We are seeking an enthusiastic and inspirational Teacher of Biology to join our highly successful Biology Department from August 2019. The vacancy has arisen owing to the retirement of Head of Biology, Mrs Liz Wilson and Acting Head of Biology, Mrs Patricia Nicoll.
The Biology department includes the Head of Department, a full-time Teacher of Biology and a part-time Teacher of Biology [0.5FTE] (vacancy). [Higher Psychology is delivered by an external staff member of West College Scotland and is overseen by the Head of Department.]
Integrated Science is taught to Transitus (Primary 7) by Senior School teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Biology. From SI to SVI separate sciences are taught with candidates being presented for SQA examinations at all levels.
Higher Psychology is offered as a crash Higher to SVI pupils only.
The Biology department is highly regarded within the school community; uptake is strong with 32 (of 60 pupils in SIV) candidates at National 5; 21 (of 62 pupils in SV) at Higher; and 11 (of 50 pupils in SVI) at Advanced Higher. Results at all stages are excellent. The Department provides enrichment to the curriculum through extra-curricular opportunities such as the CREST award and active participation in the school’s STEM Society. Practical work is important to the department with modern PASCO equipment available.
The post is aligned to the SNCT scales, reviewed in April each year; with the further three per cent St Columba’s enhancement. Fee restriction of 50 per cent is granted for the education of the children of members of the teaching staff after one year’s service.
Energy, vision, good communication skills and the ability to motivate pupils will be crucial attributes for the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the extra-curricular life of the School.
The School has a comprehensive Professional Review and CPD programme in place.
Letters of application and CVs with the names and email addresses of two referees should be sent to the Rector by noon on Friday, 24 May 2019 either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to St Columba’s School, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AU.
Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 3 June 2019. Please note that applicants must be registered or eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland.
Candidates are welcome to contact Mrs Patricia Nicoll to discuss the post informally. Initial contact should be made by email to email@example.com or by telephone 01505 872238. The appointment will be subject to membership of The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.