applications:
Thank you for your interest.