Temporary Teacher of Chemistry (Maternity Cover), Heckmondwike

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Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolHeckmondwike

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Start date: w/c 11th February 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: To reflect teaching experience
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About Us:

At Heckmondwike Grammar School our motivation is for our students to enjoy their school days and to become thoughtful, articulate, confident and responsible members of society. In order to achieve this we rely on our staff to work closely with students, parents and teachers to provide a supportive community, keeping the well-being of our students at the forefront of everything we do.

The Role:

If you are an innovative, enthusiastic and passionate Chemistry Teacher , then this will be the job for you. This post provides a unique opportunity to work within a high-performing and growing 11 to 18 school with a large sixth-form and exceptional students. With an intake of approximately 550 post-16 and 210 in next year’s Year 7, Heckmondwike Grammar School is a dynamic place to be. We are also expecting the significant addition of a new £1.1 million sixth form centre nearby, ready for October 2018. 

We would like to appoint an outstanding Chemistry Teacher. We passionately believe that Chemistry is of vital and fundamental importance as a science. The Chemistry department has seven specialist teachers and two technicians. The department uses five well-equipped modern laboratories, a large staff office and a dedicated prep room. We have detailed schemes of work and we share resources in order to achieve high standards of teaching and learning. Teachers usually teach in all key stages.

In Chemistry we follow the AQA GCSE (9-1) specification. Achievement is very high; in recent years Chemistry students have achieved a 100% pass rate at GCSE with 70% of grades at A* - A (grades 7-9 in the new system).

Around 250 students study Chemistry at A-Level, following the AQA A-level specification. Our students achieve good results at A- Level, with approximately 40% of grades at A* - B.  Almost all A-Level Chemistry students continue to University, many studying medicine or related degrees and various branches of science.

Consideration will be given to both experienced teachers and NQTs who wish to develop their teaching expertise in an outstanding school.

For the Chemistry department at Heckmondwike, commitment, attitude, ideas, potential and enthusiasm are important qualities.

You will need to:

· believe in our values of generosity, resilience, integrity and tolerance

· be a reflective practitioner wanting to develop and hone your craft to the highest level

· be an inspirational teacher who builds excellent relationships and motivates students

In return we can offer:

· eager and committed students who are keen to learn and progress

· a learning-centred school where the best possible practice is the priority

· opportunities to develop as a teacher and as a leader

· a vibrant, supportive community of like-minded professionals


Specific responsibilities are set out in a detailed job description. 

In addition to this, teachers at HGS are expected to be effective professionals who challenge and support all pupils to do their best. Teachers at HGS should inspire confidence, build team commitment and engage and motivate their pupils. They should think analytically about their work and take positive action to improve the quality of pupils’ learning. They will encourage high standards of academic and personal achievement and be a good role model for the students in the school. They will make an active contribution to the policies and aspirations of the school and their department.

Why Should You Apply?

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a unique school, with students who are eager to learn, keen to know more and want to enjoy their educational experiences. It is exceptional in many ways: a very diverse school community that produces results of the highest quality. We work effectively with the young people, really care about them and their futures and have an ultimate success measure of enabling them to proceed to where they want to go. Excellent relationships between staff and students are the norm, expectations are high and students perform very well as a consequence.

In return, we offer a competitive salary and membership of the teacher pension scheme.

The closing date for applications is 8am Monday 15th October 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018.

 How Should You Apply?

If you are interested in this position then please visit the vacancies section of our website. http://www.heckgrammar.co.uk/online/about/vacancies/current-vacancies/

To be considered for this post candidates MUST complete and submit the school's application form.

If you wish to organise a visit to the school please contact Louise Daddy, HR Director on 01924 402202.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to two satisfactory references, a six month trial period, and an enhanced DBS disclosure.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

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More about Heckmondwike Grammar School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: High Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0AH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1924 402 202
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