Head of Science The Reach Free School, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

Job description

Job description

Job Title: Head of Science
Reports to: An Assistant Headteacher
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Academy Trust Scale, dependent on skills and experience

Science at The Reach Free School:
Pupils have a minimum of four Science lessons every week at The Reach Free School, and those studying triple Science GCSEs have eight lessons per week. At Key Stage 3 pupils are currently taught three Sciences by one teacher, so the ability to teach multiple disciplines at Key Stage 3 is required. Popular Science electives supplement learning in the classroom, and partnerships have been established with other local schools and businesses. We have five modern Science laboratories and a well stocked preparation area to allow pupils to progress to the highest standards. The Science department is managed by this Head of Department role, with a Deputy Head of Science supporting them on a day to day basis.

Main duties:
The Head of Science at The Reach Free School will:
- Plan, develop and implement whole-school and departmental priorities, including aspects of the School Development Plan and the Departmental Action Plan
- Lead the review of Department Action Plans, audits, curriculum overviews and policies
- Oversee the planning of Schemes of Learning indicating approaches to teaching, content, classroom organisation, resources, etc. relating to the National Curriculum programmes of study
- Lead and line manage the Deputy Head of Science
- Lead and manage others in the department and the wider school to ensure that high performance standards are achieved and maintained
- Lead and line manage the Science technician(s)
- Collaborate with other departments to develop scientific understanding across the curriculum
- Celebrate the success of the Science department and challenge underperformance where required, this includes with staff and/ or pupils
- Ensure that the regulations and procedures relating to Health and Safety, are followed, taking responsibility for the safety, welfare and discipline of pupils within the learning environment
- Support and uphold the ACE ethos of the school – achievement, community, enjoyment
- Create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment
- Have sympathetic understanding of every child’s needs
- Have clear aims and objectives for every lesson and communicate them to the pupils
- Have well planned work, imaginatively introduced which caters for all pupils’ needs
- Utilise ICT to enhance the quality and variety of teaching and to support pupils in applying this key tool in their own learning
- Engage in continuous formative and summative assessment, tracking progress of pupils in line with school systems and provide guidance to pupils on next steps in their learning
- Use data effectively to inform future teaching and learning
- Maintain pupil records and report progress to parents, guardians and carers
- Secure high standards of behaviour in line with the school’s Code of Conduct and Behaviour Policy
- Share their talents, skills, ideas and enthusiasms for the benefit of the whole school and be ready to accept responsibilities that extend beyond the classroom
- Complete the requirements of the school’s performance management process
- Attend to personal professional development to keep abreast of national, local and school initiatives and best practice

Wider Responsibilities:
All teachers at The Reach Free School will:

- Deliver extra-curricular activities
- Partake in activities aimed at promoting the school, including, but not limited to, open evenings, visits to primary schools and community events
- Carry out other tasks commensurate with their position, as directed by the Senior Leadership Team

Job context:
The school welcomes teachers of a high professional standard and shares the responsibility with each teacher for continual review and the development of expertise.

All teachers make a valuable contribution to the school’s development and, therefore, to the progress of all pupils.

Teachers on the upper levels of the Academy Trust pay scale will be expected to make a wider contribution to the school.

In particular, teachers at the upper levels will:

- be role models for professional practice in the school
- be expected to mentor teachers in training
- make a distinctive contribution compared with other teachers
- contribute effectively to the wider team.

The Academy Trust will endeavour to make any necessary, reasonable adjustments to the job and working environment, to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled applicants, or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

Essential educational requirements

Education to degree level
GCSE Maths and English (grade A*-C) or equivalent

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Essential skills and experience

Outstanding subject knowledge
Knowledge and application of Assessment for Learning (AfL)
Recent experience of successful teaching, leading to high achievement for pupils of all abilities
Thorough knowledge of current subject requirements related to the National Curriculum and Examination requirements (GCSEs, and A-Levels)
Experience of leading and managing teams
Experience of the collection, analysis, and use of data to inform the planning and delivery of teaching and learning
Ability to motivate, inspire and support all pupils to achieve and succeed
Ability to reflect and develop your practice for the benefits of all learners
Ability to work collaboratively
Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences
Commitment to The Reach Free School’s core values of achievement, community, and enjoyment (ACE)
Confident use of technology

Employee benefits

Potential further leadership opportunities
BUPA cash plan to contribute to medical care


About The Reach Free School

The Reach Free School is an 11 to 18 school in Rickmansworth, which serves pupils of all backgrounds and abilities. Opened in September 2013, the school was founded by a group of teachers and local parents in response to a significant demand for more secondary school places in the area. All involved with the school have high aspirations for our pupils and high expectations of them. As such we expect all pupils to: commit their best efforts to all that they do; support each other to achieve their potential; work with their teachers to exceed their goals; demonstrate exemplary behaviour in all that they do; take pride in their school and its community within its walls and beyond; enjoy learning. The Reach Free School plays an active role in the community, working with local businesses, supporting local events and providing a hub for local services. Pupils are very much involved in the school’s wider responsibilities, developing skills in leadership and decision making, communication and collaboration and independent, self led learning. A sense of purpose and responsibility pervades lessons and activities at The Reach Free School and it is important that our pupils recognise their own responsibilities as members of the community. It is this that underpins The Reach Free School’s ethos; Achievement, Community, Enjoyment – ACE.

Address
Long Lane, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 8AB
Phase
Secondary
Type
Free School
Website
The Reach Free School website (opens in a new window)