This job expired on 27 March 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    27 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    22 March 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to U3

Additional allowances

TLR 1C (£12,722)

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Science Department facilities are very good, with 11 laboratories, 2 full-time technicians and one working 0.6 to support the department. Our science curriculum offer comprises of an in-house spiralling curriculum covering all KS3 national curriculum and GCSE content, with purposeful practical and assessment opportunities and insights into possible careers. Students are taught in mixed ability throughout KS3 and in KS4 we have one allocated top set class in each band from year 10 with the rest of the students taught in mixed ability groups. At KS4 we teach Edexcel Combined Science with some students following the Separate Science qualification. We also offer excellent STEM enrichment opportunities across all year groups which enhance the students' overall experiences of science. A level uptake has improved steadily, with healthy numbers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our NE12 sixth form is a collaboration with Longbenton High School. Results in Science are very good with above National JCQ figures for all reported GCSE grades for 2022, for combined science: grade 4 and above 75.8% (National 60.5%); Grade 5 and above 53.8.% (National 39.2%) and Grade 7 and above 24.7.% (10.3%). Our progress indicators using SISRA analytical also give a positive SPI figure (+0.23) and an improving picture since 2018. At all levels, however, we continue to strive for even greater success. We have a motivated and dynamic team of individuals who are focused on implementing change and developing new strategies to raise aspirations and achievement. You will be expected to teach across the Science disciplines at Key Stage 3 and 4, and in your specialist area at KS5.

What the school offers its staff

We have made real progress recently and are proud of what we have achieved thus far. However, we know that we have the capacity to improve still further, and our work continues to focus on improving practice in the classroom. All members of the Leadership Team work closely with departments and with the weekly CPL programme for all staff. We are a forward-looking school, committed to giving our students the best possible educational experience, using government initiatives, good ideas from elsewhere and any additional resources creatively to achieve this end.

Although increasingly successful, we are not a complacent school. There are many aspects that we can improve further, and our challenge is to do this without compromising our existing strengths. George Stephenson High School is a great place to work, with fantastic staff and talented students. I only took on the Headship of this wonderful school in September 2022 and am truly very excited about the future. I hope you are enthused by the enclosed information and choose to apply.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About George Stephenson High School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1214 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

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