Head of Biology

Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury, Suffolk


Job details

Subject Biology
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,373 to £40,490

Job summary

As a popular and successful school, we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking leader of Biology to contribute to the successful teaching of science across the school.

You will be required to:

Ensure that all groups of students make outstanding progress in Biology across all key stages
Develop or contribute to the range of activities and support for STEM students, particularly those on our unique Key Stage 3 STEM pathway.

Therefore, we are looking for someone who:

Has experience of teaching Biology at Key Stages 3-5
Has a record of raising attainment of their students
Has an up to date knowledge of curriculum developments, current education policy and progression routes for STEM students.
Is committed to high standards and ensuring that all groups of students make progress
Is willing to work flexibly
Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills Is able to solve problems and be proactive
Has an excellent sense of humour


General Teaching Responsibilities

1. Engage in identifying and implementing the priorities of the School Improvement Plan,
participating fully in school self-evaluation;
2. Comply with and uphold the policies of the school;
3. Fully understand and comply with the school's policy on safeguarding. Remain alert to
students’ pastoral needs and provide support, in conjunction with school’s SENCo and
Learning Support Assistants (LSAs);
4. Proactively uphold the school’s behaviour policy establishing class rules and setting out clear
and fair sanctions in accordance with the school’s systems; high standards of behaviour
should be expected at all times;
5. Work as part of the school’s teaching team and actively behave as a team member to
support colleagues;
6. Oversee and work closely with LSAs, setting out tasks appropriate to the assistant's role and
ability; supervise the work of support staff, students and voluntary helpers as required;
7. Ensure that the learning spaces provide a welcoming and stimulating environment to
students and adults. Classrooms will be vibrant, well organised and serviceable. Work
should be attractively displayed and be clearly and appropriately labelled;
8. Make effective use of PPA time to raise standards;
9. Lead assemblies as required;
10. Play an active role in the full life of the school.

Specific Responsibilities

Class / Subject Teacher:

1. Teach the designated class / subject group(s), implementing agreed planning, assessment
and target setting; work with others to provide Curriculum Enrichment for students.
2. Plan students’ work to provide an inclusive and personalised curriculum which meets the
needs of the children, including those with Special Needs and those who are Able, Gifted
and Talented;
3. Carry out regular assessment, recording, monitoring and record keeping according to school
policies, maintain appropriate records which monitor the progress of the students; mark
students’ work regularly in accordance with the school’s marking policy;
4. Develop home-school links with parents/guardians of students in the class / subject group(s);
5. Complete termly and half-termly assessment records for the class / subject group(s), using
the school’s systems, including preparation of Student Progress Reports for presentation to
the Principal, Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, as appropriate;
6. Complete student reports for presentation to parents (academic report and the achievement,
effort and social report); meet students’ parents at parent evenings, 3 times per year;
7. Manage and monitor the work of other adults in the classroom (including volunteers);
8. Liaise closely with the SENCo regarding the learning needs of students;
9. Liaise closely with the Designated Teacher for Safeguarding regarding students’ welfare


The post of Head of Department carries significant leadership responsibility for the curriculum area
and the staff working therein. The post has a broad responsibility, as a Middle Leader within the
school, to promote and support the wider educational progress of all students.

Line Management responsibility

1. Monitor the effectiveness and impact of Performance Management arrangements within the
2. Provide input to Performance Management of individual staff within the Department in terms
of setting objectives, monitoring and assessing work performance;
3. Provide interventions as necessary with staff colleagues to improve teaching and learning.

Curriculum and Assessment

1. Develop / update schemes of work as required, ensuring that teachers are clear about the
teaching objectives in lessons, understand the sequence of teaching and learning in the
subject, and communicate such information to students;
2. Provide input as required on the choice of appropriate teaching and learning methods,
including ICT, to meet the needs of the subject and of different students;
3. Implement and monitor policies and practices for assessing, recording and reporting student
achievement, and for using this information to recognise achievement and assist students in
setting targets for further improvement, consistent with school policy;
4. Support teachers and support staff in maintaining a strong culture of behaviour for learning
within the Department, ensuring that systems of reward and sanctions are consistently
applied and their effectiveness regularly evaluated by the team;
5. Work with teachers and support staff in the Department to help ensure effective development
of students’ individual and collaborative study skills necessary for them to become
increasingly independent in their work and to complete tasks independently when out of
6. Help Teachers in the Department to establish a partnership with parents to involve them in
their child’s learning of the subject, as well as providing information about curriculum,
attainment, progress and targets;
7. Actively assist and be pro-active in developing effective links with the local community,
including business and industry, in order to extend the subject curriculum, enhance teaching
and to develop students’ wider understanding;
8. Seek and implement ways of developing and promoting out of hours learning for students in
relation to the subject area.

Monitoring and evaluation

1. Monitor the quality of work throughout the Department through regular book scrutiny, in
accordance with the relevant school’s policy;
2. Identify appropriate attainment and/or achievement targets;
3. Monitor student standards and achievement against annual targets;
4. Monitor planning, curriculum coverage and learning outcomes;
5. Monitor standards of student behaviour;
6. Plan and work with staff colleagues to implement strategies where improvement needs are
7. Ensure that relevant attainment / achievement targets are met;
8. Monitor the quality of marking and reports;
9. Monitor implementation of the Department’s Extended Learning policy [or equivalent];
10. Lead evaluation strategies to contribute to overall school self-evaluation

Leading staff development

1. Identify relevant curriculum area improvement issues;
2. Contribute to the professional development of colleagues using a range of strategies
including coaching and mentoring;
3. Evaluate the impact of all improvement activities on the quality of teaching and learning;
4. Provide staff in the Department with relevant subject, curriculum area or student
performance information;
5. Support staff to maintain the highest standards of behaviour for learning;
6. Keep up-to-date with new developments and initiatives in the relevant areas of curriculum
and assessment and work to continuously improve knowledge and best practice amongst all
teachers and support staff
7. Maintain and develop personal professional expertise and share this with other teachers;
8. Act as a role model of good classroom practice for other teachers, modelling effective
strategies with them

Essential educational requirements

• Second class degree or higher in
relevant subject area.
• Relevant Teaching Qualification
• English and Mathematics at
G.C.S.E./’O’ Level or equivalent
and/or sound Literacy and
Numeracy skills (ITT
accreditation test level)

Essential qualifications

• ICT QTS accreditation test level
or European Computer Driving
License (ECDL)

Essential skills and experience

• Positive disposition to
implementing the Schools’
educational vision;
• Willingness to work across the
Trust’s secondary schools to
secure high attainment for all
children in the relevant Year /
Subject Group(s) Key Stage(s).

Employee benefits

Thomas Gainsborough School is a consistently high performing, well-resourced school in South Suffolk. The school continues to invest in high quality professional development and provides a range of employee benefits. This is an excellent opportunity for any teacher to develop their practice and continue their career progression.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1559 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Thomas Gainsborough School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email kfuller@tgschool.net

About Thomas Gainsborough School

School location

Wells Hall Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0NH