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Subject Leader: Science (Biology)

Harris Academy St. John's WoodWestminster

Inspire the next generation of leaders at Harris Academy St John's Wood.

We are looking for a committed, experienced qualified teacher with a real passion for their subject and vibrant enthusiasm to work with our brilliant students as Subject Lead for Biology.

Your opportunity

We are a school who excel in the sciences. We love those who love their subject. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in sharing your passion for your subject discipline.

Indeed, Harris St John's Wood has won the bid to become the new Hub for Science & Technology in North & West London and we are directly now contributing to the STEM Learning agenda. We will be the centre of a network of school-led delivery of subject specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and technicians. This will have a measurable and positive impact on the quality of science teaching and the learning outcomes for young people. We need your help to come and lead science as a subject leader.

The purpose of your role will be:

  • To establish outstanding provision within Biology
  • To be accountable for student progress and development in Biology across KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form
  • To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Biology through continuously, developing and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.
  • To ensure the provision of an appropriately engaging, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students in Biology
  • To ensure that all school policies and procedures are implemented and applied consistently by all colleagues in Biology
  • To effectively and efficiently manage and deploy teaching/support staff, financial and physical resources across Biology, with the support and working alongside the MLG/ALG
  • To lead development for literacy within Biology, to raise standards of literacy across the Academy.

We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.

What we are looking for

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. The successful candidate will:

  • Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree
  • Have at least three years' teaching experience at secondary level
  • Understand the theory and practice of effective teaching and learning
  • Show knowledge of National Curriculum requirements at KS3, KS4, and KS5
  • Have experience of delivering high quality INSET to teaching staff within their subject area
  • Show evidence of success in raising achievement as a subject leader or classroom practitioner
  • Have experience of processes of monitoring, evaluation and review that provide performance data that can be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • Have a good level of ICT skills and experience of how new technologies can be used to raise achievement, including the use of interactive white boards
  • Have recent experience of involvement in innovative curriculum development
  • Have ideas of how Language, Literacy and Numeracy can be used across the curriculum to raise standards
  • Have experience of embedding innovative strategies for improving teaching and learning, of managing and implementing change successfully and of using coaching as a model for ensuring on going professional development

Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

About Harris Academy St. John's Wood

Building on strong historic roots within our local community, we are an excellent, high achieving secondary school that promotes creativity and academic scholarship. We have places for 210 students in Year 7 and 220 in Year 12. In September 2017, we joined the Harris Federation, which runs over 40 successful primary and secondary schools in and around London. The vast majority of Harris academies inspected by Ofsted is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, with the majority rated ‘outstanding’.

The core values and vision for the academy will be centred on dedication, determination and destiny. When students are dedicated to their studies and determined to succeed, all will achieve their destiny.

Next Steps

Please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your online application.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. Applications will only be considered if submitted online and before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Our Benefits Package

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package.

Find out more about Our Benefits

Being a part of the Harris Federation

We are recognised as the top performing large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of Harris. Holding a reputation for bringing transformative approaches to education, we hold a unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.

Our people are at the heart of this success. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes available at every stage of your career.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

Learn more About Harris and our Vision and Values

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

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