Teacher of Physics

Required from 1 September 2018 or earlier

Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years.  Our uniquely broad curriculum provides challenge in the classroom, on the sea and on the mountain, on the stage and on the sports field, and enables students to discover the truth in our motto – Plus Est En Vous – there is more in you.  Situated on the stunning Moray Firth, with its sunny microclimate, the school offers a superb quality of life for staff and their families

The School

Gordonstoun is located in an impressive and attractive 150 acre estate in the temperate climate of Moray. It is six miles from Elgin which has a British Rail main-line station.  Inverness or Aberdeen, to which there are regular flights from most UK airports, are within one and two hours respectively, and there is straightforward access on good roads to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

The Senior School has almost 500 students aged 13 to 18, most of whom are full boarders.  The School has been fully co-educational for thirty seven years.  Aberlour House, the Junior School situated on the same campus, has over 100 pupils aged 6 -13.  Each year approximately 60 students join at Year 9 (13 plus) and 60 come into the Sixth Form.  Approximately a third of the students are resident in Scotland, a third in other parts of the United Kingdom and a third in other parts of the world, reflecting our international ethos.

The School is also known for the wide range of activities, which it provides for its’ students throughout the School.  It has first-class facilities for these activities which include all the usual subjects and sports as well as outdoor education, expeditions and seamanship and a wide variety of rescue and community services.  The creative life of the School as a whole, including Music, Art, Drama and Dance, is vibrant, well-developed and central to both the life and ethos of Gordonstoun.  The School has significant and advanced facilities in Information Technology.  There are many opportunities to contribute beyond the classroom and involvement in school life in the broadest sense is expected from all members of staff.  The successful applicant will have skills and ideally qualifications to contribute to the broader curriculum.

The teaching staff come from a variety of backgrounds and is united in their belief in the holistic ethos of the School.  There is a real community amongst the staff and Morayshire is a delightful place to live.  Staff are deeply committed; holidays are long - four months in the year - but during term staff work throughout the week, including Saturday morning teaching and occasional weekend commitments.  The variety and range of activities, coupled with a real commitment to work and the involvement of all staff in pastoral care, as tutors in a boarding house, reflect the School’s family environment and its aim to educate the whole person.

Outline

Gordonstoun is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative Teacher of Physics to join this excellent department.  The ability to teach physics to GCSE and A level standard is essential and experience of delivering biology or chemistry to GCSE would be desirable.  You will be someone who can enthuse students and promote the importance of science to the young people of Gordonstoun, in order to help them gain formal qualifications and aid them in taking their place as twenty-first century international citizens.  All candidates should be registered or eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, as this is a condition of employment.

Science at Gordonstoun

Science is taught separately by specialist teachers in each of the science departments.  The majority of students currently follow the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Combined Science course, with a class in each of years 10 and 11 following separate sciences at GCSE (again following the Edexcel 9-1 course).  The sciences are popular at A level.  The physics department currently follow Edexcel’s A level specification.  Each of the science departments has a Head of Department and the teaching of science is managed by a Head of Science, who is one of the department Heads.  Each department has its own suite of laboratories and the departments are well-resourced, each with a technician whose responsibility is exclusively to support that department’s teaching staff.

Background

Teaching and Learning are the central activities in the School and all heads of curriculum areas play a key role in pursuing the highest standards of teaching and learning in their subject in line with the cultural ethos and mission statement of the School.  This job description below outlines the responsibilities of the post of Teacher of Physics within the Science Department.  It is intended to be a helpful document which gives as clear a guide as possible, not only to assist a colleague by acting as a checklist, but also to make other staff aware of what their colleague’s responsibilities are.

Main Activities of the Teacher of Physics

Curriculum:

Contribution within the Science Department:

Students:

Resources and accommodation

Whole School Responsibilities:

Community Responsibilities:

Safeguarding children

Conditions

The salary will be at an appropriate point on the Gordonstoun salary scale.

Teaching staff are eligible for membership of the Scottish Teachers Superannuation Scheme.

These notes are for general information only and the appointment will be subject to signature of formal conditions of employment.  Candidates wishing to be considered for this post should complete the school’s application form (Word or PDF format) and submit a letter of application outlining why they feel they are suitable candidates for this post to the Headmaster or email to recruitment@gordonstoun.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 26 January 2018. 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Experience

Essential: Experience of teaching up to GCSE (or equivalent) Physics in a secondary school; Experience of teaching and familiarity with A Level (or equivalent) Physics
Desirable: Experience of teaching and familiarity with GCSE (or equivalent) Chemistry and/or Biology
Assessment Method: Interview and teach a lesson

Education and Qualifications

Essential: Good first degree in Physics or closely related Engineering discipline; Postgraduate Certificate in Education or equivalent in secondary education; Meets requirements to register with the GTCS
Desirable: Further qualifications; Already registered with the GTCS
Assessment Method: Interview; Sight of qualifications at interview

Skills/Abilities (general)

Essential: Good IT and multimedia skills; Good inter-personal skills; A willingness to be involved with the broader activity programme of the school
Desirable: Have an understanding of, and commitment to, the general values and ethos of the school; A commitment to doing the best for students from diverse cultural backgrounds; Specific qualifications or skills relating to one or more areas of the broader activity programme
Assessment Method: Interview; References

Skills/Abilities (specific to post)

Essential: Ability to organise and teach groups of students at all levels of ability; Ability to motivate students; Ability to improve student attainment; Ability to employ appropriate differentiation; To engage and  enthuse students in Physics; The ability to be able to carry out the role of tutor effectively
Assessment Method: Teach a lesson; Interview; References

Interpersonal and social skills

Essential: In good health
Assessment Method: Interview

Safeguarding

Essential: Suitable to work with children; A full PVG check will be completed on the successful candidate
Assessment Method: References

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