Kent College Pembury excels in adding value to its pupils both academically and pastorally. We are seeking an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher to cover maternity leave (0.60). Applicants need to be confident in teaching Biology to A-level. The ability to teach a second subject, especially Chemistry, would be an advantage.
Impressive science laboratories were opened in September 2008 to provide the facilities science needs and deserves for the 21st century. A modern entrance foyer leads into the new Darbyshire Wing, which comprises three new laboratories (two general purpose and one Sixth Form), upgraded storage and preparation areas, and a new staff work room. The existing laboratories have been upgraded, one as a computer suite with 20 networked pcs and an interactive whiteboard. Science is a thriving department with a good academic record with well-qualified and dedicated staff who work closely together. Three excellent technicians ably support them.
Students are taught in purpose-built science accommodation, with specialist laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology. The latest apparatus is used and maintained to a high standard, and the department has ICT facilities with internet access via the school network. Academic standards are very high; GCSE, AS and ‘A’ level results are good and a larger percentage of girls stay on to study Physics and Chemistry ‘A’ levels than do nationally. Normally we have one Physics, two Biology and two Chemistry sets at both AS and A2 level. Most years see one or two science students being offered Oxbridge or medicine places and a number of others follow science related courses.
In Years 7 and 8 girls follow a general science course, based on the National Curriculum. The sciences are taught separately from Year 8. Currently all girls follow the double or triple award Edexcel IGCSE at GCSE. At ‘A’ level students follow the OCR ‘A’ courses.
Many of our international boarders include at least one science in their ‘A’ level choices, and they require sympathetic teaching as English can be a problem at first. IT provision in the department is strong; in addition to the computer suite all the main labs are equipped with a networked PC connected to a digital projector and the new labs are equipped with interactive white boards.