Head of Science

Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead, Berkshire


Job details

Subject Science
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 7 to Lead Practitioners range 11, £48,000 to £53,000

Job summary

Head of Department: Job Description

The role of Heads of Department is crucial. They provide professional leadership and management of their subject areas to secure high quality teaching, effective use of resources and ongoing development of learning and achievement for all students. This job description is to be used in conjunction with the Professional Standards for Teachers and the Leadership Standards, along with the generic Furze Platt teacher job description. The postholder is subject to the conditions of employment for teachers contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).


Strategic Direction and Development of the Subject

• Lead of curriculum vision, development and delivery
• Develop, publicise, implement and realise a vision for the subject in harmony with the school’s values and vision, and represent the school and department positively, including at Open Evenings and other publicity events.
• Establish, implement and evaluate departmental policies in harmony with whole school policies on areas such as teaching and learning, homework and marking and assessment
• Evaluate departmental performance
• Set and monitor priorities for improvement
• Communicate, co-operate and collaborate with other departments, including sharing good practice
• Take a proactive approach to own professional development, be aware of national changes and developments in the subject, and forge links with other practitioners

Teaching and Learning

• Develop an exciting and stimulating curriculum for all students, ensuring that statutory regulations, National Curriculum and Awarding Body requirements are met, and that students are motivated, stretched and challenged as they progress through our school
• Ensure a wide range of enrichment opportunities expand and extend the curriculum
• Maximise and take responsibility for the achievement of students within the department
• Maintain a positive learning environment across the department, using departmental and school behaviour management procedures as appropriate
• Act as a positive role model at all times and develop and maintain high standards for teaching and learning within the department
• Ensure that appropriate schemes of learning, in harmony with the Learning Policy, exist for all year groups and subjects and are kept under review
• Ensure that home learning is set and that work is marked, in accordance with the school and departmental homework, marking and assessment policies
• Ensure the efficient and consistent setting of internal tests, assessments and examinations
• Monitor and evaluate teaching and learning through examination results, internal data analysis, lesson observation, feedback from students and other appropriate methods
• Identify underachievement and implement appropriate teaching and intervention strategies
• Ensure appropriate grouping arrangements exist, enabling all students to feel academically and emotionally secure, and to be supported, stretched and challenged.
• Ensure the professional development of colleagues through induction, individual coaching, departmental training, whole school opportunities and external courses, with extra support for NQTs where appropriate

Leading and Managing

• Promote positively the school’s values and vision, and whole school policies and initiatives
• Maintain a positive atmosphere in the department which enables all staff to show enthusiasm towards the subject and confidence in teaching it
• Conduct and minute regular departmental meetings, focusing on the learning and achievement of students
• Work with the SLT link via line management meetings and other meetings, and inform the SLT link of any issues or concerns within the department
• Contribute to whole school discussions and decisions through middle leader meetings and other consultative forums
• Ensure that departmental staff report accurately and positively to parents via data, email, telephone and parents’ evening consultations
• Liaise with the Student Services Manager regarding examination entries and requirements
• Ensure that adequate cover work is set where staff are absent
• Oversee the line management performance management of teachers in the department
• Work with and supervise support staff, including performance management where appropriate
• Show support and concern for the welfare and wellbeing of staff in the department

Efficient and effective deployment of Resources

• Work with the Assistant Headteacher in creating the departmental timetable, ensuring the optimum deployment of staff and rooms
• Effectively manage the departmental budget and prepare capitation and other bids
• Ensure all schemes of learning are appropriately resourced and that resources are stored securely and are well looked after
• Ensure that rooms, furniture, equipment, wall displays etc are maintained to a high standard in order to create an effective and stimulating teaching and learning environment
• Keep an inventory of equipment and work with the Site Manager to ensure that all rooms and equipment are risk assessed and are compliant with Health and Safety regulations
• Manage the issue and return of student books and other resources
• Liaise with the Librarian over book orders and library requirements for the subject
• Work with the Headteacher on the appointment of new staff, including selection of candidates, devising of interview questions, marking exercises and other recruitment activities

No job description can be fully comprehensive and this is, therefore, subject to review and modification, as necessary

January 2020

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate degree in relevant subject

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Right to work in UK essential

Essential skills and experience

Leadership experience desirable.

Employee benefits

Would you like to be part of a rapidly expanding school as well as enjoy the benefits of a new state-of-the-art three storey block and the prospect of using a new hall equipped for sports, theatre productions and much more?

We are looking for a well-qualified, inspiring Teacher to join our team of dedicated, reflective practitioners and teach Science. The ability to teach all three Sciences to KS3 is essential with a specialist Science subject for KS4.

Furze Platt is a highly successful mixed comprehensive school serving the children of Maidenhead. At Furze Platt, 1400 boys and girls of all abilities develop the skills and qualities to enable them to excel in the future. We are a highly ambitious, high-achieving and fully inclusive school in which our students are challenged and supported to achieve excellence. We are well placed for access, with good transport links to and from London and surrounding counties. You will be joining us at an exciting time as we enter the second year of access to phase one of an on-site expansion project, the building of a state-of-the-art three-storey teaching block incorporating science laboratories, classrooms, additional staff rooms and a meeting room. We will also be near to completion of the building of a new hall/theatre which will be used by the school and the local community.

We want our students to enjoy the time they spend with us by providing an education which is broad, stimulating and rewarding. We also believe passionately in music, drama, the arts and sport and have a Dance studio, two Drama studios, a recording studio and practice rooms and an all-weather astro-turf to support these. We are proud of the range of extra-curricular opportunities we provide for students outside of the classroom including Duke of Edinburgh, ski and theatre trips, visits overseas to enhance language skills and historical knowledge and many others.

We offer a friendly and harmonious campus atmosphere, with fantastic line support and a Senior Leadership Team who genuinely want to see you succeed and develop. NQTs are allocated a mentor, a reduced timetable and the opportunity to attend training sessions run by specialists from within the school. Career opportunities allowing you to grow professionally within Furze Platt include working parties and coaching for experienced teachers and leadership training for aspiring and existing middle and senior leaders.

There are excellent on-site facilities including use of a recently installed gym, your own laptop, student laptops and interactive whiteboards. As well as access to an employee advice service providing information, helpful resources and other services, there will be invitations to whole school social events such as our Christmas party, and other gatherings to celebrate success, and freshly brewed coffee is ready for you during break-time!

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1348 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Furze Platt Senior School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email Kiran.Smith@furzeplatt.net

About Furze Platt Senior School

School location

Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ