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Key Stage 5 Science Lead

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, North-West London.

We are now seeking to appoint a KS5 Science Lead.  Successful candidates must be able to teach at least one Science subject across the secondary age range including KS5.


To work with staff and students to help them achieve their full potential in all Science A Level subjects:

Working with students: 

  • Tracking and monitoring progress of Science A Level girls and identifying any barriers to all girls making excellent progress across the Sciences. 
  • Coaching and mentoring to help the girls overcome barriers to their learning. 
  • Work with groups of girls to improve their confidence, understanding, motivation and ability in Science A Levels, and co-ordinating support in Science A Levels generally 
  • Collaborate with Oxbridge, Medicine and Uniprep teams to ensure our provision provides the necessary stretch and challenge, and that the girls benefit from the best possible preparation for successful applications to competitive courses and to develop the skills that will best help them to face any Uni challenges with confidence and resilience

Working with staff: 

  • Work with Science HODs to ensure KS5 Science Schemes of Work, resources and interventions meet the needs of the full spectrum of ability. 
  • Collaborate with our Futures and 6th Form team to widen the horizons of Science girls applying to university and supporting successful applications to a wide range of Science-related degrees. 
  • Overall monitoring of the Science Faculty’s data and liaising with Assistant Headteacher: Sixth Form and Science HODs at each grade point to analyse and plan actions to support students and staff  
  • To liaise with HIP mentors in Science subjects to ensure students are challenged and maintaining their level of engagement with the programme 
  • To liaise with IN department to ensure targeted and effective support is in place for SEND students - and monitor its impact, and follow up where appropriate 
  • To work with Deputy Head: Operations and ESL to monitor the progress of Bursary students in Science A Levels and, in liaison with HODS and subject teachers, ensure they are on track to achieve their full potential, and to ensure they take full advantage of the co-curricular, Futures and academic offering at St. Helen’s


  • Teach a science subject across the secondary age range with an allocated timetable 


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, experience and personal attributes


  • Meets all the criteria for employment as a teacher at the school 
  • Significant experience of teaching A Level Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology 
  • Understanding of the knowledge, skills and techniques required to achieve excellent outcomes in A Level Science subjects 
  • Strong working knowledge of the OCR A Science specification 
  • Excellent knowledge of successful examination technique at A Level 
  • Experience of working with students to improve their outcomes 
  • Understanding of how academic data can be used to identify students who are in danger of underperforming 
  • Ability to lead and motivate others 
  • Knowledge of the full range of Science-related degree courses offered at university and how to apply successfully for these courses


  • Significant experience of teaching OCR A Physics, Chemistry or Biology A Level 
  • Proven track record of extending the ablest students at A Level 
  • Experience of using 1:1 and small-group interventions to drive improvement at A Level, including for students with individual learning needs 
  • Experience of academic leadership 
  • Experience of coordinating a team 
  • Ability to give careers advice and guidance to girls considering studying Science-related degree courses at university

The successful candidate will: 

  • Be an exceptional classroom practitioner and inspiring teacher 
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Have excellent time management and organisational skills 
  • Be creative, imaginative and energetic 
  • Be able to motivate others

The teacher should have knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Effective learning and teaching styles 
  • Theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation, planning, and teaching strategies which remove barriers to learning and which stretch and challenge able, gifted and talented pupils) 
  • Monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting of pupils’ progress 
  • How assessment supports effective learning 
  • The need for high quality pastoral support to complement the academic experience of pupils aged 11-18 
  • The Legislation concerning Equality, Health & Safety, Individual Needs and Safeguarding / Child Protection

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