Head of Biology
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Job start date
1 September 2023
27 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)
6 March 2023
- Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5
- View all Biologyjobs, View all Sciencejobs
- View all Full timejobs - 32.5 hours
- Teachers’ Pay Scale plus TLR 2a £3,017.00 – additional TLR responsibilities available for the right candidate.
What skills and experience we're looking for
1. Educational Qualifications
- Honours Degree in appropriate subject
- DfE recognised Qualified Teacher Status
- Strong academic profile
- Higher Degree (D).
2. Professional Experience
- Ability to teach to A Level in Biology and ideally one other science to GCSE
- Proven track record in raising standards of student achievement
- Experience of delivering staff development, even if small scale
- Experience of constructive co-operation with parents
- A portfolio of training and continuing professional development.
3. Professional Knowledge and Understanding
- Safeguarding policies, procedures and practices
- How to work with others to improve practice
- Strategies for raising student achievement
- Effective practice and approaches to teaching and learning
- How to lead change
- Current educational trends and thinking
- School performance review and self-evaluation processes
- How to use data and information to effect improvement
- Ofsted framework for school inspection/self-evaluation.
4. Personal Qualities and Skills
Ideally, we are looking for someone who:
- Is robust and resilient.
- Has the ability to think strategically with imagination, vision, creativity and originality
- Is reflective, self-critical, motivated and ambitious
- Is a self-starter, plans well and then sees things through
- Can come up with good ideas based on previous experience or research
- Has an eye for detail, including high standards of literacy
- Has well developed emotional intelligence and can get people on board easily
- Is hard-working and willing to give of their time
- Has a strong track record of effecting improvement in themselves and others
- Can lead, motivate, enthuse and inspire staff and students, and win the confidence of parents and trustees
- Is an effective communicator and presenter
- Has passion and believes that every student can succeed at Monk’s Walk School
- Can plan, organise and delegate effectively
- Is looking for future promotion
- Has a good work/life balance.
What the school offers its staff
- A warm welcome – new staff always comment on this. We have an enthusiastic and thoroughly committed staff body, who go out of their way to welcome and support new staff
- It’s a good school which gives you the opportunity to learn and develop your craft. Staff gain a huge amount of satisfaction from the fact that our students do well, academically and personally
- Our students enjoy being here. Behaviour is very good indeed, allowing you to take risks and be creative in your teaching
- Monk’s Walk is a genuinely comprehensive school. We have the full range of students, from those going to Oxbridge to those with serious learning needs
- We provide a highly regarded programme of CPD which is tailored to your needs. This includes leadership development at all levels
- Opportunities for progression - as a very large school, opportunities for promotion come along regularly.
- We have a large sixth form and are part of a broader sixth form consortium, giving the opportunity to teach A Level across a broad range of subjects.
- A huge range of extra-curricular provision to enable you to perhaps pursue your interests and get involved in the wider life of the school
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About Monk's Walk School
- School type
- Academy, ages 11 to 18
- Education phase
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- School size
- 1375 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 18
- Ofsted report
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We are a mixed school of about 1,400 11-18 year old students in Welwyn Garden City, a Hertfordshire new town on the outskirts of London. Transport links are superb – direct rail links to London in less than 30 minutes; M1, A1(M), M11 and M25 all minutes away. WGC is a pleasant place to live – it even has John Lewis! The school is situated in a greenbelt area in the prosperous northwest corner of the city. Our grounds are magnificent and the view from the school is lovely. In September 2020 we opened a new teaching block to replace one of the more rundown ones. The DfE have just agreed funding for a new sports hall for the school. Monk’s Walk is a genuinely all-ability school. The number of students with learning challenges is below the national average, with 11.6% supported at school action plus or with an Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP). Our support for students with SEND is a real strength of the school. We have a small number of blind or partially sighted students who receive specialist support. We also work very closely with Knightsfield School, a special school for deaf children on our campus. Parental confidence in the school is high; there were 690 applications for 236 places in Year 7 for September 2023. Each year we hear appeals for students wishing to join the school. The school has an extremely effective behaviour policy and in general behaviour is very good indeed. Our students want to learn and our parents are, on the whole, extremely supportive. Attendance is high, although in common with most schools affected by COVID. Our aim is for our students to be co-operative, courteous and kind. There is a genuine ‘buzz’ around the school and we have a very strong reputation in the city. In February 2018, the school was judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’ - please read the inspection letter which can be found on our website (or on Ofsted’s) should you wish to apply. We were really pleased with the comments made by inspectors. We are currently ‘in the window’ for our next inspection although I believe Ofsted are running about 4 terms behind (would make us due in Summer 2023). GCSE exam results in 2022 were the school’s best ever results. 61% of students gained the strong basics (grade 5+ in both English and Maths) and 80% standard basics (grade 4+ in English and maths). Our attainment 8 was 55.7 and progress 8 +0.47. All well above national. Students of all abilities did better than would have been expected, given their starting points. Disadvantaged students made the progress that would have been expected given their starting points – unlike in most other schools in Hertfordshire where it is often well below. Students with SEND did phenomenally well. To look at the school’s provisional results in the league tables google ‘school performance tables 2022’. In terms of progress, disadvantaged and SEND students do better in the school than they do nationally. BAME students attain very well and have good progress, as do each of the ability groups. We pride ourselves on the fact that Monk’s Walk is an inclusive school. The school has about 260 in the sixth form and this is the largest sixth form the school has ever had. We are also a member of a consortium with four other schools which provides a wide range of opportunities for students. Monk’s Walk has the largest sixth form of the five schools and currently we have 74 guest students in Year 12 and 65 in Year 13. At Monk’s Walk we concentrate on providing A Level only (with the exception of iMedia), with decent numbers of students studying the facilitating subjects. Vocational programmes can be taken at Oaklands College or in other consortium schools. A Level results in 2022 were also the school’s best ever, with average point score per grade at 42.17 equivalent to B+. This is even higher than national in 2021 when grades were inflated due to lack of exams. Ignore the information about A Level in the provisional league tables – they currently only give you the 2019 results. We are very proud of the destinations of our sixth form students. In 2022 almost all students who applied made it to their first or second choice university, high quality apprenticeship or employment. Students access a range of universities, with over 40% accessing Russell Group in 2022. We currently have 11 former students at Cambridge University. We do not pursue academic achievement at the expense of the wider development of the individual, however. Form tutors, heads of year and heads of house all have important roles in the social, personal and academic support of individuals. Our house system is strong, providing a range of all-ability competitions and activities for mixed age groups. Recently we have become the first school in the country to have a recycling machine with the credit going as house points. All members of staff are allocated a house, except me who has to try to stay impartial of course. Unfortunately, some schools are making cuts in creative subjects such as Art, Music, Drama and PE and even some DT specialisms. At Monk’s Walk, these subjects are strong as we see these areas providing important learning opportunities for our students. All of these subjects are running at GCSE and A Level. We have a full orchestra (as well as other musical groups), as well as the outstanding Drama department. Members of other departments involve themselves in extra-curricular activities in Music, Sport and Drama. Knightsfield School (a special school for deaf children) is co-located with Monk’s Walk School. We have an outstanding partnership arrangement; at key stage 3 Knightsfield students join classes in Art. A few students are also integrated into GCSE groups. Knightsfield students join ours for lunch every day in our canteen in B Block. One of our music teachers teaches at the school. The school became an academy in September 2012. The decision to convert was purely pragmatic and trustees have no intention to make changes to teachers’ pay and conditions beyond those made as part of national agreements. Induction, training and continuing professional development have a very high priority in the school. All staff have an induction programme on joining the school.
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