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Walthamstow Hall Senior School


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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
15 November 2017

Job description

A well-qualified, efficient, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher is sought for the role of Head of Physics at Walthamstow Hall after the retirement of the current incumbent.  

This is a well-organised and high-achieving department, which aims to nurture the students’ knowledge, skills and interests in all matters related to Physics.  Applicants should be able to teach Physics from Years 7 to 13, including preparation for Oxbridge entrance.  

The position would suit an existing Head of Department or an ambitious teacher looking for a leadership role.       

At Key Stage 3 our Physics courses are designed to develop in the girls both practical expertise and theoretical understanding, aiming also to instil a sense of “awe and wonder” and an attitude of curiosity and scientific enquiry.  During Years 10 and 11 all girls take an Edexcel International GCSE course, the majority choosing to follow the Separate Science course with a smaller number opting for the Double Award Science qualification. Examination results in these courses have improved almost year on year, reaching our best ever in 2017 with 88% of grades at A* or A. 

The Value Added each year is at least the equivalent of one full grade, reflecting the priority given by the department and school in general to the progress and needs of every individual.  

The number of students studying Physics in the Sixth Form has also increased over the last few years, with many subsequently choosing Engineering or Physics-related subjects at university, including a number gaining places at Oxbridge.  In recent years, 88% of girls have achieved A* to B grades at A Level.   A few have successfully taken part in Physics Olympiad competitions.  

In addition to the Head of Physics, teaching staff consists of one full-time member of staff, who is also the Director of Studies, and three part-time teachers.  We also have an experienced Physics Technician.

Walthamstow Hall is a leading selective school for girls with a distinctive ethos.  Inspiring teaching, an extensive extra-curricular programme, exceptional facilities and a strong sense of community lie at the heart of our 178 year success.   

The School has its own salary scales, significantly above the maintained sector. 

Full details and an application form are obtainable from the Headmistress's PA, Ms Kate Lippiatt: Email: hmpa@whall.school;  Telephone 01732 451334

About Walthamstow Hall Senior School


Thank you for your interest in working at Walthamstow Hall.  We educate girls with academic potential to lead confident, challenging and fulfilling lives in the 21st century. 

School Ethos

We believe in a true understanding of the root meaning of the word education, from the Latin verb educo: I lead forth, I raise up.  Not, ‘I cram full of facts or I make to jump through hoops’.  At Walthamstow Hall, pupils will discover that learning is an active process which enables them to get personally involved, not one which just passively happens to them.  

We offer pupils an environment based on trust, security and friendship, where they have the confidence to try to be their best.  And by confidence we don’t mean brash or arrogant.  We mean that, whether innately ebullient, or whether quite shy, Wally girls are characterised by a quiet assurance that comes from knowing who they are and, moreover, that they are valued for who they are, by us and by each other.  This, we believe, is the best preparation for whatever life has in store.

School Details

There are approximately 580 pupils in the School 3 - 18, of which 442 are currently at Senior School. The Junior School (3 - 11 years) is on a separate site. The majority of girls from our Junior School join us at 11+, along with pupils from other feeder Schools locally. We also have entry at 13+ and 16+, and retention into Sixth Form is strong.

Employee benefits include:

  • Enhanced salary scale based on DfE scales
  • Fees concession for daughters. The School has a separate fees concession arrangement with Tonbridge School for sons of staff (13-18 years) and at Prep level with the New Beacon School for sons of teaching staff
  • Membership of the relevant School’s Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Refreshments/meals during term time
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Use of the School’s Fitness Room and Swimming Pool (at allocated times)
  • Free onsite parking
  • Wellbeing package
  • Ongoing training and development

For all enquiries, please contact Jackie Turner: jturner@whall.school 01732 468734.

Walthamstow Hall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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