Head of Department: Biology (with possibility to also apply for overall KS4 responsibility), New Barnet, Greater London

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Jewish Community Secondary SchoolNew Barnet, Greater London

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: TLR2b (£4241). An additional KS4 responsibility allowance of TLR2a (£2666) may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates.
Contract term: Permanent

Head of Department: Biology (with possibility to also apply for overall KS4 responsibility)

Salary: TLR2b (£4241). An additional KS4 responsibility allowance of TLR2a (£2666) may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

Required for September 2018

Closing Date: 9am Thursday 19th April

Interviews: Wednesday 25th April, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.

Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.    

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again.  Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition.  The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.  

Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results.  In 2017 43% of GCSE grades were at A*/A or 9-7, and well over a quarter of our students achieved eight A/7 grades or better.  We have averaged +0.5 for Progress 8 in the three years so far (0.6 in 2017), and were a Top-100 non-selective school nationally in 2015.  At A level 66% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes at Distinction or better; our first full cohort secured several Oxbridge, Medicine and Vet Science places, with the great majority going to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities, the picture of offers is even stronger for our second cohort.  We have consistently achieved a high ALPS Grade 2 at both KS4 and KS5.   

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development.  Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities.  Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term.  Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff.    

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt.  It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance.  We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.  

This Role: We are looking for a talented and experienced teacher of Biology to lead the subject team and contribute to the faculty.  Due to curriculum changes the role will contain a strong emphasis on the quality assurance and management of new schemes of learning in the designated subject area. Experience in the administration of examination subjects is extremely desirable.

The post would suit either an experienced middle leader looking to broaden their experience on the way to more senior posts, or someone less experienced but with clear potential.

The successful candidate will be able to use – or quick to learn – interpersonal qualities, data analysis skills, administrative efficiency, passion and conviction to contribute to the leadership and management of the school and to drive progress in Biology.

Additional responsibilities may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.   

For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on recruitment@jcoss.barnet.sch.uk or 020 8344 2220  

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Jewish
Address: Castlewood Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 9GE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8344 2220
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Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.    

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be li...