Head of Chemistry, BOLTON

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Bolton School Girls' DivisionBOLTON

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent


Head of Chemistry

Girls’ Senior School (11-18 Years)

Required for January or Spring 2018

Required from January or Spring 2018, an enthusiastic and dynamic graduate to inspire in the girls a love of Chemistry and to lead a large, flourishing Department with an impressive record of success at A level and in enabling girls to study Medicine after school. This is a key role which would suit an ambitious, highly qualified individual, wishing to make a significant impact on the success of the school and to enhance the girls’ education, through both curricular and extracurricular activities. A willingness and ability to teach another science to at least GCSE level may be an advantage. The position arises because of the internal promotion of the current Head of Chemistry to become Assistant Head. 

The successful candidate will be a well qualified and committed teacher of Chemistry, able to meet the rewarding challenge of inspiring our intelligent and highly motivated girls from Year 7 to Sixth Form, both inside and outside the classroom. S/he will hold at least a good honours degree and, perhaps, a post graduate qualification. S/he will possess the flair and vision, together with the necessary academic, educational and organisational experience to succeed in a post of this standing. S/he will have the talent and drive to lead a strong team of specialist teachers, to initiate and develop innovative ideas and to deal effectively with the administrative detail of the job. S/he will be committed to the welfare and individual development of all the pupils in his/her care.

The new Head of Department, alongside the Head of Science, will be the public face of the department and will have the ability to share his/her passion for Chemistry with children, parents and colleagues. S/he will be prepared to play a significant role in the wider life of the school, by promoting and developing extracurricular and enrichment activities and taking a lead in whole-school events when appropriate. 

Science comprises three departments (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), each with substantial autonomy (including the production of Schemes of Work) and with its own Head of Department working under the overall direction of the Head of Science. All science periods are taught in a specialist subject laboratory, classroom or dedicated IT room where appropriate. The Department describes itself as follows: ‘We are a lively department with a well-qualified and committed staff team, with a good balance of experience and enthusiasm. We are supportive of each other as well as of our students.’

The Science Department is the largest academic department in the school and is central to the life of the community. The Department is well staffed and resourced, with 9 full-time teachers, 4 part-time teachers and 4 science technicians. It enjoys good accommodation on a single floor of the school with nine fully-equipped laboratories (all with interactive whiteboards), as well as two preparation rooms and staff resource areas/ offices. The majority of girls study separate sciences at GCSE and the sciences are popular options at Advanced level - with many girls going on to study medicine, science, science- related subjects or engineering at university. 

To apply online for the position, please visit the school website at www.boltonschool.org/academic-roles. Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the school and/ or speak to the Head of Science or a member of the Senior Leadership Team in advance of their application. To arrange this please contact the Headmistress’s PA, Miss Hannah Caulfield, via email (hcaulfield@boltonschool.org.uk) or on 01204 840201, extension 210 

Deadline for applications: 2pm on Wednesday, 27th September. Applications will be considered in order of receipt and so an early response is advised. If candidates are called for interview, they will be notified by the end of the day on the 28th September and interviews will be held the following week. 

Bolton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to equality and diversity in all aspects of employment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Check for Regulated Activity.

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More about Bolton School Girls' Division
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 4PB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1204 840201
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