Thank you for requesting information regarding the post of Teacher of Science 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 an innovative, inspiring and well-qualified Teacher of Science who is committed
to maintaining a consistently high standard of learning and teaching to help ensure that this continues to be a truly
In particular, candidates should have:
A passion for science and the ability to inspire and enthuse students of all aptitudes
A strong subject knowledge with the capability to teach outstanding lessons in science up to A-Level
The capacity to contribute to the development of the Academy’s Christian ethos
High expectations of students in terms of learning, achievement and behaviour
Enthusiasm for developing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and student participation
Responsibilities will include:
Overseeing the development of KS3 curriculum plans
Managing internal assessments
Ensuring a high standard of resources are available to all teaching staff
Developing and sharing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and student participation
This post would be suitable for teachers with relevant experience.
We are making this appointment well in advance of the September 2012 start date and will treat the appointed
applicant as part of the Academy community from their date of appointment and ensure that they are kept up to date
with all developments.
The deadline for applications is Monday 28 January 2013, 17:00pm. Interviews will take place shortly afterwards
and will include a demonstration lesson, a written curriculum planning task and both student and staff-led interview
panels. It will assist the short listing process if applicants can respond directly to the candidate specification in their
Visits to the Academy are welcome and I or the Assistant Principal who line manages the Faculty are very happy to
discuss any queries with potential applicants personally, and queries may be directed to the following people:
Andy Yarrow, Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Dalton, Assistant Principal (Line Manager for Faculty of science and mathematics) – mark.dalton@chelsea-
Jo Holgate, Science Curriculum Leader – email@example.com
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.
CHELSEA ACADEMY TEACHER OF SCIENCE
INITIAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Subject Teachers will report to their Curriculum Leader.
To support the Leadership Team and Faculty and Curriculum Leaders in providing a clear vision,
professional leadership and effective management for Chelsea Academy.
To help secure the success and on-going development of the Academy, ensuring high standards of
learning and achievement for all students within a specific Faculty.
To help establish and maintain productive relationships with parents and carers and others who support
the Academy in various capacities.
Together with the Leadership Team and Faculty Leaders, to establish and develop the Academy’s
values and distinctively Christian ethos within an inclusive, multi-faith community.
To work with flexibility, resourcefulness and initiative, undertaking any duties necessary at the
reasonable request of the Principal.
Key Tasks will include the following:
1. To ensure high standards of learning and teaching and academic attainment and progress for all
students within the curriculum area.
2. To support the development of a curriculum vision and plan for a curriculum area that enables the
Academy to move from one year group to seven.
3. To implement an effective assessment system within the curriculum area in question.
4. To work with colleagues to develop innovative and engaging schemes of work, lesson plans and related
learning resources that accelerate student progress.
5. To take a significant part in the development, delivery and the promotion of the Curriculum Area.
6. To assist in the management of the resources of the Faculty within the limits of the delegated budget
and in accordance with the Academy’s financial procedures.
7. Along with the Faculty and Curriculum Leaders, to devise and implement quality assurance systems,
including regular learning observations.
8. To contribute to the co-ordination and implementation of the Academy’s enrichment curriculum.
9. To help develop systems that facilitate effective and inclusive support, mentoring and guidance for
10. To undertake and support subject-specific staff training and professional development within the
curriculum area in question.
11. To support the development of the use of ICT within the curriculum area, in particular the Academy’s
virtual learning environment (VLE).
12. To contribute to the Academy Development Plan and self-evaluation processes as required.
13. To network with teachers in other schools in order to identify and build on best practice.
14. Other key tasks will evolve in line with the Academy’s development.
Successful candidates are likely to be able to give evidence in support of all or most of the following:
Professional Skills and Experience
1. Possess a good degree and QTS.
2. Be an excellent teacher with the ability to inspire students in their learning.
3. Show evidence of continued educational professional development.
4. Have experience or be able to demonstrate an aptitude for working in a comprehensive, urban and
5. Demonstrate success in raising attainment, achievement and standards of learning and teaching.
6. Have some understanding of wider school leadership issues.
7. Have the ability to make accurate judgements with regard to the quality of learning and teaching and
8. Have an enthusiasm for developing innovative approaches to learning, teaching, mentoring and
9. Have experience of working in a school with a distinctive Christian ethos or the ability to articulate how
such an ethos could be developed and the capacity to contribute to this.
10. Have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that relate to a establishing a completely
People, Relationships and Communications
1. Be personally committed to developing a distinctive and inclusive Christian ethos in the Academy.
2. Be able to relate to all students in a positive and constructive way and inspire them to achieve more than
they think possible.
3. Have relentlessly high expectations of students in terms of learning, achievement and behaviour.
4. Have a commitment to developing opportunities for student voice, leadership and participation, both
within and beyond the classroom.
5. Share the Academy’s vision for effective one-to-one and small group coaching in vertical, not age-
6. Have qualities which earn the trust and respect of students, staff, parents and governors.
7. Possess integrity, optimism, credibility, resilience, calmness and a sense of proportion.
8. Possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
9. Have the ability to relate positively to parents and other stakeholders and engage them successfully in
the life of the Academy.
10. Be able to build constructive working relationships with local schools and colleges, employers and the
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 check (CRB).