Apply by: Friday 13th October 2017
Interviews: Week beginning Monday 16th October 2017
Job Start: January 2018
Salary: TMS or UPS, as appropriate, with possibility of leadership allowance
Didcot Girls’ School – Committed to Excellence
‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.' Ofsted, December 2015
Teacher of Science
We seek an inspirational Science Teacher, someone who is full of energy and infectious enthusiasm for their subject and who wants to make a real difference to young people’s lives. Didcot Girls’ School was evaluated as Outstanding by Ofsted in December 2015: we are committed to providing an excellent all girls’ education which enables our students to become resilient, confident and articulate future leaders – who love Science! Our emphasis is on achieving outstanding academic results whilst providing students with a rich curriculum that offers engaging opportunities to apply Science in context. We are happy to accept applications from candidates from any of the three Science specialisms although a Chemist would be desirable. This is an excellent opportunity to join a high performing and hugely supportive Science team in an exciting school. With a strong emphasis on CPD and a culture of collaboration, we offer a supportive and dynamic environment in which to develop and further your career. Additional leadership responsibility is possible for the right candidate.
GCSE results this summer were superb once more, placing the school in the top 20% of schools nationally for both progress (provisional P8 of +0.39) and attainment (provisional A8 of 50.54). 74% of our 179 Year 11 students achieved a Grade 9 - 4 (equivalent of Grade C) and above in English and Maths. Results at the highest levels are also outstanding across all subjects and 31 students achieved 6 or more grades at A*/A or grade 7-9.
In 2016, GCSE Science results were ‘Sig+’ (significantly above) national averages for pupil progress across Additional, Core and Triple Science. Whilst progress figures are currently provisional for 2017, achievement is strong with 75% of students across all Sciences and over 94% of students in Triple Sciences achieving A*-C grades. A level results in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are strong and on an upwards trajectory. Students are actively engaged with Science and enjoy the challenges and opportunities it presents.
We have thriving Science clubs; students regularly win national competitions. Our close links with Harwell and Culham Science Parks and Oxford University create exceptional enrichment opportunities. We are very proud of these successes and attribute them to inspirational leadership and teaching, a growth mindset and lots of hard work!
We work in partnership with St Birinus, the boys’ school in Didcot, in our multi-academy trust, the Didcot Academy of Schools and we share a large mixed sixth form of some 350 students with the boys’ school. All three Sciences are taught very successfully across both sites. As part of our drive to promote STEM careers to women, we encourage as many girls as possible to study Science at A level and we are proud that half of the A level Physics cohort are female.
If you share our growth mindset approach to learning and life then we would love to hear from you. Application forms and further details are available from the Head of School’s PA, Frances Adley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.