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Head of Science - Full-time

Gad's Hill School, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC886-6007-204T
  • Posted:11/09/2023
  • Pay:Up to £42,251 +£3,000 Leadership Allowance
  • Start Date:8th January 2024
  • App Close Date:05/10/2023 at 16:00
  • Interviews:w/c 9th October 2023


From the start of the Spring Term 2024, an exciting opportunity to lead the Science Department within an exciting 3-16 co-ed independent day school.

Our small and collaborative Science team deliver lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to small classes of pupils up to GCSE in our beautiful, leafy setting in the grounds of the home of Charles Dickens.

Gad’s Hill School requires an experienced teacher to serve as our Head of Science. Full details of responsibilities can be found within the job specification but, in summary, the individual will be responsible for the leadership, management, effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the Science department. 

Science is compulsory at GCSE and currently taught by three specialist teachers, supported by a Science Technician. The majority of pupils take examinations in separate AQA Sciences, although some will be entered for the AQA Trilogy (Combined Science) award. The new Head of Department will be expected to review the current curriculum content and overall departmental strategy with a view to strengthening and improving the GCSE results further in the long term. 

Information about the school

Gad’s Hill CCF is a single service Army Contingent affiliated to the Corps of Royal Engineers. It was formed in 2000 with a first parade strength of some 30 cadets. Since then, CCF at Gad’s Hill School has grown year on year and now boasts an establishment of over 150 cadets. We are a very driven and successful contingent and regularly enter cadets for such events as Military Skills Competition, CADSAAM and Cavalry Horse Trials. Our cadets are also involved in a high level of community engagement, with cadets representing the school on Remembrance Sunday, Corps Memorial Day, the General Gordon Parade, Armed Forces Day and Mayoral inauguration.

In addition to onsite training, the cadets also undertake weekend training camps, range days, annual camp and travel to Arnhem, Netherlands, each September for the airborne march. The contingent’s sponsor unit is 1 RSME (some 5 miles from the school) and so benefits from direct support and visits to Brompton Barracks, the RE Museum and also the RE Boat Training Section at Upnor.

At Gad’s Hill, we believe that the development of core personal strengths, such as self-confidence, self-discipline, resilience, teamwork and leadership is every bit as important for young people as their academic progress.

To that end, participation in the CCF is required for all pupils in our Lower Fourth (Year 8) and above and CCF sessions are incorporated in our weekly timetable on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

In those sessions, cadets undertake a range of activities including skill at arms, fieldcraft, first aid, map and compass, drill, command tasks and adventurous training.

Our cadets study, via their CCF sessions, for a level 2 BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development, an Institute of Leadership & Management Diploma, and an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, to go alongside their academic GCSEs as evidence of the well-rounded, confident young leaders that they have become.

Job Contact Information

Fax: Fax: 01474 822977


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