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    20 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 February 2024

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Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

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Biology, Chemistry, Science

Working pattern

Full time: Directed

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Pay scale

MPS/UPS (Inner London) + £2,000 Harris Allowance + £13,032 TLR

Additional allowances

Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pension Scheme (TPS) + Additional Harris Benefits

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join Harris Westminster Sixth Form as Head of Life Sciences at Harris Westminster Sixth Form.

The Life Sciences Faculty (Biology and Chemistry) is well-established and consists of excellent teachers, but has room to grow further and flourish under a new Head of Faculty who is passionate about teaching and learning.

This post is an excellent opportunity if you wish to develop your teaching and learning skills, and those of others, teach beyond the curriculum, make a difference to the lives of young people across London, and to embrace CPD that will help them prepare for their next steps.

We would like to hear from you if you have:

  • QTS (or equivalent)
  • Good degree or equivalent in a relevant Biology or Chemistry subject
  • Successful experience teaching Biology or Chemistry at sixth form level with excellent outcomes at A Level
  • Understanding of theory and practice of effective teaching and learning, including practicals
  • Experience of observing teaching and giving feedback
  • Understanding of how the most-able students learn
  • Understanding of the importance of having high expectations for all students, both of behaviour and academic achievement
  • Understanding of inclusive provision and practices which offer equality of access to the curriculum for all students, including special educational needs and English as an additional language
  • Knowledge and experience of writing schemes of work, lesson plans, developing resources and assessing students' work. Understanding the importance of being a Tutor

What the school offers its staff

Our school is one of the top sixth forms in the country, with the aim to deliver high quality education and outstanding outcomes to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. HWSF is selective on both ability and disadvantage and places first go to academically able students from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is a wonderful school with an ethos of “learning is amazing”, where staff truly care about the progress their students make over their two years with us.

We are based in the heart of Westminster, and work in collaboration with the Harris Federation and Westminster School. Our location gives us many benefits; we hold our assemblies in St Margaret's Church and Westminster Abbey, and we offer students weekly lectures from visiting speakers.

We want the best people to join our community and we are committed to a diverse and inclusive student and staff body. If you are passionate about making a difference and feel you have the right experience and expertise, I encourage you to apply to join us. We look forward to receiving an application from you. We hope that you find the enclosed information helpful and are excited by the opportunities that HWSF would provide.

We also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Further details about the role

As one of the school's four Heads of Faculty, you will lead, manage, and develop the subject areas of Biology and Chemistry.

At Harris Westminster Sixth Form (HWSF), we believe “learning is amazing” and this is the heart of our school ethos. You will lead, manage, and develop the teaching and other academic aspects of the work of a team of teachers, including implementing and delivering an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated, challenging and inspiring curriculum for students and to ensuring that the subject areas within the faculty are vibrant, interesting, and enriching for all students.

You will monitor and support the overall progress and development of all students studying in the faculty. You will provide a motivating and structured learning experience, which will offer students with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential. You will monitor, manage, and support the performance of teaching staff in the faculty. You will contribute significantly to raising standards of student attainment as a teacher and form tutor. You will support the process of application to university as a Head of Faculty, teacher and form tutor and contribute significantly to the Cultural Perspectives programme. You will contribute to the wider life of the school, including extra-curricular and enrichment activities. You will make and implement plans to improve and develop the work of the Faculty.

You will report to the Assistant Principal or Vice Principal and liaise with the Head of School, Senior Leadership Team, Heads of Faculty, Heads of House, relevant non-teaching support staff, parents and Governors and other stakeholders.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, references, an online search, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed.

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About Harris Westminster Sixth Form

School type
Free School, ages 16 to 19
School size
589 pupils enrolled
Age range
16 to 19
Phone number
0203 772 4555

A 2016 Ofsted inspection found Harris Westminster Sixth Form to be Outstanding in all areas, confirming our status as London’s leading state sixth form for able students. Harris Westminster combines the strengths of Westminster School in teaching academically able students with the Harris Federation’s experience in establishing and running outstanding maintained sector schools. We take full advantage of our location just off Parliament Square to provide students with a vibrant and stimulating academic environment including weekly guest lectures in school. We are highly over-subscribed, academically selective and have a varied student cohort including 40% Pupil Premium. 17 students from our 2016/17 cohort went on to study at Oxbridge. We are looking for outstanding individuals to join this exciting and scholarly community.

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