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Head of Science from 1 September 2024 or Earlier if Possible - Full-time

Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-4527-350T
  • Posted:16/04/2024
  • Pay:MPS/ UPS plus TLR 1A (£15,690)
  • Start Date:1 September 2024 or earlier if possible
  • App Close Date:03/05/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:To be confirmed


Would you like to work in a “harmonious community” where “pupils are keen to learn and respectful to all”? (Ofsted, November 2021). Would you like to work at a forward thinking and highly successful school providing students with a real opportunity to improve their life chances? 

We are actively seeking a motivated and highly skilled individual to take on the role of Head of Science at Borden.The role is suitable for an experienced Head of Science or a proficient science lead (ideally in chemistry or physics) who is poised to take the next step in their career.  A relocation, recruitment and retention package will be available for the successful candidate, and potential for Leadership Scale salary.

The Head of Science role presents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic educator and curriculum strategist. In the position, you will lead the science department in crafting curricula and employing teaching methods designed to foster a genuine interest and passion for science among our students.The successful candidate will be dedicated to upholding consistently high standards of teaching and learning while cultivating a culture that encourages the sharing of best practice. Joining a popular and successful department of enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers across all three science disciplines, you will be immersed in a school environment that champions a broader and richer perspective beyond the curriculum. Within science, extracurricular projects include student activities such as trips to CERN, hands-on laboratory experiences in industrial-standard facilities, and a continuous primary science outreach program

The ideal candidate should bring extensive experience in curriculum and assessment planning, and demonstrate a proven track record of achieving outstanding student outcomes. A strong team player with a passion for science education and the ability to lead a team of like-minded individuals. The successful candidate should be confident that Borden takes student and staff wellbeing seriously and is the perfect place to develop themselves further as a teacher or leader.

Application process: The closing date is 12.00pm, Friday 3 May 2024. The interview process will be designed for you to demonstrate both your leadership and teaching ability. If you would like to apply please return a fully completed application form (leaving no gaps in employment) to Mrs Kirsty Murphy at kmurphy@bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk .   Please do not provide a CV however you may provide a letter of application as a continuation of the application form. 

Visits to the school are welcomed, please contact Kirsty Murphy on 01795 424192 (ext 202) to arrange a visit, or if you wish to discuss the post further.


Information about the school

Borden is a vibrant and purposeful grammar school for boys. The school is part of a thriving post-16 partnership and has female students in the Sixth Form. Borden provides a stimulating learning environment for its students and is committed to their protection and safety. Borden became an Academy in January 2012. Borden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Borden values of kindness, creativity, resilience, courageousness and respect are underpinned by our strong belief in the importance of effort - “striving forward together”.

Borden Grammar is committed to:

• Challenging and inspiring our students to achieve their personal aspirations. • Encouraging the pursuit of excellence in academic, sporting and cultural spheres. • Providing a caring environment that enables our students to thrive socially and academically. • Maximising the advantage, that being a boys’ grammar school can bring to our students, our parents, our local community and beyond.

The school underwent successful Ofsted Inspections in November 2016 and November 2021. The inspectors concluded that:

• All staff share the Headteacher’s ambitious vision which focuses on the achievement of every student within a highly supportive and harmonious community. • Parents, staff and students are exceptionally positive about the standards of behaviour and safety in the school. • Students arrive at their lessons hungry to learn and engage enthusiastically with classroom activities. • The relationship between teachers and students is a particularly strong feature of the school and helps to ensure that there is an exceptionally positive climate for learning.

Benefits of Working at Borden Grammar School

We care about our staff's personal and professional wellbeing and are pleased to offer the following benefits:

● Benenden Healthcare paid for by the school ● Counselling and mental wellbeing support service ● Cycle to work scheme ● Free and adequate parking for all staff ● Free flu jabs ● Therapy dog ● Wellbeing charter signatories with an active wellbeing committee ● No more than one directed meeting a week and early finishes before events. ● More than minimum PPA time provided to all teaching staff

GDPR UK Summary Notice:

Candidates should understand that when submitting their application form they are giving consent to the following: • All application forms and supporting statements are held on all candidates for six months and are shredded thereafter; • The successful candidate’s application and employment records will be kept for six years after their termination of employment; • Employees details are shared with appropriate third parties such as Teachers’ Pensions, Human Resources, etc.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Kirsty Murphy
  • Address:Borden Grammar School, Avenue Of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DB
  • Telephone: 01795 424192
  • Email: kmurphy@bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk


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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.