Published
April 2, 2024
Location
Category
Job Type
Short Summary
Two posts, one must be a Biology specialist
Salary
Inner London Payscale
Working Pattern
Full Time • Permanent
Closing Date
April 22, 2024

Description

Two posts, one must be a Biology specialist

At Northolt High School, our vision, mission and values underpin everything that we do. Our aim is to enable our students to develop strength of character, to be articulate and confident and to secure the best academic outcomes possible. Our school vision is "committed to excellence". Our mission statement describes how we work to achieve this core aim - through "seizing opportunity, instilling ambition, realising potential". Join us and you will be welcomed by a hard-working, dedicated staff and subject team who are united in their focus on student achievement and continuous school improvement.

We work in partnership with an organisation called Sycol which supports us in ensuring that we have clear systems in place, which are developed and agreed by staff collectively. Termly innovation projects involve every member of staff, helping us to quickly and effectively share ideas whilst forging strong partnerships across the staff team. These projects ensure that systemic school improvement is embedded in everything we do whilst at the same time providing all staff members with a high quality leadership development programme.

Northolt High School is a Foundation School in the London Borough of Ealing. Ealing schools have traditionally worked very collaboratively and it is no coincidence that Ealing’s performance in national league tables is strong. Schools in Ealing have come together to form the Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP) in conjunction with the Council. This partnership provides us with a range of networks so that Northolt High School staff are able to share and develop ideas and practice with Ealing colleagues across a range of schools.

We are a relatively small school at the moment with 985 students on roll, but this is about to increase as we are supporting Ealing Council by adding three additional classes onto our school roll next academic year. We also have a new building project on the horizon which we expect to make our school even more popular.

We maintain a broad and balanced curriculum offer for all students. Our intention is to develop the school so that it has STEAM specialism (the ‘A’ is for Art) whilst at the same time retaining a breadth of curriculum offer for our students. Our curriculum offer includes a broad range of extra-curricular activities as all teachers offer one after school activity a week.

Our Science department is the cornerstone of our small sixth form, which is focused around STEM subjects. Each year we have significant numbers of students signing up to remain in our sixth form to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels alongside our very popular BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. From September 2024 we will be adding a T Level in Science to this suite of subjects. At GCSE we offer both Combined and Triple Science options. We pride ourselves on the amount and quality of practical work which we offer to students, which we see as one of the key reasons why students are interested and successful in Science. The expansion of student numbers means that we are in particular looking to recruit Biology specialists to add to our large Science staff team.

We can offer you:

  • Great support and training as you develop your career;
  • The opportunity to innovate and bring in new ideas to contribute towards improving our school;
  • A caring and supportive professional environment, with an early finish every Friday to promote a good work / life balance;
  • A thoughtful and well-structured school calendar with careful attention paid to balancing teacher workload;
  • A commitment to providing high quality opportunities for you to continue your professional learning;
  • A flexible approach to your career, with increasing numbers of our teachers working on part time contracts.

Our recruitment process

One of the Ealing Learning Partnership projects we have been engaged with in the last two years is a ‘No Learner Left Behind’ project to improve the outcomes of our Black Caribbean students. Informed by our work on this project, we conduct an annual analysis of the ethnicity profile of our student body. Our long term aim is to ensure that the profile of our staff group matches that of our students. At the moment, we are underrepresented in the following ethnicity groups: Arab, Asian, Black Caribbean, Black African and Traveller of Irish Heritage. We would therefore welcome applications from candidates who would classify themselves as belonging to these groups.

We have introduced a ‘blind’ selection process this year which we also hope will support us in reducing the risk of any unintended bias during our recruitment process. You will see that our application form is in two parts. Part one, which contains details about candidates’ gender, ethnicity and age, is not shared with the staff who select candidates to bring them forward to the interview stage.

The school reserves the right to research shortlisted candidates on social media platforms and the internet, and the recruitment panel may take this information into consideration during the recruitment process.

A Job Description & Person Specification plus an application form can be found on our website: www.northolthigh.org.uk

If you would like to find out more about the school prior to your application, please contact Carol Gleeson, Executive Assistant to the Headteacher, on the email address below.

Please email your application to: recruitment@northolthigh.org.uk.

Closing date: Midday, Monday 22 April 2024

Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 29 April 2024

The school is committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment processes are always robustly followed. Successful candidates’ appointment will be subject to safer recruitment checks and satisfactory completion of an enhanced DBS check. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about

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