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Lead Practitioner - Science - Full-time

Strood Academy, Strood

  • Ref:MED887-6905-376L
  • Posted:28/09/2022
  • Pay:Leadership scale commensurate with experience
  • Start Date:January 2023
  • App Close Date:10/10/2022 at 23:45
  • Interviews:TBC

Advert

About the role: ​​​​We are looking for a Lead Practitioner - Science for January 2023 and warmly welcome applications from experienced teachers who are passionate about science and are dedicated to enabling students to make excellent progress. 

You’ll be joining the department at an exciting time as the improvements we are making are gaining momentum. Combined science is taught as a discrete subject to all pupils in Years 7-9 as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. In years 10 and 11 we follow the AQA Trilogy science programme. Results have steadily improved over the last 3 years and this is a fantastic opportunity for the department to really excel. The role is ideal for a candidate currently in a middle leadership position seeking progression and further responsibility. 

Achievement for all students regardless of background is our key objective. We offer stimulating learning environments where effective teaching and learning are underpinned by high-quality interpersonal relationships. If you are ambitious for yourself and the learners you serve, then you are the person we need. As a lead practitioner you will also support the Assistant Principal and existing Lead Practitioners in driving whole school initiatives linked to teaching and learning, pedagogy and assessment. You will also support the school’s approach on life long learning with all in the community  through coaching of staff and CPD offer on our dedicated Wednesday afternoons.

What we are offering:

For our successful candidate, being a member of staff at Strood Academy and the wider Trust means you’ll receive access to a great range of employment benefits from day one. Click here to view the current benefits package, and be mindful that the list is always growing. 

We’d like to hear from candidates who are:

  • An excellent leader who is passionate about learning and has strong subject knowledge within the science remit
  • Collaborative, able to build strong professional relationships
  • Able to motivate and inspire students and staff to achieve their full potential
  • Energetic and have a can-do attitude
  • Confident and has strong career aspirations
  • Committed to safeguarding and the happiness and wellbeing of everyone at the Academy
  • Prepared to be involved in leading co-curricular activities either within or outside of their teaching subject​​​​​​​

 

Click here for the full Recruitment Pack.

 

Information about the school

Working for Strood Academy: Since opening in 2009, our academy has transformed the educational opportunities and outcomes for girls and boys in Strood. The improvement in academic performance has been driven by a talented and committed workforce, the hard work of our students, and support from parents and our community. Our new buildings in Carnation Road were designed in partnership with Nicholas Hare and built by BAM as our main contractor at a cost of £26m. They opened in September 2012 and have outstanding learning environments and outside play areas as well as fantastic sports facilities. The buildings reflect our education vision of creating a mature and purposeful educational environment where children of all abilities can learn and thrive.

Our vision is to be an inclusive community where we are all kind, respectful and resilient in our journey towards excellence. Our students thrive through an enriching and diverse curriculum that offers a global perspective, empowering all to become inquisitive lifelong learners.

Our core values are to be:

  • Inquisitive
  • Respectful
  • Resilient
  • Kind

Our purpose at Strood Academy is to:

  • Nurture students’ aspirations and build resilience within an environment of tolerance, respect and empathy;
  • Shape leaders within a global community;
  • Develop and celebrate knowledgeable and inquiring minds to promote lifelong learning and;
  • Help young people develop into well educated, considerate and caring citizens.

We have a growing roll call of 1400 children, including 200 in Sixth Form. Working in our academy takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but for the right individuals, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience and contribute significantly to personal and professional development.

Why work at Strood Academy?

  • Our recent OFSTED inspection has confirmed that the academy continues to be judged ‘Good’ and is very strong in many aspects and areas. The full report can be found on our website and I would like to share a quote which reflects the culture and ambition we all have for our students. ​​​​​​​ ‘The principal advocates a culture of high expectations, aspirations and traditional values. Leaders’ high expectations are reflected in the ambitious International Baccalaureate curriculum. This provides a global perspective which encourages pupils to be inquisitive lifelong learners’. To read the full report please click here.​​​​​​​

  • Centralised behaviour system and detentions - simple for teachers to follow allowing disruptive free classrooms.

  • Our commitment to the development of all staff - CPD on Wednesday afternoons and the opportunity to collaborate with staff from other schools in the LAT. Also all staff at Strood receive regular coaching feedback through our on-line platform on-track.
  • Strood academy is easily accessible by A2 and the high speed train can allow for travel into London in less than 30 minutes.
  • We have a common sense approach to workload. All teachers are expected to feedback or live mark. We also work closely as a Trust allowing for centralised resources to be shared across our secondary schools.

"We deliver innovative teaching and learning through our broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum allowing our students to experience a rich variety of subjects. Our curriculum and lessons are sequenced to enable our students to build on their prior knowledge and further develop their understanding in order for them to achieve the highest outcomes regardless of their starting point.

Our staff are dedicated to providing an outstanding learning environment where students are challenged and stretched to achieve their personal best. Our enrichment programme and curriculum are designed to support the development of our students into well rounded individuals who engage as positive citizens within their communities as well as becoming lifelong learners." - Principal Numera Anwar

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment - LAT)
  • Address:Carnation Road, Strood, Kent, ME2 2SX
  • Telephone: 01634 717 121
  • Email: office@stroodacademy.org

Fax: 01634 726 643

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.