Teacher of Science (Maternity Cover)

  • Salary: Main Scale/UPS
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Hours: Full Time - 32.5 per week
  • Closing Date: Noon, Thursday 25th November 2021

In this rapidly expanding ‘Good’ school, we need an inspirational Science specialist to join our Science department for a full-time maternity cover on a fixed term contract. With increasing student numbers this post has the potential to become permanent. 

This is not a job for the faint hearted as we drive towards becoming an ‘Outstanding’ school. 

We are a highly supportive school with strong subject and senior leadership to help you develop. We are looking for a highly ambitious, committed and dynamic professional to join our Science department who is passionate about their subject, communicates well with young people and makes a positive impact on their learning. The Science department comprises of 11 full-time Science teachers, including a Curriculum Leader who is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and two Science Technicians. The job would suit ECTs or a more experienced teacher. The planned expansion of the school will also provide opportunities for professional development as staff begin to take on positions of responsibility within their department or across the school. 

The successful candidate will have a passion about learning, have strong inter-personal skills, be resilient, be an excellent teacher and have great subject knowledge including experience of a number of GCSE specifications. They will be able to deliver Science up to KS4 and deliver both GCSE Combined Science and at least one of the three separate Science GCSEs. The successful candidate will be expected to help run after school activities either in Science or in another part of the Academy as part of our Extended Schools Provision. 

We will offer you: 

  • Results above the national average and improving rapidly 
  • A well-resourced Science department with bespoke science facilities and spaces including 11 purpose-built science laboratories 
  • Strong uptake of the three separate Science GCSEs with a three-year Key Stage 4 
  • Personalised, supportive CPD so that you can flourish and be the best you can possibly be, whichever stage in your career 
  • Strong collegiate atmosphere 
  • Supportive and thorough induction programme 
  • A primary school with discounted nursery provision for staff 
  • Strong SLT 
  • 5 minute walk to a direct rail link to London Marylebone (40 minutes) 
  • State of the art gym available for staff use 

The Academy is at an exciting stage of development with an experienced Academy Principal. In Ofsted’s visit, January 2019, the school was judged ‘Good’ in all areas for the first time in the academy’s history. 

Quotations from the recent Ofsted visit January 2019: 

  • “Outcomes have improved because of strong subject leadership.” 
  • “The behaviour of pupils is good. There is an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect across the school. Pupils’ conduct is calm and orderly.” 
  • “Staff morale is high. They believe that leaders and governors take staff members’ well-being and workload into account and they feel well supported by the school.” 
  • “Staff new to the school feel very well supported by their more experienced colleagues and the packages of training and support on offer.” 
  • “Comprehensive induction and training programmes offered by senior leaders and the link advisor ensure that they very quickly establish themselves in their posts.” 
  • “Pupils show a well-developed understanding and tolerance for others who are different from them. Tolerance and diversity are promoted well at Aylesbury Vale Academy.” 

Consequently, results are now above the national average for the first time in the Academy’s history with a Progress 8 score of 0.20 for results in 2018-19. 

The successful applicant will have a passion about learning, have strong inter-personal skills, be resilient, be an excellent teacher and have excellent subject knowledge relative to their experience. 

The school is improving at a rapid pace and this is a career defining opportunity for those who can play a pivotal role in enhancing the life chances of children and young people. The Academy, sponsored by the Diocese of Oxford, moved into new purpose built accommodation in September 2013 and is benefitting from state of the art facilities and teaching. Situated on the new Berryfields housing development, the Academy (including the Primary School) is set to increase its roll in the next few years. There are currently 1600 students on role including almost 500 in the primary phase. 

Our commitment to safeguarding the promoting the welfare of our children will be reflected throughout the recruitment process and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

For further information contact Mrs E Perrin, HR Lead on vacancies@theacademy.me