17 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    Required to start January 2024 (negotiable)

  • Closing date

    12 October 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 September 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L5-L9 negotiable for right candidate

Additional allowances

For an exceptional candidate, this position will be considered for the addition of an Outwood Welcome Bonus of £5,000. This will be paid in the first month's salary.

What skills and experience we're looking for

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Head of Science to lead our dynamic department. As a result of the high quality professional development available throughout Trust, this post would suit somebody looking for their first Head of Department role or would equally be an excellent step for an existing middle leader considering a school improvement role as a Trust Director of subject in the future.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a full list of required skills and experience.

What the school offers its staff


Outwood Grange Academies Trust supports colleagues by funding an extensive range of accredited training courses and apprenticeship opportunities up to Masters level. We also offer:

Your starting salary with annual increments plus inflation linked increases. The starting salary within the grade advertised will be dependent upon your experience. You will also receive:

  • A comprehensive induction and training process
  • Automatic enrolment into an increasingly rare and valuable defined Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution rates
  • Flexible family friendly policies from day one
  • Enhanced occupational benefits available (such as maternity, adoption and parental leave) with no qualifying period
  • Holidays: A minimum of 25 days plus bank holidays (this increases with length of service)
  • A range of working patterns are available dependant upon the role

Automatic enrolment into our Employee Assistance Programme which gives you and your family members free access to:

  • Specialist information on a wide range of work-life issues
  • Emotional support and counselling for a wide range of personal and work issues
  • Legal guidance
  • Financial guidance and debt counselling
  • Child and dependent care support and advice
  • Support for managers

We are also a wellbeing employer with a dedicated wellbeing policy and menopause policy along with menopause champions based in our academies. Other benefits include:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Free onsite parking
  • Employee discounts such as competitively priced Synergy Car Leasing
  • Access to various discount sites

Further details about the role

The science department has made huge strides in recent years, whereby we recently achieved our highest ever biology, chemistry and physics results, which were all in line or above national averages. Overall, 70% of all science qualifications achieved grade 4 or above this year. We are now looking to appoint the right candidate to lead the department on its next step on the journey to outstanding. The Academy became part of Outwood Grange family of Schools in 2022 and, as a member of that family, we are totally committed to providing the best possible education for every child, with a focus on creating a culture of success and a positive climate for learning.

The Science Department at Outwood Academy Haydock is thriving. Our team of specialist teachers deliver high quality lessons in specialist labs within the school’s science and technology block. Teachers are also supported by our highly experienced and fantastic science technician.

As a member of the Outwood Family you will share our vision of ‘Students First’ and be able to work collaboratively with our network of outstanding heads of science and senior leaders. You will also be supported on your journey by our Directors of Science.

Commitment to safeguarding

Outwood Academy Haydock is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students; making sure they are happy individuals who know how to keep themselves safe. As an academy, staff do their best to keep students safe. We have a culture of vigilance and we will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order to support all our students. Outwood Academy Haydock is committed to ensuring that students are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. We have a committed team who are trained as Advanced Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Applying for the job

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About Outwood Academy Haydock

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
829 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

We are an 11-16 academy based in the former mining village of Haydock, within the large Merseyside town of St Helens. The Academy became part of the Outwood Family of Schools in 2022 and as a member of the Outwood Family we believe in putting Students First, raising standards and transforming lives. We are a welcoming and supportive academy, with a relentless determination to provide the very best education for every child. We place students at the centre of everything we do, with a focus on creating a culture of success and a positive climate for learning. We believe that learning should be both enjoyable and enriching. With a holistic view of education, we aim to create a safe and secure learning community that encourages healthy and sustainable lifestyles and empowers students to pursue career pathways they will find stimulating and deeply rewarding. If you share our vision, then why not join our family?

Arranging a visit to Outwood Academy Haydock

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email d.fletcher@outwood.com.

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