A teacher is sought to deliver Chemistry throughout the school. In addition to teaching Chemistry, up to A-level, the position will include some teaching in the wider science faculty and/or in another STEM subject. In particular, the postholder must also be able to teach GCSE Biology. Applications would be welcome from recently qualified or experienced teachers.
The successful candidate will be expected to undertake a full teaching timetable, and become fully involved in the life of a busy boarding school, including an involvement in extracurricular activities.
The Chemistry Department comprises the three full time Chemistry staff undertaking teaching over the full range of ages from 11 to 18. Chemistry is a popular subject to GCSE and there is an increasing number of students looking to take A Level Chemistry. Currently we have 16 students studying A Level Chemistry and are looking to expand numbers further. Pure and applied Science, Medical and Vocational Sciences are a popular choice for students to study at University. At GCSE all students are taught separate sciences and we follow the AQA Specification. We teach the GCSE course over three years which enables us to combine academic rigour with a strong emphasis on practical work. In the Lower School (Years 7 & 8) we follow an in-house course in Chemistry which aims to enthuse students to develop a genuine love of and interest in the subject, and to develop their skill level to ready them for GCSE.
The department has three well-equipped laboratories and a preparation room which is run by a dedicated Chemistry Technician and a part-time assistant. The Department is very well-resourced and practical work in all year groups is performed individually whenever possible. All laboratories have data projectors with two arranged into theory and practical areas. Teaching staff at Bloxham are issued with a PC laptop, as are pupils, which they keep as they progress through the school. This offers wireless connectivity to the school’s campus wide network; this gives Internet and email access throughout the school.
Bloxham Chemistry staff demonstrate a clear passion for the subject which we aim to share with our pupils. We also aim to make the subject interesting, relevant and fun. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the academic environment of the subject and also support as well as stretch and challenge students. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with the leading extra-curricular clubs as well as helping to develop and foster links and opportunities outside Bloxham School. We look forward to welcoming a new member of staff to the Chemistry Department who is able and willing to contribute fully to all these areas.