Head of Science, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Closing date:Expiring soon

Davenies SchoolBeaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Date posted:
Start date: 01 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £40,000-£50,000 depending on qualifications and experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The specific points below are not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but set out the main expectations of the School in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties. 


  • To foster enjoyment and enthusiasm for Science
  • To ensure pupil learning and progress 
  • To raise standards of pupil achievement in Science at all levels
  • To ensure that Science is a leading department in the School

Principal Areas of Responsibility 

  • The development and strategic direction of Science as a subject throughout the school
  • Teaching, learning and the curriculum
  • Assessment and monitoring pupil progress
  • Managing resources
  • Leading and managing staff in department
  • Communication; organising events; promoting Science, including via social media
  • To ensure that all health and safety requirements are met and that equipment is maintained and serviced as appropriate

Key Tasks

  • Teaching Science up to Common Entrance and Scholarship level 
  • Ensuring that the Science curriculum is delivered effectively throughout the School in a stimulating and engaging way
  • Maintaining coherent links throughout the School in the teaching of Science 
  • Writing a Departmental Development Plan (annual) and responding to Science-related items on the School’s Development Plan
  • Updating regularly the School’s intranet, management system and notice boards making Science an obvious and important area of the School 
  • Regular observation of this subject across the School
  • Maintaining and revising the Science schemes of work
  • Organising and chairing departmental meetings
  • Keeping records and minutes of departmental meetings
  • Monitoring and developing pupils’ individual development
  • Setting, marking and moderating examinations
  • Organising, recording and reporting on assessments
  • Encouraging the use of IT in Science, in liaison with the Head of Digital Learning
  • Liaising with Learning Support Teachers and the Director of Studies
  • To lead the teaching of Science by example
  • To lead professional development in Science
  • To manage the Science Department budget
  • Arranging suitable visits and visitors to enrich the curriculum

Qualifications, Training & Experience

The successful candidate should have:

  • Attained QTS, and will be expected to hold a degree
  • A thorough knowledge of the subject
  • A proven track record of teaching Science

Competences and Qualities

The successful candidate should be:

  • An enthusiast
  • Passionate about Science 
  • A proven advocate of active and practical learning
  • A team player
  • Kind and approachable, with a sense of humour
  • Motivated to achieve high (academic) expectations and instill high standards of behaviour
  • Extremely professional: diligent, punctual and thorough, encouraging an atmosphere of mutual respect when dealing with boys, staff and parents
  • An excellent communicator, with children and adults alike
  • Able to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children
  • A competent and enthusiastic user of IT
  • Able to lead and inspire whilst being supportive of other members of the Department
  • Encouraging of the staff, recognising and assisting them to reach their potential 
  • Organised and able to plan effectively
  • Prepared to stay appraised of new ideas/developments in education
  • Prepared to contribute significantly to the School outside the classroom

Candidates will be able to demonstrate qualities expected of someone working with children and young people.

Job location

More about Davenies School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 4 - 13 years
Address: Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1AA, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1494 685400
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Davenies is a day preparatory school for boys between the ages of 4 and 13 where the boys are happy, curious, enthusiastic and kind.   

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