The department certainly is one of the strongest in the country with at full strength nine full time physicists covering a wide range of research interests and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on our openness and support for each other’s teaching, and our willingness to contribute ideas and make suggestions on the best way to approach any topic. We also have two full time technicians who help us to integrate the practical aspects of physics with the more theoretical.
In keeping with the school’s values, the department promotes a scholarly approach to learning: We aim to train physicists who are able to understand the world around them and solve interesting and unfamiliar problems. As a by-produce, students perform well in public examinations.
All boys entering the Senior School at 13+ take three separate sciences and are taught by subject specialists. In physics, boys follow a three year Edexcel iGCSE course.
This year in Physics, we have 86 boys in our Year 12 (Lower Eighth) and 60 boys in our Year 13 (Upper Eighth). Last year 80% of our candidates achieved the equivalent of an A* at A-Level. The department has also had excellent success in the Physics Olympiad, regularly scoring Gold Top 100 in BPHO round 1 and student progressing to later stages of the competition.
Around 20 scientists and engineers in any one year are likely to be successful candidates for either Oxford, Cambridge or other leading universities, including in the US.
The department organises trips (recently to CERN), has a Physics Society, an Astronomy Society, and also a vibrant Engineering Society. Each society holds frequent talks and competitions, with success nationally in Aerospace Challenge competitions, and internationally in the Weizmann Safecracking competition and CanSat.
We are also proud to host the first full Scanning Electron Microscope in a school anywhere in the UK - a centre for boys to conduct real research leading to conference visits and a hugely successful series of Outreach events in Material Science.
• Strong academic background and subject knowledge
• Ability to stretch our best and brightest students (BPHO and Oxbridge preparation)
• Passion for the subject taught and for teaching
• Excellent classroom practitioner (or potential to be)
• Commitment to improve teaching and learning, and continued professional development
• Good communication skills, orally and written
• Ability to work well as part of a team, and to build trust and openness
• Discretion, courtesy, honesty and integrity
• Reliable, punctual, diligent and well-organised
• Enthusiasm, and ability to motivate and inspire students
• Commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of students
• Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school
Further Details and application
The post could suit an experienced teacher, an NQT, a candidate coming from research or industry, or a recent graduate. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Physics throughout the 13 to 18 age range (iGCSE and A-level) with a focus on stretching our brightest students. The successful applicant would also be expected to contribute to the wider extra-curricular and enrichment activities of the department.
We offer a salary significantly above the National Scale, help with accommodation if eligible, and a discounted education for staff children, subject to competitive entry. Selection will be made on an equal opportunities’ basis. Early application is advisable; we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.
All staff have a responsibility and duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils. Staff must be aware of the systems within the School which support safeguarding and must act in accordance with the School’s Safeguarding & Child Protection policy and Code of Conduct. Staff will receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated.
Further details and an application form can be obtained from the School’s website via the ‘Work with Us’ link in the footer. Please feel free to contact the Head of Physics, Ryan Buckingham if you would like to discuss any aspect of the post, or the School in general.
Applications should be sent via email and the closing deadline for all applications is 9am on Friday 28 January 2022. Interviews will take place the following week.