Teacher of Science
Inspire the next generation of leaders at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
We are seeking an outstanding Teacher of Science to work within our high performing Academy, this position is open to both NQTs and more experienced teachers.
The science team is a creative and dynamic department consisting of fourteen teachers and three technicians. All are subject specialists in biology, chemistry or physics. High expectations are set within the department for both students and teachers alike. We strive to ensure that we deliver an imaginative, up to date and relevant curriculum. Consequently the department has an outstanding track record for academic success at all key stages.
The science department at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace enjoyed some outstanding results in 2017. The success at KS4 is part of the reason the science KS5 uptake is so impressive, where we have more biology, chemistry and physics groups than any other site in the Harris Federation. Our Year 13 students regularly go on to read science or science related courses at both Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.
All students are assumed to have the potential to study towards Further Additional Science (three GCSEs) from Year 9. The best performing sets are given a Triple Science entry test in Year 10. This assessment is used to indicate which students have the ability and motivation to study the more challenging triple GCSE pathway. Student learning inside the classroom is supported by a rich variety of extra-curricular visits. Biology trips include visits to the Royal College of Pathologists, surgical workshops and dissections at the Linn Theatre. Physicists have the opportunity to attend the North London Observatory, and to take part in the London Gifted and Talented Technology Challenge.
Professional development of staff is promoted and supported. Performance Appraisal objectives are set and training opportunities identified, and all staff are involved in the Academy Improvement Planning and review process. The department benefits from the very latest teaching and learning strategies and innovations for literacy as well as ensuring that all teachers are expert practitioners in their field.
Teaching is differentiated and personalised to meet the individual needs of all students. Lessons are planned to enhance students’ speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Students, particularly in the Sixth Form, are encouraged to do their own wider reading using both the magazine subscriptions available in the library but also carefully selected online content. Homework is integral to students’ success and books are marked to provide feedback to students and inform future planning.
The study of science is underpinned by promoting curiosity and an investigative approach to problem solving. Practical work allows students to directly interact with the world around them, and they are encouraged to explore ideas and concepts beyond the curriculum. These are fundamental skills, useful within scientific study and beyond.
We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.
Essential educational requirements
Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
QTS (or equivalent)
Essential skills and experience
We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. We would like to appoint a dynamic and inspirational qualified teacher. We are looking for an effective and enthusiastic classroom teacher who will be able to complement our dedicated team of outstanding practitioners. The successful candidate will ideally have significant experience in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas.
We are looking for a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, not just the school community, but the wider community. You should hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree.
Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.
As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:
Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups
Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education
An Inner/Outer London Harris Allowance, plus a performance and loyalty bonus
Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
The opportunity to work with our amazing students!
About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance. Come and see us in action: visits to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 771 2261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.
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