This job expired on 24 March 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    24 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    8 March 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£28,000 - £43,685

Additional allowances

TLR 2.1 - £3,017

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Lead Teacher of Chemistry to join our very successful Science Faculty. The successful candidate will have a firm commitment to raising whole-school achievement; have a professional approach to staff development; high expectations; and a determination to succeed.

The faculty is at an exciting point in its development and enjoying considerable success in public exams at all levels. We are looking to appoint a forward thinking, able professional to join the Faculty in its continuing development. This post would suit any well-qualified and ambitious teacher of Chemistry.

What the school offers its staff

At Sir Graham Balfour we offer:

  • A friendly, well-motivated staff, who embrace willingly a culture of professional development.
  • An ever growing reputation in the local community which has resulted in the school being consistently oversubscribed in an area where student rolls are falling.
  • A very positive climate for learning.
  • A first rate learning environment. We are housed in buildings completed in 2002 and financed via a PFI initiative.
  • Innovative 14-19 collaboration and an increasing roll at KS5.
  • A commitment to inclusive practice.

Further details about the role

For an application pack, please access our website, www.sirgrahambalfour.co.uk or contact Mrs Vicki McKeen, Headteacher’s PA, on vmckeen@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk or telephone 01785 223490.

The closing date for applications is: 1.30pm Friday 24th March 2023.

Please return completed applications to vmckeen@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk

Shortlisting for this post will take place by Monday 27th March 2023 and successful applicants will be contacted no later than 3.20pm on the same day. If you have not heard from us by this time, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 27th March 2023; will include a tour around the school, meetings with the Science Faculty, delivery of a lesson and interviews for the short-listed candidates. Further details of the lesson will be sent out to the successful candidates.

Commitment to safeguarding

Sir Graham Balfour School recognises its legal duty under s175 Education Act 2002 and the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts.  We take seriously our responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all students. This organisation recognises that effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.
Our Safeguarding Policy aims to provide a framework which ensures that all our practice in regard to safeguarding children is consistent with the stated values and procedures that underpin all work with children and young people. 

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About Sir Graham Balfour High School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
962 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01785 223490

Welcome to Sir Graham Balfour School which OFSTED in May 2019 found to be a ‘Good’ school. I hope you find the information it contains useful and informative.

Our vision is summed up in our mission statement –

‘Learning, Working and Succeeding Together’
For us, the ‘together’ is absolutely critical; collaboration, cooperation and teamwork are essential for developing the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary for academic and personal excellence. As well as the drive to achieve academically, the ability to self-regulate, to communicate clearly with others, to know and be proud of who you are, to be compassionate to others and to be ambitious for yourself and others are equally important.
We passionately believe that the circumstances of birth or upbringing should not be the key determining factors to success in life and we are relentless in our ambition for ALL children to achieve as well as possible at Sir Graham Balfour School, regardless of their sexual orientation, socio-economic, ethnic, religious or gender status.

Our Values
Our aim as a school, working alongside parents and our community, is to help students to become outstanding and effective citizens; to make responsible, appropriate and healthy choices in all things. Staff and parents will not always be there, at the point where critical decisions need to be made. This is why we are committed to values based learning; rules prescribe a set of appropriate/inappropriate behaviours (e.g. don’t run in the corridors) which are specific to given contexts, whereas values provide a set of aspirational guidelines within which children must choose the right behaviour or action for the vast array of contexts they will be faced with in life (e.g. how do I need to move around the school if I am taking responsibility for myself and others?).

These are the values which we believe will help our students to become excellent citizens of Stafford and beyond:
Commitment to excellence
Responsibility for ourselves and others
Care for the local and wider Community
Respect, Kindness and Compassion for ourselves and others
Perseverance and resilience
Ambition for ourselves and others
Pride in working hard and the success it brings

Our values drive and shape every aspect of school life, taking the place of school rules. They seek to reinforce the development of the whole person, in addition to the academic. They are values which will, if routinely exemplified and embedded, give our young people all the skills and characteristics necessary to become outstanding citizens of the future.

Arranging a visit to Sir Graham Balfour High School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email vmckeen@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk.

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