Head of Psychology
Location: South Manchester
Part time/Full time
Required for September 2019
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and talented Head of Department to deliver A-level Psychology to highly capable Sixth Form pupils. The post would suit an experienced teacher who is committed to teaching at the highest standard and raising the aspirations and achievements of our students.
As in all subjects at Withington, excellent examination results are achieved in a dynamic, stimulating learning environment where highly able pupils are taught by inspiring, talented, forward-thinking staff. The Department believes strongly in enrichment and extension and our lessons go beyond the requirements of the examination specification; in all our teaching, we aim to build confidence, independence, a love of the subject and everything which it embodies.
Teamwork plays an important role within the School: we strive to enhance the quality of teaching and learning by sharing good practice, resources and ideas. A warm and supportive atmosphere that makes our work both fun and rewarding balances the dedication, diligence and high expectations shared by the Department, the girls and the School.
We are looking for someone to lead the team who is passionate about Psychology and can convey interest and enthusiasm for the subject throughout the School. The Head of Department is currently the only Psychology teacher, and the number of periods to be taught is dependent on the number of students choosing Psychology as an A Level option. We currently deliver the AQA A Level Psychology Specification.
The role also involves preparing students for Oxbridge applications for Psychology-related courses and acting as a referee for all students applying to read Psychology at university.
Working at Withington Girls’ School
Withington Girls’ School was founded in 1890 by a small group of eminent and far-sighted Manchester families who wanted the same educational opportunities to be available for their daughters as were already available to their sons. In keeping with the Founders’ wishes, the School has remained relatively small, with approximately 720 pupils.
The School Comprises 155 in the Junior School (Years 3 – 6), 410 in the Senior School (Years 7 – 11) and 155 in the Sixth Form.
The opportunity to join our outstanding school where public examination results consistently place Withington amongst the top schools in the UK, as the highest performing Independent School in the North West.
Pupils come from a wide geographical area around the Manchester locality, and from many different social, cultural and religious backgrounds, creating a diversity in which the School rejoices. The School is non-denominational and girls of all faiths, or none, are equally welcome. Through the Withington Girls’ School Trust, up to 100 means-tested bursaries are offered each year according to need. The Governing Body is strategically focused and highly supportive of all areas of the School.
Our WGS staff have a shared passion and enthusiasm for their subject and thrive in an environment where the relationship between pupils and staff is a particular strength, and where staff can inspire and challenge able pupils. We are a warm and friendly school and we encourage teachers to develop their teaching methodologies. We are committed to providing opportunities to develop to all our staff, who as a result benefit from high quality continuing professional development opportunities. We are also very proud of the work we do alongside Manchester University to develop our future teachers and we ensure that we have a comprehensive Induction programme for NQTs. Many staff have enjoyed career progression with us; likewise colleagues have also gone on to senior roles elsewhere.
We are a school which, by following the concepts of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Responsibility for Personal Actions, has little need for formal rules.
Our extra-curricular programme is central to the ethos of WGS. It includes Music, Drama, Sport, Mathematics, Linguistics and Science Olympiads, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme, Model United Nations, Debating and Robotics Clubs, to name but a few. We value and encourage the passion and commitment of our team in sharing their interests and passions with pupils.
We have excellent facilities. Our forward-looking development programme has, over the last ten years, provided a new Sixth Form Centre together with six new classrooms (which were opened in May 2009), a refurbished Art Room (opened in 2012) and a number of new facilities opened in September 2015 including a purpose-built Junior School, an expanded and re-equipped suite of Chemistry laboratories, a Design Technology workroom and a central ‘Hub’ which provides exhibition and social space for pupils as well as facilitating access to all the School’s main buildings. Last year, a brand-new Sport & Fitness Centre was completed. Officially opened by Dame Sarah Storey DBE in July 2018, the new facility provides an expanded area for sports and PE; viewing galleries; a large fitness suite; a ‘mind and body’ studio and a welcoming reception and hospitality area.
We are a member of the teachers pension scheme.
We offer a competitive salary and pay progression in line with the national teachers’ pay scale.
What you can offer us:
• A capable and highly enthusiastic teacher with excellent subject knowledge and a passion for Psychology, and the desire to lead the Department and inspire our sixth form pupils.
• The ability to teach Psychology to highly able pupils at A Level.
• The willingness and ability to use a variety of teaching methods to suit pupils’ individual learning needs, selecting appropriate learning resources and embracing the use of new technology.
• A commitment to contribute to extra-curricular events and activities in the department. The School values the passion and commitment of its teachers in sharing their interests and enthusiasms with pupils outside of the classroom and seeks to enable staff to play to particular interests and strengths whenever possible. Staff are given autonomy over the activities they organise, and our pupils are given equal freedom to develop passions of their own.
• The ability to work well both independently and as a member of our team.
- Experience of teaching a second subject is desirable.
The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Closing date for applications: 5 pm, 24th March 2019
Interview date: 1st April 2019
Please visit our school website www.wgs.org to find out more about our school and this exciting opportunity.