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Assistant Head of Science

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Riverside School

Barking Riverside.

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MPS or UPS (Inner London) plus TLR (dependent on experience and specific role).
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
16 February 2018

Job overview

Why apply to be an Assistant Head of Science at Riverside School?

Riverside School opened in September 2012, we have now moved into our new state-of the-art £45m building on the north bank of the Thames with nearly a1000 students from Year 7 to 12 in 2018; we will grow to approximately 2000 over the next 5 years, including a large sixth form. This is a great career opportunity to be part of a new and expanding school. It really is a very special place to work and pre-application visits are welcomed.

Our relentless focus on teaching and learning and developing great teachers and leaders is our number one priority. Weekly one-to-one tailored coaching sessions, termly lesson study and a generous time allocation to planning means our teachers are both motivated and highly talented.  There is a real sense of passion and determination that students and staff bring to all that they do, making Riverside School a superb place both to learn and to work. 

Riverside School achieved a P8 score of +0.7 (validated results) and is in the top 7% nationally for P8 for the following groups overall: all students, low prior attainers, middle prior attainers, high prior attainers and disadvantaged. 52% (20% nationally) of our students achieved the strong Ebacc and an attainment 8 score of 53 (46 nationally). We pride ourselves on consistency and academic rigour to enable social mobility.

The successful candidate will: 

- Have a passion for science evident in their day to day teaching.

- Be able to teach a science to A-level.

- Show evidence of being, or having the potential to be, an outstanding teacher in the classroom. 

- Contribute and show commitment to our innovative and forward thinking department.

- Contribute to intervention programmes.

- Play a full and active role in the life of the school.

- Be a reflective practitioner with focusses on continuous learning and development of practice.

- Want to make a real difference to the lives of all young people

In return, we can offer you:

- A cohesive team of people who believe in working collaboratively; sharing ideas and supporting each other.

- The opportunity to further develop innovative teaching and learning strategies to ensure students achieve excellence.

- Participation in lesson study to provide an opportunity for collaborative planning and the detailed and evaluative analysis of specific pedagogical foci.

- The chance to join a growing school with further opportunities for progression as the school reaches capacity. 

- Unrivalled CPDL opportunities to further develop your skills as a classroom practitioner and to develop leadership skills as you progress.

- Purpose built and well-furnished 90m² labs with suites of computers in our brand new £45 million school. 

If you share in our commitment to achieve excellence for all, we want to hear from you. Please apply at Riverside School Vacancies.  

To find out more about our school please visit http://secondary.riversidecampus.com/. Visits to the school before application are welcomed. Please contact Headteacher: Andy Roberts, on 020 3946 5888 or email riverside@riverside.bardaglea.org.uk.    

Location: Riverside School, Renwick Road, Barking, IG11 0FU  

Closing Date: Friday 16th February 2018

Preferred Start Date:  September 2018 

Salary: MPS or UPS (Inner London) plus TLR (dependent on experience and specific role). 

Riverside School is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.  

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About Riverside School

Riverside School is an outstanding, mixed, non-denominational secondary school with a sixth form. It is an academy located in Barking, Greater London (Inner London Pay Scale).

Riverside opened as a new provision in September 2013, it currently has 1500 students on roll and will eventually grow to a full capacity of 1800 students aged 11-18 by 2021. The school moved to its new £45m state-of-the-art premises in September 2017 with very large 75-95m² classrooms and impressive indoor/outdoor sports facilities.


Mr Andrew Roberts

Values and vision

Riverside School's motto “Excellence for All” emphasises our very high expectations for everyone. Riverside's curriculum is academically rigorous, broad and balanced for all students in all year groups.  This combined with our exceptional pedagogy realises our belief in social justice, activating the greatest successes for all learners whatever their prior attainment; whatever their background. The curriculum is meticulously planned to ensure progression is logically sequenced; therefore, cumulatively developing learners’ skills and knowledge over time. Riverside’s strict and calm working atmosphere creates well-rounded individuals who excel in the arts, on the sporting field and academically. Our extra-curricular programme is fundamental to what we desire for our learners - we refer to it as the ‘essential wider curriculum’ (EWC). We pride ourselves on knowing all our learners really well, thus engineering a curriculum to actuate a wholly inclusive and highly ambitious education for all. Riverside School is currently in the country's top 50 schools for student progress, P8: +0.99 and was graded Ofsted outstanding in October 2022. Our huge success is underpinned by the highest quality professional development for all staff.

Ofsted report

October 2022:

"The school’s motto, ‘Excellence for All’, reflects the ambition that leaders have for  the whole school community. A very strong culture of high expectations across the  school means that pupils here are encouraged to succeed. Pupils benefit from a rich  curriculum that is taught expertly by very well-trained staff. The ambition for all to  do well includes those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), who follow the same carefully considered curriculum as their peers.

Pupils work hard and achieve well. Very clearly established routines ensure that pupils are engaged in their learning and that their work is of a consistently high  quality. Standards of behaviour are very high. Lessons are not disrupted by poor  behaviour, and cases of bullying are rare. When bullying does happen, pupils are  confident that it will be dealt with. Pupils feel safe in the school.

Pupils enjoy school and appreciate the wide range of additional opportunities that  they have. This includes a range of high-profile visiting guest speakers and a variety  of after-school clubs and sporting activities. Pupils are active in supporting  community projects."

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