We are looking for a teacher of science to join this remarkable school which exists to educate the thirty choristers of Westminster Abbey. We seek someone who shows real inspiration in the classroom and who is sympathetic to the demands of a small choir school. The successful candidate will show real inspiration in the laboratory and will contribute actively to the life of the school. He or she will take responsibility for the teaching of science throughout the school (currently about 11 hours actual teaching per week which, with additional supervisory duties, amounts to 0.75 FTE salary). The present science teacher has a full-time post, since it includes some additional teaching and it is likely that a similar arrangement could be made for the successful applicant. If so, the application should indicate additional curriculum areas offered.
The current science syllabus leads towards Common Entrance papers in Physics, Chemistry and Biology at 13+ (or in some cases to academic scholarship examinations). Science has a high profile in the school, and the boys gain much enjoyment from it. The department is well-resourced with a purpose built laboratory incorporating an interactive whiteboard, data logging equipment and all other materials and apparatus necessary to promote active pupil engagement in practical science. Opportunities exist in the surrounding area for environmental studies. All staff contribute to the extra-curricular programme of the school, and they undertake occasional weekend duties.
Teaching at Westminster Abbey Choir School is richly rewarding, but it is no easy option. Curriculum time is necessarily restricted on account of the boys’ choral commitments, and it is important that staff are very well organised in order to make best possible use of the time available. Flexibility is essential, since it is not uncommon for the timetable to be adapted day-to-day to accommodate special musical events or rehearsals. Choristers tend to be sparky individuals who benefit from demanding, yet sympathetic academic teaching. All staff need to be committed to the ethos of a choir school and it is important that they appreciate the very considerable demands made upon the choristers in their charge. Closing date: The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th June Shortlisted candidates will be expected to spend a minimum of one half day in school which is likely to include a panel interview and an opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills by delivering a science lesson.
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