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Head of Science - Full-time

St Augustine Academy, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-4000-215T
  • Posted:17/01/2023
  • Pay:MPS/UPS with a TLR1B £10,713, plus a R&R up to 2K
  • Start Date:1st September 2023
  • App Close Date:17/02/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:Interviews shortly after the closing date


St Augustine Academy is a successful 11-16 Academy in Maidstone, Kent. We are seeking to appoint an experienced, effective, enthusiastic and dynamic teacher of science to lead our science department.

This vacancy offers a Recruitment and Retention payment of up to £2,000.

The department has a good mix of well-established and friendly staff, including a second in department and 2 technicians. 

Teachers of Science teach both KS3 and KS4 in ability sets. KS3 students are taught Science over 7 lessons over the two weeks. At KS4 students have Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons, and we try where possible for teachers to teach within their specialism. The majority of students take OCR Gateway Combined Science and have 9 lessons over two weeks, 3 in each subject area. Students are also offered OCR Triple Science as a guided option and have 14 lessons over two weeks, 5 Chemistry, 5 Physics and 4 Biology. A comprehensive scheme of work is in place with shared resources.

We are a very well-resourced department in terms of experience, equipment and shared teaching resources. Each member of staff is provided with a staff laptop, and each teacher within the science department has a visualiser. We have 6 modern spacious laboratories, and one science theory classroom, serviced by one modern prep room with two experienced technicians. As a school we have 3 bookable computer rooms which we can use for our lessons.

As a school we are proud to offer our KS3 students timetabled Enrichment each week. All staff are expected to offer an activity for this Enrichment which could be related to the teacher’s specialist subject or an area in which they are passionate about. This is an excellent opportunity for both staff and students to benefit from a wider curriculum and gives an opportunity for staff to promote our school ethos with students beyond the boundaries of their classrooms.

We require from September 2023 an outstanding teacher and a highly effective leader who will:

• Be an outstanding classroom practitioner

• Be an enthusiastic subject specialist skilled in delivering engaging science lessons

• Be an exemplary communicator

• Possess the vision and drive to ensure all our students are able to succeed

• Motivate, challenge, support and inspire our students

• Be committed to closing gaps and raising attainment across all abilities, whatever their starting point.

• Be committed to supporting and coaching staff

• Be responsible for leading on pedagogy which impacts on classroom learning

• Aspire to a senior leadership role in a school in the future

The successful applicant will have a customised induction programme and opportunities to further develop their own leadership and management experience.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post or visit the Academy please contact Mrs Yvonne Lambert, PA to the Principal to arrange.

Information about the school

St Augustine Academy is an all ability school committed to providing an education that ensures that all students succeed and make the most of the opportunities and experiences available to them. Our core principles are based on developing the gifts and talents of all students, whatever they may be, and guiding them on to a career path to fulfil their aspirations.

Another core foundation of the Academy is our Faith. Our Christian inclusive ethos is encapsulated by our small community Chapter system where every student is known and nurtured. All students have the opportunity to develop their sense of spirituality, morality, self -respect and wellbeing.

We believe that students are engaged and achieve when the environment is both caring and orderly with teaching that fires their imagination and brings learning to life. With a grammar stream, our innovative curriculum and extensive Enrichment programme gives students access to those essential employability skills which future generations will need to succeed.

Vision: ‘believe in more’

St Augustine Academy is a high performing school where every student is known, valued and nurtured. We want to prepare our students to be responsible, enquiring, tolerant and confident members of society who can use their talents and abilities to be successful in a world that is constantly changing.

We are committed to: • Providing an inclusive community based on Christian values • Developing the whole person and inspiring a confident, ‘can do’ attitude • Encouraging individual aptitudes and interests so that students can reach their full potential both academically and personally • Offering high-quality CPD to staff to ensure staff and students are as successful as they can be

We have high expectations and believe in: • Excellent behaviour with courtesy and respect for others • The highest levels of attendance and punctuality • The enjoyment of learning whilst expecting hard work from all involved in the Academy.

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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.