15 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    8 February 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    14 January 2022

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type

Job summary

Learning Leader of Science
MPS/UPS + TLR 1.2 (£10204)
Required from 1st September 2022

As part of our journey to become ‘a truly great school’, we are looking for a highly effective and motivated Learning Leader to join our dynamic and successful Science department. Building on our current success, where we have seen Grade 4+ results almost double over the last few years, we wish to invest in an exceptional leader in order to support our ambition to be in the top 20% of schools nationally. The successful candidate will be an excellent classroom teacher with the vision and expertise to lead the ongoing improvement of students’ outcomes in Science.

Leading the Science team you will inspire staff and students to achieve beyond expectations and build on the current success enjoyed by the department, where 98% of students achieved 4+ in Chemistry, 96% 4+ in Biology, 89% 4+ in Physics and 46% 4+ in Combined Science. The department also runs a number of extra-curricular activities and visits, such as the hugely successful and well attended Science Club, to inspire a love and passion for Science. We offer both Triple and Combined Sciences at KS4 to ensure that we offer an aspirational curriculum to all our students. The Learning Leader for Science also has responsibility for our vocational Animal Care course which runs successfully in Key Stage 4.

Sir John Thursby Community College is a good school and we are passionate about and ambitious for our students. We value and care for our staff and seek to abandon anything that hinders the preparation of great lessons and creates unnecessary workload.

Our last Ofsted in January 2020 noted that, "Sir John Thursby Community College continues to be a good school. Staff enjoy working at this school. The pupils that we spoke to told us that they feel safe at school. They have good relationships with staff and they are well cared for. Senior leaders are determined to make the school better for pupils and staff."

Our beautiful, state of the art building ensures that our students and staff have the best learning environment in which to achieve. We are a very positive community, with our recent staff survey showing that over 97% of our staff enjoy coming to work and are proud to be part of our school. At SJT we view the professional development of all staff as a priority and our innovative ‘Learn Together’ initiative enables all staff to be on our outstanding teacher programme.

We are looking for a teacher who shares our drive and passion to inspire our students with the love of their subject and has the motivation and expertise to:

• Take responsibility for the leadership of the Science department
• Ensure that achievement rises in the department by effective analysis of student performance and through the delivery of an appropriate and inspiring curriculum
The successful candidate will fully embrace our ethos of ‘Belong, Believe, Achieve’ whilst bringing fresh ideas that will build on current strengths and achievements through:

• Outstanding classroom practice and an ability to engage all young people.
• A commitment to contribute to our extra-curricular programme.
• The ability to motivate students of all abilities to achieve their full potential.
• A passion and commitment to raise standards and achievement.
• The ability to work and contribute as part of a team.
• Commitment, resilience, patience, hard work and a good sense of humour.
• The willingness to do what it takes to achieve our goals.
We welcome visitors to the school (COVID restrictions permitting). To arrange a time to visit and meet with the headteacher please contact his PA Leanne Barwell (email - l.barwell@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk. or telephone 01282 682313 ext: 21009).

Further details and application form are available from the college website or Irene Hayhurst (on behalf of the Headteacher) as detailed below.

• Website: www.sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk
• Sir John Thursby Community College, Eastern Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2AT Tel: 01282 682313
• email i.hayhurst@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Please submit your completed application form (on the version supplied with this vacancy) to Mrs I Hayhurst: i.hayhurst@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Closing date: 9am Tuesday 8th February 2022
Shortlisting: 10th February 2022
Interview date: w/c 21st February 2022

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.

Additional allowances

TLR 1.2 £10204

Applying for the job

Complete the attached Application Form and submit it to i.hayhurst@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Download an application form - 474 KB

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
1129 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

About Sir John Thursby Community College

Mainstream, Foundation, LA maintained, 11-16 Secondary School.

Sir John Thursby Community College is a mixed 11-16, multi-cultural, fully inclusive college which values all students, staff and our community partners. We have over 1,000 students on roll and over 150 staff enjoying working together to provide the best for everyone.

In 2016 Ofsted rated us GOOD in all areas. Our facilities are exceptional for 21st Century learning.

Arranging a visit to Sir John Thursby Community College

School Visits can be arranged through the Headteacher's PA: l.barwell@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

School location

Eastern Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2AT

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