Head of Chemistry, Leeds

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The Grammar School at LeedsLeeds

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Start date: 1 September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Above national scales
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and inspirational head of department to lead this highly successful department at The Grammar School at Leeds from September 2018.  

The chemistry department is a team of nine highly committed chemistry teachers and two full time technicians with considerable experience of teaching AQA A-level chemistry and Edexcel International GCSE Science (Double Award).    

Chemistry has a very high profile within the school, teaching all students from 11-16 and with large numbers in the sixth form. The department has a reputation for excellence, sending large numbers of talented students to top universities on STEM and medical related courses. The department is highly reflective and always strives for improvement and development, which is informed by regular pupil voice, work sampling, learning walks and honest, constructive, evaluative discussion in department meetings. The department has nine teaching laboratories and two preparation rooms. Each laboratory is very well equipped with two permanent fume cupboards and a large interactive screen.    

We are seeking candidates with a good honours degree and with a teaching qualification who are able and committed to teach chemistry throughout the school at all levels and willing to develop present aspects of the curriculum and to enhance the department’s standing. The post could be seen as a career move to a challenging academic environment or equally a step up to a middle leadership position.   

The successful candidate will have strong classroom management skills and will be expected to play a full part in this busy department.   

Colleagues have the opportunity to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities available within the school and to support the House system. 

There are also a range of non contractual benefits available including salary sacrifice schemes and access to the school gym and pool.  

Full details of the post are shown in the job description and person specification on the school’s website; www.gsal.org.uk Application is by completion of the online GSAL application form.  

Closing date: by 08:00 on Thursday 22 March 2018  

Interviews are likely to be held on Wednesday 28 March 2018  

In addition to formal interviews there will also be an opportunity for short-listed candidates to see around the School and meet members of the department. Part of the interview procedure will be to teach a lesson. Details will be made available with the call to interview. All short listed candidates will be provided with lesson briefs.   

GSAL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be required.  

GSAL is an equal opportunities employer, selecting employees solely on merit irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 8GS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 229 1552
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