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Head of Science

Mercia School, Sheffield

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Leadership
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Teacher's Main Pay Scale/Upper Pay Scale

Job summary

At Mercia School we will offer an education that is traditional and academically rigorous. It is our belief that all pupils, whatever their background, have a right to a culturally rich education.

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Applying for the job

Head of Science TLR1B
Commencement Date: 01 September 2021

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Head of Science with the skills and knowledge to teach pupils with challenge and passion

At Mercia School, lessons are:

- Exceptionally challenging for all pupils, no matter their ability or need

- Taught in a traditional way that gives pupils time to practise and master content

- Crucial to raising aspirations so all pupils have a successful career and a happy life

- Preparing pupils for the challenges at GCSE and A-level from day one

-Scientifically inspiring, with an emphasis on intrigue, practical science and science in industry

Your role will be to teach excellent lessons, driving your subject with passion and enthusiasm, promoting a love of science and committing yourself to the vision of the school. You will continue the development of the excellent science curriculum already in place. You will also contribute to the elective programme. We are a small dedicated team and we want to recruit someone who can help us deliver an unrivalled curriculum, both in and out of lessons.

Further information and details about how to apply can be found on the school website. For an informal and confidential discussion, please call on 0114 553 9080 or email enquiries@merciaschool.com.

We welcome applications from talented, ambitious individuals who can dedicate themselves to the implementation of the school’s vision.

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE TES OR SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL APPLICATION FORM. Please use the school application form which is available to be download or accessed via our websites.

Mercia Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring check in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and the Police Act Regulations.

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Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Free School
Education phase
School size
252 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Mercia School

Mercia School is a growing 11-18 school that serves the south-west of Sheffield. The school opened in September 2018 and will continue to grow incrementally until we offer A-level in 2023. Mercia School is a traditional school, following the practices of the very best schools in the country. We strive for social mobility and achievement for all.

Mercia School provides all pupils, no matter their background or starting point, a rich and demanding education that inspires them to go on to a top university or a viable alternative. Mercia School is different. The curriculum is academic with a focus on acquisition of knowledge at its heart. Pupils receive high levels of challenge in their studies.

We passionately believe in promoting the arts, sport, languages and STEM through our thriving elective programme, as part of our extended school day. These experiences, coupled with our curriculum, broaden our pupils’ horizons. The character traits our children present are very important to us. Therefore, we give our pupils the opportunities to show commitment, determination, resilience and independence, whilst expecting them to be kind and compassionate to one another. Our children open doors for one another, they say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ They address teachers with respect. During Family Lunch, they serve one another and show appreciation and gratitude. This is all part of the Mercia way.

I expect that teachers teach from the front with excellent subject knowledge. Our classrooms are arranged in rows with pupils learning things by heart. We value our teachers’ passion for developing their specialism by ensuring they have time and energy to be reflective of their teaching. A whole school team approach to improving practice ensures we have high levels of consistency, which allows us to drill down to the
minutiae that matter.

Alongside this, we offer a strong commitment to reducing workload, with staff timetables directed to
ensure efficient management of time, allocated CPD time and a robust feedback policy which avoids excessive marking. We do what we can to ensure teachers have time and energy to teach.

Underpinning our ethos is a dedication to high expectations. ‘We sweat the small stuff,’ because we care about our pupils. The little things matter and make the difference in our quest for all our children to be a success in their life. As a result, behaviour at the school is of the highest standard.

As Headteacher, I am excited about the start we have made and I am delighted with the team we have assembled thus far. It is imperative that I continue to build an excellent team of teaching staff that are truly superb in the classroom and are fully committed to building a world-class school for our community. Therefore, recruitment for 2021 starts now.

I am seeking a highly skilled and talented individual, with a thirst to learn, to serve as the school’s Teacher of Mathematics. You will have a chance to help us develop something incredibly special in the department and beyond. This is a once in a career opportunity. You will be expected to work diligently with unrivalled passion and work ethic, as we shape our school. You must be ambitious for our children and have a hunger
to be the best teacher you can be.

You will love teaching and be excited at the prospect of reflecting and shaping the curriculum, as we deliver truly excellent and challenging lessons for our pupils. As Teacher of Mathematics, you must absolutely believe that every pupil is entitled to a first-class education, no matter their background or ability, achieved through the acquisition of core knowledge.

If this letter has filled you with excitement, I look forward to receiving your application.

School location

Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield, S7 2DY

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