Lead Practitioner - Science

William Edwards School, Stifford Clays

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Job Ref No. ECC5438-85S Position Type: Leader/Co-ordinator Pay Range: LP 02-06
Position Start Date: 20/04/2020 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 28/01/2020 Midnight Date of Interviews: Wednesday 5th February 2020  

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Lead Practitioner - Science

Pay Range: LP 02-06 Fringe (Currently £43,439 - £47,827)

Position Start Date: Easter (or September) 2020

Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent

Application Close: 28th January 2020 (Mid-Day)
Date of Interviews: Wednesday 5th February 2020

We are seeking to appoint a talented and ambitious Teacher of Science to join our Lead Practitioner team. The successful candidate will be an excellent classroom practitioner who is highly motivated and have a real passion for Science and for developing the subject and colleagues. The Lead Practitioner Team form the backbone of the teaching and learning development work in the school and are well supported by both an experienced Deputy Headteacher and the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance which is based at the school. All Lead Practitioners have responsibilities both within and beyond their department and therefore the role provides outstanding professional development opportunities as well as providing an excellent opportunity for an ambitious colleague to develop their leadership skills further.

The Science Department has a strong track record of success built upon a strong and engaging curriculum. Pupil outcomes are consistently above the national average. The department have benefitted from significant investment in recent years and the school now boasts 9 well equipped and modern laboratories. This is an excellent opportunity for a forward-thinking colleague who is passionate about Science and professional development to harness their leadership skills in a supportive and dynamic school and Trust.

Why William Edwards School?

William Edwards is a large, successful, harmonious and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong with core subjects consistently performing well. However, life at William Edwards is about so much more than just GCSE outcomes and we understand and value the importance of pupil-centred education and a wide curriculum offer. We are proud of our national reputation for sport, the arts are extremely strong and we are proud to boast the largestDuke of Edinburgh Award cohort in the East of England. We are one of only a small number of secondary schools nationally to hold both theArtsmark Platinum and the Youth Sports Trust Gold Award for our work in these diverse fields.

Following the school's most recent inspection in May 2019, Ofsted said that "pupils who spoke to inspectors were effusive about their experience in school" and were are delighted that our recent inspection captured our considerable strengths in teaching, pastoral care, behaviour, pupil support and curriculum. We are pleased that these 'cornerstones' of high quality education remain strong at the school.


This is an exciting time to join SWECET. 2020 will see the Trust grow to 6 schools with the opening of the new Orsett Heath Academy which will grow to accommodate 1200 pupils. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

• Competitive salaries with a defined benefit pension scheme

• Personalised CPD plan supporting your professional development and career progression in an expanding Trust.

• Comprehensive training and development opportunities supported by the Thurrock Teaching School

• A health and wellbeing package

• Reduced gym membership at the school

• Relocation package including up to 6 months' free accommodation

• Two week October half term

If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Headteacher or arrange a visit, please email recruitment@swecet.org.

Please return your letter of application and completed form to:

HR Department

c/o William Edwards School

Stifford Clays Road



RM16 3NJ

Email recruitment@swecet.org

South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Information about the School

William Edwards is a very popular, oversubscribed 11-16 school, judged 'outstanding' by OfSTED. It is the strategic lead school for the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance and is part of the growing South West Essex Community Education Trust. Pupil outcomes across the school are significantly above the national average.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Information about the school

Contact Information

Lorraine Montague
Stifford Clays Road, Stifford Clays
Essex, RM16 3NJ
Telephone: 01375 486000
Email: montaguel@swecet.org

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