Job Description

Teacher of Biology 

September 2024

This is an exceptional opportunity for a new Teacher of Biology to join a flourishing boarding and day school, set on an attractive 100-acre campus and in a beautiful part of rural Surrey.

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 ability to offer a second subject such as Chemistry would be an advantage. For the right candidate, a Head of Biology opportunity may be available on a fixed-term, maternity cover basis.

The successful candidate will
• inspire and motivate pupils to achieve and develop their full potential
• work with the Head of Department to deliver effective, engaging and interesting subject teaching
• support the School’s expectation of excellent educational provision, safeguarding and promote the welfare of children

All full-time teachers have responsibility for academic tutoring of around 16 pupils. Part of the tutoring responsibility involves a duty evening in one of the Houses. All full-time staff also play a part in the co-curricular and pastoral life of the School according to their skills and aptitude: at King Edward’s a very wide range of sports, arts, community and other activities is offered, in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings. Although there are no lessons on Saturday mornings, the weekend programme is a busy one and all teaching staff should expect to participate in one way or another.

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, pool facilities, competitive rates of pay and substantially reduced school fees at both Barrow Hills and King Edward’s.  There may be single or family accommodation available on or close to the school campus, where the post-holder may choose to live at substantially reduced rates.

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: 9am, Monday 3rd June 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.