We seek a well-qualified and enthusiastic teacher who can teach across the age and ability range, up to A Level, including high achieving Oxbridge applicants. The ability to teach Physics to A Level is preferred. Highcliffe is a very successful Academy with exceptional outcomes at GCSE and A Level from one of the area’s most successful science facility.
We deliver a 3 year KS3 course following a combination of in-house schemes and Exploring Science Texts. At KS3 all students study Science. KS4 is delivered over 2 years from Year 10-11. Students who are high achievers at KS3 can opt to study separate sciences. At KS5, the Science Team offer several courses including A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry and A Level Physics. Student retention at KS5 is very good. Facilities and Resources • 13 experienced, enthusiastic specialist science teachers and 3 technicians based in 4 technical areas. • 11 fully equipped and laboratories. • Science, STEM and Environmental clubs are available for enthusiastic students. • Reference books issued to all students, plus in house reprographics. • ICT and remote sensing available. • An ICT Laboratory (Sc2) with extra ICT for data logging and processing, digital microscopy, web browsing and interactive learning programs via school server. • Enrichment activities include use of school grounds, with our environmental area including school pond and garden, and local recreation areas – Steamer Point, Hengistbury Head Learning Facility, trips to London museums and Intech at Winchester and various A level outings and experiences including Biology Field work on the Dorset Heritage coast line, links and visits with Southampton University Hospital and Southampton University Chemistry and Physics Departments Facilities and Resources In addition to the facilities detailed above, these subjects all benefit from specialist accommodation with dedicated resources. Enrichment activities are an integral part of the delivery of each programme. These range from one to one tutorial support to trips and activities as well as extended vocational placements and visiting speakers.
Highcliffe has a consistently high performance in Science subject A Levels and over 80% of students achieving grades 4-9 in 2 Science GCSEs in 2018. Our Ofsted in October 2017 confirmed the school as Good and identified the Sixth Form as a particular strength. Our teaching staff are highly experienced, knowledgeable professionals who work together superbly. Our SEN, pastoral, clerical, financial, technical and site staff are also extremely good at their jobs and committed to the school’s success, and form a great team. We are a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment in which to work or learn, located in a great part of the country. Our strategic plan aims to improve examination results still further by developing more effective ways of tracking and intervening on student progress (including our new assessment system at Key Stage 3); by further developing our teachers’ professional skills through our extensive in-house staff CPD programme; and by deepening our distinctive Highcliffe teaching and learning pedagogy. We work collaboratively within the Christchurch Learning Federation on a range of common school improvement issues.
Highcliffe School is ideally situated minutes from Highcliffe and Avon beaches, Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Harbour. A few minutes’ drive or cycle away are the beaches of Bournemouth while Poole Harbour, a mecca for watersports, is approximately 12 miles away. As a result, sailing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and beach life are prominent parts of life in the area. Highcliffe is also on the doorstep of the New Forest, meaning that equestrian sports, cycling, walking and running are also prominent features of local life. There is an extensive range of top-class pubs, cafes, clubs, theatres and cinemas throughout the area catering for people of all ages and tastes. Highcliffe School is easily accessible from the urban centre of Bournemouth and Poole. With its large student population Bournemouth uniquely offers a multicultural city buzz combined with the relaxed South Coast surfing and holiday culture. London, the South East and the South West are easily reached by road or rail links. The European mainland is easily reached by ferry from Weymouth, Poole, and Portsmouth, while Bournemouth and Southampton airports offer continental and worldwide flights.
We encourage potential applicants to explore in depth the School’s website which includes recent publications and a prospectus. Potential applicants are also encouraged to read both the most recent Ofsted reports which are available via the school website or directly from www.ofsted.gov.uk and the published performance data available on the DfES performance tables site. www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance
For more details please see the school website www.highcliffeschool.com