Established almost 500 years ago, the College of Richard Collyer is forward thinking in every way – we are a Beacon College and were rated Outstanding by Ofsted at our last inspection. Our mission is simple: to deliver the best possible education to our 2,000 students aged 16 to 19, and our achievements speak for themselves – in 2019, our A level high grade rate was 58% and value added (DfE Performance Measures – Progress) placed us as the top state provider in West Sussex and the third best sixth form college in the country. BTEC results are also excellent, with 85% high grades in 2019 (top 25% nationally for Alps), and we look forward to launching T Levels in 2020 as one of the first providers in the country for this new technical qualification.
A great college deserves a great location: we’re close to the centre of the historic market town of Horsham and under and hour from London by train. We’re a supportive community rather than just a place to work, and we are deeply committed to the professional development of our staff.
A well-qualified and enthusiastic Chemist is required to join the Chemistry department which is a thriving subject area within the Faculty of Science. The successful applicant will be expected to teach and contribute within the A level Chemistry course.
Applications would be welcomed from both experienced and newly qualified teachers. Contact hours for this part-time post will be in the region of 12 hours per week.
Qualifications: Candidates should hold a good degree classification in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related discipline (e.g. other Physical Science or Natural Science) together with a recognised teaching qualification (PGCE, Cert Ed, DET).
Experience: Current or recent experience of delivering A level Chemistry qualifications to 16-19 year-olds is desirable but not essential.
Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of A level Chemistry qualifications is desirable. Candidates should hold a thorough understanding of the broader concepts appropriate to delivering A level Chemistry and possess the ability and willingness to develop their knowledge of the topics specific to the exam boards followed at Collyer’s. Candidates should possess the ability to use practical science and information technology to support teaching and learning. The ability to teach a second Science subject at Level 3 is desirable.
Personal Qualities: Excellent teamwork and communication skills. Flexible approach and well-organised work patterns. For the Head of Chemistry role, the ability to lead a motivated, experienced department is required.
Motivation and Expectations: A commitment to high standards and the ability to motivate, support and encourage the growth and maturing of students to ensure excellent outcomes. Desire to work in a highly organised and unified department.
Within the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Chemistry A level students follow the OCR A Chemistry specification and are taught in four hours and twenty minutes per week per teaching group. It is expected that this part-time position will require the teaching of 2.5 teaching groups.
The Chemistry department comprises three teachers of Chemistry, supported by two laboratory technicians, who prepare equipment for class experiments and assist during practical sessions. Currently the Collyer’s Chemistry department teaches to 140 first-year and 110 second-year A level Chemistry students. The department produces excellent outcomes, with Chemistry A level students achieving results amongst the top 15% by value added in the country. The Science Faculty holds two well-equipped Chemistry laboratories, with a further six laboratories of multiple use. All teaching spaces have projectors and are well resourced with a wide range of relevant practical equipment.
The Chemistry teaching team currently follow a fully in-house resourced unified scheme of work comprising student notes, home-works and in-class assessments. Contribution to unified teaching materials is strongly encouraged in all teaching staff, with responsibilities allocated for maintenance of materials under the direction of the Head of Subject.
Collyer’s is committed to the professional development of all staff. Staff are encouraged to attend external CPD as well as in-house training events.
Members of the teaching staff are usually also personal tutors. Tutors monitor progress and offer support and guidance to twenty-five students during a one-hour session per week. The ability to contribute to the enrichment programme would also be welcome.
To apply, please visit https://www.collyers.ac.uk/vacancies/
Closing date: Noon on Wednesday, 22nd April 2020.