Teacher of A Level Psychology
Part-time (0.5 or 0.6fte)
The Directors of The Gardener Schools Group have established Kew House School in the conviction that there exists an opportunity for a different kind of independent secondary school in London - academically demanding but with a modern approach to selection criteria, the flexibility of the curriculum, the shape of the school day and term and recognition of creativity and talent.
The school opened with 63 students in September 2013 and now has 450 plus with 500 plus expected for September 2018. We opened for internal and external sixth form candidates for the first time in September 2016. The school will grow to full capacity over the next 2 or 3 years with 600 students aged 11-18.
The successful candidate will be a well-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic graduate teacher. They will have the opportunity to assist in further developing and building the department in this new school and will be an outstanding teacher of psychology. This is a part-time post from September 2018.
The school operates its own pay scales consistent with national teacher pay scales and will offer salary commensurate with experience and the nature of this role. The school offers the national teacher pension scheme. There may be opportunity to develop and take on additional management roles, academic or pastoral, for the right candidate and we would welcome applications from those seeking to develop leadership experience in the near future.
Psychology is only taught to at A level and has grown in our developing sixth form. Class sizes are still small but growing as the subject gains popularity. The subject has six hours of teaching time per week plus time allocated to independent learning in our new sixth form centre. Students generally study three A levels plus the EPQ. All staff make a contribution to the mentoring and monitoring of the EPQ.
The school is housed in a modern and newly-equipped building, close to rail and road links near Kew Bridge. These include Gunnersbury Underground station (7 minutes) and Kew Bridge British Rail Station (2 minutes). There is also some on-site parking.
As the school grows we will offer a full range of GCSE and A level subjects. The curriculum is structured around a two-year Key Stage 3 and flexible timetabling. The school pursues excellence in all areas whether examinable or not. The school’s aim is to provide a rich and broad education to all students whatever their specialism. Whilst we aim to achieve the highest academic results for each student, we do not serve as an examination “factory”.
An extensive extra-curricular programme is in place. This consists of sport, creative activities and curriculum extension sessions. We include guest speakers and workshops to inspire the students. Residential and other school visits are encouraged, making the optimum use of the resources and facilities available locally, nationally and internationally.
The Individuals in Society (IS) course focuses on personal development, emotionally, practically and intellectually. This is a timetabled teaching programme.
The ethos of the new school is that of a family and social hub, giving emotional support and security to all students and employees. Each student receives individual attention both educationally and pastorally. The approach emphasises the partnership with parents; their involvement, with parents often spending time in school, is part of the ethos of Kew House. As the school matures, our vertical tutor groups will add to the family approach.