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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    13 March 2024 at 3pm

  • Date listed

    22 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

TLR 2a (£7,846 per annum)

What skills and experience we're looking for

An exciting opportunity has arisen to offer a whole-school leadership responsibility for a new or experienced leader of physics, as we look to further develop and enhance opportunities for our students to develop their skills and knowledge across all STEM subjects. We are highly aspirational for our students and passionate about empowering the future ‘women of STEM.’ The successful candidate will work closely with the head and deputy head of department to lead on the following areas:

  • Leading and being the expert on the physics curriculum in accordance with the latest research, guidance, and specifications.
  • Sequencing the physics curriculum, evaluating, and developing schemes of learning.
  • Leading and coordinating all aspects of the delivery and quality assurance of the physics curriculum.
  • Modelling exceptional classroom practice to others.
  • Working in collaboration with other departments to share outstanding practice.
  • Leading on training staff on new curriculum developments and school teaching and learning priorities.
  • Developing and delivering training to staff to develop subject knowledge and pedagogical subject knowledge.
  • Leading collaboration with other departments to develop cross curricular and extra-curricular provision for students in STEM.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational professional with:

  • A track record of good to outstanding teaching.
  • A track record of good attainment and progress in KS3, KS4 and/ or KS5 students.
  • An eagerness to learn and develop their leadership skills and behaviours.
  • A vision and passion for growth and development of colleagues at all levels.
  • The skills to effectively lead and manage a team.
  • A relentless commitment to outstanding support for youngsters.
  • A driving ambition to make a difference to every child at Swanshurst.

The science department at Swanshurst is a highly successful one, making a significant contribution to EBacc progress scores that are consistently significantly above the national average. In 2023, KS4 science value added was significantly above national and in the top 28% of all schools. Attainment across all courses in KS5 is also strong, with Biology A level in the top 20% of all schools. We offer the full range of science courses in the sixth form and offer GCSE and A level Psychology within the science department. We would expect the successful candidate to teach physics at KS4 Triple Science and A level and all science disciplines at Key Stage 3 and in Key Stage 4 combined science.

What the school offers its staff

Swanshurst is an ‘Outstanding School’ for girls with over 1900 students on roll aged 11-19 years. We offer excellent support and CPD for staff at all stages of their career, including the full range of NPQs as well as school-led instructional coaching programmes and progression routes for aspiring senior leaders.

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)
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 Swanshurst School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1866 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number
0121 464 2400

Swanshurst is an ‘Outstanding School’ for girls with over 1900 students on roll, aged 11-19 years. We offer excellent support and CPD for staff at all stages of their careers, including the full range of leadership NPQs.
Ofsted (2017) found pupils at Swanshurst to be “happy, well cared for and that they secure excellent academic and personal outcomes” they described the girls as “polite, respectful and courteous”. Needles to say, we are incredibly proud of them and of all our staff who contribute to the “purposeful learning culture within the school that characterises the work of staff and pupils”

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@swanshurst.org.

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