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Biology Teacher (Maternity Cover)

Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

To start in November 2021 for a fixed term period until March 2022, we are seeking an exceptional Teacher of Biology who is able to develop and inspire our pupils, and who is able to participate in and contribute to the life of the School as a whole.  In return, the School is committed to helping you develop further as a teacher by supporting you with appropriate professional development.


Science is one of the core curriculum subjects at Oundle, with Biology, Chemistry and Physics studied by all pupils up to the Fifth Form (Year 11) with GCSE teaching beginning in the Third Form (Year 9). Biology is taught using the OCR A-Level syllabus but we also offer the challenging Pre-U courses in other sciences. IGCSE is taught across the science department with most pupils entered for separate sciences. In 2019, the Upper Sixth Form returned 47% A/A* or equivalents, and 88% grades 9 to 7 at IGCSE.

All sciences are taught by subject specialists and are amongst the most popular post-GCSE choices. The Science Department has an excellent track record in preparing pupils for highly competitive degree courses such as Engineering, Medicine, Physics and Natural Sciences at the top universities in the country.

The Science Department is housed in the state-of-the-art SciTec campus, which has recently been extended and developed further to bring about Oundle School’s vision of having a STEM campus for the Sciences, Mathematics, and Design and Technology. The campus, believed to be the first of its kind in English schools, includes a new Mathematics Department, Biology and Chemistry Project Rooms, and a Science Staff workspace, as well as redevelopment of the Design and Technology Department. It has excellent resources for practical work and research, as well as housing computer suites.

Oundle School has a strong tradition of teaching through practical and independent project work. The Biology department, which has a staff of eight teachers supported by three technicians, has excellent facilities.

Practical work is central to our teaching. There is a strong project programme within the department where pupils have the opportunity to study areas and learn techniques beyond the syllabus through Biology projects where the pupils are encouraged to submit their work for the AQA Extended Project Qualification. To assist with this, we are fortunate enough to have a fully equipped molecular biology project room.

All pupils in the Fourth Form take part in the Biology Challenge; Sixth Form pupils are entered for the Intermediate Challenge and the Biology Olympiad, with some success. The department has had many successful applicants to Oxford and Cambridge to read Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences and Medicine.

The Biology department has run biennial expeditions: in 2019 a group of pupils visited Ecuador and the Galapagos to experience the diverse flora and fauna within the rain forest and marine environments. Previous trips have been to Borneo, The Ivory Coast, Honduras and Madagascar.


We are fortunate in our location at the heart of a beautiful market town: School and town are part of the same community and our pupils take their place within this community, not isolated from it. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl theatre.  The town has a range of independent shops, coffee houses, pubs and eateries. Encircled by the river Nene, the town is also blessed to be surrounded by beautiful countryside with many picturesque villages nearby.  

For those moving into the area, accommodation may be available at a discounted rate.  Other benefits include a salary on the generous Oundle pay scale.


If you are excited by this opportunity, complete and return an application form and the supplement to the application form before the closing date. Please note CV submissions cannot be accepted.

Application closing date:  Friday 3 September 2021 (1pm)

Interviews: w/c 13 September 2021

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

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