To start September 2022
The Perse School is one of the country's leading independent day schools and a charitable company, educating 1,700 girls and boys aged 3-18. We are a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, ambitious and caring, understanding and structured, industrious and fun.
Located in Cambridge, we comprise of three schools, the Upper, Prep and Pelican. We also have two franchise Schools overseas in Singapore and Suzhou. Given the outstanding education offered, we are consistently over-subscribed and in strong financial health with an annual turnover of some £30 million. The School regularly achieves some of the best public examination results and university application outcomes in the UK.
In addition to the day to day curricular and co-curricular activities of the schools, The Perse provides public benefit to local and international communities. Over 70 pupils attend the School on means tested bursaries meaning they pay no or subsidised fees. This enables the Perse to be accessible to children irrespective of financial wealth. The Perse also works with 30 state schools in the UK and Christel House School overseas on projects to raise educational attainment.
The Chemistry Department
The Science department is a supportive, energetic and collegiate team. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for science and be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, who are mainly of a high ability. All pupils currently take three separate sciences to GCSE having completed preparatory separate science courses in years 7 and 8.
Chemistry teaching takes place in a suite of well-resourced laboratories. Year 9-11 students study the Edexcel GCSE curriculum. Practical work plays a key role in chemistry throughout all year groups and it is at the heart of student learning.
Sixth Form students study the Edexcel A level qualification. We presently have six chemistry classes at each of Lower and Upper Sixth Form, a total of 159 pupils.
Public exam results in chemistry are outstanding. At GCSE level, in 2020 66% of Year 11 pupils were awarded a Grade 9 (up from 63% in 2019) and 85% achieved a Grade 8 or above (84% in 2019). In both 2019 and 2020, 73% of Upper Sixth pupils studying the Pre-U qualification were awarded a D2 grade or higher (A* equivalent). In 2021 Perse pupils secured 16 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze awards in the Olympiad and four Perse pupils achieved a roentgenium award in the C3L6, placing those students in the top 54 in the country. A high proportion of pupils study chemistry in the Sixth Form and a large number go on to read chemistry or a chemistry related degree such as Natural Sciences or Medicine at university, with a high proportion at Oxbridge.
Further information about the department's curricular and extra- curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School's website.
The Perse School is looking to appoint a high achieving graduate to start a full-time permanent position in September 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils, working within a very supportive department. Pupils at The Perse School are ambitious, intelligent and industrious and this is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils and staff alike in a fast-paced working environment.
The Perse believes that excellent schools need great teaching and support staff, who whilst operating within agreed school polices and to high standards of performance are given encouragement to innovate in pursuit of professional excellence. The result is a vibrant community of staff who spark off one another, share ideas, and come together to help pupils thrive academically, pastorally and in extra-curricular areas. All Perse teachers are expected to contribute to the pastoral and extra- curricular programme alongside their subject teaching.
Public exam results regularly place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally and in a typical year more than 40 pupils will receive Oxbridge offers. The Perse is proud of its academic achievements, but also recognises the importance of pastoral care and a vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities in developing happy, well rounded and successful young people. Our values shape what we do and how we do it. They are: valuing one another and our environment, intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance.
The Teacher of Chemistry is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Head of Department.
The following duties shall be deemed to be included in the professional duties which the Teacher may be required to perform:
Extra-curricular and pastoral
All teachers at The Perse School are required to be a form tutor and contribute to the extra-curricular programme, alongside their academic teaching. These elements of a teacher's role are fundamental to working at the school and embedded in our core values. Part time teachers are required to make a proportionate contribution to the following:
The School usually operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 x 40 minute periods. Most full-time members of staff teach approximately 62 periods per cycle, including 4 periods for tutoring, which can also include games and enrichment sessions where appropriate. Early Career Teachers receive period remission in their two first years for training, mentor sessions and induction. Teachers who are new to teaching are very well supported and where possible benefit from additional handover time, training and team.
Skills and Experience
Personal competencies and qualities
Terms and Conditions
Please click on How to Apply which links to the vacancies section of the website to register/sign-in and submit your application. Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience will be considered for this position. The Perse has a long record of training and developing teachers in situ, and many highly successful teachers started with no formal teaching qualifications. For applicants without a teaching qualification we are looking for: a high level of subject knowledge, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience, an empathy with young people and a desire to get involved in the extracurricular life of the school. The Perse supports unqualified teachers in achieving Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification whilst working at the School.
Early Career Teachers
The School is fully accredited to participate in the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel Early Career Teacher Programme (IStip: https://istip.co.uk/about/). ECTs will be provided with a comprehensive induction and mentoring programme which supports them in achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).
Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and to meet the Head, members of the executive leadership team, and the Department. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th January at 9.00am, but applications will be considered as they are received. The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. Interviews will be on Wednesday 2nd February.
The Perse School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). All work carried out at the School on a regular basis amounts to regulated activity. This role is also exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. The School is committed to acting in the best interests of the child so as to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The School requires everyone who comes into contact with children and their families to share this commitment. Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates' suitability to work with children.
The School's Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on the School website. The Perse School actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.
Senior Deputy Head
|Placed On:||14th January 2022|
|Closes:||25th January 2022|
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