Head of Science Department (Chemistry or Physics Specialism Preferable), Greenwich

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Ark Greenwich Free SchoolGreenwich

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Start date: 01/09/2019 or January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Ark MPS/UPS+ TLR 1b £9,661
Contract term: Permanent


This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work at one of the highest performing schools in the country (Evening Standard). If you are passionate about the importance of Science and want to work in a seriously ambitious, respectful and high performing school, this is the job for you. 

Ark Greenwich 

Ark Greenwich is a new, ambitious school model based on what we know excellent schools do. We have created a highly respectful and disciplined environment where our staff and students can fulfil their potential. Our aim is to become ‘the best school in London’ and we are close to achieving this because academic outcomes are first class and because we value and respect our staff.  

Joining the school team is a superb opportunity for an ambitious and motivated teacher who wants to make a lasting difference to the community they serve. 

Ark Greenwich exists to empower young people, regardless of socio-economic background, to grow and be successful. Expectations for all members of our community are unashamedly sky high. We work tirelessly to impact the lives of the young people we serve.  Students at our school are passionate about Science and keen to develop their skills in this highly valued subject.

How is Ark Greenwich different?

1. This is a strict no excuses, no mobile phone school. We sweat the small stuff every single day and standards are extremely high. 

2. This is a small school model (600 pupils aged 11-16) because we believe that our close-knit community provides the optimum conditions for academic success because we know every child. 

3. Pupil’s behaviour for learning is renowned for being exceptional so our teachers can focus their efforts on the things that matter – planning and delivering exceptional lessons for our pupils. Senior leaders are quick to support staff but also to hold them to the very highest standards. 

4. Our curriculum is traditional and academic and we do not take shortcuts – we do not offer vocational courses or equivalencies such as Btecs, Vcerts or the ECDL. We only offer full GCSE courses. 

5. Our aim is to become the best school in London by:

· Facilitating an exceptional culture where academic outcomes are amongst the highest in the country – but achieving this with integrity by refusing to ‘game the system’ and investing in the development of the whole child through our compulsory co-curricular program 

· Being renowned as a school that respects, values and develops its staff to be brilliant at what they do without burning them out 

· Making an impactful contribution to the broader educational and local community by sharing our innovative model and through our extended community impact scheme

6. Staff wellbeing is one of our main priorities. We provide breakfast for staff each morning and have a 6pm weekday and all weekend work related communication curfew to ensure our staff are able to maintain an effective work-life balance. We do not do knee-jerk reactions, fads or last minute deadlines. Our systems and processes - including for communication, pupil marking and feedback and assessment - are modern, efficient and highly organised and the approaches we take are led by research and what we know to work best within of our context. 

7. We put high-quality teaching at the heart of what we do. We have 75 mins of thoughtful staff training every week. Live coaching, co-planning and current best practice in the field of education is central to our approach – but we don’t do fads. 

8. We don’t grade individual lessons or ask for lesson plans but we do focus on progress over time and typicality by ensuring long and medium term plans are carefully designed and embedded across the curriculum. 

9. Our pupils enjoy a compulsory co-curricular program on a Wednesday afternoon much the same as in the private sector. This program includes a strong focus on community volunteering and the promotion of both inclusive and elite performance through a range of sporting, debating, public speaking, expressive and other activities. We facilitate 12 drop down days per academic year ensuring our pupils benefit from a range of life enriching experiences.

10. We are part of the Ark family of schools and benefit accordingly from outstanding networking and career opportunities and first class CPD.

If you are ready to add further value to our highly performing Science department and to work alongside a brilliant school leadership team, then you will find this job extremely rewarding. Alignment with the schools vision, values and approach to education is essential. 

The Role and the Department 

As Head of the Science department, you will lead, develop and manage the effective delivery of an outstanding curriculum, which enables the highest level of student progress and attainment. You will be a senior member of the professional community of Middle Leadership and promote outstanding teaching and learning and a strong school culture within a nurturing and academically rigorous environment. You will be Head of a department with 6 fully qualified Science teachers and a technical support team. We do not use day supply teachers.   

Science is highly valued and taught throughout the curriculum each week from Year 7-9 (4 x one hour periods per week). In Year 9 pupils will select their GCSE option subjects and Triple Science is a popular choice with approximately 60% of pupils selecting this over the combined award. Our first class and fully equipped Science classrooms offer the ideal environment for our students to thrive and fulfil their potential.  

The department specific Progress 8 score is +0.3 with over 40% of students going on to achieve the top grade 7-9 category.         

About Ark Schools

Ark is a network of high-achieving, non-selective schools and one of the country’s top-performing academy groups. We run 38 academies in London, Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth educating more than 26,000 pupils. 83% of Ark schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Our aim is to create outstanding schools that give every pupil, regardless of their background, the opportunity to go to university or pursue the career of their choice.

To find out more about Ark Greenwich, please visit our website via www.arkgreenwichfreeschool.org 

To apply please click 'Apply now'.

Closing date: 09:00 Monday 17th June 2019. The school reserves the right to close this advert early should the right candidate be found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply promptly for this role. Please note some candidates may not be taken through to the afternoon of the interview day.     

Ark value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.

More about Ark Greenwich Free School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Adair House, 403 Shooters Hill Road, Woolwich, London, SE18 4LH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 319 3692
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We opened in September 2012 as a new Free School - a four-form entry, state-funded, mixed, non-denominational, 11-18 comprehensive school for the children of Greenwich. We are now full at 11-16. The School is extremely popular and is 6 times oversubs...