Head of Science Faculty

William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, M16 8PR

This job expired on 29 September 2022

  • Closing date

    29 September 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    29 September 2022

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Full-time equivalent salary

United Learning Pay Scale (competitive)

Head of Science Faculty job summary

William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) is a well-established 3-18 Academy and is one of the most over-subscribed school in Greater Manchester with a long and distinguished history. It has a very inclusive and diverse community with over 40 languages spoken and our school is truly representative of Manchester’s rich multi-cultural heritage. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and particularly those committed to diversity and inclusion.

We provide:?

  • An all-through 3 - 18 school experience.
  • A learning environment based on very high academic standards.
  • A school where all pupils are encouraged to reach their true potential and parents are welcome.
  • The best of the independent school tradition such as the House system and a tremendous range of extra-curricular activities.
  • An exciting place to learn with excellent facilities, new technology and a wide range of teaching and learning experiences.
  • A vibrant and tolerant multi-cultural community.
  • A deeper learning of the wider world through our enterprise activities.
  • Outstanding careers advice and an opportunity to meet former students who have gone on to be successful in a variety of occupations.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Faculty to be responsible for leading the science faculty. The faculty comprises of four departments (biology, chemistry, physics and computing), eighteen teachers and two technicians housed in a specialist science building. Science is a hugely popular faculty which the majority of sixth form students at the school studying at least one science subject. Students make good progress in science at both GCSE and A Level and are very ambitious across the ability range.

You will have proven leadership qualities, excellent classroom practice and strong experience in teaching science and whilst a subject specialism or current lead in chemistry would be desirable, it is not essential. We, in turn, are committed to developing these qualities further through excellent professional development opportunities.

Reporting to the Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning), this is a key leadership position where you will work directly with other Heads of Faculty, the wider pastoral team and science subject leads. You will lead, manage and effectively deploy staff and resources within the science faculty, monitor and evaluate the development of teaching and learning strategies for students and ensure that staff are provided with relevant information and training relating to the support of their students. In addition, you will be responsible for raising standards of attainment and achievement for science students in all year groups.

You will be leading a faculty of dedicated and committed colleagues who are keen to raise the profile of science through a strong extra-curricular offering. This includes KS3 science clubs, STEM club, Chemistry and Biology Olympiad, Coding club and others.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the use of IT and will have a proven track record of leadership, line management and pastoral care.

William Hulme's Grammar School is Greater Manchester’s Second most over-subscribed school and one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. It is an all-through (3-18) Academy of over 1500 pupils with a wide range of abilities, ethnicities and backgrounds and is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England..

United Learning schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resources, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

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About William Hulme's Grammar School

School type
Academy, Christian, ages 3 to 18
School size
1586 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 18

William Hulme’s Grammar School is the second most over-subscribed school in Manchester and one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. WHGS is an all-through (3-18) Academy of over 1450 pupils with a wide range of abilities, ethnicities and backgrounds.

The Academy has a relatively new Sixth Form Centre, a two-form entry Primary Phase and has specialist rooms in the Secondary Phase, including fully equipped science labs, a library, ICT resource centre, music practice rooms, design, technology and art rooms. There is also a sports hall with changing facilities, along with full kitchen and dining facilities in the Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form.

Inspectors judged the school to be Good in all phases in its most recent inspection, May 2019

William Hulme’s Grammar School is a vibrant, multicultural school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and beliefs. We are committed to ensuring that all children receive a first class education that prepares them thoroughly for the future and allows them to play an active role in the life of the school and wider community. The school encourages staff to organise events and trips (home and abroad), extra-curricular and subject enrichment activities, to develop the whole child, to prepare him/her for the challenges of the modern world.

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