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Head of Science

St Helen's SchoolHillingdon

St Helen’s is an academically selective independent girls’ day school of more than 1100 students aged 3-18, set in beautiful green space in Northwood, Greater London.

We are looking for an ambitious, dynamic, innovative leader to head our thriving Science Faculty.


The management responsibilities as the Head of  Science include:   

  • to have a clear vision for the future of the Faculty  
  • to provide leadership and line management to the staff in the Faculty and directly manage the Science subject Heads of Department  
  • to monitor the work of staff in the Faculty via formal and informal lesson observations, work scrutiny, annual Professional Development Review meetings and other appropriate means, ensuring that learning and teaching within the Faculty is consistent with the School’s Strategic Framework.  
  • to provide support, coaching, mentoring, challenge and advice to all members of the Faculty to secure the highest standards of learning, teaching and professional development  
  • to develop and implement Faculty policies in line with whole school policies  
  • to ensure the ongoing development, implementation, monitoring and review of faculty schemes of work, teaching strategies, homework, marking, assessment, recording and reporting  
  • to participate in Faculty/Departmental Reviews, evaluate the work of the Faculty and report to the Senior Leadership Team  
  • to oversee the distribution of teaching in the Faculty  
  • to ensure effective communication within the Faculty and to hold regular teaching and learning focused faculty meetings   
  • to delegate clearly defined areas of responsibility subject Heads  
  • to assist in the assessment and selection of prospective pupils in consultation with the Academic Deputy Head  
  • to ensure that all members of the Faculty have access to professional development opportunities which are consistent with their own needs and those of the Faculty and School  
  • to be responsible for faculty resources  
  • to ensure a safe working environment for staff and pupils, both in the classroom, laboratories and on educational visits  
  • to prepare and manage the annual faculty budget  
  • to teach an appropriate period allocation (34 periods over a two-week timetable)  
  • to liaise with the teacher responsible for Science in the Prep School


  • Carry out such duties that may be reasonably required by the Headmistress  
  • Contribute to the school’s programme of extra-curricular activities  
  • Maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct and positive, courteous relations with pupils, parents and colleagues  
  • Engage actively in the performance review process and complete reviews for direct reports  
  • Undertake other reasonable duties related to the job purpose required from time to time  
  • Be an outstanding practitioner and role model for teaching and learning, displaying a deep understanding of how young people learn  
  • Follow responsibilities as defined in the Health & Safety Policy  
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people with whom s/he comes into contact and adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy  
  • Support and promote and School’s ethos, aims and objectives



  • Leadership skills   
  • A good honours degree in a relevant or associated subject    
  • Experience of teaching one of more science subjects across the secondary age range and demonstrable passion for the subject   
  • Detailed understanding of current developments in the secondary curriculum and assessment   
  • Experience of curriculum/subject development   
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a team and work collaboratively   
  • The ability to lead and motivate a team    
  • Commitment to further professional development   
  • Drive and ambition


  • a teaching qualification such as a PGCE

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