Director of Science, Leeds

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The Farnley AcademyLeeds

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Start date: January 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Director of Science 

L8-12 (£46,335-51,126) 

Required for January 2018   

Have you got a proven track record of exceptional teaching in mathematics?  Are you ready to lead a high performing department in an Outstanding academy?  

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional colleague to the position of Director of Science in our Outstanding academy.   

As part of The GORSE Academies Trust, The Farnley Academy underwent a remarkable transformation over three years to become one of the most improved schools in England. In December 2013, the excellence of our work was recognised by OFSTED which judged the Academy to be Outstanding in all areas. Inspectors reported that '…the quality of teaching is outstanding. Much is inspirational. As a result, students display a rare thirst for learning and an eagerness to succeed.' In addition, inspectors noted ‘Newly qualified teachers are able to improve their teaching skills very quickly and effectively as a result of the excellent role models in the school and the excellent support available to them from experienced colleagues’.  

In 2015, The Farnley Academy became a Teaching School. Working in alliance with a range of partners, we actively seek opportunities to raise standards in education through research and development, initial teacher training, school-to-school support and continuing professional development. The GORSE Farnley Teaching Schools Alliance has quickly established a reputation for profoundly improving student outcomes in other schools, particularly in English, Mathematics and Science.  

In 2016 the Academy was awarded the prestigious World Class Schools Quality Mark, becoming one of only 50 schools across England to have secured this status. Awarded only to schools whose students are able to demonstrate they have world class attributes and qualities, we are hugely proud of this achievement and what it says about our young people, their aspirations, creatively, sense of community and pride in their academy.  

If you have what it takes to be our next Director of Science, we would be delighted to hear from you.  The position would suit an existing middle leader looking for a fresh challenge or an exceptional colleague wanting to take their first step into middle leadership.  

An Application Pack (including Job Description and Person Specification) is available to download from The GORSE Academies Trust website (, by email to or by telephone on 0113 2630741.  If you would like to know more about The Farnley Academy, please visit our website at 

Please note if you submit an electronic application we will not require a hard copy. CVs are not accepted.  

Closing date: Monday, 16 October 2017 at 12 noon 

Interview date: Friday, 20 October 2017  

The Farnley Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and we expect our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure Barring Service Check (formally Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure). We promote diversity and aim to establish a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

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More about The Farnley Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Chapel Lane, Farnley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 5EU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 2630741
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The Farnley Academy is part of The GORSE Academies Trust, a not-for-profit charity whose driving energy is centred on creating exceptional schools within the Leeds city region. The Trust has established a reputation for setting standards of excellenc...