Teacher of Science (0.4-0.5) Fixed Term for One Year September 2018-August 2019
Currently within our Science department we have 10 full time teachers and 1 part time, led by the Head of Department, Key Stage 3 and 4 coordinators and another colleague who helps with data management. The department is supported by four technicians who take care of our three well stocked prep rooms we have, they are also our department first aiders for on the spot needs. As far as possible, all teachers have a timetable which covers students of all ages and abilities that match their specialism. We are lucky to have a number specialists in all three subject areas, all of which contribute to the curriculum and its development which is going through some exciting times due to the new GCSEs and changes within the school.
We have four state-of-the-art Science laboratories and a further 2 that are fully equipped. We are also lucky enough to have our own Science ICT suite and two further Science teaching rooms. Where possible, staff teach in their own laboratories, although in a large department some movement is always necessary.
We aim for all our students to achieve their very best in Science by ensuring our schemes of work are relevant and challenging. Recently Key Stage coordinators have worked hard to develop the curriculum we offer and the assessments which both stretch and challenge our students. We have also developed a wealth of science based online resources to support student in their learning and to help them reach their potential such as google classrooms, SAM learning, ClassCharts and GCSEPod. We currently teach year 7 in mixed ability classes but thereafter students are set according to ability. In year 9 we start the AQA Combined Science GCSE curriculum in the Spring term, a recent introduction to reflect changes to the exam process and the growing demands of the new GCSEs. Year 10 and 11 can then opt for the AQA Triple Science route which aim to develop resilient and articulate learners through mastery learning.
To support our science curriculum we also offer a range of extra curricular opportunities to develop a sense of awe and wonder. For example recently we were held the Bloodhound Rocket Competition organised by the Royal Navy in collaboration with our ICT and technology departments, submitting the largest cohort of rocket cars they have ever had! We encourage all our science staff to offer a extra curricular activities ranging from intensive revision sessions to GCSE Astronomy and applications to the Arkwirght Scholarship as part of our STEM Guild.
· Excellent capacity for school improvement
· Established support networks
· Rural location in heart of Devon
· Ample on-site car parking
· Good transport links
· Complementary mix of traditional and modern buildings
· Suited departmental areas
· Staff laptop scheme
· Multiple staff CPD opportunities