Head of Science, Surrey

Closing date:

The Ashcombe SchoolSurrey

Date posted:
Start date: Sept 18 (or earlier)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS plus TLR1 (£9,790)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of Science

  • The Science department is one of the largest in the school, with 11 fully equipped laboratories; 2 of which can be converted into computer rooms. There is a very good ethos of cooperative and supportive working as part of a team and there is excellent organisation between teaching and support staff.    
  • At GCSE all pupils have always been entered for Core and Additional Science (now Combined: Trilogy Science) with a typically high achievement of 75% A*-C and good VA.  The rationale behind this longstanding approach is opportunity for all so that pupils are not limiting their options in GCSE and many can and do access A level Sciences.  
  • The school’s approach to GCSE leads to a large uptake in the 6th form. There are 2 classes for Biology, Chemistry and Physics in both the Upper and Lower 6th. We have a good number of pupils going on to study Science and in our last Ofsted report the school was commended on preparing students ‘for degrees in a full range of subjects including those that are hard to access such as medicine’. 
  • In the past few years the school has developed its extracurricular STEM participation, encouraging students to partake in a variety of projects. There is a regular Science club, visits to regional and national exhibits and strong participation in STEM career events

The Head of Science is an important post and we are keen to appoint a candidate of the highest calibre who will be able to make a significant contribution both to the management and development of the Science Dept and to the school as a whole.  The school was praised in Investors in People Report "a great place to work", and "Leadership – leaders provide active role models, lead by example and are trusted by people; they are passionate about doing the best for the school and the pupils and motivating staff to deliver; the style of leadership and management emanating from the top (which centres on supporting and getting the best out of people) continues to work well and is valued by people"

The Ashcombe School is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school for pupils of all abilities.  There are approximately 1390 pupils on roll (with nearly 300 in the Sixth Form).  The school is highly sought-after, with around 230 pupils in each year.   The school's academic success is widely recognised.  We continue to have a broad & balanced GCSE based curriculum for all pupils (80% entered for EBacc). A fifth of pupils gain 2+ A* GCSE, 75% gain 9-4 in English + Maths, similarly 70-80% A*-C in the other core subjects, and there is strong subject value-added The Sixth Form has nearly 300 students offering 25 subjects at A-level, where the average points score per student is around 300 UCAS pts but with a very open approach to entry. 

We gained Language College Status in September 1998.  The school’s approach has been one of “extra opportunities” and sharing.  We became a Leadership Partner School in 2009 and the school continues to have a strong outward-facing approach and offers help to many schools.  This spirit of cooperation and partnership working is fundamental to South East Surrey Schools Education Trust (SESSET), the MAT we have formed as a partnership with 2 other like-minded schools to keep the ethos of the school the same.  

Our extensive extra-curricular opportunities range from sporting events to local and international trips (incl Build Africa in Uganda) to European exchanges to musical groups and our highly acclaimed dramatic and musical productions.

We are a high achieving genuinely comprehensive school with a strong 6th Form, praised in the recent Ofsted report for the exceptional pastoral care and high levels of attainment across the ability range

See website www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk > "About the School" > "For prospective staff" for more details and an application form or use downloadable TES form or e-mail: HR@ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk

Closing date is 4pm on Monday 15th January 2018

      Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1LY
      Tel: 01306 886312

  Day nursery facilities on site 

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More about The Ashcombe School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1LY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1306 886312
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