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Subject Leader of Biology - Full-time

Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-4534-190T
  • Posted:29/03/2023
  • Pay:MPS/UPS plus TLR 2C
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:18/04/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Week commencing 24.4.23


Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School is seeking to appoint an outstanding Subject Leader of Biology. We welcome applications from talented individuals who will dedicate themselves to the implementation of the school’s vision and the development of the Biology department.

This role requires someone passionate to develop and promote biology inside and outside of the classroom, and who is either currently leading a biology department or is ambitious to develop their career further and lead one for the first time. The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher, passionate about the importance of all areas of biology, and in possession of a strong understanding of pedagogy and curriculum design. They will have experience of teaching from KS3 to A Level, a record of achieving outstanding results, and of commitment to, and delivery of, a high quality extra-curricular offer.

The science department is housed in nine new laboratories with a large central prep room. A biodiverse 14-acre school site also provides a superb resource for many aspects of biology teaching. The department, comprising of 11 teachers is supported by three technicians. There is an overall head of science as well as subject leads for each separate science.

At GCSE most students sit exams in all three sciences, with a smaller number of students sitting Trilogy science. Students are currently taught general science in six groups in Year 7 and 8, splitting into individual science groups in Year 9, and then in eight groups from Year 10.

At A Level, biology is an extremely important subject for us. It is one of our biggest courses, with many students continuing on to study biological and medical based degrees at university. We have a very active medics, dentists, and veterinary science group in the sixth form, any previous experience working with students aspiring for these careers would be desirable. We are also a thriving and widely recognised centre for student research, with a co-curricular offer that includes projects with Royal Society backing, work with the University of Kent, Cambridge University and are the founders of exciting and innovative Biojoyversity.org.

This position is an exciting opportunity to lead a thriving department of dedicated teachers. Having recently moved into a multimillion-pound new building, the next stage of the school’s development will see an expansion of our extra-curricular and elective programmes. We are particularly interested in how the sciences can continue leading and contributing to this.

The successful candidate will be offered a full programme of personal professional development and support as they continue in their career, alongside a comprehensive induction programme.

Information about the school

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School is a highly respected selective Voluntary Controlled Girls’ Grammar School that places students’ academic success on a par with their wellbeing, creating a unique learning community where every individual matters. Students attending the school are aged between 11-18 years and the school has a student roll of about 1,300 students (with approx. 400 pupils in our mixed Sixth Form).

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School is committed to safeguarding Children and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Simon Langton Girls Grammar School expects all governors, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service, along with other relevant employment checks, including oversees criminal background checks, where applicable. All new governors, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training on induction which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Elaine Wall
  • Address:Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3EW
  • Telephone: (01227) 463711
  • Email: ewall@langton.kent.sch.uk

Fax: (01227) 458363


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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 Education.