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OLD SWINFORD HOSPITAL TEACHER OF CHEMISTRY Old Swinford Hospital seeks to appoint a well qualified and highly effective Teacher of Chemistry from September 2012. This post will involve teaching the full age range from Year 7 to Year 13. Whilst all staff are encouraged to assist with boarding duties, a willingness to undertake these duties is not a requirement for this post. THE SCHOOL Old Swinford Hospital is one of the country’s leading state boarding schools. Sixty percent of the School’s 660 students are boarders who come from a wide range of backgrounds in the UK, EU and overseas and the School is oversubscribed at every admission stage. The School enjoys a very good academic reputation and regularly features in the lists of the most academically successful maintained schools. A highly positive OfSTED inspection took place during Summer Term 2010. The school prides itself on a balance of fine academic achievement and providing outstanding opportunities to develop leadership through an extensive extra curricular programme within which sport, music, CCF, outdoor pursuits, Duke of Edinburgh and drama feature strongly. By tradition, Old Swinford Hospital is a school for boys. However, girls joined the School as Sixth Form day students for the first time in 2004 and there are now some 80 girls amongst the Sixth Form of 280. Old Swinford Hospital was granted as a highly popular and successful school £10 million by the Government in 2006 in order to expand by a further one hundred and fifty pupils over the next five years. One hundred of these additional places will be for boarders. A major building programme has recently been completed which includes a large extension to an already impressive sports centre, an all weather floodlit sports pitch, a new teaching block with a specialist arts room, a performing arts centre and a new senior boarding house. Other recent developments include a new off site sports ground and a new food technology centre. THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT The Science Department is one of the strengths of Old Swinford Hospital. The Department is busy, lively and developing and all members are committed to continuing high standards. The department is led by the Head of Science, supported by the Heads of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are thirteen teaching staff in the department and three technicians. In Years 7 and 8 Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught as part of a two year Key Stage 3 Science course within a mixed ability system. All pupils start separate GCSE Sciences in Year 9. Students are set by ability from Year 10. Over the last six years pupils have attained around the 95% A* to C mark for GCSE results. The department offers A Level Biology (OCR), Chemistry (AQA), Geology (OCR) and Physics (AQA). These subjects are amongst the most popular in the school with most 6th form students taking at least one A level science. CHEMISTRY The Chemistry Department is one of the most successful in the school and attracts a significant number of students into AS and A2 studies from within the school and from the new students who join the school in Year 12. There are 4 sets in Year 12 (with about 18 in each set) and 3 sets in Year 13 with a very good conversion rate of AS into A2. The syllabus followed is the AQA specification and the department has followed the AQA modular scheme from its inception in 1995. There are very strong links between the department and both AQA and The West Midlands Chemistry Association. The department is very proud of its examination success and in the 2011 examinations at A2 level achieved a 100% pass rate of which 74% were at A or B grades. The department has dedicated chemistry laboratories with very experienced and supportive technicians. Over recent years the department has achieved considerable Oxbridge success with numerous students reading chemistry at Oxford or Natural Sciences at Cambridge, in addition to a considerable number of students who proceed to other prestigious universities to read chemistry or related subjects. PERSON SPECIFICATION The person appointed will: Be a graduate teacher eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council for England; Be willing and able to teach Chemistry at all age and ability levels within the school, up to and including A Level; Take an active part in the development of the Chemistry curriculum within the school; Demonstrate an interest in contributing to extra-curricular Chemistry activities; Be flexible and imaginative in developing new ideas and resources, as well as adapting to curriculum changes. A willingness to undertake boarding duties would be welcome but is not a requirement for this post. JOB SPECIFICATION The person appointed will: Be responsible, in the first instance, to the Chemistry Subject Leader for the teaching of classes across the age and ability range of the school; Teach classes using appropriate departmental schemes of work and following the required examination syllabuses. Monitor and evaluate the teaching and learning of classes, including the regular assessment of work, using the agreed departmental assessment procedures, marking of departmental examinations and written reporting to parents; Maintain records of assessment data, effort grades, etc. for classes taught; Follow agreed departmental procedures for short and medium-term planning of lessons; To act as a Tutor to a group of pupils on an individual and collective basis. Attend parents’ consultation meetings as appropriate; Attend periodic meetings of the department and other school meetings. Demonstrate a commitment to subject-specific training, as and when appropriate, to enable the delivery of the developing curriculum in efficient and innovative ways. Fulfil the obligations of a teacher as set out in the National Conditions of Service as amended from time to time. Contribute to the wider academic and extra curricular life of the school Undertake such other duties as the Headmaster may require from time to time reasonably require. Maintain registration with the General Teaching Council for England. All employees of Old Swinford Hospital have responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children REMUNERATION As Teacher of Chemistry this post will be remunerated from the Main Pay Scale (current rate up to £31,552 per annum) or Upper Pay Scale (current rate up to £36,756 per annum). A willingness to undertake boarding duties is not a requirement of this post, but if the person appointed undertakes such duties in addition to those set out in the Job Description, an additional pensionable emolument of up to £3,662 per annum would be payable. A post holder undertaking boarding duties may also be granted accommodation free of all charges for the first year of employment for the better performance of his/her duties. The conditions of employment set out in the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document will apply. School sessions include sessions on Saturday mornings. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES Old Swinford Hospital welcomes applications for employment from all sectors of the community. SUITABILITY TO WORK WITH CHILDREN Old Swinford Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants are required to undertake an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. APPLICATIONS Applications should be addressed to the Headmaster and must be received by him no later than noon on Wednesday 14 March 2012. An application form can be requested by contacting Reception on 01384 817300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or obtained from the School’s website at www.oshsch.com in the staff vacancies section. Completed applications can either be returned by post or by email as detailed below:- Applications by post should be sent to the following address:- Alison Davey, HR Administrator Old Swinford Hospital, Heath Lane, Stourbridge. DY8 1QX Applicants sent by email should be sent to email@example.com. Applications must contain the following: A letter of application of not more than five hundred words; A fully completed Application Summary, including full career history; A brief Curriculum Vitae; The names and contact details of three referees, all of whom should have known the applicant a professional capacity. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. INTERVIEWS Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of senior staff. They will also be asked to teach at least part of a lesson. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 27 March 2012. Unless applicants indicate that they would prefer otherwise, the School may approach referees prior to selecting candidates for interview. Old Swinford Hospital reserves the right to check the accuracy of statements made as part of an application process. Those submitting an application are deemed to have given consent to such checks being made.
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