Head of Chemistry (Maternity), Surrey

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Sir William Perkins's SchoolSurrey

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Start date: 01 September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Schools own scale based on candidates qualifications, skills and experience
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Sir William Perkins’s School is a high-performing independent girl’s school for approximately 611 students aged 11 – 18 years. The Head is both a member of HMC and GSA. It was founded in 1725 and is now on an attractive 12 acre site situated on the outskirts of Chertsey, a two minute walk from the railway station and very near to the junction of the M3 and M25.

The School has excellent facilities, having benefited from an extensive and ongoing building and refurbishment programme including a new Sixth Form Centre and purpose built Boat Club which opened in summer 2016.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-qualified graduate to join the School in our thriving and vibrant Chemistry department from September 2018.  The post is full-time and is a temporary position providing maternity cover and successful candidate will be expected to teach throughout the school from Year 7 to 13.    

This role would suit someone looking to broaden their experience or looking to take the next steps in their profession career.  It may also suit a candidate looking to make the transition into the independent sector.  The role is responsible for overseeing Health and Safety across the Science department and offers the opportunity to mentor Oxbridge candidates who are preparing for medicine, veterinary and dentistry applicants.     

Chemistry, Physics and Biology Departments work closely together, and are taught as three separate subjects all through the School.  They each have three or four teachers, and there are two technicians plus an assistant who work with all three departments.  Each department has well-equipped laboratories plus two Sixth Form science laboratories.  Students start IGCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology in Year 9, heading towards three Edexcel IGCSE science qualifications.  In the Sixth Form, students study the AQA Physics and Edexcel Chemistry specifications.  The school has an excellent reputation for Science and a large proportion choose to study Science in the Sixth Form and at University, including Oxbridge.   In summer 2017, 69% of the Chemistry A level grades were at A*-B grade and 92% of Chemistry GCSE grades were at A*-B grade.    

In Biology and Physics in summer 2017, 56% of Biology A level grades were A*-B grades and in Physics were 89% A*-B.  In the GCSE cohort 93% Biology students achieved an A*-B grade and in Physics 86% students were marked A*-B.  

Students follow directed courses with numerous enrichment opportunities, including the opportunity to take part in the school Science Fair, the Young Engineers Scheme and the British Physics Olympiad.  These allow for the development of independent learning and many cross curricular thinking skills. Students are given the opportunity to do an Extended Project in addition to their AS/A2 courses, with many interesting scientific topics amongst those chosen.  The department is committed to the development of all students, allowing them to reach their potential.


Entrance to the School is by competitive examination and the School values its excellent academic reputation. The students are highly motivated and eager to learn. Significant emphasis is also placed on the broad and balanced curriculum, the wide-ranging co-curricular activities and the caring and supportive environment. 

The ISI regulatory compliance inspection in September 2016 recorded that all eight parts of the standard were met and our report in the Good Schools Guide 2016 describes our “Excellent Results achieved with a big dollop of humour, humanity and freedom of thought”. 

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged. 

Please see attached Candidate Information Pack for further details.

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More about Sir William Perkins's School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9BN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1932 574900
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