Subject Leader for Physics /
Second in Science
Waingels is an 11 to 18 Co-Educational Academy in Wokingham. We are a popular, high performing Comprehensive school, serving our local community. Our successes and achievements can be attributed to our commitment to establish and grow a Better Never Stops culture, providing a safe, inclusive and rich learning environment where students feel safe and valued, founded on respectful relationships for all. Our ethos and culture are values based. We set high standards and expect all our students and staff to be respectful, kind, resilient and proud of our school, our achievements and our community.
We are seeking to appoint an excellent practitioner to join the leadership team of our successful Science Department as Second in Science and as a Subject Leader for Physics.
Our values underpin our “Waingels Ready” expectations that we have for everyone within the Waingels community. These expectations form the basis of everything we do, and everything we believe in as a school and as a community.
We are very pleased with our recent Ofsted feedback (February 2018) and how it has endorsed the achievements, improvements and direction that we are travelling in. Ofsted noted that:
- Waingels “continues to be a good school…where standards are rising rapidly”
- Staff feel that they are “valued as their opinions are considered when reshaping practices” and that “people have the courage to try new things and we share success”
- “Pupils behave well in lessons and have a good attitude towards learning”
- “As a result of improvements that leaders have implemented, standards are rising rapidly”
We are also very proud of the achievements of our students. Under the new measures our students at Key Stage 4 made very good progress. Their Progress 8 score of +0.32 places us in the top 20% of schools nationally. We achieve 76% 9 to 4 in English and Maths. At A Level, our Progress score of +0.31 places us in the top 5% of schools nationally. We are delighted that the vast majority of our students stay on to our Sixth Form and that 97% of our leavers gain a place at University or choose to enter apprenticeships and employment. For Science 69% of students achieved at least two 9-4 grades and in GCSE Physics 58% of students achieved 9-7 grades.
We are looking for a colleague who is not only an excellent classroom practitioner but has the passion to build the profile of Physics within the school. We have motivated and committed A level students, many of whom choose to continue to study Physics and Engineering at University and we would like to continue develop this enthusiasm further down the school. The department consists of 11 science teachers with a range of experience, from NQTs to Assistant Principal. Two of these teach Physics to A level and have extensive experience of teaching GCSE Separate Physics.
If appointed, you would join a strong and friendly team of professionals who continually strive for excellence and improve their practice through a range of CPD activities, including professional dialogue and discussion of evidence based pedagogy. The successful applicant will be required to teach KS3 to KS5 as well as have significant leadership responsibility within the department and will therefore require excellent organisational and inter-personal skills.
The successful applicant will assist the Head of Science in the day to day running of the Science Department; quality assurance processes; and curriculum development as well as deputising when required. We are looking for an outstanding practitioner who is passionate about both their subject and about playing a central role in improving standards.
Our students follow an academic core curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This includes the study of History, Geography and a Language as well as English, Maths and Science. But our students also have the opportunity to do a range of practical and vocational subjects including a wide range of creative and performing arts, physical education and other humanities like Business studies, Psychology and Economics.
Outside the formal curriculum we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Our students travel the world – recent trips have been to China, Poland, Berlin, Skiing in Utah, and Barcelona, along with many opportunities to attend fieldwork, theatres and museums more locally. Our students are also very active in the community working alongside local and overseas charities to raise money for good causes.
If you feel your values and ethos align with ours, this is an exciting opportunity for you! We are looking for someone with energy and vision that is ambitious for themselves and the young people of the school. You will have a growth mindset and believe in offering dynamic Physics learning across Key Stages.
Working with us offers you the opportunity to;
• Join a positive school where effort and success is celebrated
• Engage in excellent and personalised professional development opportunities
• Have the support of a dynamic leadership team to ‘take risks’ in a supportive environment
-you have a passion for teaching and learning…
-you believe in curriculum innovation and enjoy thinking strategically…
-you believe in an aspirational education…
-you believe that better never stops…
…Waingels is the place for you to pursue and advance your career!
Our staff and students are proud of our school and we would be happy to welcome you if you would like to come and have a closer look. Please feel free to contact us for an informal conversation about this exciting role. Please telephone the college on 0118 969 0336 or email the Principal’s Personal Assistant, Karen Tagg, on Tagktg@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk
Download an application pack from our website www.waingels.wokingham.sch.uk
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than Friday 8 February.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews arranged accordingly.
The college is committed to safeguarding, equal opportunities and to promoting the welfare of all staff and students