A vacancy arises from November 2019 (Maternity Cover) for an enthusiastic and well qualified teacher to teach Biology to GCSE and A Level, and Y7/Y8 Science.
There are twelve academic members of staff in the Science Department: The Head of Science who is also Head of Physics, the Head of Chemistry, the Head of Biology and nine teachers. They are supported by three technicians. Virtually all science lessons are taught in the school’s laboratories which are housed in three buildings: five in a Science block with an additional Physics lab close by, and two labs for A level Chemistry and Biology in an adjacent building. Pupils are taught in small classes typically of 18 in Y7-Y9, 20 at GCSE and a maximum of 15 for A Level classes. The pupils are grouped by ability for Y8-Y11.
An in-house Science course is followed by all pupils in the Lower School (Y7-Y8) on a six period allocation with one teacher for each class. In the Middle School (Y9-Y11), Science is taught by subject specialists in one double period per week for each discipline in Y9 and three periods per week (one double, one single) in Y10 and Y11, leading to either two (AQA Trilogy Science) or three (AQA Biology, Physics and Chemistry) GCSEs. Either course provides an effective base for A Level, where AQA specifications are also followed. The numbers of students opting for Sciences at this level are high.
The standard of students’ work in Biology is very high and this is reflected in the fine public examination results. Biology is very popular at A-level with just over one third of lower sixth pupils taking the course. In 2018 the Department achieved 79% A*-B grades at A level, with 25% of candidates achieving A*. In GCSE Biology 83% of candidates achieved grades 9-6, with 33% achieving grade 9. It is a well-resourced department and a team of committed teachers who ensure that Biology is well-respected within the School.