Teacher of Biology (Temporary)

Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Wirral, Merseyside, CH63 3AQ

7 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    4 July 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    21 June 2022

Job details

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Contract type

Permanent

Salary

Main Scale

Teacher of Biology (Temporary) job summary

Teacher of Biology (Temporary)

Salary Scale: Main Scale
Responsible to: Head of Biology
Required for: September 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for a well-qualified teacher of Biology who is passionate about his/her subject.
Please note that for this post it is essential for applicants to be able to teach Biology to A’ level and GCSE.

Science and Biology Department

Science at Wirral Grammar School for Boys is a department of thirteen staff. Each member of the three departments is a specialist teacher in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. One is also responsible for the teaching of Psychology in school. There are 12 Science classrooms and all have ceiling mounted projectors.
Boys are currently taught a two year KS3 programme of study during Years 7 and 8 in mixed ability classes. At present, Year 7 have two periods of each Science a fortnight. Where possible, this is taught by a subject specialist.
In each Science, the five mixed ability classes become six in Year 9 to begin their GCSE studies. The specification taught is the AQA GCSE Biology. At present, all GCSE students are entered for three separate Science GCSEs.
In the Biology department hard work, and the teaching of Biology by specialist staff, has allowed us to gain 99% pass rates for the last five years. In the last academic year, 67 % of our candidates achieved A*/A grades. We are committed to improving standards in the department and the successful candidate will be expected to take a role in ensuring that we continue to provide the best possible education.
Approximately 40 Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at both AS and A2 level. At KS5 Biology, the AQA A level Biology syllabus is followed. A 97% pass rate in 2019 at A level, together with challenging and stimulating teaching, has made the course a popular choice in Y12. It would be beneficial if the successful candidate could contribute to the accomplishments of the department and teach the subject to this level.
Extra-curricular competitions and events provide excellent extension opportunities for our pupils. The department takes its responsibility of providing first-class teaching seriously and we take every opportunity to ensure that our candidates achieve the highest possible grades.

Core Purposes of this Role

The core purposes are:
• Having responsibility for standards of achievement and academic welfare of students
• Providing a lead on the development of resource materials appropriate for the needs of the students who you teach
• Applying and managing the assessment, target-setting and monitoring arrangements that are required by all members of staff
• Contributing to opportunities for the extra-curricular enrichment of Biology / Science teaching through lunch-time activities, visits and partnerships etc
• Being accountable to the Head of Biology for the attainment and achievement of pupils
• Assisting the Head of Biology with the development of new material for all key stages, including the sixth form practical endorsement.

Skills and competencies required

• A well qualified teacher of Biology / Science
• An individual who is passionate about Biology / Science and promotes enthusiasm and interest for the subject
• An ability to teach Biology through to A Level and Physics and Chemistry in KS3
• Experience of having taught across the full 11 to 18 age range and a willingness to do so.
• Experience of all ability teaching with a particular awareness of the needs of able students
• A high level of ICT competency; an ability to use ICT effectively in planning and teaching
• Ability to work within a team of well-qualified and highly professional individuals.

Safeguarding Children

• Please note that Wirral Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
• As part of the selection process, the interview will explore your perspectives on safeguarding young people in terms of a school context.

What we are able to offer

• A high level of professional support with access to training where required and induction at both Department and School levels.
• A well-resourced Department
• Students who are highly motivated and want to achieve.
• An in-house CPD programme that encourages professional development
• An ICT rich environment.

Application process

The closing date is 4th July 2022 at 12 noon. In your application you should include the following:

• The completed Wirral Grammar School application form
• The completed WGSB Self Disclosure Form
• A letter of application in which you address the following using each as a separate section:

• Your experience and how it has prepared you for this role
• How you would seek to engage and motivate pupils and promote a passion for Biology
• What your priorities would be if successful

Applying for the job

Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 4th July 2022 at 12 noon. Completed applications should be emailed with all accompanying documentation to Mrs Kay Abercrombie, HR & PA to Headteacher. recruitment@wirralgrammarboys.com

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About Wirral Grammar School for Boys

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1056 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
0151 644 0908

Selective Grammar School for Boys

School Background

Wirral Grammar School is a selective state, 11 to 18 Business and Enterprise School for Boys. The school is situated on the Wirral peninsula in the village of Bebington, one mile from junction 4 on the M53. Our school is very popular and oversubscribed.

We have extensive specialist facilities and much of our accommodation is under 15 years old, while the older parts date back to the 1930s. Thanks largely to the Target Capital Grant that was awarded in 2006, new buildings have been added and all parts of the existing buildings have been re-modelled. ICT facilities cover the whole school with WiFi connectivity to most areas and all classrooms have ICT equipment for presentation purposes. We have our own purpose built Sports Hall and extensive playing fields.

Wirral Grammar School for Boys has been a converter academy since 2011. Prior to becoming an Academy, the school was a Foundation School and this followed from the school’s Grant Maintained status, which was acquired in the 1990s. We serve the immediate community of Bebington and Bromborough and each year, pupils join us from other parts of Wirral and across the county border into Cheshire.

Wirral Grammar School is a selective 11 – 18 school and entry into Year 7 is by a threshold 11+ assessment that pupils take when they are in Year 6 at primary school. The admissions process is managed by Wirral Local Authority on behalf of the school and the same assessment is used for admission to the other Grammar Schools in the area. The school has capacity to admit 155 pupils in each year group making us a five form entry school. At the end of Year 11, most pupils stay on into our Sixth Form and upon leaving the Sixth Form, the majority go on to University. In recent years there has been a growing demand for routes into higher level apprenticeship placements.

During the specialist Schools Funding programme the chosen specialism was Business and Enterprise. Although the funding has ended, we have continued to place an emphasis on Enterprise Education given the importance of this from the perspective of employability skills. Enterprise activity is promoted through the House system and encouraged through the rewards system. The fact that our boys raise in the region of £14,000 every year for their choice of charity, bears testimony to their enterprise activity.

Our pupils’ personal development is further enriched through a strong emphasis on promoting leadership opportunities though peer support, academic tutoring, anti-bullying, sport captaincy and music ensemble coordination.

Participation in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including overseas visits, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, outdoor pursuits; together with school-based clubs, all serve to further enrich our pupils’ education.
Over a third of pupils are actively learning to play musical instruments, supported by eighteen school-based peripatetic music tutors and in sport our school has a reputation for winning competitions at local, regional and national levels.

In 2018 we achieved the Unicef ‘Rights Respecting Schools Award’ at Silver level and we are currently working towards the Gold Award. We were recently reaccredited with the International Schools Award.

Since 2011, we have successfully secured in the region of £1million through the Education Funding Agency Capital Improvement Fund; this has resulted in significant capital improvements with the replacement of all windows, flat roof areas and the creation of a new ‘Hall Annex’.

In our 2009 Ofsted inspection, the school was judged to be outstanding and we have retained this judgement through the policy of inspection exemption for outstanding schools. Governors and senior staff maintain a clear picture of school performance through a process of self-evaluation that reflects the structure of the school inspection framework. Each year Governors produce an Annual Review which is circulated to all stakeholders. Past copies of the review can be found on our school website.

Annual surveys confirm that parents have a high degree of confidence in the school and across all aspects of school life. The reputation of the school within the community is very strong and this is reflected in the fact that the school is typically over-subscribed.

Further information about the school can be found on our school website: www.wirralgrammarboys.com

We place an emphasis on professional development and we have established a strong commitment to collaboration and in-house support. Wirral Grammar School is well respected in its community and parent surveys reflect a high degree of satisfaction and confidence in the school. Parent surveys for the last academic year can be accessed through the ‘Parent’ link on the home page of our website. Further details about our school can be found at our website:www.wirralgrammarboys.com

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