The College seeks to appoint an inspirational and energetic Teacher of Chemistry from September 2020. The right person will have a marvellous opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, where resources, buildings, colleagues and pupils all strengthen the process of teaching and learning.
This position would suit an experienced teacher wanting to put his or her experience to use in a different context, someone returning to teaching, or an exceptional graduate without a formal teaching qualification but with the right skills and vision to inspire and motivate young people.
Eastbourne College is a co-educational HMC independent school of just over 640 pupils, of whom half are full-time boarders. It is a strong community with excellent links with local schools and the remarkable town in which it is located.
Academic standards are very high with an average of 80% of A-level grades being awarded A*, A or B over the last ten years. At GCSE over half of all grades awarded have been A*, A , 9 or 8. In GCSE chemistry over 95% of grades are A*, A, or equivalent. The College recruits from a wide ability range and value added outcomes are exemplary. The chemistry department regularly performs amongst the top 20 independent schools for value added. The majority of College leavers enter higher education in leading universities at home or abroad.
The College is run as a seven day week, full boarding school. Day pupils share the same wide curriculum as boarders and enjoy equal access to the physical and human resources of the school. Day pupils can complete their prep in Houses; buses run at both 18:00 and 20:00 on weekday evenings.
We are proud of our rich cultural and sporting traditions. The recently built Birley Centre is a hub of music practice, performance, composition and recording. There is an established partnership with Glyndebourne and links with Ballet Rambert, local artists and musical ensembles. College artists exhibit in London, actors have appear at the Edinburgh Fringe and have starred in film and TV; the Design & Technology department wins an extraordinary number of Arkwright scholarships. We have an enviable reputation for sport both regionally and nationally. Eastbournians frequently represent the county in hockey, rugby, cricket, tennis and netball; several old Eastbournians have gone on to achieve international honours. There are also thriving CCF, D of E and service programmes.
Eastbourne College places great emphasis on the importance of developing a school in which education is built on core values and positive, supportive relationships. These central qualities will endure long after a student moves on from the College. The five key values of participation, the pursuit of excellence, integrity, courtesy and kindness are, it believes, the bedrock upon which every child’s education should stand, providing them with the wherewithal to flourish both at school and beyond.
The successful applicant will be expected to teach chemistry to pupils of all abilities throughout the school. Chemistry is a compulsory subject in years 9 to 11 with GCSE students following the AQA Chemistry or Science Trilogy courses. At A-level, sixth form students are also taught the AQA specification. The successful applicant will be expected to share their passion for chemistry by offering enrichment opportunities to pupils outside of the taught specifications.
All members of Common Room are expected to play an additional part in the broader life of the College, e.g. by acting as a tutor in one of the day or boarding Houses, by offering their expertise in coaching team sports, or contributing to music, drama, debating etc. The department has a long tradition of wide and varied contribution, recognising the value it brings to relationships with pupils in the classroom.
The College has its own salary scale and the successful applicant will be placed on the scale at a level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Accommodation may be available for single or married applicants, including those with families. Teaching staff benefit from very generous rates for the education of their own children both at the College and at St. Andrew’s Prep.
Situated on the top floor of the Science Centre, the department has the benefit of some superb facilities. There are currently six chemistry teachers, who are ably supported by a dedicated full-time chemistry technician. Each full-time member of staff has their own fully-equipped laboratory, in addition to which there is also a project room that is suitable for seminars and individual research.
The department believes strongly in practical work as a vehicle for teaching and learning and is very well equipped with the latest apparatus. There is also a well-stocked prep room and we aim to ensure that opportunities for practical work are not resource limited.
Each laboratory has separate teaching and practical areas with space for up to 24 pupils to work, although set sizes are normally below 20 at all ages, and much smaller in the sixth form.
Each laboratory is equipped with a Prowise touch screen and a digital presenter. The building is fully networked, with wireless technology providing mobile connections to laptops and other mobile devices. Networked printers and a photocopier/scanner are also located within the Science building.