Birkenhead School, founded in 1860, is an HMC independent day school providing education for boys and girls from the age of 3 months to 18 years, drawing from the whole of the Wirral and as far afield as Chester and North Wales. There are currently some 104 children in Early Years (57 in Nursery aged under 3 years old, 47 in our “Pre-Prep” aged 3 to 5 years old), 319 pupils in the School’s Prep (ages 5-11) and 424 pupils in Years 7 to Upper Sixth Form. Birkenhead School has been fully co-educational since September 2008, offering the choice of an independent education to all local children. Situated in the leafy suburb of Oxton, the School enjoys excellent facilities. The main campus has a ‘village green’ atmosphere, with classrooms and laboratories looking out over the cricket square.
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic teacher with relevant experience to teach and tutor students across the full age and ability range, in order to ensure the highest possible standards of achievement, personal development and well-being. The post holder will continue to meet, maintain, and build upon Teachers Standards. This is a full time role reporting directly to the Head of Chemistry.
Applications from both NQTs and more experienced teachers are welcome.
The department consists of three teachers who teach Chemistry as a separate subject, from Year 9 upwards, and contribute to the general science teaching in Years 7 and 8. At GCSE, the majority of pupils are entered for the AQA GCSE separate sciences (Higher Tier) and 30-40% take the GCSE Combined Science (Higher Tier). We follow the AQA specification at A Level.
Last year, 55% of our GCSE Chemistry students achieved Grade 9 (90% Grade 8/9) and 33 % of A-level students scored A*, with 84% A*-B. Over the previous 5 years, 72% of our A-level students achieved A*/A and 97% of our GCSE students scored A*/A. Value-added scores and retention rates are the highest in the School. Class sizes are small, on average around 20 at Key Stage 4 (Combined Science sets are smaller) and 12 in the Sixth Form.
The department is well equipped, with three laboratories and two prep rooms supported by a full time Chemistry technician, who also coordinates the distribution of duties within the technician team. The current Head of Chemistry (Pete Lindberg) is also Head of Science and encourages a unified, consistent approach, with practical work at the heart of the learning process.