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Deputy Head of Science Department - Ark Greenwich Free School

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Location Postcode
SE18 4LH
Job Term and Hours per Week
Permanent; Full time
Closing Date
19 April 2021
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Reporting to:                    Head of Science

Location:                           Ark Greenwich Free School

Contract:                           Permanent

Working Pattern:              Full Time

Start date:                         September 2021

Salary:                                Competitive


This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work at one of the highest performing schools in the country (Evening Standard). If you are passionate about the importance of science and want to work in a seriously ambitious, respectful and high performing school, this is the job for you. 

Ark Greenwich Free School (AGFS)

AGFS is a new, ambitious school model based on what we know excellent schools do. We have created a highly respectful and disciplined environment where our staff and scholars can fulfil their potential. Our aim is to consistently be one of the highest performing schools in the country.  Our 2020 Ofsted report said that, ‘this school could now be judged as Outstanding’.    

Joining the school team is a superb opportunity for an ambitious and motivated teacher who wants to make a lasting difference to the communities they serve. 

AGFS exists to empower young people, regardless of socio-economic background, to grow and be successful. This is an ambitious and forward-thinking school that encourages innovation and values its staff. We are proud of our courteous and purposeful community and of the outstanding academic outcomes achieved by our scholars. Expectations for all members of our community are unashamedly sky high. We work tirelessly to impact the lives of the young people we serve.  

How is AGFS different?

  • We are part of the Ark family of schools and benefit accordingly from outstanding networking opportunities and first-class CPD. 
  • We are proud of our clear school identity. AGFS has been described as a GROMP school - a school with a comprehensive intake and a traditional grammar school ethos.
  • Staff wellbeing is one of our main priorities. We provide breakfast for staff each morning and have a 6pm/weekend work-related communication curfew to ensure our staff can maintain a work/life balance. We do not do knee jerk reactions, fads or last-minute deadlines. Our systems and processes for communication, marking and feedback and assessment are streamlined and the approaches we take are research led and based on the needs of our local context. 
  • This is a small school model (600 scholars aged 11-16) because we believe that our close-knit community provides the optimum conditions for success.   
  • Behaviour for learning is exceptional so our teachers can focus their time on the things that matter – planning and delivering brilliant lessons for our scholars. We have applied to become a national behaviour hub school.
  • This is a strict no excuses, no mobile phone school. That means scholars are not permitted to bring phones onto the premises.   
  • Our curriculum is traditional and academic, and we do not take shortcuts to boost our position in school league tables – we do not, for example, offer vocational courses or equivalencies such as Btecs or Vcerts. 
  • We put high-quality teaching at the heart of what we do. We are committed to providing staff with at least 90 minutes of high-quality training each week. We run coaching for staff who want to see rapid progress in their discipline. Live coaching, co-planning and current best practice in the field of education is central to our approach. 
  • We don’t grade individual lessons or ask for lesson plans.
  • Our scholars enjoy a compulsory co-curricular program on a Wednesday afternoon which includes a strong focus on community volunteering, and we facilitate 12 drop-down days per academic year ensuring scholars benefit from a range of life-enriching experiences. 

If you are ready to add further value to our science department and to work as part of a talented leadership team, then you will find this job extremely rewarding. 

Alignment with the school’s vision, values and approach to education is essential. 

The Role and the Department

As the deputy head of the science department, you will work with the head of department to lead, develop and manage the effective delivery of an outstanding curriculum, which enables the highest level of progress and attainment. You will be part of the professional community of Middle Leadership and promote outstanding teaching and learning and a strong school culture within a nurturing, respectful and academically rigorous environment. The successful candidate will be capable of adding further value to a traditionally strong subject at the school. A passion for your subject and a commitment to extracurricular activities is essential.

Science provision at the school is very strong. All scholars study science as a core subject for four hours each week at Key Stage 3, five hours each week for Y10 and Y11 combined science and 15 hours over two weeks for Y10 and Y11 triple science. The school adopts a mastery approach to teaching and learning, with identification and repeated practice of the fundamentals of success in a discipline at its core.

This post would suit an ambitious, research-informed, subject specialist who is driven to developing a department that becomes a beacon of science provision in the UK.  Several successful Teach First Ambassadors are employed at this school. The suitable candidate  will:

  • have significant experience post NQT and or
  • be a previous TLR holder such as Lead of KS3 or KS4 Science
  • be a Head of Biology, Chemistry or Physics and
  • have the ambition to progress into Head of Science at a later date

About Ark Schools

Ark is a network of high-achieving, non-selective schools and one of the country’s top-performing academy groups. We run 38 academies in London, Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth educating more than 26,000 scholars. 83% of Ark schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Our aim is to create outstanding schools that give every scholar, regardless of their background, the opportunity to go to university or pursue the career of their choice.

To find out more about Ark Greenwich, please visit our website via www.arkgreenwichfreeschool.org

If you are interested in applying please proceed to our recruitment portal via this link.

Ark value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting scholar welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.