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  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    27 March 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

Commensurate with experience

Additional allowances

A competitive Head of Department TLR

What skills and experience we're looking for

At the WLFS, we value subject knowledge. Science teachers only teach outside their subject specialism at Key Stage 3, so the successful candidate for this role will teach Physics exclusively from Year 10 onwards. At Key Stage 4, each class is shared between 3 teachers who each teach 2 lessons of their specialist science per week. This reduces planning time for teachers and ensures all lessons beyond Year 9 are delivered by a subject expert. Currently, just under half of our students do Triple Science, while the remainder do Combined Science. All Science lessons are taught in a lab, and we have 2 full-time technicians to setup and assist with practical work. Uptake for Physics A Level has grown significantly and is very strong, regularly filling two Year 12 groups. Students at the WLFS enjoy an intellectually rigorous Science curriculum delivered by passionate subject specialists, and many opportunities to receive subject enrichment through trips, talks and our annual Science week.

Key characteristics of the role include:

  • to impart your passion for Physics to the pupils you teach, whilst also ensuring their mastery of the subject.
  • to assist the Head of Science in planning and delivering schemes of work for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and monitoring their effectiveness.
  • to monitor the progress of pupils according to the department and school assessment policy and to advise on set changes.
  • to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the department by taking part in collaborative planning, sharing resources, mentoring and observing teachers, and participating in continuing professional development.
  • to be a form tutor, and work collaboratively with your year group team.
  • to contribute to the wider school life, such as events, trips, and co-curricular clubs.

The successful candidate will have:

  • strong subject knowledge, a passion for Physics, and an ability to communicate that passion to pupils;
  • an ability to teach Science at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 to all ability levels, including pupils with SEN;
  • a proven track record of excellent Science teaching and, where relevant, outstanding outcomes for pupils at both GCSE and A-level;
  • an understanding of the ethos of the West London Free School, and a commitment to teaching a knowledge-based curriculum;
  • high expectations of pupil conduct and behaviour;
  • excellent team working skills;
  • excellent communication skills with both pupils and staff;
  • a willingness to contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme.

What the school offers its staff

The West London Free School offers academic excellence, attentive pastoral support and a thriving co-curricular programme, allowing pupils to become the best version of themselves. As a member of the Knowledge Schools Trust, we are driven by a common desire to overcome inequality of opportunity through education. We believe that knowledge is a good in and of itself, empowering pupils to understand and take an interest in the world around them. The education we offer is not just a preparation for work, but a preparation for life. As such, we value the knowledge of our teachers, and the passion for their subject that they bring to the classroom.

We offer a challenging curriculum, with a supportive environment, underpinned by fantastic teachers. Through this combination, pupils at the West London Free School excel. In 2023:

  • A-level: 48% of entries were graded A* to A, and 77% were graded A* to B.
  • GCSE: 48% of entries were graded 9 to 7, and 86% were graded 9 to 4. Progress 8 was 0.69, and Attainment 8 was 6.1, placing us in the top 2% of comprehensive schools in the country.
  • WLFS students went on to study at some of the best universities in the UK and abroad, with seven students accepted to courses at Oxford or Cambridge in both 2022 and 2023.

At the West London Free School, we aim to build a culture of sustainable success. We have a stable body of staff who feel supported and fulfilled.

  • Senior leaders see it as their responsibility to ensure all teachers can teach without disruption. School rules are non-negotiable, and poor behaviour is met by escalating sanctions.
  • Our annual survey (conducted by EdSRS) revealed that 100% of teaching staff would recommend the WLFS to other teachers as a good place to work (84% nationally); 71% said that staff morale is high (47% nationally); and 87% said that the SLT are highly visible and approachable (71% nationally).

Commitment to safeguarding

The Knowledge Schools Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

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About West London Free School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
911 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Email address
Phone number
020 8600 0670

The WLFS is one of the pioneering schools in the country for delivering a knowledge-rich education to all pupils, irrespective of birth or background. At the WLFS, we pride ourselves on the quality of the curriculum; the excellent behaviour of the pupils; the support provided by senior leaders; and the trust that we place in staff. Our 2022 results showed that our approach to teaching is delivering results. At A-level, 45% of entries were graded A* to A, and 73% were graded A* to B. At GCSE, 49% of entries were graded 9 to 7, and 88% were graded 9 to 4. Progress 8 was 0.61. Our pupils go on to study at some of the best universities in the UK and abroad, with seven students accepted to courses at Oxford or Cambridge in 2022 alone. We look for talented and ambitious individuals who share our vision for creating an exceptional school, and are committed to ensuring that every child has access to the best possible education.

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