Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks enjoys a global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and a flagship school for the International Baccalaureate. A co-educational day and boarding school, it offers a stimulating, intellectually demanding and balanced education for pupils from the age of 11 to 18.
Inspiring facilities, together with expert, enthusiastic and imaginative teaching, provide rich opportunities for students participating in lessons, and a wide variety of sports and the performing arts.
The school’s international make-up and outlook promote the principles of tolerance and open-mindedness. About 350 pupils board in the seven boarding houses, and students originate from some 40 countries worldwide. In 2013 the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Sevenoaks School the rare accolade of ‘Exceptional’ for its students’ achievement. Sevenoaks was also the highest performing fully co-educational school, and the one with the largest cohort, in the Sunday Times Parent Power’s top 50 fee-paying schools for the IB in 2015.
The school is situated in the Kent market town of Sevenoaks, and has a prime position at the top of the High Street. The 100-acre site, which includes a number of listed buildings, is beautifully landscaped and adjoins the medieval deer park of Knole. London is only a 30-minute train journey away. Gatwick International Airport is also only 30 minutes away, and there are good transport links to other London airports and the Channel Tunnel.
The Biology Department
The Biology department is part of a thriving Science and Technology Faculty. There are currently 26 specialist teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Biology department comprises nine teachers, with two experienced and well-qualified technicians. All the teaching takes place in eight laboratories, one of which is a computer laboratory or adjacent classrooms. There is a wide range of expertise in the department, and colleagues share and communicate with each other very effectively Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught throughout the school as separate sciences.
This role is to assist with the coordination of practical resources and facilities and provide assistance and advice in meeting the needs of the science curriculum, including liaising with teaching staff and support staff outside the department.
The role will ensure the preparation and assembly of apparatus for demonstrations and lessons and be available to assist with equipment setup during practical lessons. For further details and a full job description, please see the attached person specification.
Hours of Work:
During term time only: Monday - Friday 08.30–16.30 (during term time, 34 weeks per year)
Saturdays 08.30 - 12.30 (on a rota, around 12 to 14 per year)
The successful candidate will start working at the beginning of the academic year, 28 August 2018. However, if they are available for a few days in June, then a handover would be helpful.
A full lunch will be provided in the school dining hall, and the successful candidate will also be able to use the school’s sports facilities, including gym and swimming pool currently free of charge. There is also car parking on site.
The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If, in the course of carrying out their duties, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school he/she must report any concerns to the Deputy Head (Pastoral).
The successful applicant will be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Check process before the appointment is confirmed.
Other Personnel Matters
The position will be offered subject to a number of checks including an enhanced DBS and a medical examination by their doctor, the result of which is acceptable to the school. The complete list of required checks will be provided to the successful candidate.
Please note that interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 June 2018.