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Teacher of Biology

Highgate SchoolHaringey

An academically well-qualified and inspiring teacher of Biology is required by this academically selective coeducational London day school in September 2021.  The successful candidate will  teach Biology to pupils throughout the Senior School, from Year 8 to Year 13, and general science to Year 7. The Biology Department currently comprises ten teachers who work in modern, well resourced laboratories with specialist technical support.  

Applicants must demonstrate a genuine, academically well-grounded enthusiasm for the subject. They will relish the opportunity to inspire pupils through their high standards of scholarship, their ability to relate to young people and the example they will set of innovative, clearly-focused and responsive teaching, which goes the extra mile, and encourages pupils to do the same. They will want  to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life of the school, both aspects of which are valued at Highgate.

All pupils study Biology as a separate subject in Years 8 to Year 11, ultimately following the Edexcel IGCSE course. A general science course is taught in Year 7, to which all three science departments contribute and which all members of the Science Faculty can be expected to teach. The majority of pupils will take IGCSEs in all three sciences. High quality teaching materials produced within the department are used throughout, although individual teachers are encouraged to shape their lessons according to their own biological interests.  In 2019 98% of pupils taking Biology at IGCSE achieved 9-7 grades, with 63% gaining a grade 9.  In the sixth form, the Cambridge International A Level course is followed, and Biology is a popular choice for pupils.  Standards of achievement are high: in 2019 36% of candidates achieved an A*, with 86% achieving A*-B. Every year, several pupils apply to Oxford to read a life science or to Cambridge for Natural Sciences, and a significant number of pupils also go on to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

There are five modern Biology laboratories (some with dedicated experimental areas), a departmental office and separate prep room.  Two full-time technicians work in the Biology Department.  The department organises regular visits to public lectures and invites guest speakers to the school, and there are a number of thriving academic societies sponsored by the department that meet on a regular basis. The department places a significant emphasis on experimental work, and it is not unusual to find pupils working in the department after lessons on individual or group projects. All sixth form pupils take part in the annual Biology Olympiad Competition, where the overwhelming majority will gain a medal or commendation. Biology teachers supervise a significant number of extended projects with a life science focus.  

Working at Highgate

The School has in place DfE recognised arrangements for the Induction Year and the confirmation of NQT status and has considerable experience of and success in guiding entrants to the profession to qualified status. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.  Salaries are competitive.  The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector. Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities, including a fitness suite and the newly refurbished swimming pool.

Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.  We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.



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