• Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    12 April 2021 at 12:01 pm

  • Date listed

    15 March 2021


This teaching role is at more than one school in the trust. You can find out more in schools overview.

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Leadership
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership Scale L12 - L16 depending on experience

Job summary

Turner Schools is looking to recruit a Trust Director of Science to help us ensure that our knowledge-led curriculum is effectively delivered to our ambitious, confident and successful students.

The Trust is offering an unique opportunity for an ambitious leader to create and develop an exciting trust wide secondary curriculum to inspire all our pupils to engage in science learning, and prepare them for a range of careers in STEM. The right candidate will also be able to influence the teaching of science in our primary schools to develop our pupils’ curiosity about the world in which they live.We want all of our pupils to be successful, achieving qualifications that prepare them to succeed in their ambitions so that the Academy is a place where all children thrive and knowledge matters.

The Trust strongly believes that its purpose is to serve the young people of the local coastal community with a powerful education. As a Director of Science, your role will require you to be an expert teacher who is also capable of leading and inspiring colleagues as well as pupils, with a passion for science education. You will be making an important contribution to the continuing progress of all of our schools.

We welcome applications from great teachers with leadership experience who are highly motivated and dedicated, with a passion for powerful education and research.

The Trust science teams are used to working collaboratively, and the ability to further develop this approach and inspire the wider Trust science departments is an important part of this role. For candidates who would like to discuss this role before application please contact benjamin.williams@turnershools.com

Join us to be a part of our journey.

The ideal candidate will....

* be dedicated to improving pupils progress and raising attainment across the Trust, sharing best practice with colleagues
* have a proven track record of success in raising standards and developing others
* have experience of strategic planning that brings about improved pupil outcomes
* have a proven ability to enable pupils to work through inspirational and engaging science teaching, appropriately-sequenced learning steps, diagnostics questioning, and purposeful practical work.
* have an understanding of current pedagogical research particular with regards to science education
* a mindset to always lead by example: in the classroom, supporting and developing others, and living the trust values

In return, Turner Schools can offer...

* a strong ethos and culture that promotes the belief that all pupils can achieve
* calm and purposeful learning environments, with high pupil behaviour expectations
* a warm and welcoming team of teachers and associate staff
* manageable workload through sensible and efficient policies
* personalised coaching and CPD programmes alongside an investment in your career and development through financing Masters qualifications, training courses and conferences as requested
* a Trust which takes student and faculty welfare seriously
* Private healthcare from Benenden Health medical, including a 24/7 prescription GP service, counselling, access to the BUPA hospital network and physiotherapy.
* a genuine opportunity to make a difference by being part of the exciting Trust vision.
* Relocation package may be available for the right candidate.

Applying for the job

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Schools overview

Trust type
Multi-academy trust
Contact phone number

About the schools

Turner Schools is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) based in Folkestone on the beautiful Kent coast.

Turner Schools is committed to ensuring success without selection for our pupils and students by teaching them the core knowledge and life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Turner Schools is committed to leading schools where children thrive and knowledge matters.

Our mission is to set a new standard in non-selective education, empowering our pupils and students with cultural capital. In this way we will contribute to the regeneration of the region; we call this mission sea-change.

Following Aristotle's philosophy, we believe that educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Accordingly, we have encapsulated the Trust's ethos and values in the acronym HEART meaning we have:

H: High Expectations - of yourself, of others, including in terms of aspiration for the community and children we serve, conduct and standards in the widest sense

E: Enthusiasm - in attitude and to nurture it in others be they pupils/students/scholars, parents or colleagues; an

A: Academic subject-based curriculum - tried and tested subjects delivered in coherent sequence

R: Reading for all - achieving chronological reading age as well as love of this enabling and vital skill; and

T: Teamwork - recognising that together we can achieve more than we can alone.

Our HEART model gives stakeholders, staff, pupils and parents a common language.

Our schools include:

Folkestone Primary; Folkestone Academy; Morehall Primary; Martello Primary; and Turner Free School.

Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

For further information on Turner Schools, please visit www.turnerschools.com

School details

Folkestone Academy

School type
Education phase
Primary, Secondary, 16-19
School size
1842 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19
Ofsted report
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Turner Free School

School type
Free School
Education phase
School size
299 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
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