A vacancy arises from September 2020 for an enthusiastic and well qualified teacher to teach Physics to GCSE and A Level, and Y7/Y8 Science. This is a part-time post of approximately 3 days per week (0.6). Applications are welcome from newly qualified teachers, for whom a statutory induction programme is available, or from more experienced teachers.
There are currently thirteen academic members of staff in the Science Department: The Head of Science who is also Head of Physics, the Head of Chemistry, the Head of Biology and ten teachers. They are supported by three technicians. Virtually all science lessons are taught in the school’s laboratories which are housed in three buildings: five in a Science block with an additional Physics lab close by, and two labs for A level Chemistry and Biology in an adjacent building. Pupils are taught in small classes typically of 18 in Y7-Y9, 20 at GCSE and a maximum of 15 for A Level classes. The pupils are grouped by ability for Y8-Y11.
An in-house Science course is followed by all pupils in the Lower School (Y7-Y8) on a six period allocation with one teacher for each class. In the Middle School (Y9-Y11), Science is taught by subject specialists in one double period per week for each discipline in Y9 and three periods per week (one double, one single) in Y10 and Y11, leading to either two (AQA Trilogy Science) or three (AQA Biology, Physics and Chemistry) GCSEs. Either course provides an effective base for A Level, where AQA specifications are also followed. The numbers of students opting for Sciences at this level are high.
The standard of students’ work in Physics is very high and this is reflected in the fine public examination results. Physics is a popular choice at A-level, with typically three teaching groups. In 2019 the Department achieved 55% A*-B grades at A level, with 35% of candidates achieving A*-A. In GCSE Physics 85% of candidates achieved grades 9-6, with 20% achieving grade 9. It is a well-resourced department, and a team of committed teachers ensure that Physics is well-respected within the School. Students regularly participate in national competitions such as the physics Olympiad and Weizmann safe cracking competition. We also offer annual visits to CERN in Geneva and Jodrell Bank amongst other trips.
We are currently recruiting for a part-time Head of Outdoor Pursuits and for the right candidate we are happy to combine both posts into a full-time role.