Second in Charge - Science, Kent

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Leigh UTCKent

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + London Fringe Allowance + competitive TLR + £2,000 joining bonus
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated Science Teacher to join us in the new role of Second in Charge for the department.  Joining the team for September 2019 this is an additional role within the experienced and hugely knowledgeable department to reflect the growth in student numbers as we recently widened our intake to Key Stage 3 - the first UTC in the country to offer this.  

We know that excellent science teachers are in high demand which is why we are offering a recruitment and retention bonus of £2,000 (payable within your first year) to attract the right person.  

5 key reasons why you should apply for this role;

There is no better place to teach Science than in a successful academy where STEM is the focus!   

You’ll be joining a well-established, collaborative and successful team

Our support team, facilities and most importantly our students will inspire you

Whether this is the next step in your career to a 2IC post, or a sideways step enabling you to join a very strong team, there is excellent potential to progress within the department and strong professional development in place across the academy and wider Trust

Staff well-being is of paramount importance to us as an academy and wider Trust

In return, our successful candidate will;

Be confident and able to teach Science across all Key Stages, including ALevel

Already possess some leadership experience, e.g Key Stage Co-ordinator or similar

Have experience in supporting and mentoring recently qualified teacher

Be able to demonstrate a good track record in student outcomes

Have previous experience in delivering MYP and DP (not essential as will provide training in these remits, if required)

Working with us: Having opened in September 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities originally for Key Stage 4 and 5, The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment. The most unique feature of The Leigh UTC is its business ethos that are emphasised by our students' behaviours and supported by our sponsors.

In September 2017, following the request of the Department for Education due to our continued success, The Leigh UTC marked history by expanding its student intake to incorporate Key Stage 3 – the first UTC in the UK to do this.  Furthermore, being the first UTC to have IB World School Status has enabled us to develop strong links in Germany and Qatar.  

Having IB Status will enable us to further develop the mid-years programme (MYP) for our Key Stage 3 students and thus providing a joined-up pathway from ages 11 to 19.  The overarching mission of the Inspiration Academy is to develop curious, academically-skilled young people who aspire to be principled, compassionate learners.  Our curriculum strives to create students who are self-motivated, competent, willing to take risks and lifelong learners.

Working for Leigh Academies Trust:  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 11 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open in September 2020.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school.  

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust.

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.  The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - University Technical College (UTC)
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 14 - 19 years
Address: The Bridge Development, Brunel Way, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5TF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1322 626 600
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The Leigh UTC opened in 2014 and is part of Leigh Academies Trust.  Sponsors include University of Greenwich, Bluewater, Eurostar and Kenard Engineering.  The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curricu...