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Deputy Head of Science

Ark John Keats AcademyEnfield

Deputy Head of Science  

Ark John Keats is an exceptional school looking to hire exceptional people. 

Ark John Keats was founded in 2013 with one class of reception children. We are now a fully-fledged all-through school, running from nursery to year 13, with over 1700 children. Our secondary school is oversubscribed, with a waiting list for every year group. Our community is composed of supportive and committed families who buy into our vision and work with us to ensure their children achieve all they are capable of in the future.

We aspire for all our children to have the academic knowledge necessary to enable them to progress to university, for pupils to have a love of learning and curiosity about the world, and for them to be polite, well-mannered young people who take responsibility for their choices and drive their own destinies.

Ark John Keats is part of Ark Schools, a hugely successful network serving pupils from deprived communities. Our network shares a belief in our six pillars: 

High expectations: we have high expectations of ourselves and for what our children can achieve

Excellent teaching: great teaching is what transforms children’s attainment and opens door for the future.

Exemplary behaviour: children can and should be taught to behave well, following instructions first time, every time, without question.

Depth for breadth: with a curriculum that encompasses the best of what has been thought and said ensuring our pupils have the knowledge and cultural capital to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Knowing every child: we get to know and care deeply about each of our pupils as individuals.

Always learning: we expect pupils to always learn, but also for our staff to continually develop their professional expertise, supported by Ark’s broad professional development offer. 

At Ark John Keats, we believe in rigour – our curriculum is full of challenge, and we know that our children are intellectually resilient and capable of learning lots in every subject no matter what their starting point.

We believe in exemplary behaviour – we have sky high standards and support all children to reach these, by focusing on developing pupils’ self-regulation, explicitly teaching pupils how to behave, and by working closely with families.

We believe in the limitless potential of all children – if children work hard, there are no limits to what they can achieve.

We are looking to recruit a passionate and knowledgeable deputy head of science to join our science department (any specialism). Our curriculum is coherent, content rich and cumulative – enabling our pupils to master the fundamentals of science at KS3, before building on and applying them. Outside of lessons our team provides pupils with the valuable opportunities, such as STEM enrichments, trips to universities and competitions, and cross-curricular links to other departments including computer science and maths.

We are looking for someone who aligns with our approach and can help our large and successful department develop further. Our approach to science focussed on mastery of underlying knowledge, before applying this knowledge to practical work. The successful candidate will work closely with the other leaders in the science department and across the Ark network to develop a truly all-through curriculum, and they will lead sections of weekly collaborative planning meetings.

To apply please click here to submit your application by 9am on Friday 15th January 2021. In advance of applying please do explore our website and see our relevant phase briefings. For further information, technical queries regarding the application system or to arrange to discuss the role please contact us at

Flexible and part time working will be considered

Start Date: February or April 2021

Closing date: Friday 15th January

Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Outer London) £30,663 - £42,164 or £44,263- £47,600, depending on experience plus TLR 2C (£7,017)

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.

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