Senior Science Technician

Paxman Academy, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC0-150S Position Type: Technicians Pay Range: Scale 5 Spine 8-11
Position Start Date: 01/09/2022 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 30/06/2022 Midday Date of Interviews: To be confirmed  

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Paxman Academy

Senior Science Technician

Pay: Scale 5 Points 8-11

To start: 1st September 2022

Hours/Weeks: 37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as part of a welcoming, talented and highly motivated team. We require a Senior Science Technician who will support the learning needs of students by providing technical and resource leadership to the Science department. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, a keen desire to learn and the ability to be part of a team. Training will be given where appropriate but experience of working in a fast-paced environment will be desirable.

Paxman Academy opened to Year 7 students in September 2019 and is a co-educational, fully comprehensive 11-16 Academy with a PAN of 180. It is a heavily oversubscribed school which is held in high regard in the community.

The role will involve:

● To oversee the general running of the science teaching and preparation areas.

● To develop and maintain effective systems for the science technician team.

● To direct and adjust working arrangements for the team as appropriate to meet fluctuations in workload and ensure cover for absent colleagues as required.

● To identify, plan, co-ordinate and undertake team training requirements.

● To work in collaboration with the Head of Department to set and manage departmental budgets.

● To manage departmental equipment and materials and ensure appropriate stock levels are maintained.

● To ensure periodic and routine inspection and maintenance of departmental equipment and resources.

● To work in collaboration with the Head of Department to ensure risk assessments are carried out.

● To work in collaboration with teaching staff to disseminate work set for classes due to teacher absence.

● To ensure efficient preparation and organisation of equipment for lessons.

● To clean equipment and laboratories after lessons and any chemical spillages when they occur.

● To ensure the application of Health and Safety procedures and to raise awareness of H&S issues specifically in relation to laboratories.

We're looking for you if you have:

● Successful experience working in specialist technical area, possibly in a school environment

● NVQ Level 3/4 or equivalent qualification

● Good knowledge of school policies and procedures

● Ability to read and write complex and technical reports

● Excellent organisational skills

● Ability to remain calm under pressure

● Excellent understanding of Health & Safety legislation and procedures relating to specialist area

● Ability to advise others

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline).

What we can offer:

● A competitive Salary;

● Employee benefits: Pension Scheme, Holiday Pay, Employee Assistance Programme;

● A full continuous Professional Development Programme;

● Training Opportunities through our membership of The Sigma Trust.

Additional Information:

For additional information about our school, please visit The Sigma Trust website

To apply for this post, please visit the below URL:

Please note that applications can only be accepted on the attached Sigma Trust Application form.

Closing Date: Midday Thursday 30th June 2022

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. A disclosure/status check will be sought from the Disclosure and Barring Service for the successful candidate.

Information about the School

Paxman Academy opened in September 2019 and admitted 180 Year 7 students in the first year.

Paxman Academy is committed to providing an ordered, stimulating learning environment in which all students are encouraged to achieve their best. It is determined that all students should be valued through the provision of a broad, relevant, balanced and challenging curriculum that caters for individual needs; this is encouraged within an atmosphere of mutual respect. The Academy recognises its role within the broader community. It is determined to maintain a STEM focus throughout the curriculum and across extended learning opportunities. It identifies learning as a lifelong process and values the contribution made by parents and others to the creation of a partnership. Within this partnership, and through learning opportunities provided, students will develop skills, attitudes and values that prepare them to accept the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.

Paxman Academy embraces the values of The Sigma Trust to ensure that all students will fulfil their potential and transform life chances for all.

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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Contact Information

Sigma Trust HR Team
Paxman Avenue, Colchester
Essex, CO2 9DQ
Telephone: 01255 750913