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Head of Science - Full-time/Part-time - Special Needs Position

Ripplevale School and College - Rochester, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC887-6006-43T
  • Posted:05/06/2023
  • Pay:MPS + TLR
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:19/06/2023 at 13:00
  • Interviews:22nd June 2023


We are searching for the best education professionals to join our team.  Are you passionate about making a difference to our children’s learning? Do you understand the importance of education? 

It is our belief that all students have the opportunity to make progress but to do this they need to feel safe and secure in the surroundings.  Ripplevale provides a holistic approach that is child centred.  The provision includes a therapy team of SaLT, OT and Emotional Wellbeing specialists working in our caring and nurturing environment. 

Ripplevale is looking to appoint an enthusiastic Head of Science.  The appointed candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues within the school and college and will lead in this subject area.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious professional with the ability to teach across the key stages.  As a key member of the teaching team you will play a lead role in curriculum development alongside progressing and enhancing the teaching practice of others.  We are keen to secure a high calibre teacher who is ambitious and keen to drive this subject forward.  You will be responsible for developing schemes of work and tracking and monitoring progress.

We believe in the very best teaching and learning opportunities for all our students and we require this applicant to have a strong commitment to removing barriers to learning for all.

We can offer you:

Pay in line with National Main Pay Scales

A strong and supportive leadership team that is passionate about staff and student wellbeing

An ‘Employee Assistance Programme’ membership entitling you to Home Life Support, Work Life Assistance, Physical and Emotional Health Support and Wellbeing support resources including mini health checks.

Strong support for your further professional development 

Sickness benefits.

We require you to:

Be passionate about students’ learning and development

Be a great team player with a positive outlook

Be an excellent classroom practitioner with a passion for the development of the whole child

If you are passionate about improving outcomes for students and you are looking for an exciting opportunity to have a real impact in a nurturing environment, then this could be the job for you.

Applicants are strongly advised to apply early for this post as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications have been received.

Ripplevale School Rochester is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants. Ripplevale School Rochester is required to conduct online searches about you as part of their shortlisting process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.

Information about the school

Ripplevale Rochester is an independent specialist provision for students aged 6 to 25 who have been diagnosed with various needs, which may include ASD, dyslexia, speech, language and communication difficulties, DCD, sensory, social, emotional and other learning difficulties along with high levels of anxiety. The school is set in an historic Medway town and enjoys the outstanding community facilities and links that the towns of Chatham and Rochester have to offer.

Ripplevale provides a holistic child centred approach to education underpinned by our team of 98 Teachers, Teaching assistants, Administrators and Therapists, all working in a caring and nurturing environment, with a common belief that all students have the opportunity to make progress and experience success everyday, in a safe, caring, nurturing and secure environment.

Our site boasts well-resourced classrooms, small class sizes, music and drama facilities, Science labs, Therapy rooms, amazing vocational teaching areas such as our hair and beauty studios, a coffee shop, catering kitchens, as well as numerous areas for children to have fun and enjoy social times. Staff are both welcoming and friendly at this independent school and there is a collaborative approach where resources and best practices are shared.

Job Contact Information

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.