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Head of Science

Head of Science

Varndean School


TLR 1.1 £9,474
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
September start or earlier.
Apply by:
21 February 2018

Job overview


Head of Science

September start or earlier. 

Salary scale TLR 1.1  £9,474

Varndean School is an 11-16 school with around 1350 students, set in a picturesque south coast location in the vibrant and diverse city of Brighton and Hove. We are a Good (Ofsted 2017) and well-established school already, and we have made rapid progress over the past couple of years and have no intention of resting on our laurels. The potential here is immense and the successful applicant will have a key role in our vision to develop World Class Learning through the leadership of Science. We are looking for an outstanding teacher and leader, to help further shape our curriculum such that our students achieve well and have a lifelong love of science.

We are looking to appoint a Head of Science who has:

-The vision and passion to develop and lead our specialist team of science teachers to deliver World Class Teaching to World Class Students

· A thorough understanding of what excellent teaching entails and how best to support colleagues in improving their practice

· A secure track record of delivering excellent levels of student achievement and progress  

· The energy, drive and resilience to make a tangible difference as a Head of Department in a large and ambitious school

· The integrity, moral purpose, presence and emotional intelligence necessary to inspire confidence from staff, students and parents

If, prior to submitting an application, you would like to see for yourself why we believe Varndean is such a fabulous school in which to work and why the post itself is so exciting, then do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit.

Closing date for applications: 9am Thursday 22nd February 2018

Interview Date: Monday 26th February 2018

The school reserves the right to interview suitable candidates in advance of this date as appropriate.

If you are interested in joining us, please complete the application form and send/e-mail it, with a covering letter, to Hilary Goldsmith, Director of Finance & Operations, Varndean School. Email: 

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

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to have a staff body that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.  

The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check. The school welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Brighton & Hove Schools - Taking Action for Equality 

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About Varndean School

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Varndean School has a proud history. It has undergone many changes to bring it to where it is now; starting life in the centre of Brighton in 1884 and moving to its current site in 1926. Since then the school has evolved into a vibrant and diverse co-education comprehensive school with a population of over 1400 students and nearly 200 staff which represents the local community it serves.

Varndean School is a place where people matter. We believe that individuality is very much an internal quality that we foster and encourage through the widest variety of learning experiences.

Our broad curriculum promotes academic rigour so that our students can stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers nationally. Varndean is one of the top performing secondary schools in Brighton and Hove. We are committed to creativity and have a huge passion for music, performance, the arts, sport and anything that challenges and encourages participation.

Our opportunities for extended learning are second to none with our arts provision, successful sports teams, the largest cohorts of DofE in the South East as well as our extensive enrichment and entitlement curriculum. We are the first state school in Brighton and Hove to become a  Directly Licensed Centre for DofE.

Varndean is a great place to learn and develop, in friendly, smaller and supportive environments. We are a really happy school where student relationships with each other, and staff, are excellent. We have a well established smaller school system each with its own identity: Angelou, Russell, Turing, Ellis and Lennox. Each school has a Head of School, a Deputy Head and a School Leader.

We have the highest aspirations for all of our students supported by highly trained and motivated experts in their fields. Our staff are the mainstay of our community. We provide huge opportunities for professional development and have a history of real success in creating visionary leaders and excellent practitioners. As working parents, partners and professionals, our Senior Leadership Team understand the stresses and pressures of professional life and our inherent Wellbeing Programme evidences our commitment to our staff as people, not just employees.

Varndean is set in a beautiful landscape overlooking the sea, at the heart of the vibrant and diverse Brighton lifestyle. We relish the cultural and creative opportunities that our city has to offer and we give back just as much in return.

Varndean is a school going places; we are not resting on our laurels. We look at every aspect of what we do and reflect on how to make our professional practice, our learning and our environment better. Ours is an exciting journey and we would be delighted if you would like to join us.

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