Careers with St. George's Schools
Our school in Cologne is located on the outskirts of the city, in the leafy suburban village of Rondorf.
The suburb is well-connected to the city’s transport network, with regular buses linking Rondorf to the city centre and central train station, as well as to other districts in the south and west of the city. It is only a few stops to connect to the city’s efficient tram network. The Cologne-South motorway junction is only 5 minutes’ drive away, linking to the city’s orbital route and the main Cologne-Bonn motorway. The airport is only 20 minutes’ drive from the school.
Our school is located in the residential suburb of Ungelsheim, situated directly between the centres of Duisburg and Düsseldorf.
The school lies close to the U79 tram and S1 rapid transit lines, which connect both cities and provide good links to the wider Rhine-Ruhr area. The local suburban bus network passes directly by the school building. The school also enjoys rapid and easy access to the local motorway network, with the closest junction less than five minutes from the school. Düsseldorf International Airport is only a 20 minute drive away.
Our school is located in the lively district of Schwabing, to the north of the city centre.
The school is very well connected to the local transport network and is easily accessible by car or public transport. The school lies in the direct vicinity of a transport hub, serving the U2 underground line, trams 27 and N27, as well as the local bus network. It also enjoys direct access to the city ring, which connects all major routes in the city, as well as the motorway network. Munich airport is located approximately 30 kilometres to the north of the school’s location.
Rondorf is a self-contained district with all local services at hand. Areas in the south and west of the city are among the most desirable, with proximity to the river, university and good transport links making an attractive mix of peaceful, family oriented spaces and more lively areas.
The school’s campus was purpose built in 2009, following a move from smaller premises. It houses modern facilities for all ages. There is an on-going development plan, to ensure that the building and school grounds continue to meet the evolving needs of our pupils and families.
Our school in Cologne educates approximately 750 pupils, of which about 40 live on site in our boarding house. The boarding house is a self-contained facility, with resident tutors caring for the students’ needs outside of school hours. Although we welcome support in boarding activities from all staff, this is not a standard expectation of a teaching role.
Ungelsheim is a quiet residential neighbourhood, to the south of Duisburg and north of Düsseldorf. A wide range of amenities are located only a short walk from the school.
The school moved to its current campus in 2011, where we developed the site of an existing school. The school’s facilities provide a modern learning environment for pupils across all subjects. Nevertheless, development is on-going, with further improvements planned in key areas over the coming years.
We currently have approximately 700 pupils in our school, spread over all age groups. The maximum capacity of the school is around 850 pupils. Unlike our school in Cologne, we do not have a boarding facility – all pupils are day pupils.
Schwabing is a popular district of the city, with a combination of lively streets packed with restaurants and bars and pleasant residential areas. Its history as the city’s bohemian quarter still makes it a popular area for students, whereas its proximity to the English Garden also draws those who enjoy a quieter pace of life.
The school was opened in 2013 and has grown rapidly since. We opened as a primary school, but now have a burgeoning secondary department, and will be starting international GCSE courses in September 2017. Our school building is a former convent, which we have converted to suit our needs. Sports facilities are located off site. This is however temporary accommodation, as we intend to move to larger premises as the school develops.
The school has a salary scale based on experience. A separate scale exists for teaching assistants.
Teaching salaries range from €35,000 to €54,000 gross per annum. Teaching assistant salaries start at €24,000 through to €40,000 gross per annum.
A range of additional increments are in place for positions of responsibility.
Precise information is available on application.
Tax and other deductions vary depending on your personal situation. Social security contributions include health, pension, unemployment and disability insurance. These are deducted directly from your salary, and are supplemented by a contribution from the school as your employer. A full payroll calculation is available on request.
St. George’s offers teachers the ideal working environment to embrace their vocation and grow professionally. The schools’ locations in Germany offer not only a high standard of living, but a range of opportunities for travel, cultural discovery and personal growth.
First contracts are typically for two years, with a six month probationary period.
Permanent contracts are issued following this period, based on mutual agreement between both parties.
We offer a relocation allowance to support your move to Germany.
Given the wide range of different accommodation options available, we do not find accommodation on your behalf. However, we will provide you with guidance and support in finding housing, as well as support in making your first steps living in Germany.
St. George’s Schools have a clearly defined management structure, which offers teachers clear routes into positions of responsibility in academic, pastoral or administrative fields.
There are a broad range of opportunities for teachers to take their first steps into middle management, or for those with experience to progress into positions of increased responsibility.
The school group structure means opportunities for progression regularly arise across the schools. as our schools continue to expand.
The school operates on a British term system, with three terms in the year. The school has a 36 week calendar in Cologne and Duisburg- Düsseldorf and 38 weeks in Munich.
Typically there are 3 weeks holiday at Christmas and Easter, 6 weeks in summer, plus one week in October, February and May for half term. There are also numerous religious and bank holidays throughout the year.
Holidays are slightly shorter in Munich, due to local regulations
Germany is a diverse and fascinating country, lying at the heart of Europe. It has a rich history, breath-taking landscapes, vibrant cities and an open-minded, multicultural society. Germans enjoy a high standard of living, strongly supported by a prosperous economy, and German cities are regularly ranked among some of the most ‘liveable cities’ in the world.
In many ways, daily life in Germany is no different to life in other western European countries. Political and economic stability, robust infrastructure and a caring society mean that you can concentrate on enjoying the more important things in life. However, life in Germany also has its quirks and individual charm, as Germany boasts a unique and regionally diverse culture. Discovering this is all part of the appeal, and makes a move to Germany a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.
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German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and one of the top 10 most spoken languages in the world, with over 120 million speakers spread over Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Sadly, German is neither renowned for its beauty nor the fact that it is easy to learn. Fortunately, this is more myth than reality! German shares a lot in common with the English language, which gives English speakers a head start. German courses are widely available within Germany, suited to all levels and with adaptable time commitments.
For those who want to learn before arriving in Germany, a range of on-line or audio courses are available. The Goethe Institute is also active in many cities across the world and can provide a sound basis in the language, or extension for more advanced learners.
Many Germans have an excellent understanding of English and it is entirely possible to get by in Germany without speaking the language. However, it is always useful to have a grasp of the basics, just in case!
Forget what you think you know about German cuisine! Germany is a cosmopolitan, multicultural society, and the average German has a sophisticated palette.
In any city, you are likely to find more Italian or Asian restaurants than traditional ‘Brauhäuser’. There is something for every taste.
Of course, Germany does have its culinary traditions, but with strong regional variations.
Take, for example, the ubiquitous Wurst. Germans must have more words for sausage than the Eskimos for snow. It can be white, dark, short, long, thin, fat, boiled, grilled or smoked, depending on where you are in the country.
Germany also boasts over 300 types of bread, and with over 1,300 breweries, there is a different beer for every day – for more than three years!
Germany stretches from the Baltic in the north to the Alps in the south. It borders nine countries, including Scandinavian Denmark, Mediterranean France, Alpine Switzerland, and the Bohemian Czech Republic. Two of Europe’s mightiest rivers carve through its landscapes – the Danube and the Rhine, and Europe’s largest lake – Lake Constance – forms its southern border.
Germany’s geography is therefore hugely varied and its landscapes merit discovery. The country is divided roughly in two, between the ‘flat’ north and ‘high’ south. The northern coast is dotted with islands, and home to sweeping beaches, broad mudflats and chalky cliffs. The north has a strong seafaring tradition and is a popular holiday destination for families and those seeking the fresh sea air.
Central Germany is the land of rolling hills and majestic rivers. Vineyards cling to the slopes and produce some of the country’s finest wines. In the south west, the Black Forest entices visitors with its spectacular scenery, cuckoo clocks and cherry cake. Icy lakes nestle in Bavaria’s hills, formed from the melting snow of the Alps, which rise up on the southern border and provide endless opportunity for outdoor pursuits.
All applicants should hold a valid teaching qualification. We consider a degree in education (eg. B.Ed./M.Ed/Lehramt), or postgraduate teaching certificate (eg. PGCE) as valid. English language teaching certificates (eg. TEFL/IELTS) are not sufficient.
Police clearance (eg. DBS certificate/Führungszeugnis) can be obtained from the authorities in your country of residence. If you have recently lived in another country, you should also provide clearance from this country. Police clearance may take some time to process. We will process applications without police clearance, but it must be provided by the time of interview.
We read every application carefully to identify the key skills and qualities we are looking for. These include:
• Relevant teaching experience
• A passion for learning and developing young minds
• Reflective practice
• An international outlook
• Willingness to contribute to the wider life of the school
Applicants without a teaching qualification or with a poor command of English will not be considered.
First round interviews typically take place via Skype or telephone conversation. First round interviews allow us to get a better feel for your character and whether you would be a right match for the school. It also allows you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the role or the school.
Shortlisted candidates are then invited to Germany for second round interview. Typically, you will fly to Germany the day before interview and spend the evening in a hotel in the city. This allows you to spend a full day with us and get a strong feeling for the school and our ethos. You will also be able to discover a little of the local area before returning home. All interviews involve the following:
• A formal interview with the school director and senior managers
• An observed lesson. The lesson objective and background information will be provided in advance
• A tour of the school and insight into how the school and department operates
• Opportunities to meet future colleagues
Candidates based outside Europe will have a second round interview with the school’s management team via Skype, if travel to Germany is not feasible. You may be asked to provide further evidence to support your application, such as video footage of you teaching, observation feedback or reflection on your practice.
If you are interested in any of our advertised vacancies, please download an application form here
The following documentation is required in order to progress any application:
• Current police clearance
• Degree certificate and teaching qualification
• Your passport information page
• A valid work permit, if you are not an EU resident
Once completed, please send your application form and other documentation for the attention of Mr Peter Dickinson at:
We also welcome speculative applications. If applicable, we will keep your details on file in our talent pool and contact you when a suitable vacancy arises.