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Teacher of Biology

Westcliff High School for BoysSouthend-on-Sea

Teacher of Biology

WHSB is a selective Academy Grammar School which has been designated Outstanding by OFSTED. Our School currently has 900 boys at 11-16 and 390 students in its mixed Sixth Form.


The Biology Department at Westcliff High School for Boys (WHSB) has been a high performing Department for many years. We have had consistently outstanding results in GCSE and Advanced Level Biology, with the Department obtaining particularly pleasing results at A Level. The Department has grown considerably over recent years and currently runs eight groups at Advanced Level. There are 57 students currently studying Biology in Year 12 and 80 studying in Year 13. At GCSE, 180 pupils sit the AQA GCSE course.  


In the Lower School (Years 7-9) syllabus in Biology, pupils learn about the fundamental structures and functions of cells and organ systems in Year 7, before looking at the digestive and breathing systems. This leads onto a more detailed analysis of plant biology in Year 8, which concludes with up-to-date phases of study of health in humans and the science of microbiology. In Year 9, pupils delve deeper into the molecular world of the cell and receive lessons on the subject of enzymes and DNA as well as such broader topics as immunity. 

The AQA Biology GCSE curriculum follows on from the work that has been completed in the Lower School, both consolidating parts of it that have previously been covered to GCSE Level but also extending other parts so pupils can access the Grade 9 GCSE grade. 

In the Sixth Form, students can choose to study AQA Advanced Level Biology if they attained a Level 7, 8 or 9 in GCSE Biology. In Year 12, Biology students will study biological molecules, cells, gas exchange and genetic information. In Year 13, we cover energy transfer, responses, inheritance and evolution and control of gene expression. 

At all divisions in Biology, the Department devotes time to the development of examination technique and regularly assesses students so they are best placed to succeed at examination time.  


Job Purpose:

The teacher is required to carry out the general professional duties of a school teacher under the reasonable direction of the Head of Department and Headmaster and to perform such particular duties that from time to time which may reasonably be assigned him/her by the Headmaster. Teachers on the Upper Pay Scale (UPS) will be expected to make broader contribution to the School as a normal part of their work.


•      to ensure that lessons are planned in appropriate detail (considering pupils’ prior attainment) and are prepared and delivered in accordance with the Learner Profile, departmental Schemes of Work and regulatory standards, reinforcing the need for high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils;

•      to take account of pupils’ educational needs (differentiating where appropriate), to teach in a manner appropriate to a Grammar School (as outlined in the School’s Guide to Outstanding Teaching), including the setting and marking of work, to be carried out by the pupils in School and elsewhere (homework), according to agreed schedules; 

•      to assess, record and report on the development, progress and attainment of pupils in accordance with the School’s policy, in order to ensure pupils fulfil their potential. This record of assessment should be available to the Head of Department or Directors of Studies on request;

•      to regularly mark pupils’ work, giving appropriate feedback and keeping records of marks;

•      to provide mark lists, grading lists, written reports, internal comments or references relating to individual pupils as the School may require;

•      to communicate with Head of Department and Form Tutor regarding the progress of individual pupils, as necessary; 

•      to attend Parent Evenings to discuss the progress of pupils and use such occasions to offer constructive advice on what pupils need to do to improve their progress;

•      to participate, within the guidelines laid down by the Head of Department, in the evaluation and development of appropriate methods of teaching, syllabuses and materials, writing Schemes of Work as reasonably requested and contributing to the development of departmental policy;

•      to assist with displays and publishing of pupils’ work;

•      to utilise ICT as an effective tool to aid teaching and other classroom resources as appropriate; 

•      to assist with departmental voluntary activities, societies, trips and initiatives. 

WHSB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

Westcliff High School for Boys, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0BP.

01702 475443


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