January 24, 2023
Job Type
Short Summary
We are looking to appoint a Lead Practitioner - Science for Easter or September 2023
Leadership scale commensurate with experience
Working Pattern
Closing Date
February 06, 2023


We are looking to appoint a Lead Practitioner - Science for Easter or September 2023 (dependent on the successful candidates availability) and warmly welcome applications from experienced teachers who are passionate about science and are dedicated to enabling students to make excellent progress.

As the Lead Practitioner for science you will work day to day within a large science team with a wide range of experience, as well as working closely with other colleagues within the Academy and across the Trust to develop the wider foundations and applications of teaching and learning practice.

The science learning area strives to make best use of the strengths and experiences of the colleagues within our team and continues to successfully train and develop Early Career Teachers (ECTs) as a means of investing in the future of the department. In the role of Lead Practitioner - Science, you will be able to rely on the expertise of established practitioners who will play a part in working with you to further develop the science team, nurture new talent in the form of our ECTs and to drive standards even higher. This is a fantastic role where you will have a direct impact in enhancing the science learning area further to make it even better than it already is. You will be joining an experienced team and successful department whereby we have an increasing uptake at KS5.

The Leigh Academy has a truly comprehensive intake: achievement for all our students, regardless of background, is our key objective. We have recently developed our learning environment, with an exciting array of brand new laboratories and teaching facilities available to the science learning area.

If you feel that you have the expertise and passion to consolidate and strengthen the science experience of our students, and if you are excited by the prospect of engaging with and developing teaching and learning practices across our Academy and Trust, then this could be the role for you. If you are ambitious for yourself and the learners you serve, then you are the person we need. It would be ideal but not essential that our successful candidate is a Chemistry specialist.

​​​​​​​If you would like to arrange to discuss the role with a member of the team, please contact Holly Neve (Recruitment Team) on 01634 412 263 or ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Do you know a great teacher who would like to hear about opportunities with Leigh Academies Trust? If so, make a referral today for the chance to receive £100 as a 'thank you'. ​​​​​​

Working with us at The Leigh Academy: The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. Overall the academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic leadership team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages of their career.  As the flagship academy of Leigh Academies Trust we have an inspirational building hosting modern technology and great facilities. We ensure that our students are prepared both academically and socially for their futures. We ensure that students’ talents and interests are nurtured through our broad and balanced curriculum, in particular through the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Years 7, 8 and 9, having been accredited as an IB World School in December 2020 for our Key Stage 3 curriculum, and previously in 2017 for our International Baccalaureate Careers Pathway in Key Stage 5, which sits alongside our offer of A Levels and BTECS. We take pride in being the first school in the UK to have been awarded The Healthy Minds School kite mark, in recognition of successful involvement in the Healthy Minds curriculum delivery, demonstrating a commitment to the personal development of students and staff. 

We strive for excellence in all that we do whilst ‘Opening minds to Success’. This is reflected in our dedicated staff and our consistent approach to teaching and learning to ensure all of our students are happy, successful and resilient to the challenges they face. Our intention is to work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that students of all abilities, interests and talents are given every opportunity to be part of our inspiring, challenging and supportive community. We work hard to ensure all staff are supported in their current and next stage of their career journey, ensuring staff are able to access NPQ courses and other further training opportunities within the Leigh Academies Trust and externally. 

Everyone who visits us is impressed by our students, the working atmosphere, the sheer sense of enjoyment in the learning process and the strong focus on achievement.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2022, our Trust comprises 30 geographically organised academies (14 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 3,000 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.

​​​​​​​As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units.  All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.  

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.  We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.


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