Job Description

Head of Chemistry/ Head of Science

September 2024

This is an exceptional leadership opportunity for a new Head of Chemistry to join a flourishing boarding and day school, set on an attractive 100-acre campus and in a beautiful part of rural Surrey. The additional role of Head of Science may be available for the right candidate.

The School’s strapline “United by Diversity”, embodied inter alia in the uniquely diverse School community, provides the backdrop to a department that nurtures scientific insight, objectivity, and sensitivity in discussion and intellectual enquiry; we aim to teach how to think, not what to think.

This appointment is important for the continuing academic growth of the School, at an exciting moment following significant investment into new buildings, with growing pupil numbers and clear evidence of development in all areas of School life.

The role of Head of Science is available for an experienced and inspiring classroom practitioner who will already have academic leadership experience and who is now looking for the next step
in their career. They will take the lead in coordinating the Programmes of Study in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and will be eager to promote Science more generally within and beyond the School as an influential voice in the School academic leadership.

The successful candidate will
• possess the rigour and vigour to lead continual development, improvement, learning and renewal
• ensure that pupils’ learning is at the heart of their departmental leadership, and
• support pupils and colleagues to achieve their fullest potential, providing effective management, leadership and development to ensure a positive and forward-thinking workplace.

In return, we offer a rewarding environment, as well as a number of notable benefits such as free school lunches, free on-site parking, use of our schools’ gym and pool facilities & competitive rates of pay.

King Edward’s School is a co-educational boarding and day 11-18 school for some 470 pupils, around 30% of whom are full boarders. We are an HMC school and proud of our unique heritage and place among British co-educational independent schools.

To apply, please complete the Application Form or for further details, visit our website or contact the HR Department on HR@KESW.ORG or telephone 01428 686739. Closing date for applications: 12pm Monday 15th April 2024.

Applications will be considered on receipt and early application for this wonderful opportunity are recommended, as we reserve the right to interview and offer the position prior to the closing date.

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.  Please refer to our websites or ask HR for our child protection and rehabilitation of offenders’ policy.  All successful applicants will be required to complete an Enhanced disclosure through DBS.  Applicants from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.