The post and the department
This is an opportunity to join an exceptionally talented and successful science department, teaching Physics (and some Chemistry) up to GCSE/IGCSE level.
The post has become available due to expansion in student numbers across the school. As such, the successful candidate must be willing to teach across both our Year 7-11 section and the International School.
Physics and Chemistry are amongst the more popular subjects across the school, with a significant uptake in the Sixth Form (currently about 80 students for each subject in years 12 and 13); Physics and Chemistry are core subjects at Key Stage 4 in our Y7-11 section and are very popular options for IGCSE in the International School. The OCR specification is used at A level and GCSE, and at our International School students study the IGCSE (Edexcel). Results are consistently strong at both GCSE and A level, with over 80% typically gaining A*-B grades at A Level and two-thirds gaining grades 9-7 at GCSE.
The successful applicant will be involved in teaching Physics and Chemistry across key stages 3 and 4. Teachers are usually asked to teach in two of the three sections of the school and this post involves teaching across our 7-11 and International School sections. Class sizes are small (maximum 15 at 7-11 and 10 in the International School and the Sixth Form), which enables teachers to gain a detailed understanding of each individual student’s strengths and needs. We value independence of thought above mere acquisition of skills, and although we seek to provide the best possible preparation for public exams we aim to do so in such a way as to foster real understanding and enjoyment of the material being studied.
Technology is used to support teaching and learning throughout the school, including the use of interactive whiteboards, data-logging equipment, online learning, and in-class tablet computing. We use Microsoft Teams and One Note as our online platforms.
As this position involves some teaching at the International School, experience of teaching students for whom English is a second language is highly desirable, although not essential.
Outside of lessons we are keen to provide students with opportunities for extension and support- with drop in clinics for support, STEM clubs at 7-11 and the Sixth Form, and relevant science-related trips.
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Secondary with sixth form
- Students of mixed gender, age 11 - 18 years
d’Overbroeck’s is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Oxford for students aged 11 – 18. The school roll currently stands at around 670, and this is set to grow in the coming years.
d’Overbroeck’s consists of thre...