Working at St Helen's

St Helen and St Katharine is one of the leading independent girls’ schools in the country – a place where students thrive, and our brilliant staff use their expertise and enthusiasm to go above and beyond.

Our students achieve significant academic success each year, much of which is due to our teachers’ ambition and passion, but the students and their parents are very aware that it is the whole staff group that makes St Helen’s ‘tick’, and all staff are valued for their contribution to the school community.

When people start working at St Helen’s, they are joining a vibrant community of over 720 students and 225 members of staff. Whether as one of those expert teachers or as one of our skilled support staff, there are many opportunities to become fully immersed in life at St Helen’s – from coming along to watch one of the outstanding school productions to taking part in the range of activities we have to support staff well-being and our sense of community.

We are fortunate to be able to offer a range of training and professional development opportunities to support staff growth; our staff training budget is generous and allows for both departmental initiatives and individual development. We look to get outstanding speakers to address both the whole staff and specific groups; we have been delighted to welcome Tom Sherrington, David Didau and David Weston to talk to our teaching staff in recent years and all staff have benefitted from the work we have done with Executive Coach, Simon Scott, as we look to keep life and work and wellness in balance. There is an active Joint Staff Consultative Committee and a regular staff e-zine that shares ideas for things to do in the local area.

St Helen’s is an outstanding place to start your teaching career, and we provide comprehensive support for teacher induction. We encourage talented graduates interested in teaching to join us directly and have plenty of experience of guiding them to gain their qualified teacher status through the school-based PGCE from the University of Buckingham.

We are also an excellent school for newly qualified teachers to complete their 2-year Early Careers induction, guided by experienced subject mentors and our Initial Teacher Training Coordinator.

We look to connect both trainee and early career teachers with their peers in our immediate network of both independent and maintained sector schools in Abingdon.

Watch our video above to learn more about working at St Helen’s.

Current vacancies

Our current teaching and support staff vacancies are listed below. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community. It is our objective that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities.

All job applicants are requested to complete an application form and read the School's Safer Recruitment Policy, Staff Privacy Notice and Safeguarding policies - Child Protection, Prevent and Online Safety.

Drama Assistant

Required from

September 2024

Closing date

8 March 2024 at 9am


Friday 15 March 2024

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Teacher of Classics

Required from

September 2024

Closing date

27 February 2024 at 9am


Tuesday 5 March 2024

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Teacher of English

Required from

September 2024

Closing date

26 February 2024 at 9am


Wednesday 6 March 2024

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Get in touch

If you wish to discuss any aspect of working at St Helen and St Katharine, please contact our Human Resources team

01235 520173

Staff benefits

Competitive salaries

Generous holiday entitlement

Staff pension scheme

Diverse training and professional development programme

Employee assistance programme

Free use of the Sports Centre facilities

Free school lunch and refreshments

Cycle to work scheme

Children’s welfare

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.