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Reading Girls' School


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MPS/UPS TLR1a (£7,991 reviewed annually)
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
April 2018
Apply by:
5 February 2018

Job description

We seek to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and influential Head of Science (a specialism in Chemistry or Physics would be advantageous), who will inspire and lead a relatively new department, to provide excellent outcomes for students at Key stage 3 and 4. GCSE Science Triple outcomes in 2017 were 100% A* - C in Biology, 97% A* - C in Chemistry, 92% A* - C in Physics, 38% A* - C in Core Science and 44% A* - C in Additional Science. 

Experience of highly effective curriculum development, teaching and learning will be essential. We are looking for somebody who can provide outstanding leadership to ensure continued improvement in learning and progress for all areas of Science. This role would suit someone who is looking to make a step into middle leadership, or to build upon a successful career so far at this level. This is an exciting opportunity to mould and develop a relatively new department. You will be someone who is committed to the development of a stimulating, differentiated and contextualised curriculum, enabling all students to achieve their full potential. The successful candidate will join a school that is committed to engage, inspire and motivate students in their learning to ensure they have the very best educational journey possible. 

We are a partially selective, 11-16 secondary girls’ school, in south Reading. Our aim is a very clear one which is to provide the best life-chances possible for every student. To that end, we challenge our students to the very edge of their academic capabilities whilst providing wrap-around support towards those goals. We believe in the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, in order to improve. 

At Reading Girls’ School we have a strong commitment to high standards for students and staff. We are a diverse and dynamic school with a reputation for providing a caring environment where students can succeed; our girls have a real enthusiasm for learning and take pride in their school. As a teaching team we are highly qualified and all share a passionate belief that every student in our school matters. 

Our vision is that Reading Girls’ School is regarded by our local community as their secondary school of choice. Our recent GCSE examination results have improved again this academic year. The Department for Education has highlighted Reading Girls’ School as ‘ the best performing school in Reading LA (2017) .

Reading Girls School is an Academy which is part of the successful Baylis Court Trust. In October 2016 we moved into our new school building which has provided us with a 21 st century learning environment. 

If you are a highly ambitious teacher and you feel you have the qualities to join the Principal in rapidly moving forward and you are committed to improving student life chances of students, would like to hear from you. 

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged, please contact Jane Clacey, PA to the Principal, on 0118 9861336 to arrange a time to come and meet us. 

Completed application forms should be returned to jclacey@readinggirlsschool.net before the closing date of noon on Monday 5 February with interviews held the week commencing Monday 5 February 2018 .

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We are extremely proud of our school which aims to fulfil the potential of each and every student within a caring and stimulating environment.

Principal's Welcome...

May I take this opportunity to welcome you to our school.  We are a partially selective girls’ school, in south Reading. Our aim is a very clear one which is to provide the best life-chances possible for every student .  To that end, we challenge our students to the very edge of their academic capabilities whilst providing wrap-around support towards those goals.  I believe in the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, in order to improve.  Consequently, our vision is under pinned by the value placed on LEARNING.

Leadership at all levels.

Excellence in teaching

Aspirational parents, staff and students

Respect for the beliefs and rights of others

Non-negotiable behaviour for learning

Independent learning

New technologies

Going the extra mile for yourself and others


  • To build a creative and enterprising community that can respond to challenge and embrace change.
  • To inspire all to achieve their best in their academic, social, moral, spiritual, technological and entrepreneurial development.
  • To ensure all members of the school community are empowered to become active life long learners with high aspirations for themselves and others in the global community.
  • To create a vibrant learning environment where all are secure and encouraged to make healthy life choices.

Reading Girls’ School is a single sex Foundation School situated in South Reading, open to girls of all abilities with an excellent record of pastoral care. In order to maximise our success for the future, Reading Girls’ works closely with Kendrick Grammar School to sharpen the school’s drive for academic excellence.

Reading Girls’ is a dynamic school, set on a path of further improvement. All students are encouraged to strive for excellence and the school aims to challenge and motivate girls to maximise their potential, both academically and socially. Good qualifications, independence, confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with others are essential for adult life.

Our curriculum covers a broad range of subjects and offers a wide variety of opportunities for all. We encourage our students to become independent learners and seek the support and co-operation of parents to aid in this process. Girls are also encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular activities outside the normal school day. Working in partnership with parents, we provide a firm framework within which every girl has the chance to excel.

If you are appointed to Reading Girls' School you can expect:

  • A school committed to improvement and development
  • A strong professional team of staff
  • A well managed and developing curriculum
  • Professional development for all staff

When appointing staff at Reading Girls' School we are seeking people who are:

  • Committed to the needs of all children and young people
  • Excellent classroom practitioners
  • Enthusiastic and hardworking
  • Committed to improvements
  • Willing to contribute to extra curricular activities
  • Able to liaise with parents and students
  • Efficient and effective managers of resources

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