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Why Teach at Radley

Why Teach at Radley

What makes Radley stand out amongst other independent boarding schools?

We know that when people are applying for teaching jobs, they want to be confident that they will be happy and fulfilled and that the school will suit them. We are biased, but we believe that Radley is the most wonderful place to work: as an environment, as a school, as a community, and as a place to be professionally stimulated, challenged and rewarded.

Radley is a beautiful setting. We have all the benefits of stunning facilities in a rural location with Oxford only four miles away, and London an hour away by train (Radley village has its own station - ten minutes’ walk from the College). The College buildings, set in a beautiful 800 acre campus, are spacious, light and well-equipped. The Sports Centre offers great facilities open to all staff and family members. We have a Real Tennis court, 9-hole golf course and beautiful Capability Brown parkland in which to walk.

Radley is a first-rate school. We are proud of our very strong academic success at all levels and achieve extraordinary things with the boys. We care about results in all areas of school life – we believe in the pursuit of excellence and have very high expectations of ourselves and the boys – but we care even more about the overall development of the Radleian: the emotional, the cultural, and the spiritual. We are proud of our traditions and heritage but embrace the latest teaching developments and technology.

Radley is a thriving community. We are immensely proud of the way we foster a supportive and friendly atmosphere: relationships between all staff and between staff and boys are very strong. Almost all of our teachers are housed by the College either on campus or in the local village, meaning no commute to work, and the full integration of families into the day-to-day life of the school. We place great store on spending time with each other socially, enjoying each other’s company, and life away from the classroom is varied, stimulating and enjoyable, with great hospitality.

Radley is a rewarding professional environment. We only recruit the best people to work here and the spark and energy of a talented Common Room is infectious. It is culturally stimulating – outstanding concerts, productions, and exhibitions. It is intellectually vibrant: we are lucky to attract world class speakers on a regular basis. The Council (Board of Governors) recognise the crucial importance of staff and reward them generously: in salary, accommodation, and benefits. And we care very much about professional development; Radley staff can expect to be challenged and supported as they develop their careers.

Radley is not for everyone, of course. The intensity of a full boarding school, with an expectation of involvement in all aspects of College life, is an all-embracing existence. But if you believe in a genuine all-round education, value the opportunity to help shape lives, have energy, drive, a passion for your subject and a willingness to throw yourself into a busy and dynamic community, we would love to hear from you.

We hope the website gives you a taste of the College as it is day-to-day. 

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Sarah Ballard
Sarah Ballard
Head of Human Resources
After 20 years working for an international firm of chartered accountants, I decided to return to studying and gained a degree in human resource management. I have worked in HR since 2000 and joined Radley in 2004. With a small team working with me, we are responsible for all aspects of employment for more than 400 teaching and non-teaching staff. Nobody can say this job doesn’t bring new experiences. I am a keen scuba diver and have recently dived in the UK, Maldives and the Red Sea; and am looking forward to my next trip which is to the Galapagos Islands.