Head of Chemistry

The Park Community School, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9AX

This job expired on 18 May 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    18 May 2022 at 4:00pm

  • Date listed

    5 May 2022

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Head of Chemistry job summary

Key Tasks

To lead the development of a coherent chemistry curriculum from year 7 to 11 to enable all students to be scientifically literate and have the knowledge and vocabulary to support them as adults either within the science field or as adults in society.
To support the development of teaching and learning within the science department to ensure all teachers are effective and have a significant positive impact on student outcomes.
To teach high quality Science lessons across the age and ability range in accordance with the requirements of a professionally qualified teacher. You will be able to teach across all science disciplines at Key Stage 3 and GCSE Combined Science with a Separate Science specialism in Chemistry.

Anticipated Outcomes of Post:

Students, regardless of their social or cultural background, are motivated to succeed and make outstanding progress through creative, relevant and innovative teaching and learning.

Key Duties and Accountabilities:

In conjunction with the head of science, lead the development and quality assurance of the chemistry curriculum across all phases ensuring it is highly effective.
In conjunction with the head of science, play an active role in developing the quality of teaching and learning within the science team.
With support, evaluate the impact of developments and alter plans accordingly.
Teach Science across the age and ability range in such a way as to challenge and inspire all students, with clear objectives, delivered in line with department schemes of work and school policies.
Plan and deliver lessons to students according to their educational needs and with reference to prior attainment, SEN and EAL as required, striving to ensure equal opportunities for all and to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Assess, record and report on the development, progress and attainment of students in line with school policies, ensuring that marking and assessment are of consistently high quality and in accordance with the school assessment policy.
Maintain effective behaviour management in the classroom, using positive behaviour strategies to ensure students fully engage in the lesson.
Monitor the progress and achievement of the students following the course and identify the appropriate intervention strategies for underachieving students.
Set high expectations for students and develop their attitude for learning through focused teaching and through the development of positive and productive relationships.
Manage, develop and share resources to enhance teaching of Science.
Promote enrichment and extension of Science across the department, participating and developing events, trips and visits.
Contribute to objectives of the curriculum area within the school objectives and take part in an annual review of the subject and curriculum area.
Embrace the continued professional development programme within the school, striving to be a lifelong learner, maximising opportunities to make impact within the role.
Be familiar with, fully support and reinforce the aims, ethos, policies and procedures of the school and Trust with students, staff, parents and other stakeholders where and when appropriate.

Pastoral Responsibilities

The pastoral role is of prime importance in supporting the ethos of the school as a place where students can be happy and confident and feel encouraged to work hard.

Form Tutor

Promote the general well-being and progress of students in the tutor group.
Provide guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters and to respond to their individual needs quickly and in a constructive manner.
Carefully monitor attendance, punctuality and reasons for absence, keeping a register in accordance with legal requirements.
Communicate with parents in consultation with the Head of House and Teaching & Learning Leader.
Record information on students and raise, where appropriate with the Head of House.
Support and participate in year group activities.
Attend Year Team and House meetings.
Deliver the PSHEE curriculum in line with the school timetable.
Attend all departmental and staff meetings.
Play an active part in the life of the school, sharing the aims and objectives of the school.
Contribute to the protection of children as appropriate, in accordance with any agreed policies and/or guidelines, reporting any issues or concerns to the School’s Child Protection Lead.
Play an active role in your own CPD and share development ideas with others.
Uphold the teacher standards and make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

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About The Park Community School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1415 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
01271 373131

Nestled close to the beautiful North Devon coast and at the edge of Exmoor, The Park Community School is one of two 11-16 comprehensive schools in Barnstaple. Park was opened in 1972 following the re-organisation of selective education in the town; however, the origins of the school date back to 1910, with the site housing both the Boys and Girls grammar schools. Many elements of the original buildings remain and these help to link the school to its proud and strong history.
The school currently educates 1472 students, mainly from the town of Barnstaple and outlying villages. In recent years, the popularity of the school has meant that the geographical catchment has increased, with many students now travelling some distance to join us. Most year groups are currently oversubscribed.
The school is a founding member of The Tarka Learning Partnership (TLP), an academy trust with a vision to empower young people in North Devon through learning. The Trust includes Park’s main feeder primary schools - Eden Park Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Roundswell Community Primary Academy, Newport Community School Primary Academy, Fremington Primary School along with North Molton Primary School. TLP also includes the Devon Primary SCITT, a partner dedicated to primary school teacher training.
TLP supports Park and ensures academic rigour, collaboration and the further development of teaching and learning. Park also has strategic alliances with the North Devon Academic Board, and is a member of South West Institute for Teaching (SWIFT) . This reflects a key focus of our vision and governance to ensure continual school development.
As part of the Tarka Learning Partnership we are a Safe Employer and thorough checks will be carried out as part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment. We do not accept Curriculum Vitae. Any successful candidate would be subject to a fully enhanced DBS check, and would be expected to adhere to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy as well as other mandatory policies.

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