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Part-time (0.7) Teacher of Chemistry (starting September 2017)

The successful candidate will be required to teach Chemistry to GCSE in a successful and academically ambitious department. Ability to teach Chemistry to A-Level would be an advantage and opportunities exist to teach some Biology. Applications from teachers of all experiences and backgrounds are welcome and a willingness to contribute to the thriving extra-curricular programme would be advantageous.

Each of the three sciences has its own Head of Department and technician. There are a total of nine science laboratories, three of which are equipped as Chemistry Labs. All of the laboratories are modern and fitted with interactive whiteboards. They provide an excellent teaching and learning environment (a new science block of eight laboratories was built in 2007). The Chemistry Department has its own prep room, and a relatively spacious office which is ideal for both individual work and informal meetings.

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry has been outstandingly successful over recent years, achieving excellent academic results and the numbers opting for chemistry in the Sixth Form are amongst the highest in the School. In addition to the stimulation of teaching chemistry as a separate science to very able students, there is the possibility of Sixth Form teaching being available.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils have two periods per week of chemistry (one period = 30 minutes). In Year 9 this rises to three periods per week. There are four sets per year (around 26 pupils in each) taught in Form groups. Many GCSE topics are covered by the pupils in their early years at the School. For example, atomic structure and ionic/covalent bonding are introduced in Year 7 and half ion-electron equations in Year 9.

In Years 10 and 11 the pupils study chemistry for four periods per week (2 x 1hr). There are five sets per year which leads to a very advantageous average set size of 22. The percentage of pupils achieving an A* grade at GCSE, 52%, was the highest in the School in 2016.

Due to the popularity of the subject, chemistry is taught in three sets at A-level. Currently the OCR syllabus A is followed (10 periods per week). The ability of the pupils is high (typically 70% A*/B) and many students opt to study medicine/chemistry/natural sciences at university, including Oxbridge.

The Post
The Department is not looking for a particular teaching style but rather someone who is able to ensure that all pupils reach their academic potential and who is also willing to share good practice. We are not expecting all candidates to have prior teaching experience of A-level, but seeking someone who has the academic ability to teach and ensure the progress of bright pupils. We are also seeking a candidate who has the desire to be fully involved in the co-operative development of the Department’s programmes of study and teaching resources, working as a member of a team towards the Department’s aim of providing the best possible education for all of its pupils.

It would be advantageous to have good ICT skills and be able to contribute to the Department’s and/or the School’s  numerous extra-curricular activities. In addition to many inter-school sports, activities also include the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, School Orchestra, Chess Club and School Magazine. The Department has won the Top of the Bench regional competition for the last four years and was third and fifth nationally in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Boarding also is an integral part of the School and there may be an opportunity to become a Boarding Tutor (with accommodation provided).

Application Pack:

Headmaster’s Letter (PDF)

Job Description – Teacher of Chemistry (PDF)

Person Specification – Teacher of Chemistry (PDF)

Application Form – Teacher of Chemistry (MS WORD)

Application Form – Teacher of Chemistry (PDF)

Application Form Guidance Notes (PDF)

Completed applications should be returned electronically, with an accompanying letter (no more than 2 A4 sides) and a short CV to

For further information please contact the Headmaster’s PA, Amie Mills, on (01952) 386302.

Closing date – Noon on Tuesday 28th March 2017

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