Teacher of Science
Full time: starting September 2017
Salary: MPS, UPS or SLE (with TLR opportunities for suitable candidates)
Do you want to work in a dynamic, progressive and supportive Science department, where there are ample opportunities to develop your professional practice and further your career?
Whatever stage you are at in your career, why not make the next step at Samuel Whitbread Academy? We have a large, experienced and welcoming department that wishes to appoint a teacher of Science for GCSE Combined Science / Separate Science (AQA) with the ability to teach Key stage 5. Applications from NQTs and experienced teachers are welcomed. The size of the academy means that we can offer a range of opportunities to excite any candidate and we would welcome a conversation to discuss you career aspirations.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit both the department and the Academy to see what the school is like on a normal working day to arrange a tour please contact the Vice Principal Mr Butler or call 01462 629900.
The closing date for applications is 19th May and interview will be held week commencing 22nd May.
Message from the Head of Science
"The Science department at Samuel Whitbread Academy is looking to appoint a dedicated teacher who can join the team and make a difference at an exciting time in our development. We are a good department that is striving for excellence. Opportunities are available for both teachers at the start of their career and leadership roles are available to more experienced colleagues. You will be joining a large welcoming team of 16 teaching staff and 4 technicians, who all have a wealth of experience. All the laboratories in the Science department are fully equipped with both interactive whiteboards and dry wipe boards. There are visualisers which can be booked, and we have a bank of 60 science dedicated google chromebooks. The department enjoys a large bank of resources, including lessons and homework which are shared. If you feel inspired to find out more please don't hesitate to contact me "
Head of Subject's Perspective
"I joined the science department as an NQT in 2013 and am now Head of Chemistry. There is opportunity to progress if you are hardworking and passionate about teaching. The department is constantly striving to improve and the students have a fantastic attitude to succeed. There is a real mix of experience and personalities amongst the teaching staff and the school is expansive so there are lots opportunities to take on different roles and responsibilities. If you want a challenging and rewarding career, then SWA is the place to be."
A teacher working towards qts's Perspective
"This academic year marks my second at Samuel Whitbread, last year the school appointed me as a cover supervisor linked to the Science and PE departments but also covering wider subject areas. I began this role knowing that my goal was to become a fully qualified teacher in the very near future.
Armed with previous teaching experience, enthusiasm and classroom management I settled in very quickly and within a year of appointment I was offered the opportunity to undergo on the job training in Science to obtain QTS. This year has been challenging yet enjoyable as the department have been very supportive and encouraging throughout."
Samuel Whitbread Academy
Samuel Whitbread Academy is a large, rural upper school with approximately 1,700 students including a Sixth Form approaching 450 students. The school is situated on the outskirts of the village of Shefford, in Bedfordshire, and has all the variety and energy of a fully comprehensive secondary school. In June 2014 the Academy was inspected and judged as Good, with Outstanding features by Ofsted. Since then, we have continued to improve and are constantly striving to develop our practice and raise levels of achievement. Please take a few minutes to watch a video made by the Sixth Form media students.
What the students have to say
"Samuel Whitbread has provided me with opportunities to develop not only academically but also as an individual. The support that is provided for students on the behalf of the staff but also from peers ensures a sense of community in the school, which helps us students to thrive to achieve our dreams and has helped to build our confidence and self-belief that anything is achievable if you set your mind to it. "
Juliette, Year 12
"Throughout my time at Samuel Whitbread, I have felt fully supported by the teachers who not only help you strive to achieve better but also care about how you are progressing. If you go looking for help at this school, any one of the staff members would be happy to help, even if they do not teach you themselves. This helps create a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is equal and the opportunities available are open to everyone. I have found Samuel Whitbread to be a fantastic choice, for both my GCSE's and my A Levels because of the support which is provided by the staffing team."
Emily, Year 12
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