4 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    September 2024 or January 2025

  • Closing date

    19 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    3 June 2024

Job details

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Subject

Physics

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

MPS/UPS

Full time Teacher of Physics job summary

Full time Teacher of Physics

(MPS/UPS)

Required from: September 2024 or January 2025

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 19th June 2024; we will interview any strong candidates as soon as their applications are received.

We are looking to appoint a Teacher of Physics who can both convey a real passion for the subject and contribute fully to the school’s wider aims and vision.

Science continues to go from strength to strength at AGS with 62% of physics GCSE students gaining 7+ grades and 50% of physics A-level students getting A*-B grades last year.


The Physics Department has well-established schemes of work across all year groups and places a strong emphasis on teamwork. The successful applicant will be very well supported throughout their time here.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an outstanding academic environment with innovative and experienced colleagues and keen, well-motivated students. There is the potential for a significant amount of A level teaching, however all members of the department teach across the full age range.

From year 8, science at Alcester Grammar School is taught separately as biology, chemistry and physics by specialist subject teachers. Science is a thriving department within the school. Each area has its own departmental head.

There is much coordination and sharing of good practice between departments with focus on teaching and learning strategies, health and safety, investigative work, and diversity/inclusion.

There are eleven well-equipped laboratories, with associated preparation rooms ensuring that all science lessons take place within labs. Each subject has its own experienced technician whose work is vital to the effective work of the department. Our wonderful technicians were complemented by Ofsted for their efficiency and dedication and are actively involved in the Warwickshire Technician Support Group.

Currently in Years 7 and 8 students follow courses covering the Key Stage Three National Curriculum. All pupils have 3 hours of science per week. Class sizes are about thirty. From year 9 however, we feel students are ready for the challenge of the GCSE course. This 3 year approach gives us time to cover the specification in depth as well as provide ample opportunity for practical work which we highly value. At GCSE we follow the AQA Physics course.

Almost all pupils take 3 separate science GCSEs and each pupil receives 2 periods (2 hours) and one homework per week in Year 10 and 11. Class sizes average about twenty six.

In the sixth form science continues to be extremely popular and successful. Over half of our sixth form students join us from local schools. We have just moved to the AQA Physics A level course. Almost all lessons feature practical work to help students learn and understand through exploration. We always strive to make physics relevant and exciting. We encourage pupils to keep up to date with current issues and become rounded, well-informed scientists. We organise a range of visits to local universities and welcome visiting lecturers and have an extensive outreach programme to local schools. We encourage participation in local, national and international competitions, where we have enjoyed considerable successes. We always welcome new ideas and initiatives.

It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to fulfil the following criteria:

Qualifications :

  • QTS and a good honours degree in physics or a related subject (ECTs are welcome)

Experience:

  • Ability to teach science across KS3 and physics across KS4 - KS5 (support will be offered to develop KS5 skills as appropriate)

Relationships:

  • A commitment to students as individuals

  • A sensitive attitude to students of all abilities and ages and the ability to differentiate teaching to meet the needs of the most able and those with Special Educational needs

  • An ability to create a stimulating and challenging learning environment for students

  • A recognition of the importance of partnership with parents

  • A supportive and co-operative approach to colleagues

Personal Characteristics

  • A commitment to the AGS ethos

  • A willingness to continue learning and developing as a teacher

  • A reflective approach to their own practice and to the overall performance of the department

  • Hard working and adaptable

  • Happy to work independently or in collaboration

  • Able to carry initiatives through to their conclusion

  • Friendly and approachable

  • Well organised and able to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrate a passion for the subject and an ability to enthuse students of all ages

  • A commitment to safeguarding children’s well being

  • A commitment to playing a part in the wider life of the school

At AGS we know and understand that our staff are key to our success. As Principal, I promise every member of staff appointed to AGS every support I can offer. If you would like to talk through the post prior to application, then please don’t hesitate to contact me at r.thorpe@alcestergs.com. Tours of the school can also be arranged - we would be delighted to show you around.

Thank you again for your interest in the post – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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)
medical
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 Alcester Grammar School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1323 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

A unique and happy school, where you can indulge your creativity, refine your skills, and enjoy an atmosphere that respects your professional autonomy. With delightful students, grateful parents and supportive colleagues, teaching doesn't get much better than this.

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