Teacher of Physics, Witney, Oxfordshire

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Cokethorpe SchoolWitney, Oxfordshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Teacher of Physics. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative Physicist to join an expanding and exciting department. The successful candidate will be an excellent classroom teacher with strong subject knowledge and a desire to instill a love for the Sciences in all pupils.

The successful candidate will join a strong and experienced department, led by the Head of Physics. The Head of Science is supported by subject heads who take on specific responsibility for the delivery of the A Level curriculum.

This post would suit an innovative, energetic and ambitious Physics teacher wishing to contribute to the development of the department. Applications are welcome from candidates at all stages in their careers, with a full and recognised induction programme in place which, for NQTs, will lead to QTS.

Science Department

The Department, twelve strong, prides itself on its ability to work as a team, sharing good practice, championing practical science and developing staff.

Pupils in First and Second Form are taught general Science, with Chemistry, Biology and Physics topics integrated into a bespoke programme. In the Third Form, pupils currently start the Edexcel IGCSE, which continues for two further years with the aim of teaching the majority of pupils so they can gain two IGCSEs and to enable a significant number of pupils to certificate in IGCSE Biology, IGCSE Chemistry and IGCSE Physics. There is a healthy uptake at A Level, with approximately 50% of the Sixth Form taking a science and the department is pleased to be attracting a high calibre of student to continue beyond GCSE. Physics is currently the second most popular A Level subject in terms of uptake.

There are nine well-equipped laboratories, four of which have interactive white board technology and all of which have data projection facilities. There is a large supply of data logging and trolleys of laptop computers at teachers’ disposal.

Expectations of both pupils and staff are high. Last year, 100% of pupils achieved grades A*-C at GCSE, with Triple Scientists all achieving 100% A*-B. The grades at A Level also consistently amongst the best in the School.

These are exciting times for the development of the school and the right candidate will play an important role in supporting the science team in exploring and evaluating new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.


Teachers are expected to:

• Inspire a love of Science in pupils, based on excellent subject knowledge and innovative, creative teaching techniques.

• Be accountable for the progress made by pupils, both in terms of internal and external communications – for example, through Progress Review Evenings and written reports.

• Develop strategies to support pupils in becoming independent and effective learners.

• Work with the Head of Department to promote the Science Department, organising extra-curricular experiences to stretch and challenge all pupils.

• Play a full and committed role in the development of the whole learning experience of pupils within the school, including participation in tutoring, the AOB programme and, if appropriate, Games.

• Take part in, and, where appropriate, contribute to a full and varied Professional Development programme.

Person Specification


• A Science-based degree

• Excellent subject knowledge, with a vision of how this knowledge can be best shared with pupils.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills with pupils, parents and staff

• An ability to inspire and teach a love of learning of Science

• Strong organisational skills

• High standards of written and oral communication

• A good level of computer competence/skills.

• Willingness to contribute to the wider school life including the sports programme, co-curricular commitments, the activities programme and the tutoring and House system.


• A Physics degree


Cokethorpe has a very caring and supportive reputation; much of this has been harboured by the staff. It is essential that the successful candidate is prepared to be part of the Common Room and the School as a whole.The successful candidate will be a member of a School House. This will involve being responsible to a Housemaster and running his/her own tutor group of around 16 pupils. As well as the day to day management of the pupils, there are also WIT classes, reporting and parent meetings. A willingness to get involved in AOB will be essential. This could include offering some form of sporting role and/or contributions to Drama, Music or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Most staff are involved in coaching or supervision of games at some level, but we are flexible according to staff experience and ability. For the successful candidate, Cokethorpe offers a great deal, both in opportunities and in varied teaching.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Applicants will undergo child protections screening.

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More about Cokethorpe School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 18 years
Address: Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7PU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1993 703921
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