Oundle School is one of the country’s leading HMC co-educational boarding and day schools, and enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence supported by outstanding pastoral care.
To start September 2019, we are seeking an exceptional Teacher of Chemistry 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 giving you access to its generous professional development budget.
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). Oundle is currently among only a handful of schools to offer the academically rigorous Pre-U Chemistry course as its secondary qualification. In 2018, Oundle Upper Sixth pupils achieved over 84.6% A*/B at Pre-U with over 43.6% managing an A* equivalent.
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 Chemistry Department is housed in the state-of-the-art SciTec campus, which has just 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 now 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, with excellent resources for practical work, research, as well as housing computer suites.
Oundle School has a strong tradition of teaching through practical and independent project work. The Chemistry department, which has a staff of eight teachers supported by three technicians, has excellent facilities and 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 Chemistry projects. To assist with this we are fortunate enough to have a fully equipped chemistry project room where pupils and staff are encouraged to perform independent investigations and research. The Department currently runs a Chemistry Extension activity (as part of the Quadrivium programme) for three periods a week where Lower Sixth pupils have been furthering their understanding of the subject in a socio-historical context.
The Department enters a team into the annual RSC Young Analyst and Top of the Bench competitions, in the latter achieving 4th place in the National Finals in 2016. Selected pupils in the Lower Sixth Form take part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge (with Roentgenium winners in 2015 and 2017) in the Upper Sixth they also enter the RSC Chemistry Olympiad. The department has had many successful applicants to Oxford and Cambridge to read Chemistry, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences and Medicine.
Oundle is a historic market town in Northamptonshire famous for its beautiful Georgian streets and impressive limestone buildings. 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.
An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website www.oundleschool.org.uk/Employment-Opportunities.
Application closing date: Monday 19 November 2018 (9 am)
Interview date: Wednesday 28 November 2018
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.