Thank you for requesting information regarding the post of Senior Science Technician at Chelsea Academy. The
Academy provides the opportunity to work in a genuinely brand new and long-awaited 11-19 school, which has both a
local community focus and a distinctive Christian ethos and is located in one of the most vibrant parts of London. The
successful candidate will join a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly-skilled team of staff in a school committed to
collaborative working and high aspirations. This is a hugely exciting and rewarding opportunity.
Sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea
Academy is a heavily oversubscribed mixed Church of England school for students aged between 11 and 19 years,
close to Chelsea’s famous King’s Road. The Academy opened in September 2009, has places for 162 students per
year group and will grow each year until 2014. The Sixth Form opened in September 2011 and there are currently just
over 200 students studying A levels in Years 12 and 13. Over 750 applications we received for the Academy’s current
Year 7 cohort and over 400 for the Sixth Form.
Chelsea Academy combines traditional values and high standards with an innovative approach to learning and
teaching and a strong commitment to student leadership and co-construction. The Academy’s specialism is the
sciences. Visitors to the school have consistently commented on the high standards of behaviour, enthusiasm for
learning and confidence of our students, as well as the Academy’s £43m building. The Academy was awarded the
Investors in People Gold standard during its second year. The Academy was judged as outstanding in all categories in
its Ofsted inspection in May 2012 and in the subsequent SIAS inspection in July.
The Academy is seeking to appoint staff with personal qualities and skills of the highest order, to help ensure that this
is a truly outstanding school. We are seeking to appoint a Senior Science Technician to support teaching and learning
in the Science department, ensure that the classrooms and laboratories are prepared at the beginning of each lesson
and to support the class teacher as required. The Senior Science Technician will also be responsible for the overall
management of the Technician team
The deadline for applications is Monday 1 October 2012, 5.00pm and interviews are expected to take place on
Wednesday 10 October 2012. It will assist the short-listing process if applicants can respond directly to the
candidate specification in their supporting statements. We are very happy to discuss any queries with potential
applicants personally. The most efficient way to contact the Academy is on 0207 376 3019 or by email to
I very much look forward to receiving your application.
The faculty of Science and Mathematics aims to harness the natural curiosity and investigative spirit of our
students, and to support them in their development as independent, critical learners. Our students learn to
interrogate the world around them, and to solve its problems through collaboration and innovative thinking.
We believe in order to prepare them for the challenges of the modern world, students will require an
extensive knowledge of the principles of mathematics and the ability to apply their knowledge in
sophisticated ways. In addition our students have the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of
scientific method, while undertaking challenging tasks in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Finally our
learners also benefit from learning within state-of-the-art science laboratories, classrooms and seminar
spaces, supported by the latest in new technologies.
The Science and Mathematics faculty delivers lessons that are both rigorous and engaging, with a strong
focus on assessment and ensuring all students make outstanding progress. Drawing on the knowledge and
experience of excellent teachers in both core subjects, the Science and Mathematics faculty intends to make
a significant and lasting impact on the development of our students, by providing a twenty-first century
education for twenty-first century learners.
Our Specialism – The Sciences
In developing the specialism of the sciences, the Academy intends to create a distinctive educational
institution among the best in the UK. Students at the Academy will be able to develop a deep understanding
of the issues raised by human interaction with the global environment, and particularly with how ethics and
religion relate to the sciences. Members of the Science and Mathematics faculty play a key role in the
development and implementation of our specialism.
SENIOR SCIENCE TECHNICIAN
PAY: Scale 5 £22,920 - £24,819 or
Scale 6 £25,515 - £27,009
depending on experience.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Science Curriculum Leader
WORKING HOURS: 36 hours a week, 52 weeks per year
REQUIRED FROM: As soon as possible
To support teaching and learning in the Science department and to undertake other duties
as requested by the Science Curriculum Leader and Science Teachers
To ensure that the classrooms and laboratories are prepared at the beginning of each
lesson and to support the class teacher as required.
To lead and line manage a team of technicians, allocating work as appropriate
To take responsibility for the management of the preparation room, stock control and
ordering, safe storage of chemicals etc and works in accordance with all appropriate Health
and Safety Rules and Standards, leading the team in risk assessment work.
To keep the classroom safe and tidy and ensure that experiments are safe and the
apparatus are ready to use.
To support department on science trips.
To support the teachers and help students when required.
Prepare apparatus, materials and solutions for use in practical classes and retrieving and
clearing away such apparatus
Prepare textbooks and photocopy examination papers as required.
Maintenance of general laboratory services and equipment, reporting faults to the
Assisting in the maintenance of stock levels for Science.
Checking the laboratories on a regular basis to ensure an adequate supply of general
laboratory equipment and stationery.
Participating in the maintenance of satisfactory standards of safety and security in
accordance with COSHH regulations, the Health and Safety at Work Act and departmental,
school and Borough safety policies.
Provide laminated sheets and photocopying worksheets for teaching.
Ordering and checking stocks levels for Science.
Maintenance of electrical equipment and reporting faults to the Senior Technician
Demonstrating class equipment.
Actively contribute to the assessment, monitoring and review of both health and safety
procedures and making sure materials (including hazardous substances) are used safely
and disposed of appropriately in order to maintain a healthy and safe working environment.
Ordering equipment, arranging for repairs and liaising with suppliers and the finance
department to maintain stock levels and ensure that the laboratories are appropriately
Organising and supervising the work of other technicians in the department ensuing that
their work is of the required standard and that all policies and procedures are adhered to.
Undertaking their performance reviews in order for their training and development needs to
Responsibility for ensuring both routine and non-routine checking, cleaning, maintenance,
calibration, testing and repairing of equipment is undertaken to ensure that the required
standards are adhered to.
Along with other Associate Staff, to serve as a Learning Coach to a small group of students
and carry out tasks (e.g. duties) which help build relationships between all staff and
OTHER SPECIFIC DUTIES
To carry out the duties in the most effective, efficient and economic manner available.
To contribute to the development of the Academy’s Christian ethos.
To support the Academy Mission Statement.
To attend full staff, departmental and other meetings with staff working groups as
To take part in training and performance management procedures.
To support overall welfare and good discipline of students.
To assist with exhibitions and displays for special events and open evenings within the
Science department and generally throughout the Academy.
Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by the Head of
This job description is current at the date shown but, in consultation with you, may be
changed by the Principal, to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the
salary and job title.
Successful candidates are likely to be able to give evidence in support of all or most of the following:
Professional Skills and Experience
1. Experience of working as a Science Technician in a school or similar experience
2. Educated to at least A-Level standard with good numeracy and literacy skills
3. A good science background and relevant qualification in this field
4. Knowledge of appropriate use of laboratory equipment and ability to communicate and demonstrate
this knowledge effectively to staff and students
5. Experience of working with young people, preferably in an educational setting
6. Be ICT literate and be able to operate software at an intermediate level. (Windows and MAC an
7. Have experience of schools data systems (Experience of SIMS would be an advantage but training
will be given).
8. Possess the ability to time manage and prioritise effectively
9. Show evidence of continued professional development.
People, Relationships and Communications
1. Be committed to maintaining a distinctive and inclusive Christian ethos in the Academy.
2. Be able to relate to all students, staff and parents in a positive and constructive way.
3. Be part of a whole Academy team which seeks and develops a variety opportunities to support and
work with students.
4. Possess integrity, optimism, resilience, calmness and a sense of proportion.
5. Possess good written and verbal communication skills.
The Academy is a new school that will not reach student capacity for five years. As such, we expect staffing
to change significantly during this period and we will require a high degree of flexibility from all staff as duties
may be varied as the Academy grows in line with the student and staffing numbers.
Chelsea Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
The successful candidate must be able to satisfy an enhanced police/Security Criminal Records Bureau