Head of Science, Hampstead, London

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Devonshire House Preparatory SchoolHampstead, London

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Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 - Dependent on qualifications and experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

An exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic Science Department (Yrs 4-8) in a thriving co-educational preparatory school in Hampstead.  Starting January 2019.

To apply for the post, please click the 'Apply Now' button below. 

Closing date for completed applications; Thursday 24th May 2018 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 6th June 2018.


Head of Science


In addition to normal teaching duties the Head of Science is responsible for the running of the Science Department, including:

  1. Reviewing and updating the whole school Science curriculum. (Devonshire House runs a two-yearly cycle of curriculum review.) When necessary rewriting the detailed planning of the Upper School Science Curriculum.
  2. Keeping in touch with the ISEB about the 13+ Science curriculum, and London day schools about their 13+ entry requirements and specifically any changes in topics or areas to be covered.
  3. Maintaining assessment records of all pupils and monitoring individual and general progress.
  4. Organising trips and other events of a scientific nature to enhance the Curriculum.
  5. Preparing an annual development plan and budget for the Headmistress and overseeing all expenditure within the department.


  1. To teach Science and at least one other subject, as agreed with the Headmistress and Deputy Head Academic, to classes from U4 to U8. (Y4 – Y8).
  2. To follow schemes of work, prepare termly plans and weekly lesson plans for his or her subjects as indicated by the Devonshire House Syllabus.
  3. To take on the role of Form Tutor to a class as agreed with the Headmistress and Deputy Head Academic. To be responsible for the pastoral care of the children in that class, including the teaching of the school’s PSHCE syllabus.
  4. To teach lessons at the times stipulated on the school timetable.
  5. To maintain order and good discipline among pupils and safeguard their health and safety.
  6. To set, mark and record work to be done in school and for homework.
  7. To carry out all other duties, in and out of the classroom, including out of school activities and outings, care of the environment, display and overall care.
  8. To make regular assessments of pupils’ attainment and progress and enter pupils half termly grades on the academic database.
  9. To write reports on pupils’ attainment and progress twice per year.
  10. To attend parents’ evenings to discuss pupils’ progress with parents.

Full Job Description and Specification attached. Elements of this job description may be re-negotiated periodically.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will preferably be an experienced and qualified teacher of KS2 & KS3 pupils.

Devonshire House Preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

If the candidate has lived in a country other than the UK for a period of 3 months or more since the age of 18, a foreign criminal policy check will be required irrespective of whether they worked in those countries. Devonshire House Preparatory School is an equal opportunities employer. 

To apply for the post, please click the 'Apply Now' button below. 

Closing date for completed applications; Thursday 24th May 2018 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Previous applicants need not apply.

If you are available to start in September 2018, please indicate clearly in covering letter. 

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More about Devonshire House Preparatory School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Age Range: 2 - 13 years
Address: 2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 6AE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 207 435 1916
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