Key characteristics of the role include:
- to impart your passion for Science to the pupils you teach, whilst also ensuring their mastery of the
- to assist the Head of Department in planning and delivering
schemes of work for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and monitoring their effectiveness.
- to monitor the progress of pupils according to the department and
school assessment policy, and advise on set changes.
- to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the department
by taking part in collaborative planning, sharing resources, mentoring and
observing teachers, and participating in continuing professional development.
- to be a form tutor, and work collaboratively with your year group
- to contribute to the wider school life, such as events, trips, and
The successful candidate will have:
- strong subject knowledge, a passion for science, and an ability to
communicate that passion to pupils;
- an ability to teach all Sciences at Key Stages 3, and Physics at Key Stages 4 and 5 (as
well as other specialisms if you desired) to all ability levels, including pupils
- a proven track
record of excellent Science and Physics teaching and, where relevant, outstanding
outcomes for pupils at both GCSE and A-level;
- an understanding of the ethos of the WLFS, and a commitment to
teaching a knowledge-based curriculum;
expectations of pupil conduct and behaviour;
- excellent team working skills;
- excellent communication skills with both pupils and staff;
to contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme.
The West London
Free School (WLFS) is a non-selective state school based in Hammersmith, West
London. We are suited to teachers at all stages of their careers, priding
ourselves on a supportive working environment and valuing the importance of
The WLFS provides
all pupils, irrespective of their background, with a Classical Liberal
education. By a Classical Liberal education, we mean a rigorous, knowledge rich
education that draws from the most important work in both the humanities and
the sciences. We believe that knowledge is a good in and of itself, empowering
pupils to understand and take an interest in the world around them. We believe
a secondary education is not just a preparation for work, but a preparation for
life. As such, we value the knowledge of our teachers, and the passion for their
subject that they bring to the classroom.
We have a firm
but fair approach to behaviour:
- senior leaders see it as their
responsibility to ensure all teachers can teach without disruption;
- school rules are non-negotiable, and
poor behaviour is met by escalating sanctions;
- pupil detentions are centralised and
run every day by heads of year and senior leaders.
- teachers can therefore prioritise
planning and teaching their lessons.
We are very proud
of our exam results at WLFS. In 2022, our headline figures were as follows:
45% of entries were graded A* to A, and 73% were graded A* to B.
49% of entries were graded 9 to 7, and 88% were graded 9 to 4. Progress 8 was
Our pupils go on
to study at some of the best universities in the UK and abroad, with seven
students accepted to courses at Oxford or Cambridge in 2022 alone.
At the WLFS, we value subject knowledge and Science teachers only teach outside their subject specialism at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4, each class is shared between 3 teachers who each teach 2 lessons of their specialist science per week. This reduces planning time for teachers and ensures all lessons beyond Year 9 are delivered by a subject expert. Currently, just under half of our students do Triple Science, while the remainder do Combined Science. All Science lessons are taught in a lab, and we have 2 full-time technicians to setup and assist with practical work. Uptake for Physics A Level is strong and growing yearly. Students enjoy an intellectually rigorous curriculum delivered by passionate subject specialists. WLFS physics students have also been fortunate enough to benefit from a wide range of exciting new equipment funded by the Wolfson foundation.
The Knowledge Schools Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.
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