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Head of Science

Woldingham SchoolCaterham, Surrey

Term time, required from 1 September 2021

We are looking for an outstanding, inspiring Head of Science with a passion for education. The post will suit a well-qualified and experienced individual, committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for every pupil and leading a core department in the school. The science subjects are highly popular and successful at Woldingham. The department consists of a team of 12 highly committed science teachers who work with a focus on developing academic curiosity, on the application of practical skills and on fostering independent learning. There is a culture of sharing resources and ideas. The department is well supported by a team of enthusiastic and experienced technicians.

Our girls’ passion for the sciences speaks for itself. From courses based on Pearson Exploring Science, to Advanced Level courses, the sciences are a popular and successful choice every year. Our school has an excellent record of Oxbridge success too. In addition, we provide an outstanding range of facilities including a dedicated suite of laboratories and a well-resourced library. We are looking for a colleague who will be proactive in raising the profile of the department, including the development of its academic societies and Oxbridge mentoring.

The ability to teach science across all Key Stages and one of the disciplines up to A Level & Oxbridge is essential, combined with first-rate organisation, team working and ICT skills.

Woldingham is a happy and successful Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 and is firmly established as one of the top girls’ independent schools in the UK, outperforming many schools which are far more selective in their admissions process. Central to this achievement is Woldingham’s academic enrichment and extra-curricular programme, pastoral support and caring community. Close to London, yet in an outstandingly beautiful rural setting, Woldingham has a strong community and culture building on a proud heritage that stretches back 175 years. We are committed to an exciting future that is underpinned by fresh ideas, an innovative spirit and state-of-the-art facilities.

Salary: Competitive. All staff receive free lunches and refreshments.

Please visit our website to download an application form. Once completed, return it to  with a supporting letter.

Closing date: 9am, Friday 26 February 2021.

Interviews:  w/c 8 March 2021.

Woldingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS report will be required for the successful candidate.

Professional development and staff welfare

Our professional team of staff is Woldingham’s greatest asset, and we want to ensure that everyone is supported to work in an effective, enjoyable and fulfilling way. Staff Development is a high priority, with induction and mentoring programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers and new colleagues, plus an annual cycle of Personal Professional Development planning for all colleagues and a new Leadership Programme in development for September 2021.

Staff are welcome to use our range of outstanding facilities including the gym, squash and tennis courts and the swimming pool. Our Staffroom Committee organises regular social events, and a range of wellbeing initiatives support staff in their working life.

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