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Lead Practitioner for Science

Lead Practitioner for Science

The Chalk Hills Academy


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Lead Practitioner Scale - £39,374 to £59,857
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Easter 2018
Apply by:
8 January 2018

Job overview

Are you a confident team player looking for your next challenge?

Are you an experienced Teacher of Science interested in leadership responsibility?

Would you enjoy leading a large team within a successful Science department?

If you have answered yes to these questions, The Chalk Hills Academy would love to hear from you!

The Chalk Hills Academy have an exciting new opportunity for a dynamic Teacher of Science to join our lovely team as a Lead Practitioner. Our Science Department consists of 15 hardworking and self-motivated teachers who all work closely together to achieve the best results for our students. We have state of the art science facilities with fully equipped labs and a team of four Science Technicians on hand to help you deliver engaging and interactive lessons. 

We are looking to recruit a dedicated teacher that will bring fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm to our Science Department. Our team has a great mix of different strengths and abilities and we are therefore looking for someone who will bring their unique skills and abilities to lead an area of whole school responsibility. Depending on the key strengths and experiences of the successful candidate, we can adapt the leadership responsibility accordingly to best suit their preference.

If you have the drive and determination to make a real impact on students’ progress and increase the effective development of the staff within the Science department, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Job Specifics:

  • Start date:  Easter 2018
  • Salary: Lead Practitioner Scale
  • Job Role: Full time, permanent

Why work for Chalk Hills Academy?

  • £30 million state of the art building with well-equipped classrooms in an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school
  • You’ll be working alongside a collaborative, forward-thinking Principal and Senior Leadership Team who are here to support and develop you
  • Unparalleled CPD opportunities with free courses catered to your developmental needs
  • Excellent opportunities to develop and grow in a successful and expanding Academy
  • All teaching staff receive a laptop to use whilst in employment
  • Freshly brewed coffee for staff on arrival to the academy every morning
  • Employee of the month scheme winning shopping vouchers
  • Fantastic staff benefits that make a difference to your work life balance

Here’s what Ofsted have to say: “The purposeful and caring leadership of the Principal and SLT have created a strong academy identity and a positive ethos shared by all members of the community. The strength of leadership is recognised without exception by the academy’s staff. Students’ behaviour is good, the atmosphere in lessons is calm and studious and attitudes to learning are routinely positive as students want to learn. Students are hugely proud of their academy, they wear their blazers and ties smartly, do not drop litter and look after the modern, purpose-built site impeccably. They stand without instruction when any adult enters a classroom.”

Teacher Testimonial: “Moving from Industry to Teaching was a daunting yet exciting experience; I joined Stockwood Park Academy (known as South Luton High School at the time) as an instructor to see if teaching was for me, and have never looked back! The seamless transition into education was exciting, demanding, and the best decision I made. Like many teachers, my role has evolved and I have been fortunate enough to work across the Trust in different positions.  The Trust has provided me with multiple opportunities to grow and develop.  I now work as an Assistant Principal at The Chalk Hills Academy, with a focus on The Teaching Trust, Admissions and Science. I feel extremely privileged to be working for an organisation that inspires learning, growth, confidence and creativity, and challenges students to rise to their full potential in a warm and caring environment.”

Closing Date: Monday 8th January at 12pm        Interviews: W/C 15th January 2018

If you are interested in this job opportunity, please do apply today - We look forward to hearing from you!

Visits to the Academy are warmly welcomed, please contact Sharon Kirby on 01582 884 119 or email

 If you have any questions about the role, please contact Hannah Chandler, Recruitment Officer on 01582 211 226 or email 

‘We believe in the safeguarding and welfare of children and expect all staff to share this view’. The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer. The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the deadline date.

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About The Chalk Hills Academy

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Welcome to The Chalk Hills Academy, one of the four Academies under The Shared Learning Trust. 

Vision and Values

'Strive, achieve, believe!' - We want our children to strive for their goals, achieve those goals and believe that with the right drive and motivation anything is possible. We provide opportunities for all our students and adults to be aspirational and develop a passion and excitement for learning. Working with our communities, we ensure all students are able to achieve beyond their targets to reach the success they deserve. Our students develop a strong self-belief so that they flourish and develop into well-rounded, self-respecting young people. 

'We recruit people for attitude and train for skills' -  We aim to recruit people who have the right attitude. If you have a love for teaching and are passionate about seeing children succeed, we can help you do the rest. We can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and all aspects of Leadership and Management. Whether you would like help with planning, preparing and delivering outstanding lessons, building your confidence within the classroom or developing your behaviour management strategies, we have all the CPD and training you need.  

About The Chalk Hills Academy

Providing the very best education for all our students is the simple goal for The Stockwood Park Academy. Whilst firmly rooted in traditional values, we have made our Academy a vibrant and exciting place with a positive ethos that runs throughout the Academy. We want our children to flourish and develop into decent, disciplined, well-educated and employable adults. We have an innovative curriculum, which makes the transition from primary to secondary education an enriching and enjoyable experience and enables students to follow a personalised route to success. Our students are achieving the highest standards in the classroom, on the sports field and among the community. Our state of the art building which we moved into in February 2011 offers cutting edge facilities that are benefiting students even further. Our hardworking and motivated staff are providing outstanding lessons and are given the best possible support. We work closely with parents and carers, encouraging their children to achieve and ensuring that excellent progress is made. With the rigorous use of data, constant assessment of student progress and quality assurance methods, together, we are achieving more than we ever thought possible. We instantly respond if students experience difficulties. Dialogue with teachers is encouraged as a framework for students to develop ideas, ask questions think about their learning.If you want to lead in a highly effective team, contribute to raising standards and aspirations of young people then Chalk Hills is the place for you! 

Ofsted at The Chalk Hills Academy

Leadership and Management: ‘GOOD’

  • The purposeful and caring leadership of the Principal and the senior team have created a strong academy identity and a positive ethos shared by all members of the community. The strength of leadership is recognised without exception by the academy’s staff. The atmosphere created allows teachers to teach effectively and students to learn well. 

Behaviour and Safety of Students: ‘GOOD’

  • The behaviour of the students is good. Students are calm and orderly when moving between lessons and at breaks and lunchtimes. They are unfailingly polite and courteous to staff and each other. The atmosphere in lessons is calm and studious, attitude to learning are routinely positive as students want to learn and these characteristics have a strong impact on their progress. 

Quality of Teaching: ‘GOOD’

  • Teachers help create positive learning environments in their classrooms. Constructive, trusting relationships have been developed throughout the academy and teachers and students share an expectation that learning will begin as soon as each lesson starts. Students are confident to engage actively in lessons and feel safe to venture answers to questions and make mistakes. Teachers are committed to improving their own skills and they regularly take advantage of the high quality professional development opportunities available at the academy. This has enabled continuous improvement in the quality of teaching. 

Achievement of Pupils: ‘GOOD’

  • The proportion of students that attain five or more good GCSE passes including English and mathematics is higher than the national level. When compared to other schools nationally the progress made between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 at the academy overall is extremely high. Most ability groups make very strong progress and finish Key Stage 4 with standards of attainment which are above average.

About The Shared Learning Trust

The Shared Learning Trust is a stand-alone multi academy trust which runs a family of five schools based in Bedfordshire:

  • The Chalk Hills Academy, Luton, ages 11-1
  • The Stockwood Park Academy, Luton, ages 11-18
  • The Linden Academy, Luton, ages 4-11
  • The Vale Academy, Dunstable, ages 2-11
  • The Rushmere Park Academy, Leighton Buzzard, ages 2 - 9
  • The Sixth Form, Luton, ages 16-19

Our Academies are supported in their work by our Teaching School, based at The Chalk Hills Academy.The structure of our family of schools means that we can be with a child every step of the way, from teaching them to tie their shoe laces right through to congratulating them on their university place or their first job.Our Trust is vibrant and friendly, supported by 3 state-of-the-art buildings. It is a learning environment where all students have the opportunity to be high achievers, make good friends, contribute to their community and take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. 

CPD and Training: Our Teaching Trust - WE INVEST IN YOU! 

All five Academies at The Shared Learning Trust are a part of our Teaching Trust. We aim to offer exception teacher training and high quality professional development programmes to new and experienced staff to support them in excelling in their career. Our programmes are facilitated by experienced school leaders, who have exemplary records in leadership and improving outcomes for their students. We are able to cater for specific requests and can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and aspects of Leadership and Management. We currently offer 'The National Award for Middle Leaders', 'The Outstanding Teacher Programme', 'The Improving Teacher Programme' and 'The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership'. 

As Chalk Hills Academy is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, there are fantastic opportunities to climb the career ladder. The Shared Learning Trust are a firm believer in helping all staff reach their full potential and developing their career within our Academies. If you are willing and wanting, we will do all we can to put you on the relevant courses and give you the right opportunities so you can keep achieving more in your career. If there isn't a current opportunity at The Chalk Hills Academy for promotion, there will be opportunities to move to one of our partner Academies.  


The Sports Zone: 

  • 2 Football Pitches (floodlit, FA approved, full size and 3G Astro Turf) 
  • Large Outdoor Hard Court
  • Four Tennis Courts
  • Three Netball Courts
  • Full Size Basketball Court
  • Full Size Netball Court
  • Four Badminton Court
  • Large Indoor Football Pitch

The Performance Plaza:

  • Theatre (tiered seating, professional lighting and sound system, curtains and backstage changing facilities) 
  • Dance and Fitness Studio (sprung floors, dances barres, floor to ceiling mirrors, full PA and music systems)

Classroom Facilities:

  • Projectors 
  • Smart Boards 
  • Laptops 

Why work for The Chalk Hills Academy?

If you're not convinced by what you have just read, here are some more benefits for working at The Chalk Hills Academy!

  • £30 million state of the art building with well-equipped classrooms and equipment to match the level of courses offered
  • You’ll be working alongside a collaborative, forward thinking Principal and Senior Leadership Team who are here to support and develop you
  • Unparalleled CPD opportunities with free courses every Thursday catered to your developmental needs 
  • All teaching staff receive a laptop 
  • Freshly brewed coffee for staff on arrival to the academy every morning 
  • Employee of the month scheme winning shopping vouchers
  • Local subsided gym membership
  • Free parcel collection and drop off 
  • Dry-cleaning collection and drop off 
  • Free sight test 

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