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Head of Chemistry

King Edward VI High School for GirlsBirmingham

The Post

We are looking for an experienced graduate, exceptional teacher and inspirational colleague to lead the department and teach Chemistry across the full age range to A Level in this academically selective school. The person appointed will also be expected to contribute to the School’s extra-curricular programme.

The Chemistry Department

The Chemistry department is a strong department currently consisting of five full time members of staff and one part time colleague.  The department has four fully fitted laboratories with excellent laboratory technician support.  There is a strong emphasis on experimental practical work in lessons.

The Sciences are taught separately from entry in Year 7 through to Year 11, with the vast majority of girls taking all three Sciences to GCSE.  AQA courses are followed at both GCSE and A level. Chemistry is one of the most popular subject choices for A level in the school. There are four Chemistry groups in the Lower and Upper Sixth Form years, and thirty five to forty girls usually take A level chemistry.

Results are excellent; in 2019 86% of girls achieved 9/8 at GCSE and 66% achieved A*/A at A level

A large number of girls go on to study science-based courses at university in stark contrast to national norms. Over the last 5 years, many girls have pursued science subjects at top Russell group universities, with a significant percentage successfully gaining places to study Medicine each year.

Staff promote Chemistry and the Sciences through a variety of extra-curricular activities, including a Junior Science Society, Sixth Form lectures at the University of Birmingham, team competitions and individual activities.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for this post, please complete an application form (available for download at: ) giving full details of your qualifications and experience and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees and send it, together with a letter to the Principal outlining the reasons for your application (maximum 2 sides of A4 please).

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 18th January. Early applications are most welcome. Depending on the number of applications received, we reserve the right to bring the deadline forward.

Email applications can be sent to

Interviews will take place provisionally on Friday 22nd January.

As part of the interview process, we would like you to teach a class; further details will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

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