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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 February 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    25 January 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate, dedicated, motivated and innovative Lead practitioner for Science. Crestwood Community School is one school, with two campuses serving central Eastleigh, we have grown in popularity and are now oversubscribed in every year group. The Senior Team are very cohesive and together have driven the whole school ethos, culture and improvements, we are #Crestwoodfamily.

This post will work in conjunction with the Achievement Leader for Science focussing on teaching and learning development across the faculty. You will be based across both campuses and will play a key role in observing and improving the practice of staff, ensuring protocols and procedures are followed, tackling in a professional manner, and by policy, any deficiencies. You will also work pastorally across the school supporting students to achieve high standards of behaviour.

The post will encompass:

  • Leading the Teaching & Learning within your faculty under the direction of the Achievement Leader.
  • Contributing on deep dives into various aspects of teaching and learning themes
  • Working with Achievement Leaders to identify any support and CPD needed within your faculty
  • Providing coaching support
  • Responding to training needs of staff identified through performance management
  • Contribute to delivering the ECT and SCITT programme

We are looking for someone who can play an active role in contributing to the already high standards of developments in the school and has a clarity and understanding about the strategic direction of our school. This post offers an exciting career opportunity and for someone who aspires to Senior Leadership. The post would suit an experienced teacher who will continue to foster the supportive and collaborative environment we are renowned for.

For the successful candidate, a commitment to raising standards in a comprehensive school and a passion for developing young adults as good citizens is essential: this entails a commitment to all learners, to excellence for all, and a belief that a good school will make a significant difference to learners’ life chances, levels of attainment and the wellbeing of the community as a whole.

What the school offers its staff

As a school we take staff well being seriously. We offer staff the following:

  • wellbeing weeks, with no commitments scheduled after school
  • free lunch every day
  • free tea and coffee
  • half termly cooked breakfasts
  • accrued inset days, taken as twilights, giving staff an additional 4 days off a year
  • One wellbeing day per year (during term-time), to be taken at their chosen time (after a qualifying period)
  • weekly thank you bulletin
  • birthday cards
  • heads discretionary leaves of absence for family events
  • acts of random kindness
  • access to mental health first aiders

We appointed a new Achievement Leader in September 2022. The Achievement Leader is enthusiastic, approachable and highly supportive. He works with the faculty to promote collaborative planning, enhance teaching and learning, and to drive up standards of achievement and attainment.

The faculty comprises of; an Achievement Leader, three Assistant Achievement Leaders, eight main scale teachers, and four technicians (one a qualified teacher). They are a welcoming and friendly team and have a strong command of their subject. They are highly professional and dedicated to continually improving their subject knowledge and sharing best practice.

In 2023 the faculty's GCSE results were close to the national average for Combined Science. Separate Sciences continue to excel with Chemistry and Physics in particular exceeding national averages in each measure. 48% of all Separate Science grades awarded were grade 7 or higher with 13% being a grade 9.

The Science department is a leading department across both campuses. The Achievement Leader of Science is an experienced teacher and school leader. He is working tirelessly to help further improve the teaching and learning that takes place in the department. His vision for the department is that pupils are challenged to gain valuable scientific knowledge, are able to apply their knowledge in novel contexts, are able to communicate their ideas effectively and are engaged in Science beyond the classroom.

Science is enjoyed by students. You will be joining a team who are committed to continuous improvement in Science pedagogy and hold regular collaborative training sessions. The department is housed in five laboratories on each of the Shakespeare and Cherbourg campuses. All students are taught Science at KS3.

The profile of Triple Science continues to rise so much that pupils are choosing it as one of their GCSE options and we run one AQA Triple Science class on each campus. All other pupils follow the AQA Combined Science course.

Further details about the role

We will be holding pre-booked tours for prospective candidates, where they can see the school and meet with Krista Dawkins, Headteacher or other Senior Leaders. These can be booked by emailing hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk. Any questions or queries can be emailed to krista.dawkins@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

Your application should comprise of the Hampshire Teaching application form, a supporting statement in which you should outline your experience to date, the reasons for your interest in the post, your suitability for it and what you will bring to this role and its development. You can find an application form and job description on the school website under School Information/Vacancies.

Applications, with the names and addresses of two referees, should be returned to me, Krista Dawkins, Head Teacher at hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk

Commitment to safeguarding

Crestwood Community School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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About Crestwood Community School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1403 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
02380 641232

Crestwood Community School is one school, with two campuses serving central Eastleigh. Crestwood Community School had an Ofsted inspection in June 2018, which confirmed that we are a ‘good’ school. We also achieved outstanding gradings in Personal Development and Behaviour and Leadership. They also said that as a school we are “passionately committed to providing a first-class inclusive education for all pupils; tenacious in their pursuit of additional resources and approaches to continually improve provision.” This is a happy school, where staff and students want to be. The #Crestwoodfamily pervades through everything we do.

Arranging a visit to Crestwood Community School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

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