Department description and information for candidates:
1. Introduction and welcome by Head of Department including departmental
Leadership of science at St Crispin’s is forward thinking and innovative team
that provides a challenging and interesting learning experience which
enthuses and stimulates an enjoyment and appreciation of science. We have
high expectations of both students and staff in a developing department. Our
vision is to develop a collaborative and inclusive working environment, of
which the successful candidate will play a key role.
The successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time with the
development of our new purpose built science block, featuring 9 teaching
labs, including a super lab for team teaching and a fully serviced lecture space
that seats 120 students. In addition, St Crispin’s has recently recruited two
former Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs) as new leaders of Biology and
Chemistry who have brought fresh ideas and leadership to the department.
In this period of rapid change for science we aim to develop our students
understanding and appreciation of science to develop them into the well
qualified and rounded workforce and leaders of the future. The new facilities
open up many possibilities for how we can deliver this vision.
We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic new members to our team to
help us deliver our vision and shape the vision for the future.
2. Curriculum overview
We currently have a two year program at KS3 which is developing the ability
of students to work independently, explore science and communicate
Key stage 4 is started in year 9. At present we follow the AQA Science suit,
offering GCSE Science at the end of year 10, with the routes of GCSE
Additional Science, GCSE Further Additional Science and BTEC Applied
Science depending on the suitability of each qualification for the students.
Key Stage 5 offers GCE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics which all follow
OCR specifications.
3. Exam performance
Performance at GCE and GCSE Triple science is strong. In the next academic
cycle we will be developing our BTEC delivery to ensure we have the most
suitable courses available for our students.
4. Resources and rooming
In February of 2013 we moved to a £5 million brand new bespoke Science
block which is spectacular and offers:
 9 fully serviced and well-resourced teaching labs, equipped with interactive
whiteboards and data projectors, with the facility to connect mobile fume
 Break out zones and a covered science area for kinaesthetic learning
 A fully serviced lecture theatre seating 120
 2 prep rooms run by a team of 2 fulltime and 2 part-time technicians
 Science Intervention assistants (1 full-time equivalent)
5. Other information
The successful candidate will have an interest in developing their pedagogy
and taking a wider role in science, looking for opportunities to engage
students in science through wider learning activities such as STEM clubs and
events to enrich the curriculum.