Teacher of Science (Physics or Chemistry) – Darland High School – Wrexham

Darland High School

PURPOSE:

  • Candidates must be able to teach across the ability and age range, supporting the development of Science to the highest standards for all pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • To contribute to the continuous improvement of this very successful department.
  • To promote and adhere to the school’s values and be passionate about enabling students to develop a love of Science.

DIMENSIONS:

Darland High School is an English-medium secondary school in North East Wrexham. In September 2019 Joanne Lee was appointed as Headteacher. Since this time the school has been undergoing significant system change in many areas, and developing a strong culture of collegiate support and constant improvement. We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic individual who enjoys working with pupils to help them succeed. The ability to inspire others within a creative environment is essential.

We are looking for a passionate teacher of Science who can teach KS3-4, preferably a Physics or Chemistry specialist but who also has an ability to teach all three Sciences. This post offers an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed teacher to work within a dedicated and successful team. The department has celebrated good GCSE results over recent years which is testament to the passion and commitment of the teachers.

At Darland we have seven purpose-built laboratories, two dedicated technicians, a large communal workroom and a set of chrome books. We also boast a very supportive Science team who are passionate about inspiring learners through collaborative teaching. We constantly strive to utilise innovative teaching strategies and are enthusiastic about implementing these in the new Curriculum for Wales.

At GCSE, pupils are entered for Double Award Science or Separate Science. The team supports a successful STEM club that runs on a weekly basis and enriches pupil’s experiences in Science. We have made substantial links with our primary schools developing transition project work, loaning equipment and meeting frequently prior to the pandemic.

Please contact the Head’s PS, Mrs Clare Pickup on headteacher@darlandschool.org.uk directly if you wish to have a tour of the site and a discussion about the role prior to the deadline.


Main Responsibilities

  • Deliver a consistently high quality of teaching, learning, assessment and high standards of achievement.
  • Work within the Science department to continue to raise standards and achievement through excellent teaching.
  • Work within the Science department to inspire imaginative and effective approaches to learning and teaching of mathematics which consistently drive up progress and attainment standards
  • Evaluate student target and performance data for their teaching as required and ensure it is analysed as set out in the school calendar or other such documents
  • Positively engage and partake in all activities and events within the Darland High School calendar
  • Demonstrate positive approaches in matters relating to student discipline and contact with parents
  • Assist in producing and updating programmes of study and schemes of work including suitable assessments for each learning plan for the Science department
  • Be a model of excellent practice in teaching and learning
  • Ensure that there is an atmosphere conducive to quality learning within the curriculum area, and that students’ experiences are challenging, stimulating and differentiated according to need
  • To be an active member of the department through involvement in course development, consultation and planning on whole school issues
  • To undertake other tasks as appropriate and consistent with the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions of service
  • To teach across the age and ability range
  • Undertake relevant duties as may be required by the Headteacher


Culture

  • Contribute to an environment where students are motivated to achieve and thrive in engaging, challenging and effectively planned lessons.
  • Ensure a culture of aspiration is established through a focus on high standards in all lessonsusingquestioning,reading and writing and preparation for tests,and assessments.


Safeguarding

  • To uphold the school’s policies with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection,and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all learners.
  • To work openly within the framework of best practice identified in the school’s safeguarding policy.
  • To report any concerns regarding pupil safety or staff working practices to the DSP.


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