We have a full time vacancy for a teacher of science to join us in September 2020; the ability to teach physics to KS5 would be desirable but is not essential.
The science department are a focused enthusiastic team who are always looking for ways to make learning fun for students but allowing them to progress to their full potential.
The department is based in two new purpose-built buildings, with 15 fully equipped laboratories and three well stocked preparation rooms. Each laboratory is installed with a projector, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The department also has a class set of netbooks and chromebooks for use with students and ICT rooms are available to book in the ICT department. We have wireless internet access throughout the department and many software packages installed on the school network.
At years 7 and 8 pupils are taught as mixed ability groups and are put in sets in year 9 based on their 3 interim exam marks taken in year 8. Pupils are given targets at the start of each year and tested each term in years 7 and 8 to assess attainment and progress against their targets. In year 9 pupils are also given 3 exams throughout the year, with the first 2 deciding the pupils that will go on to study Triple Science in Year 10.
All KS3 students are assessed after modules using unit tests and practical investigations, and they formatively assess themselves using differentiated progress tracker sheets. At KS3 we currently use Collins Connect with fully written SOW for years 7, 8 and 9.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are are set according to ability and entered for AQA Double Award Trilogy Science in Year 10/11 or more able pupils will gain 3 GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils use Oxford AQA textbooks in school and have homework books to work from at home. Pupils also have access to online text books via Kerboodle. Revision guides can also be purchased from school. After school revision sessions are offered to pupils after school prior to their exams.
In 2019 81 % of year 11 pupils achieved 99-44 in double award science (national 56%) and 78% (national 42%), 75% (National 44%) and 75% (National 44%) achieved level 9/7 in biology, chemistry and physics respectively.
We have a very strong sixth form uptake of sciences.. We follow OCR specifications in biology, chemistry and physics. In 2019 63% of pupils at A2 achieved A*-C in biology, 59% in chemistry and 62% in physics.
Pupils are given the opportunity to get involved and in external science competitions and courses to enrich the learning of the more able.
Why work for us?
St Bede's is a good place to work. Staff are friendly and supportive of one another: relationships between staff and pupils were recognised by Ofsted as 'exceptionally strong'.
NQTs benefit from a well developed and comprehensive induction period programme. More experienced teachers are given the opportunity to participate in training which will help them to develop skills needed for middle and senior management roles.
There are good on-site catering facilities. Staff are able to use the fitness facilities free of charge and to participate in sports activities.
Music is a big part of school life and staff are welcome to join our senior choir and instrumental groups.
We have a social event at the end of each term as well as occasional staff trips to the theatre.
The school is situated in Redhill, a commuter belt town in the Surrey Fringe area. We are close to the M25 and there are good transport links to London and the South Coast from Redhill station which is about 15 minutes walk from the school. We also benefit from being within walking distance of beautiful countryside . Many staff live locally, others commute from Guildford, South London, Kent and East & West Sussex.
We welcome visits prior to application (but appreciate that it is not possible for everyone to do so). If you would like to arrange a visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our staff prospectus for more information about working at St Bede's School.