The Perse School

Vacancies

Teacher of Physics (to start Jan or Sept 18)
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 22nd Sep 2017, 12:00pm

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School Description

The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.

Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the School were classified as outstanding in its 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.

We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.

The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.

In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre (currently under construction).

There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.

For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse section.

The Role

The Perse School is looking to appoint a high achieving Physicist to join this popular, dynamic and successful department. The ability to teach a second scientific subject to Key Stage 3 or above would be an advantage.

The Department

Physics is an energetic, supportive and collegiate department which is led by Dr David Tricker. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, who are mainly of a high ability.

Physics teaching takes place in a suite of well-resourced, purpose built physics laboratories. Physics is a core subject alongside chemistry and biology.  All pupils currently take three separate sciences to IGCSE having completed a preparatory physics course in years 7 and 8.  We follow the CIE IGCSE course in years 9, 10 and 11. Sixth Form physicists study the Pre-U qualification. We presently have four classes in the Upper Sixth and five in the Lower Sixth, a total of 105 pupils.

Public exam results in Physics are outstanding. In 2017, 49% of our Pre-U candidates were awarded the top grade (D1), which is higher than A* at A level. Eight pupils gained a Gold medal in the British Physics Olympiad, with four of these placed in the top 50 in the country. 83% of our Year 11 pupils achieved A* or A at IGCSE.

A very high proportion of pupils study Physics and Sciences in the Sixth Form and a large number go on to read Physics, Natural Sciences or Engineering at University with a high proportion at Oxbridge. There is a tradition of experimental work in the department and links with the HE sector are good.

Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School’s website.

Timetable

The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 periods. Most members of staff teach about 59 periods per cycle including games and enrichment sessions. Newly qualified teachers receive period remission in their first year for training and induction.

Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience

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 extra-curricular 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. 

Newly Qualified Teachers

The School is fully accredited to participate in the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel NQT Programme (IStip: https://istip.co.uk/about/). NQTs are provided with a comprehensive induction and mentoring programme which supports them in achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).

2016 ISI Inspection Report The Pelican, Prep and Upper were inspected during the spring of 2016. The inspection report can be viewed at http://www.perse.co.uk/about-us/our-approach/inspection-reports/

Applications

Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at recruitment@perse.co.uk.

Safer Recruitment

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). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children. 

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on the School website.

Interviews

Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and to meet the Head and Deputy Heads as well as the Head of Physics, Head of Science and the department. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be available. The closing date for applications is on Friday 22 September at midday and interviews will be on Thursday 28 September.  

JOB DESCRIPTION 

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Accountability

The Teacher of Physics 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: 

Curriculum

  • Teaching throughout the school in a manner appropriate to students’ ages and abilities;
  • The ability to teach a second scientific subject to Key Stage 3 or above would be an advantage;
  • Assessing and recording students’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies;
  • Preparing students for university applications in related subjects;
  • Promoting and teaching IGCSE/ Pre-U;
  • Attending and contributing to departmental meetings;
  • Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources;
  • Monitoring the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs;
  • Maintaining professional skills through INSET and our Professional Development programme;
  • Being proactive in exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum;
  • Producing displays to create an attractive learning environment.

Extra-curricular

  • Contributing to the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment.

Pastoral

  •  Taking part in the pastoral life of the school as a form tutor;
  • Contributing to the PSHE programme.

Safeguarding

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.

Review

The job specification will be reviewed biennially as part of the professional development cycle. Any changes may only be made by agreement with the Head of Department and Senior Deputy Head.

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

Qualifications

  • High Class Honours Degree in Physics or related subject.
  • PCGE desirable but by no means essential.

Skills and Experience

  • The capacity to inspire pupils of all abilities and enhance pupil learning.
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of literacy, attention to detail and ability to use initiative.
  • High order administrative skills, effectively manages commitments and deadlines.
  • ICT competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies.

Personal competencies and qualities

  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
  • Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community.
  • Shares in the values that define the School community: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another.
  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school and with colleagues in other organisations.
  • Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage participation in activities both inside and outside the classroom and a willingness to take part in / organise trips and visits.
  • A generosity of spirit and a willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School.
  • Committed to continual personal and professional development.

Daniel Cross                                                                                

Senior Deputy Head

01223 403860

drcross@perse.co.uk

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy

Safeguarding

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safer Recruitment

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 government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.

 

How to Apply

Please apply using our online system.

Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email recruitment@perse.co.uk

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