Key Stage 4 Leader of Science, Portsmouth

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Portsmouth AcademyPortsmouth

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Start date: 20th April 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £26,458 - £41,063 (TLR of £47,701)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Key Stage 4 Leader of Science

Full-time, permanent

Start Date: 20th April 2020

Closing Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 4pm

Interviews: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Salary £26,458 - £41,063 + TLR2B of £4,701pa

We are a successful and growing school, which is currently going through a period of expansion. In order to support our continued growth we are looking to expand our team of creative, supportive and dynamic staff by appointing an inspirational Key Stage 4 Leader of Science.

The Portsmouth Academy is keen to grow the culture of coaching even further over the coming year and have created a Teaching and Learning Drive team to really build on the already excellent practice seen across the school, using TSAT’s own ‘7 Principles of Thinking and Learning’. 

This position is a great opportunity for the right candidate to help to build an excellent KS4 science curriculum. 

It is an exciting time to join The Portsmouth Academy, with work due to complete on our £5.3 million new build, that will create space and resources for a number of subjects, including new science laboratories with excellent technology, including access to tablet devices.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is in the top 10 Multi-Academy Trusts for KS4 progress.

Ofsted April 2017 – The Portsmouth Academy is a GOOD school with OUTSTANDING leadership and management.

We became a co-educational establishment from September 2017.  Our aim is to transform the life chances of our pupils through our motto of ‘Aspire and Achieve’.

The good behaviour of our students, and collegiate atmosphere amongst staff, makes the Academy a wonderful place to work. We are part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, an expanding family of primary and secondary schools within the Portsmouth area and have recently achieved fully accredited Thinking School status from the University of Exeter.

What we can offer you:

• An excellent environment for learning and teaching. The Portsmouth Academy has undergone major refurbishment and a further building phase is due to complete in Sept 2020.  This will include a state of the art new building with fantastic facilities to house humanities, art, music and drama, as well as new science laboratories, food and nutrition facilities and a PE classroom, within the existing building.

• A high performing environment which is dedicated to achieving the ‘Art’s Mark’ within the coming academic year. 

• Highly supportive subject mentoring with a strong professional development programme to ensure that the Teachers’ Standards are well developed. 

• We place a strong emphasis on “Wellbeing for Staff” here at The Portsmouth Academy.

• Progress is significantly above the national average in a range of subjects.

• Teachers are provided with well above 10% PPA, with an emphasis on joint planning within this time.

• With an outstanding Leadership and Management team, we are focused on providing our staff with bespoke CPD tailored to the stage they are at in their career. 

• We offer the NPQ suite and our own ‘Think Ahead’ middle leaders programme.

• The Academy operates a very clear behaviour structure and pupil’s conduct in lessons and around the school is excellent. – Ofsted 2017

• Support from across the Trust to help you deliver outstanding practice through resources, mentoring and school visits.

• We work closely with The Portsmouth Education Partnership, Teach Portsmouth and Portsmouth Teaching Schools Alliance.

• The Trust holds regular CPD events and Curriculum Leaders are currently working on an exciting Year 5-8 curriculum with our Trust junior schools. 

• A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas.

• Onsite parking free of charge 

View our latest video to gain an insight into The Portsmouth Academy and The Thinking Schools Academy Trust   

The ideal candidate will:

• Be a qualified and highly experienced Science Teacher.

• Be able to consistently deliver good or outstanding practice.

• Be experienced in planning an appropriate and challenging curriculum. 

• Have a thorough knowledge of present curriculum developments, particularly those relating to Science and Key Stage 4.

• Be an inspiring teacher with real enthusiasm for the subject.

• Be able to motivate his/her students.

• Be committed to high standards for both staff and students. 

• To work alongside the Associate Leader for Science to help identify areas of development for the Science team. 

• Be prepared to implement and support all Academy policies.

• Commit to ensure that the standards of teaching and learning across the Science department are good or outstanding.

• Collaborate with other leaders and managers in raising standards within the curriculum to good or outstanding, including all student groups. 

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found.  You will be contact by the morning of Monday 24th February if you have been shortlisted. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25th February 2020.

Visits to the Academy are encouraged.  To arrange a visit to the Academy please contact Sue Wood Executive PA on 03333 602200 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


More about Portsmouth Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: St. Mary's Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 5PF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 23 9281 2822
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Ofsted April 2017 - The Portsmouth Academy is a GOOD school with OUTSTANDING leadership and management.

The Portsmouth Academy is the second highest performing school across Hampshire

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is the best performing Multi Ac...