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Head of Physics

St Mary's CalneWiltshire

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London.

St Mary’s Calne is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education.   It has around 360 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form.   As well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community. 


St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects.  As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance.  The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne.  These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.


This is an exciting opportunity for a highly committed, passionate science leader to further develop and deliver our unique and enriching knowledge-led academic programme.  Science is central to the success of the school, and we are looking for a talented individual who has belief in the ability of all the students to succeed in Science.  We emphasise teaching the subject first and resist the demands to teach to the test.  We need a subject leader who will strive for excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning, and who can continue to inspire the department to take the pupils on a journey from basic scientific ability to flourishing young scientists, forging new and interesting pathways and networks.

The Science Department at St Mary’s has a reputation for excellence and sector leading practice. We have five well-equipped laboratories, which are housed in a separate science block and two dedicated Science and Psychology teaching rooms.  Our teaching team currently consists of five biologists, three chemists, three physicists, one psychologist and two sport science specialists all of whom are supported by our technician team.  Our teaching of the curriculum is designed to be both engaging and challenging and aims to foster curiosity, a deep understanding of the connections between the different disciplines and a desire to continue with the scientific studies both at A Level and beyond.

Beyond the classroom we have termly enrichment weeks, take the students on a wide variety of trips, run science clubs, and a dedicated speaker programme.  Our aim always, is to develop curious thinkers who have the attributes that will be needed to lead in tomorrow's world.

What we want from you 

• A strong academic background and a good honours degree in Physics or related subject.

• Qualified Teacher Status.

• A minimum of three years Physics teaching in the secondary sector. 

• Up to date knowledge of Physics developments for pupils 11-18.

• An empathetic, enthusiastic and well-presented person, capable of inspiring confidence in pupils, parents and staff.

• Ability to: work flexibly to fulfil the requirements of the post; prioritise; work calmly under pressure and respond positively to changing demands.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with very good written and spoken English.

• Excellent organisational and time management skills; competency in the use of ICT for administration and teaching purposes.

• An understanding of the expectations, ethos and aims of a full boarding school.  

• Committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people.

What we offer

• Excellent and tailored CPD within the department and across the school.

• Highly motivated pupils with lessons taught in small groups.

• Competitive salary and membership of the Teacher Pension Scheme.

• Discounted membership of the St Mary’s Calne Sports Club. 

• Fee remission for daughters educated at St Mary’s Calne and for sons and daughters. educated at St Margaret’s Preparatory School.

• Complimentary meals in the Dining Hall during term time.

• Free on-site parking.

How to Apply 

For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website   

Telephone: 01249 857200 (Karen Turner) 


Closing date: Midday, Monday 10th January 2022

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