We are seeking to appoint a Teacher of Science. We are committed to developing teachers; applications are welcomed from both experienced and newly qualified teachers.
Science is an extremely popular subject with the pupils at Stratford School Academy, with almost a third of pupils selecting Separate Sciences as an option. Pupils enjoy their Science lessons and understand the opportunities that achieving well in Science can offer. All pupils currently study Combined Science at GCSE.
There are lots of jobs for science teachers out there, so why choose this one? Because at Stratford School Academy you will either be a Chemistry Teacher or Physics Teacher and not a general Science teacher. We believe that strong subject knowledge underpins good teaching of the sciences and accordingly Chemists, Physicists and Biologists are best placed to teach excellent lessons in their respective disciplines.
Our aim therefore is for all pupils to be taught each science specialism by a subject specialist to ensure that they are taught concepts with a solid foundation to allow them to achieve academic success. We are rolling through a program just as fast as we can to see each science is taught by subject specialists and currently years 10 and 11 are taught by purely specialists and all schemes of work and lessons for years 7, 8 and 9 are planned by a subject specialist to allow for a strong pedagogical delivery of the content. Over the next 2 years as we expand as a school and are able to balance up the science teaching team, we will extend subject specialist teaching into all years.
We are sure that you are passionate about your specialism and we want to harness that passion and use it to enthuse our pupils so that they share your love of your subject. Applications are welcomed from both experienced and newly qualified teachers.
Between 2014 and 2016 Stratford School Academy was rebuilt through the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. We now have two brand new buildings each for 750 pupils. In September 2015 we admitted our first 300 strong Year 7 cohort and we will grow to 1500 pupils by 2020. We have not gone for the usual Upper/Lower School split but instead operate two ‘mini schools’ educating pupils from Year 7 to 11. Our mini school in Upton Lane incorporates a Resource Provision for up to twenty children with Autism; our mini school in Grosvenor Road will develop a complementary specialism in teaching pupils with Speech, Language and Communication needs.
We are ambitious: we are expanding, we have improved our teacher workforce both in terms of readiness and capacity, our ‘mini school’ approach is innovative and we have Academy Sponsor status. We have asked ourselves what is an ambitious but achievable academic target that, if we can hit it, will let us say with confidence that we are providing our pupils with a top quality education. One simple answer would be to achieve a Progress 8 score of +0.5. We use this (and a couple of other targets) to drive all aspects of our work, to ask: what do we need to do over the next couple of years to get from where we are to P8 +0.5? In summer 2016 we achieved P8 +0.2 and we think +0.5 is well within our reach over the next couple of years.
We have a very clear approach to our work and focus our efforts on what educational research (as opposed to fashion) tells us will really make a difference to student outcomes. We implement this plan through extending systematic shared practice and developing teacher expertise through deliberate practice.
We try to look after our staff. We provide travel loans and run cycle to work, parking permit and childcare voucher schemes. All staff get priority admission to the school for their children. Teachers have lower than average teaching loads and we don’t expect them to do cover –so you have time to do the job properly. Our school dinners are well worth eating and you get free coffee all day made by a qualified barista. Last but not least you get to work with very nice people and pupils.
If you think this might be the job for you then you should come in and meet us, see the buildings, hear more about what we do and how we do it. If you do want to visit please call Anna Mason on 02072598770. We know that it can be difficult to get out of school and so we can be flexible with times and dates.
How to Apply
To apply, please request an application from Anna Mason at StratfordSchoolAcademy@hays.com or call Anna on 0207 259 8770. Your application is a direct permanent application to our school, Hays is our recruitment partner for all permanent appointments.
Closing Date: 9am on Wednesday 22nd March 2017
For more information you can also visit our dedicated recruitment website at www.hays.co.uk/jobs/stratfordschoolacademy or www.stratfordschoolacademy.com
Stratford School Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Anna Mason c/o Stratford School Academy
Grosvenor Road, Forest Gate, London E7 8JA