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Head of Biology

Head of Biology

Rainham Mark Grammar School

Gillingham, Kent

  • Expired
MPS + TLR 2b £4,442
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Easter 2018 or 1 September 2018
Apply by:
25 January 2018

Job overview

HEAD OF BIOLOGY (MPS + TLR 2b £4,442) From Easter 2018 or 1 September 2018

“An Outstanding School” Ofsted 2014

Are you passionate about Science? Can you inspire both girls and boys in the subject? Rainham Mark Grammar School is a very popular and highly successful co-educational selective school with a large Sixth Form. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed teacher for the position of Head of Biology.  This is an excellent opportunity for a teacher with commitment to high quality teaching, to lead and manage a high-achieving department to even greater success.  Previous experience in a selective school is not necessary.

What can RMGS offer you?

We can offer you the opportunity to work with high-ability young people in a supportive, well-equipped and forward-thinking department, as well as access to excellent professional development opportunities within our ‘Outstanding’ school and with the chance to contribute to exciting developments related to our Science CPD and outreach programmes.  A major building programme in recent years has delivered excellent sports accommodation with free gym facilities for staff and students, as well as free health care provision.

An application pack is available from the school website or you are welcome to telephone the school for further details. If you are interested in the post, please submit an application to 

Closing date:   12.00 pm Noon Thursday 25 January 2018

This vacancy will close on or before the specified closing date depending on the volume of suitable applicants. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short listed on this occasion. We wish to stress that no discourtesy is intended in following such a procedure, and you should not let this deter you from future applications.

RMGS is committed to the protection and safety of its students, is an Equal Opportunities employer and has Prince’s Teaching Institute recognition. RMGS gained Leading Edge School Status in 2013. Ofsted judged the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas 2013-2014. The post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

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About Rainham Mark Grammar School

Rainham Mark Grammar School is a co-educational, selective school with a large Sixth Form. It expanded to eight forms of entry from the September 2018 intake so the current roll of 1487 students is expected to peak at around 1600 students in 2024.

We aim to provide an education of the highest quality, not narrowly focused on academic achievement above all else. The co-educational ethos is central, and students work together in an environment which puts their wellbeing first.  Our strong tradition of academic excellence results from students enjoying their studies, supported by a tradition of hard work and extensive support.

Our excellent facilities include a modern sports hall comprising a dance studio and fitness suite, as well as a large main space; a purpose-built music block with a recital hall and recording studio; a Sixth Form study suite; an Art block with two large studio classrooms; a drama studio; and specialist teaching suites for all subject areas.

Pastoral support from the outset is very strong and students are happy, confident and secure. Individual progress and potential are assessed frequently to ensure that the level of challenge is appropriate for each student.  Relationships between staff and students are excellent with discipline firmly based on a tradition of mutual care and respect.  We are proud that students leave us as confident, well-qualified and prepared to benefit from higher education.

Beyond the national curriculum subjects, students enjoy a good deal of choice.  At the moment, all study two modern languages through to the end of Year 9. All students have the opportunity to study the three separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology).

Drama, Economics, Business Studies and PE are popular amongst a wide range of GCSE option choices. Extensive extra-curricular activities include many sports, Duke of Edinburgh, orchestra, band, choir, Maths puzzle club, dance and drama, and use of the computer rooms. Around 80 school trips take place, some of which are strongly linked to the curriculum, and some (during school holidays) are more for enjoyment.

Sixth Form A Level options are exceptionally wide (currently 26 different subjects are offered) and include Government & Politics, PE, Film Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Psychology and Economics besides the more traditional subjects.  The majority of Sixth Formers go on to degree courses.

Admission to the school in Year 7 is via the Medway test which is taken in September.  All children taking part in the selection procedure take the same test, whichever Medway school they have chosen as their preference.

RMGS is committed to the protection and safety of its students, is an Equal Opportunities employer and has Prince's Teaching Institute recognition.  Ofsted judged the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. The post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure, suitable references, medical clearance and appropriate qualifications for the post.

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