Teacher of Science

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Science Teacher

Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form

Role commences: 1st September 2023

Salary/allowances: MPS/UPS scale point. Suitable for ECT candidate

Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. 

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Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In November 2022, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff:

“Leaders support staff very well. They have established a collaborative and respectful working environment. With the trust, they provide highly valued training and leadership programmes. Staff are exceptionally proud to work at the school.”

Ofsted also noted the high standards within the school and commented that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary”

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

Summer 2019 GCSE results were superb with 83% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 64% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 54.4 and our Progress 8 score of +0.71 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.

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DGS Science Department

The science department at DGS is a dynamic and exciting place to work. The department is an enthusiastic, committed and supportive team of 15 teachers, 4 technicians and an HLTA with responsibility for STEM outreach. The department leadership structure consists of the Head of Science and Heads of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a Key Stage 3 co-ordinator. The department is well organised, with fully resourced curricula and schemes of work across all key stages.

The department achieved excellent outcomes in 2019. Achievement on Combined Science was outstanding, with a 9-4 pass rate of 81%, which is 22% above the national average for girls. Single Science 9-7 pass rates were at least 60% in each science, and in some cases more than 25% above national average for girls. Achievement at A-level is consistently good and is improving year-on-year.

The department is teaching and learning focussed, with time set aside each week to share best practice and collaboratively evaluate and develop lesson resources. We believe that science lessons should be engaging, fun and purposeful and we work hard to develop well-rounded scientists who are also very well prepared for their GCSE examinations. 

Science students at DGS follow a carefully-sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum extending from year 7 through to 13. All students cover the same content in years 7, 8 and 9. At the end of year 9 approximately a third of the cohort is invited to take the AQA Single Science courses and will begin this programme of study in Year 10.  The remainder of the cohort study AQA Trilogy: Combined Science.

Science options are very popular in Didcot Sixth Form where Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons are taught in conjunction with teaching staff from St. Birinus school. We work collaboratively across the two sites, with shared schemes of work that are carefully designed and delivered. The sixth-form science block consists of 5 classrooms dedicated to A-level lessons only. We are particularly proud of the number of girls taking A-level science; with the A-level physics groups being over 50% female for the last four years.

The department also provides outstanding opportunities for extra-curricular development. We have a thriving science club which runs over two nights and is incredibly well attended (over 60 girls in recent sessions). In 2019 the club won the Inspirational Science Club Award, which was presented at the House of Lords and included a trip to CERN as part of the prize. We have a very strong enrichment programme for our students including regular trips and competitions, and we enjoy strong links with the international science bases at Harwell-Oxford and Culham.

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The Post

We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion for their subject, who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; someone with high expectations for all students. You will join a team of hard-working and enthusiastic teachers with a commitment to science education. If you share these values, we would love to hear from you!

The post is suitable for candidates who are able to teach KS3 Science, GCSE Science and one of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-level.

We welcome applications from experienced teachers as well as those new to the profession and currently in training.

Didcot Girls’ School is an accredited teaching school with a significant track record for successful fast-track career progression, leadership development and excellent CPD. There is the possibility of leadership responsibility on appointment for the right candidate. The school is also part of Ridgeway Education Trust, a growing multi-academy trust, which provides the opportunity for school improvement and leadership work across schools in the future.

For further information about the department, please email Adam Naylor, Head of Science at anaylor@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Application Process

Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) and send it with a response to the following task Frances Adley, PA to Headteacher at vacancy@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

  • A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching, learning and curriculum looks like in Science.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th January. However, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as suitable candidates may be interviewed before the closing date including during half term and the school reserves the right to withdraw the position if an early appointment is made.

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview. 

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I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application. 

Georgina Littler

Headteacher

 

Didcot Girls School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original qualification certificate(s), proof of residence and photographic ID to interview.

Didcot Girls School is an equal opportunities employer.

 

 

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Job Description Teacher 2022 21st Sep 2022 Download
Person Specification Teacher 2022 22nd Jan 2021 Download
Teaching Staff application form 28th Sep 2022 Download
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