Full Time Teacher of Science

Date posted:
Start date: 1st September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: M1 to UPS3 £22,917 to £38,633
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced teacher of Science, (preferably a Biology or Physics specialist) to teach across the full age and ability range and become actively involved in a team already producing results above national but who want to improve further. The successful applicant will be joining a strong hardworking team which is committed to achieving excellence and in which a creative approach to teaching and learning in science is strongly encouraged.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School is an 11-16 school with 690 pupils situated in the heart of Workington. We are a relatively small secondary school with a strong community spirit with an excellent reputation.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School is a ‘Good’ school (Ofsted April 2016). All at the school are committed to achieving the highest academic and social standards for students and to the well- being and continuous professional developments of all staff.

There are many reasons to come and work in St Joseph’s, the staff are supportive and fully focussed on the best outcomes for our students. We have an excellent team of Science Technicians who support the Teachers. We have five modern, well equipped science labs with demonstration areas, practical areas and seating areas. There is a dedicated computer suite with 25 computers that supports the learning at both key stages.

Our standards and expectations are high and we expect our new staff to lead our continuous drive for excellence in the classrooms. Student voice tells us that Science is an area that students enjoy.

The dynamic Science department has continued to contribute to record breaking student results at KS4 with 31%of year 11’s achieving 3 GCSEs A*-C* in science and 82% of students achieving 5A*-C (4 + grades). In KS3, year 7 and 8 follow the ‘Activate’ scheme of work, with a focus on investigative skills and science in context. All KS3 students are taught in sets for four 50 minute lessons per week. KS4 begins in Year 9 and students follow either: AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics or AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy.

There will be a teaching timetable that covers years 7-11 but this will be tailored to the expertise and experience of the successful candidate. We have a structured programme that will help you deliver good lessons and results for all your students.

We ensure that there is dedicated planning and preparation time by allocating above the 10% normally afforded to staff.

The post is suitable for teachers at all stages of their careers and the school is fully committed to support staff with CPD including NQT an RQT programmes. We welcome applications from candidates who are returning to teaching after a career break.

The person appointed will have

• A commitment to the Catholic ethos of the school • High standards and expectations

• Highly developed inter personal skills

• A commitment to teamwork

• A positive outlook

If you do not live in this area then this is a fantastic opportunity to live within, or close to an area of outstanding beauty where there is a lot to offer, especially for families and those who like the outdoors and getting away from City life. There are good schools in the area and the price of housing is reasonable. A large proportion of our staff who have come to work in Cumbria have made it their home. A contribution to relocation expenses may be made under the right circumstances. The school offer a Cycle to work scheme.

The school is committed to safer recruitment procedures and all applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS. This is not an equal opportunities school. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21st February 2018

We welcome prospective candidates to visit the school or have a conversation with the Head teacher Jacky Kennedy. Please telephone Julie Gaffney on 01900 873290 ext 205