Head of Chemistry
Location
Ark Burlington Danes Academy
 
Details
This is a fantastic opportunity to teach and lead on Chemistry in an ambitious and improving school.

Burlington Danes holds a special place in London’s educational landscape. It is the first Ark school, and has a history stretching back to its founding in 1699. Ark Burlington Danes Academy is a non-selective, all-through comprehensive school that serves a local community with a high degree of social disadvantage. Our mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of background, has the right to access the highest qualifications, best universities and most competitive careers. Our teachers are firmly committed to our vision. We believe in a ‘no excuses’ culture and strive to ensure that our students have the best academic education possible, supported by an excellent enrichment and pastoral programme to ensure our children develop into rounded, successful individuals who will thrive in the outside world. We are a learning community that invests heavily in developing the teaching and leadership skills of all our staff through our in-house programmes and the outstanding training provision of the Ark network.

We are now looking to recruit a Head of Chemistry who is dedicated to helping every child succeed. You will join a highly motivated team, committed to a creative and stimulating approach to teaching and learning, and to instilling in our students a passion for Science. The successful candidate will help to develop an exciting curriculum to engage pupils in the learning of Science and will work with other members of the Science faculty to raise attainment across all key stages.

Our ideal candidate will:
• be a passionate teacher of Chemistry and have the ability to teach up to Key Stage 5
• be a committed team player
• demonstrate high levels of ambition and optimism regarding what the academy and its students can achieve
• demonstrate evidence of raising attainment and developing excellence
• be a committed team player
• be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations and no excuses culture
• have the resolve and enthusiasm to make a real difference to the lives of pupils.

In this role you will have the opportunity to:
• join one of the most successful academies in England
• work in high quality facilities
• receive unrivalled training and professional development
• join a network of Ark schools and benefit from the support of experienced network colleagues
• gain access to an exclusive range of benefits including reduced gym membership and large retail discounts.

If you share in our commitment to excellence, we want to hear from you. For information about the school, please go to http://burlingtondanes.org/vacancies. Visits to the academy before application submission are welcomed. Please contact Julia Morson or christopher.currie@burlingtondanes.org on 0208 735 4950 or email Julia.morson@burlingtondanes.org/christopher.currie@burlingtondanes.org to arrange this.

To apply, please complete the online application by visiting: www.arkonline.org. Please complete your application by 11am on Thursday 17th January 2019. Applications will be reviewed as soon as we receive them so we encourage candidates to submit their applications early.

 If you have any technical issues please contact the recruitment team on 0203 116 6345 or email recruitment@arkonline.org.

Location: Ark Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Lane, London W12 0HR
Closing Date: 11am on Thursday 17th January 2019
Start Date: January/February 2019
Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Inner London) £30,406 - £41,381 per annum or £46,272 - £50,178 per annum depending on experience.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Job Description

Reporting to: Head of Science Faculty
Location: Ark Burlington Danes Academy
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Inner London) £30,406 - £41,381 per annum or £46,272 - £50,178 per annum depending on experience.

The Role

As Head of Chemistry, you will develop, lead and manage the effective delivery of an outstanding curriculum, which enables the highest level of student progress and attainment in Chemistry. You will lead a professional community of teachers and promote outstanding teaching and learning and a strong school culture within a nurturing and rigorous environment.

Key Responsibilities


Leadership and management (with the support and direction of the SLT)
• Enable all teachers in Chemistry to achieve expertise in teaching and planning, through coaching and support, as we as through the provision of CPD and inset training days
• Assist the Head of Science, in monitoring, evaluating and continually improving the quality of planning, teaching and learning, and assessment of all members of the Science team
• Develop strong partnerships and ensure regular communication with parents and carers

Improving Teaching & Learning
• Design, oversee, monitor and evaluate an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children and develops their skills and knowledge, while identifying clear targets, timescales and success criteria for its development
• Model outstanding teaching and lead collaborative planning and development, including the sharing of resources and best practice within the department
• Ensure continuity and progression in Chemistry
• Monitor the work of the department through rigorous and regular lesson observations, work scrutinies, and provide detailed,constructive feedback
• Use data to inform teaching and learning, identify areas for intervention and provide feedback to students, staff and families in order to promote progress and outcomes
• Manage behaviour effectively to create a safe, respectful and nurturing environment so that students can focus on learning
• Work collaboratively with both school and network colleagues as a committed team member, building successful, high performing teams
• Participate actively throughout the network, by attending relevant meetings, and, as appropriate, delivering network-wide training and initiatives
• Work with colleagues, students and families to develop a strong school community

Other
• Actively promote the safety and welfare of our children and young people
• Ensure compliance with Arks data protection rules and procedures
• Liaise with colleagues and external contacts at all levels of seniority with confidence, tact and diplomacy
• Work with Ark Central and other academies in the Ark network, to establish good practice throughout the network, offering support where required

This job description is not an exhaustive list and you will be expected to carry out any other reasonable tasks as directed by your line manager.
 
Person Specification
 
Qualification Criteria
• Qualified to degree level and above
• Qualified to teach and work in the UK.
• Right to work in the UK Experience
• Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
• Experience of reflecting on and improving teaching practice to increase pupil achievement
• Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes of work and extra-curricular activities.

Knowledge
• Up to date knowledge in the curriculum area
• Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour.
 
Behaviour
 
Leadership
• Effective team worker and leader
• High expectations for accountability and consistency
• Vision aligned with Ark’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others
• Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil

Other  
·Right to work in the UK  
·Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students  
·Willingness to undertake training  
·This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check  

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.