WESTMINSTER SCHOOL Teacher of Biology for September 2010 Characteristics of the School Westminster School is a selective day and boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18 and girls aged 16 -18. There are approximately 740 pupils in all: 360 (boys only) in the Lower School (Years 9 - 11); and a co-educational (one-third girls, two-thirds boys) Upper School (Years 12 – 13) also of 380. One-quarter of the pupils board, and the School is structured and run as a boarding school, with an extended day and week and a strong House-based system of pastoral welfare, for boarding and day pupils alike. Westminster is an ancient school whose origins can be dated back to 1179. Its continuous existence is certain from the early fourteenth century. Henry VIII personally ensured the School’s survival by statute and Elizabeth I, who confirmed royal patronage in 1560, is celebrated as the School’s foundress. Westminster is rare amongst long-established schools in remaining on its original site in the centre of London. Its proximity to Parliament and Westminster Abbey, and the use of the Abbey for its chapel, together with the stimulating diversity of the South Bank and West End, account in part for its special atmosphere and outlook. The School aims to be one of the foremost centres of academic excellence in the country. Central to its academic ethos is the dialogue between teachers and their pupils, whether in the classroom or in tutorials, inspiring enjoyment of intellectual enquiry, debate and search for explanation and the development of skills of rational, independent thought well beyond any standard examination syllabus. The desired environment is happy, busy and purposeful; the pupils are intellectually, socially, ethically and politically engaged with plenty of opportunities to develop initiatives and to articulate and defend their views, in line with the enduring values of the liberal tradition reflected in the School’s Charter. That tradition is fully committed also to the nurture of each pupil’s spiritual, moral, emotional and physical development and well-being - with a particular emphasis on drawing out individual talent wherever it lies - and to the preparation of young people for fulfilled private and public lives beyond school. The Post We are looking for a well-qualified Biologist, who will be able to teach Biology throughout the School at all ages and ability levels. He or she will inspire enthusiasm in their pupils as well as helping to maintain Westminster’s very high academic standards. In addition to his or her academic teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the pastoral and extra-curricular life of the School. Biology at Westminster Biology is a flourishing subject at Westminster. There are five full-time members of the department. About one quarter of this year’s Sixth Form (Year 12) are taking A-Level Biology, following the OCR syllabus. Last year, nearly 90% of A-Level biologists obtained A grades. The School as a whole expects some 85 Oxford and Cambridge places each year; while other pupils choose specialist courses at other leading universities. The majority of our Biology candidates will be preparing for entrance in either Life Sciences or Medicine courses. Boys are accepted into the School via Common Entrance or our own entrance and Scholarship exam known as ‘The Challenge’. All of the Sciences follow the Edexcel IGCSE specification as separate subjects; pupils may study any two or all three sciences. Almost all Upper Shell (Year 11) pupils take Biology as one of their sciences. Over 90% of IGCSE biologists obtained A* grades last year. Our teaching policy is one of enrichment where the work that we do is syllabus-led rather than syllabus-driven. The Biology Department is situated in the Robert Hooke Science Centre some 5 minutes’ walk from Dean’s Yard. It has four large laboratories which are extremely well resourced. There are two full-time technicians. The Application Westminster has its own salary scale, and new members of staff are placed at a point relevant to their qualifications and experience. Details of salary and possible accommodation will be discussed at interview with those candidates who are short-listed. To apply, please send a letter of application and a completed application form by together with a detailed curriculum vitae, and with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of two academic referees to The Personnel Bursar, Westminster School, Little Dean’s Yard, London. SW1P 3PB. Tel: 020 7963 1057; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications 12 February 2010. If you would like to discuss further details of the post informally in the first instance, please contact the Head of Biology, Sam Baldock (email@example.com, 020 7963 1164).