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Head of Chemistry - Full-time

Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-4527-234T
  • Posted:17/02/2022
  • Pay:MPS/ UPS
  • Start Date:Easter or September 2022
  • App Close Date:04/03/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:To be confirmed


Appointment of Head of Chemistry (MPS/UPS) plus TLR2 £4,783 - £7,017 (to be negotiated)

From: Easter, or a September start is possible

Borden Grammar School is committed to providing students in Swale with every advantage that being a selective school can offer.  That the school  secured two positive Ofsted reports in 2016 and 2021 is also reflected in the improvement shown within Science as a whole and Chemistry in particular (at GCSE) during this period. The 2021 Ofsted report described the Borden community as “harmonious” with “high expectations”, so the successful candidate should be reassured that Borden is a wonderful place to develop further as a teacher or leader.

The Science department is successful in many ways. Science subjects have a high take-up rate in KS5, where all three disciplines are popular.  At GCSE the majority of students are entered for the Separate Science pathway. Historically, outcomes at KS4 have been strong.  However, there is still work to be done in the subject, particularly in relation to the proportion of students securing A*-B grades at A-level.  The department also offers various science based extra-curricular projects and the successful applicant would be expected to contribute positively to this approach.

This is a role for a suitably ambitious teacher with strong subject knowledge, who is committed to achieving high standards in all areas of school life.  You will demonstrate the potential to contribute a great deal to the future development of Borden Grammar School. You will have a clear personal ethos about the achievement of boys as well as the advantages that a grammar school education can bring to the community we serve. You will certainly possess both the strategic thinking about how to raise achievement and the drive to achieve the best for all students that you are responsible for and staff that you lead.

Application process: Although the closing date is 10.00am on Friday 4 March; the school reserves the right to consider the merit of early applications. 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 Ms Lara Bateman, PA to Headteacher at lbateman@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.

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.

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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:Ms Lara Bateman
  • Address:Borden Grammar School, Avenue Of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DB
  • Telephone: 01795 424192
  • Email: lbateman@bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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).