Head of Science (Full Time), West Sussex

Closing date:Expiring soon

Chichester Free SchoolWest Sussex

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Governors and Principal are seeking an exceptional teacher with the enthusiasm and vision to teach within, and lead the Science Department at Chichester Free School.  This is an opportunity for a full time position, from January 2020.  A later start will be considered for the right candidate.

The Governors are looking for strong academic experience but also experience of working in a school committed to our values and ideals, where the co-curricular life of the school is as vital as the rigour of the taught curriculum.  The Head of Science will be an outstanding educator with the ability and drive to offer the highest quality of teaching and learning.  As an all through school there may be opportunities, for the right candidate, to teach across all phases, but this is primarily a Secondary post.

Chichester Free School follows national pay scales; this role would be suited for an experienced teacher. The Upper Pay Scale would be considered for the right candidate and on the agreement of a whole school responsibility in addition to the role outlined below. 

The School

Chichester Free School is a non-profit making, state-funded school, established in response to real demand within the local area for a greater variety of schools.  We have been open since 2013, and are now fully established in our state of the art facility on the Carmelite Convent Site on the Hunston Road in the south of Chichester.  We are full in all year groups from Years R to 11, with waiting lists in most phases of the School.  Our PAN is 60 in Primary, and 120 in Secondary and we are currently operating a small Sixth Form.

Since 2013, Chichester Free School has achieved two ‘Good’ Ofsted Inspections and three years of average Progress 8 at GCSE. Our 4+ English and Maths results have consistently been significantly above the national average.  Outcomes in Primary are also strong and continually improving.  As a school we are now striving to be ‘Outstanding’ and to achieve above average outcomes in all phases.  Our values of ‘nurture, challenge and inspire’ influence everything we do as a school, and permeate all areas of school life. 

Chichester Free School is open to pupils of all abilities.  We do not have a catchment area, thus ensuring the School is fair and inclusive.  We take part in the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) admissions process.  As a Free School we benefit from the same freedoms and flexibilities as academies, and are subject to the same Ofsted inspections and rigorous standards as all state schools.

For more information on our ethos and values, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to look at our website: www.chichesterfreeschool.org.uk.

The Science Department

Our highly qualified and successful Science department consists of a ten strong team with six new, bright, high ceilinged labs and two specialist preparation rooms, with impressive views of the local area.  There may be opportunities for you to teach in the Infant and Junior phases in the future and you will have time to develop both outstanding lessons for our students, and yourself as an innovative practitioner and leader.

Our results have been increasing year on year with GCSE results in line with national average progress 8 scores.  As a department we are committed to improving outcomes and sparking interest, with small class sizes in all GCSE year groups.  The required science practicals are only a small part of the number of practical lessons that occurs throughout the year.

Pupils are entered for AQA Science Trilogy GCSE with an increasing number of students opting for Triple Science as it becomes one of the most popular GCSE choices within the school.

The Role

The person appointed to this post will be expected to teach Science across all abilities from at least Years 7 to 11.  There is currently a need in the department for a Physics specialist, but applications from any discipline will be considered.  The person appointed will also be expected to take a proactive role in the extra curricular life of the school and to contribute to our focused intervention programme.

The key priorities for the Head of Science in their first 12-24 months will be to:

• develop the Science curriculum for both KS3 and KS4, including looking towards KS2

• lead the department and support them in realising their potential

• develop your creative and innovative practice and that of your students

• engage in rigorous programmes of monitoring and evaluation of the Department’s teaching and learning with reference to the success criteria as outlined in the plans

• engage with parents, stakeholders and the community

The successful candidate will:

• be a well-qualified, enthusiastic graduate of Science, or complimentary subject

• be a highly-skilled and competent teacher who is energetic and totally committed to the ethos of the School 

• readily establish excellent relationships with both staff and students

• Have an up-to-date awareness of current issues relating to Science teaching, especially the new curriculum and GCSE requirements

• enjoy pioneering new developments in pedagogy

• embrace the use of new technologies in the classroom

• be skilled in behaviour for learning

• value creating an inspiring learning environment

• explore opportunities to further participation and achievement in their subject, eg debating, creative writing etc

• possess drive, expertise and enthusiasm 

• be well-organised and disciplined when it comes to administrative duties

• possess an optimistic and resilient style when faced with pressure

• be able to communicate well with children and young people, having an understanding of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people

All teachers at Chichester Free School commit themselves to contribute fully to the ethos and life of the School in and outside the classroom.

For further information and informal discussion about this post, please do not hesitate to contact our HR Officer, Rebecca Kersey, on HR@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk or on 01243 792690.  Candidates should complete an Application Form and supporting statement addressing the criteria presented in the role description and person specification.  Completed applications should be sent to HR@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk by midday on Tuesday 3 December 2019.

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview in the week beginning 9 December 2019. 

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check.

Chichester Free School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy we are unable to process applications without a fully completed application form.  The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  All convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’ must be declared when applying.  The applicant may post such a declaration in an envelope marked ‘Private & confidential for the Principal’.  The successful applicant must obtain List 99 clearance and DBS clearance at enhanced level.



More about Chichester Free School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 19 years
Address: Hunston Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1NP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1243 792690
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