This job expired on 22 May 2024

  • Start date details

    September start or earlier by negotiation

  • Closing date

    22 May 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher
  • Head of department or curriculum

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L8 - L10

What skills and experience we're looking for

Knowledge and Skills

❑ Strategies for developing effective teachers

❑ Curricular and assessment developments within Science at all key stages, with an appreciation of how the content, skills and teaching strategies best prepare students for –

  • Transition - from KS3 to 4 and Key stage 4 to 5 and KS5 beyond
  • Success at Key Stage 4 – GCSE and alternative courses and qualifications
  • Success at Key Stage 5 – A level and alternative courses and qualifications

❑ Holding the highest respect, aspiration and expectation of all students

❑ The entitlement of all students to effective and engaging teaching and learning

❑ Demonstrate a commitment to the learning process

❑ Demonstrate the principles and practice of effective teaching and learning

❑ Access, analyse and interpret information to inform purposeful self-evaluation

❑ Challenge, influence and motivate others to attain high goals and have high expectations of them

❑ Give and receive effective feedback and act to improve personal performance

❑ Think and act strategically and creatively in proposing solutions

❑ Establish and sustain appropriate structures and systems and monitor them

❑ Monitor budgets and ensuring value for money.

Experience or Evidence of Success - Can demonstrate evidence of:

❑ Leadership of large and complex teams

❑ Positive influence and support for the development of colleagues

❑ High level of performance with personal teaching groups

❑ Willingness to embrace innovation and new developments

❑ Commitment to the broader life of the school outside the classroom

❑ Successful interventions at individual student and group level

❑ Confidence with analysing exam results and progress data to inform improvement

❑ Experience of leading departmental self-evaluation and using the outcomes in future planning

❑ Experience of Appraisal and continuing professional development of self and others

What the school offers its staff

The Trustees are seeking to appoint an inspirational, values led individual as the new Head of Science for Excelsior Academy to start September 2024. This full-time role is an exciting opportunity to lead a large vibrant department in a highly inclusive, rapidly improving academy. We have excellent science facilities at Excelsior and teach science through to A level. Our Trust has a strong cross academy Science community and the new post holder will have the full support of our Trust Director of Science.

The successful candidate will be passionate about Science education and the opportunities that success in science brings to learners across the key stages. They will possess the vision, knowledge, experience and tenacity to enable the science department to develop and deliver positive outcomes for our students at GCSE and A Level.

We are looking for an individual keen to progress on their leadership journey, who has the highest standards of professionalism, experience of working with teams and a proven record of effective practice. They will possess the interpersonal skills to inspire colleagues, an unwavering commitment to raising standards and improving the life chances of young people.

Excelsior Academy is Newcastle’s first purpose-built all through school, offering transformative education in a community that has experienced long term disadvantage and challenge. The Academy is a proud member of Laidlaw Schools Trust, an inclusive multi academy trust which specialises in raising aspirations in disadvantaged communities in the North East of England. Whilst the Trust shares common values and some aligned practice/ approaches across its academies, the Trustees value each academy as a distinctive institution serving their unique community.

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 Excelsior Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 19
School size
1497 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Phone number
0191 2288400

At the heart of our community we create the highest quality learning experiences in support of the needs and aspirations of each of our learners in our inspiring, safe and welcoming environment to help all our learners achieve and flourish a relevant, purposeful and inclusive education in preparation for life and your future.

At Excelsior Academy we strive to meet the needs and aspirations of all our learners to enable each and every pupil to achieve and flourish so we place ‘the child’ at the heart of all we do.

Excelsior Academy is an ‘all through academy’, made up of three phases; Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form College. Each phase has a family feel, where our pupils feel safe, comfortable and confident to achieve their potential.

Arranging a visit to Excelsior Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email julia.mardling@excelsiornewcastle.org.uk.

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