Head of Science (with Secondment to wider SLT)

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About the role

Birchwood is a successful 11-18 mixed school with 1400 students on roll. We are very proud of our all-ability school, where students not only leave with strong academic qualifications but also as well–rounded individuals with a sense of responsibility.   

We have:

  • Engaged and motivated students
  • 200 talented and hard-working staff
  • Outstanding facilities for students and staff
  • A determination to raise standards for all
  • A belief in comprehensive values
  • A commitment to professional development and staff well-being

The Science Faculty is well led and achieved its best ever GCSE results in 2017 with 75% achieving 2 or more A*-C grades (DfE Top 25th Centile).  A-Level results were equally impressive (DfE Physics Value Added +0.5 Biology +0.3 Chemistry +0.2).  Consequently, Sixth Form uptake is strong with good progression onto Russell Group Universities to study Medicine or Science-related degrees

We are therefore looking to appoint a committed and dynamic leader who can join an otherwise fully staffed science faculty to manage and lead all aspects of the Science curriculum and support our aim to be a great school. This is a position that would suit someone looking for their first senior position in middle leadership or a more experienced Head of Science looking to expand their whole school involvement through their involvement in Senior Leadership.

We offer an effective and supportive induction and professional development package, available for all teachers as part of the school's commitment to a holistic learning community.

To download an application pack please visit our website www.birchwoodonline.co.uk or email:  recruitment@birchwoodhigh.org.uk.


Closing Date – Friday 26th April

Interviews – Thursday 1st May

If you wish to make an informal visit, we would be pleased to accommodate this.

We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expect all staff to share this commitment.  The post is subject to an enhanced DBS.



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Contact details

Birchwood High School , Headteacher
Parsonage Lane Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire CM23 5BD

Telephone: 01279 655936
Fax: 01279 757459
Email: recruitment@birchwoodhigh.org.uk
Website: www.birchwoodonline.co.uk