TEACHER OF SCIENCE (CHEMISTRY) Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Job description

For September 2019, we are seeking a highly qualified teacher of Science (ideally with a Chemistry specialism) at this 11-18 grammar school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form. Dr Challoner’s has 1300 students and was graded as ‘outstanding’ in every category by OFSTED. It is regarded as one of the leading grammar schools in the country. As the lead school of the Astra Teaching Alliance and SCITT (recently judged outstanding by Ofsted) we provide a wide range of exciting and high quality professional development opportunities for all staff.
We also offer:
• engaging, able and well-motivated students
• an innovative approach to learning
• outstanding facilities in every subject
• a friendly working environment
This post offers an exciting opportunity for a newly qualified teacher or for someone looking to broaden their experience in an innovative and high achieving school. The ideal candidate will be able to teach Chemistry to A level, but existing flexibility within the team means that applicants from the other sciences will be considered.

To apply for the post, please email a completed application form to Alison McAloon (Head’s PA & HR Officer). Email: employment@challoners.org
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check.

Job title

Subject Teacher/Form Tutor

Job purpose

To promote the academic and personal development of all students.


To encourage and support the learning of all students.
To ensure the highest possible standards of student behaviour
To promote positive values and attitudes
To demonstrate professional values and practice.

Principal areas of responsibility

A Planning and providing challenging learning activities
B Assessment and support of student progress
C Managing the students for whom you have responsibility as their tutor.
D Working professionally as a member of subject teaching and tutorial teams

Key Tasks

A1 To plan and teach sequences of lessons which incorporate an appropriate range and depth of subject knowledge in line with statutory requirements.
A2 To teach lessons with clear objectives and well pitched tasks which provide pace and challenge using a variety of learning strategies including ICT.
A3 To understand the responsibility required under the SEN Code of Practice and to seek advice from SEN Coordinator when appropriate.

B1 To employ a variety of marking, monitoring and assessment strategies to inform planning, develop learning and evaluate students’ progress.
B2 To provide constructive feedback to help students reflect upon and improve their work.
B3 To make effective and regular use of the school’s assessment criteria and reporting procedures to inform learning.

C1 To keep the form register (a legal requirement) and monitor patterns of student attendance/ absence.
C2 To make appropriate use of the school’s rewards and sanctions procedures in line with the school’s behaviour policy.
C3 To monitor the progress of students in your tutor group by target setting and through regular inspection of homework diaries, planners and/or other appropriate methods (e.g. students on report).
C4 To report concerns about individual student progress and behaviour to relevant senior staff (Subject Leaders/Team Leaders)

D1 To demonstrate consistently high expectations of all students and a commitment to raising their achievement.
D2 To promote the positive values, attitudes and behaviour expected from all students by treating them with respect and consideration.
D3 To communicate promptly and sensitively with parents, carers and other relevant bodies where necessary.
D4 To contribute towards, and value, the work of teams of staff dedicated to advancing student learning and welfare.
D5 To be aware of, and work within, the statutory frameworks relating to teachers’ responsibilities.

Essential educational requirements

Qualified Teacher Status or Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Degree level qualification in subject

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status or Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Degree level qualification in subject

Essential skills and experience

Experience of teaching the subject up to at least GCSE level (either in a substantive post or as a student teacher)

Thorough knowledge of the requirements of the National Curriculum in the subject
An understanding of the ways children learn and how individual needs may be assessed and met
Continued professional development with recent relevant in-service training (if applicable)

Effective communicator with children, staff and parents
An effective team player, working with collaboratively colleagues

Appropriate motivation for working with children (one which values each child & shows concern for their personal safety & wellbeing)
Well developed planning & organising skills including time management, delegation and administration
Emotional resilience & maturity
Personal stamina & energy including a good record of attendance and health

Employee benefits

Teacher's Pay Scale plus Fringe Allowance.

About Dr Challoner's Grammar School

Boys' Grammar School with a co-educational Sixth Form, situated on the edge of the Chilterns a short walk from Amersham station. Aspirational staff and students, with an atmosphere that values resilience and kindness. Also a Teaching School and SCITT, so unparalleled opportunities for staff development

Chesham Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5HA
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