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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    11 April 2024 at 3pm

  • Date listed

    15 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

TLR2b (£5,355 per annum)

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a new or experienced leader to grow and enhance our large and successful science team as a result of the recent increase in the uptake of Science courses post-16, Psychology at KS4 and pupil intake in KS3.

The Science department is a highly successful one, making a significant contribution to EBacc progress scores that are consistently significantly above the national average. In 2023, KS4 Science value added was significantly above national and in the top 28% of all schools. Attainment across all courses in KS5 is also strong, with Biology A level in the top 20% of all schools. We would expect the successful candidate to teach all Science disciplines at Key Stage 3 and in Key Stage 4 Combined Science and their specialist subject in KS4 Triple Science. We offer the full range of science courses in the sixth form and therefore applicants should have the ability to teach A level or BTEC Level 3 Applied Science at Key Stage 5. We also offer GCSE and A level Psychology within the Science department.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Headteacher and Deputy Head of Department to lead on the following areas:

  • Leading and being the expert on an identified area of the science curriculum in accordance with the latest research, guidance and specifications.
  • Sequencing an identified area of the science curriculum and writing schemes of work that fulfil school requirements.
  • Leading and co-ordinating the delivery and quality assurance of an identified area of the science curriculum.
  • Modelling of exceptional classroom practice to others.
  • Working in collaboration with other departments to share outstanding practice.
  • Training staff on new curriculum developments and school teaching and learning priorities.
  • Developing and delivering training to staff to develop subject knowledge and pedagogical subject knowledge.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational professional with:

  • A track record of good to outstanding teaching.
  • A track record of good attainment and progress in KS3, KS4 and/ or KS5 students.
  • An eagerness to learn and develop their leadership skills and behaviours.
  • A vision and passion for growth and development of colleagues at all levels.
  • The skills to effectively lead and manage a team.
  • A relentless commitment to outstanding support for youngsters.
  • A driving ambition to make a difference to every child at Swanshurst.

What the school offers its staff

Swanshurst is an ‘Outstanding School’ for girls with over 1900 students on roll aged 11-19 years. We offer excellent support and CPD for staff at all stages of their career, including the full range of NPQs.

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

Swanshurst School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant will require an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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 Swanshurst School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1866 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number
0121 464 2400

Swanshurst is an ‘Outstanding School’ for girls with over 1900 students on roll, aged 11-19 years. We offer excellent support and CPD for staff at all stages of their careers, including the full range of leadership NPQs.
Ofsted (2017) found pupils at Swanshurst to be “happy, well cared for and that they secure excellent academic and personal outcomes” they described the girls as “polite, respectful and courteous”. Needles to say, we are incredibly proud of them and of all our staff who contribute to the “purposeful learning culture within the school that characterises the work of staff and pupils”

Arranging a visit to Swanshurst School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@swanshurst.org.

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