Job Opportunities

Head of Chemistry Full-time, Maternity, Fixed-term

Closing Date: Monday 19 March 2018 at 1 pm
To Start: September 2018

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-qualified graduate who is passionate about their subject to lead our thriving and vibrant Chemistry Department from September 2018.  The post is full-time, fixed term, maternity cover and the successful candidate will be expected to teach throughout the school from Year 7 to 13. 

This role would suit someone looking to broaden their experience or looking to take the next steps in their profession career.  It may also suit a candidate looking to make the transition into the independent sector.  It is responsible for overseeing Health and Safety across the Science department and offers the opportunity to mentor Oxbridge candidates who are preparing for medicine, veterinary and dentistry applicants.   .  

Chemistry, Physics and Biology Departments work closely together, and are taught as three separate subjects all through the School.  They each have three or four teachers, and there are two technicians plus an assistant who work with all three departments.  Each department has well-equipped laboratories plus two Sixth Form science laboratories.  Students start IGCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology in Year 9, heading towards three Edexcel IGCSE science qualifications.  In the Sixth Form, students study the AQA Physics and Edexcel Chemistry specifications.  The school has an excellent reputation for Science and a large proportion choose to study Science in the Sixth Form and at University, including Oxbridge.

In summer 2017, 69% of the Chemistry A level grades were at A*-B grade and 92% of Chemistry GCSE grades were at A*-B grade.  In Biology and Physics in summer 2017, 56% of Biology A level grades were A*-B grades and in Physics were 89% A*-B.  In the GCSE cohort 93% Biology students achieved an A*-B grade and in Physics 86% students were marked A*-B.

Students follow directed courses with numerous enrichment opportunities, including the opportunity to take part in the school Science Fair, the Young Engineers Scheme and the British Physics Olympiad.  These allow for the development of independent learning and many cross curricular thinking skills. Students are given the opportunity to do an Extended Project in addition to their AS/A2 courses, with many interesting scientific topics amongst those chosen. 

The successful applicant will be expected to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.

Visits to the School are warmly welcomed and encouraged, please contact Helen Wood, HR Advisor via or 01932 574900 to arrange this or discuss the role further. 

INTERVIEW DAY IS PLANNED FOR MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018.  Applications will be considered on arrival and the school reserves the right to interview before the closing date.

Application Details - Head of Chemistry (Maternity)
Candidate Information Pack
Application pack - Application Form
Application pack - Ethnic Monitoring Pro Forma

Applications to: Letters of application and completed application form, including the details of two referees, should be sent to the Head, Mr C C Muller or by email to Mrs H Wood, HR Advisor:, to arrive no later than 1 pm on Monday 19 March 2018.