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Head of Chemistry

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Bolton School Girls’ Division Senior School


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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
26 September 2017

Job description


Head of Chemistry

Girls’ Senior School (11-18 Years)

Required for January or Spring 2018

Required from January or Spring 2018, an enthusiastic and dynamic graduate to inspire in the girls a love of Chemistry and to lead a large, flourishing Department with an impressive record of success at A level and in enabling girls to study Medicine after school. This is a key role which would suit an ambitious, highly qualified individual, wishing to make a significant impact on the success of the school and to enhance the girls’ education, through both curricular and extracurricular activities. A willingness and ability to teach another science to at least GCSE level may be an advantage. The position arises because of the internal promotion of the current Head of Chemistry to become Assistant Head. 

The successful candidate will be a well qualified and committed teacher of Chemistry, able to meet the rewarding challenge of inspiring our intelligent and highly motivated girls from Year 7 to Sixth Form, both inside and outside the classroom. S/he will hold at least a good honours degree and, perhaps, a post graduate qualification. S/he will possess the flair and vision, together with the necessary academic, educational and organisational experience to succeed in a post of this standing. S/he will have the talent and drive to lead a strong team of specialist teachers, to initiate and develop innovative ideas and to deal effectively with the administrative detail of the job. S/he will be committed to the welfare and individual development of all the pupils in his/her care.

The new Head of Department, alongside the Head of Science, will be the public face of the department and will have the ability to share his/her passion for Chemistry with children, parents and colleagues. S/he will be prepared to play a significant role in the wider life of the school, by promoting and developing extracurricular and enrichment activities and taking a lead in whole-school events when appropriate. 

Science comprises three departments (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), each with substantial autonomy (including the production of Schemes of Work) and with its own Head of Department working under the overall direction of the Head of Science. All science periods are taught in a specialist subject laboratory, classroom or dedicated IT room where appropriate. The Department describes itself as follows: ‘We are a lively department with a well-qualified and committed staff team, with a good balance of experience and enthusiasm. We are supportive of each other as well as of our students.’

The Science Department is the largest academic department in the school and is central to the life of the community. The Department is well staffed and resourced, with 9 full-time teachers, 4 part-time teachers and 4 science technicians. It enjoys good accommodation on a single floor of the school with nine fully-equipped laboratories (all with interactive whiteboards), as well as two preparation rooms and staff resource areas/ offices. The majority of girls study separate sciences at GCSE and the sciences are popular options at Advanced level - with many girls going on to study medicine, science, science- related subjects or engineering at university. 

To apply online for the position, please visit the school website at www.boltonschool.org/academic-roles. Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the school and/ or speak to the Head of Science or a member of the Senior Leadership Team in advance of their application. To arrange this please contact the Headmistress’s PA, Miss Hannah Caulfield, via email (hcaulfield@boltonschool.org.uk) or on 01204 840201, extension 210 

Deadline for applications: 2pm on Wednesday, 27th September. Applications will be considered in order of receipt and so an early response is advised. If candidates are called for interview, they will be notified by the end of the day on the 28th September and interviews will be held the following week. 

Bolton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to equality and diversity in all aspects of employment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Check for Regulated Activity.

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About Bolton School Girls’ Division Senior School

Bolton School Girls' Division comprises a co-ed Nursery and Infant School and single-sex Junior and Senior Schools with Sixth Forms. It shares a 32 acre campus with Bolton School Boys' Division (single-sex Junior and Senior Schools).

Bolton School is one of the country’s pre-eminent educational establishments. In 2019 we won the TES Independent School of the Year and the Independent School Parent Magazine School of the Year Award. In the same year, we won the Independent School Fundraising Campaign of the Year.

In recent years, we became the first school to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteering, we won the TES’ Community Initiative Award and the MEN’s Active Community Award.

Staff Benefits at Bolton School

· Lunches provided free of charge on campus.

· Free on-site car parking.

· Sporting and leisure facilities will be available including gym, outdoor pursuits centre, swimming pool and tennis courts.

· Support members of staff are offered the opportunity to join the Bolton School Group Personal Pension Scheme. The employee will be given the option to choose their contribution but as a minimum all members will be required to contribute 6% of their gross earnings and the School will contribute 10%.

· Where appropriate fee remission arrangements will be offered for children to attend the Senior School.

· In line with school policy teachers will have the opportunity to arrange to educate their children from Nursery age to 6th form; all on the Bolton School campus.

· Convenient, affordable, quality childcare provision will be available before and after the school day for children who are also Bolton School pupils.

· Training and Development Opportunities will be offered.

· Life Assurance cover up until the age of 65 (support staff only).

Mission Statement

It is our aim to inspire each pupil to reach their full potential.

We provide challenge, encourage initiative, promote teamwork and develop leadership capabilities.  It is our aim that students leave the School as self-confident young people equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will allow them to lead a happy and fulfilled life and to make a difference for good in the wider community.

We do this through offering:

- a rich and stimulating educational experience which encompasses academic, extra-curricular and social activities

- a supportive and industrious learning environment for pupils selected on academic potential, irrespective of means and background.

Why You Should Choose to Work at Bolton School

Academic Excellence

The curriculum is delivered by a highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching staff, who create an industrious but supportive working environment where pupils are motivated to learn. We are an academically selective school and we focus on stretching and challenging every child as we encourage scholarship to ensure each pupil reaches his or her full academic potential.

Academic results at GCSE and A Level consistently place us amongst the top schools in the North of England and often within the top 100 nationally. The vast majority of our students progress on to their first choice university and we have a regular flow of sixth formers to highly competitive courses and universities.

An Incredible Array of Extra-Curricular Activity

Pupils enjoy an incredibly diverse and strong extra-curricular programme, which offers unique opportunities, challenges and fun.

Each year, both Senior Schools offer over 100 clubs and activities and a wide range of options and interests are also available to pupils in the Junior Schools and Infant School. Outside the classroom, we hold an enviable reputation for sports, with pupil success at regional, national and international level. Our aim is to encourage all students, whatever their level, to achieve their personal best. Drama and music are also particularly strong at the School and there are numerous ensembles, choirs and orchestras as well as large-scale regular joint productions.

Pupils undertake many foreign and residential trips, including regular visits to our own outdoor pursuits centre, Patterdale Hall, in the Lake District.


Behaviour at the School is excellent. Each school within the Foundation places great emphasis on its pastoral provision and teachers build strong relationships with pupils. In Senior School, guidance, support and encouragement are provided by the pastoral team, which comprises the Subject Teacher, the Form Tutor, the Head of Year, Heads of School/Section and Deputy Heads. Any problems are dealt with rapidly, either by the staff team or the School Nurses.

There is a sense of purpose and challenge within the School, but this is built on an atmosphere that is friendly, supportive and, above all, happy.  As pupils grow through the School they develop the independence and self-motivation that will allow them to thrive when they leave.

Outstanding Facilities

All of our schools, from Nursery to Sixth Form, are on site and pupils make use of our outstanding facilities set in 32 acres of grounds.

The School combines heritage and modernity. With a history stretching back over 500 years, the School provides a local landmark on Chorley New Road with its imposing pink sandstone buildings replete with Neo-Gothic façade and turrets.

In September 2013, the opening of the new Riley Sixth Form Centre marked the latest phase in an £18m building project which saw the construction of a new state-of-the-art Junior Girls’ School (Hesketh House) and Infant School and the refurbishment and extension of our Junior Boys' School.

"The Levels" provide a running track and numerous high quality football, rugby, lacrosse and cricket pitches and nets. There are netball courts on site and at Leverhulme Pavilion, where there are also hockey and lacrosse pitches (a new sports surface was laid in 2019) and tennis courts, which is a short walk from the School.

The Arts and Conference Centre, opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1993, provides a first-class auditorium and theatre as well as a swimming pool and Sports Hall. Other facilities include a multi-gym, theatres, well-stocked libraries and gymnasiums in both Senior Schools, where there are also outstanding Technology and Science laboratories and Art studios.

Pupils also benefit from time spent at the School's adventure learning centre, Patterdale Hall, which is located on the southern shores of Ullswater in the Lake District.

Engagement with the Community

The School is, and always has been, inextricably linked with the local community. It is a central part of our ethos that pupils engage with the real world and that when they leave the School they will make a positive contribution to society. It is through the interaction with local, national and international concerns that pupils learn about topical issues and develop a sense of their place in the world.

A Thriving Former Pupils' Network

A very active network of old boys and old girls spans the globe.  There are regular reunions both at the School and in major cities and towns throughout the UK. Successful former pupils, both young and old, regularly return to the School where they enjoy sharing their expertise and life experiences with current pupils.

The School has a history of producing top class scholars and achievers and our illustrious former pupils' network spreads across many disciplines. The Old Girls’ Association and the Old Boltonians’ Association include household names such as Sir Ian McKellen, Nigel Short, Monica Ali, Kate Long, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, the Nobel Prize Winner Sir Harry Kroto, Dame Janet Smith, Baroness Morris of Bolton, Mark Radcliffe and Ralf Little.


Pupils come from diverse backgrounds and, currently, over 300 pupils receive bursary-assisted places with approximately half of them receiving full fee assistance.

Our secure private coach service covers over 20 routes meaning the School is accessible to a wide area.

Ethnically, the make-up of the School reflects exactly that of the local region.

School Inspection Reports

The School is inspected regularly by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The last inspection of the Boys' Division (Junior and Senior Boys' School) found it to be excellent in all areas.

The Girls' Division (co-educational Nursery and Infant School and Junior and Senior Girls' Schools) was described as excellent in all areas with the Early Years' Foundation Stage (0-5 years old) also receiving the top judgement of being "outstanding" in every category.

Read the full Inspection Reports.


Bolton School is at the centre of an excellent motorway and main road network. The campus is situated on the A673 (Chorley New Road) about one mile to the west of Bolton’s town centre and within easy access of the M60 and M61 motorways. The School attracts students from a wide catchment area and our own coach company provides a very comprehensive network of bus routes to cater for their needs.

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