Teacher of Science – (Chemistry or Physics specialism an advantage)

Hours: Full time

Contract Type: Permanent

Washwood Heath Academy

Burney Lane


B8 2AS

Telephone number: 0121 675 7272

Email address: moreilly@washwood.academy

Job Start Date: January 2024

From January 2024, we are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dedicated, and exceptional practitioner. If you have a passion for science and want to inspire this in pupils and staff, our innovative, hard-working, friendly, and supportive team would like you to join us.

Washwood Heath Academy is a relatively new All Through Academy (Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form) in the East of Birmingham. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an established Science team and contribute to a department that seeks to provide a first-class education for all its learners. For all pupils to achieve academic excellence, we deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum where teachers are the experts and their role it is to convey their knowledge and expertise to pupils. We believe that all pupils are entitled to learn about ‘The best, which has been thought and said’ (Matthew Arnold).

Our school is in a central location, with wonderful and enthusiastic pupils, amazing staff who always go the extra mile for their classes. Our friendly, family feel is part of the reason that parents choose Washwood Heath Academy for their children. We are part of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust which is a family of local schools located within 15 minutes of one another: 4 Primary schools, 2 Secondary schools and 1 All-through school. This will give you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally with a fantastic Academy Trust that is very supportive and collaborative with a strong sense of community.

The Science Department at Washwood Heath comprises of approximately 17 staff and 3 technicians. We have 12 specialised Science laboratories & a track record of success at both GCSE and A-level. The department is enthusiastic and progressive, with teaching and learning at the heart of everything it does. We are exceptionally proud of the work we have done with the DfE in leading a pilot project in developing and building a knowledge-rich curriculum which is now in its third year.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Teacher of Science, preferably at Key Stages 3 and 4. There will be an opportunity to deliver Science lessons to our Primary pupils too. You will have an up to date understanding of research-based teaching and learning strategies to support curriculum development. As a positive role model to the whole school community, you’ll have a natural flair for developing practices that empower and motivate staff and students to become the best they can be.

In return, we will offer you:

• a collaborative and inclusive culture, where team members will upskill you and give you regular opportunities to learn from each other in a safe and collaborative environment, both within your schools and trust-wide

• an opportunity to undertake structured CPD via access to the National College online CPD platform and/or apprenticeships such as level 7 senior leaders masters, with regular twilights

• access to career pathways and pledge to help you plan for and make your goals a reality via our professional growth and performance (PPG) process

• a wellbeing culture, with paid and unpaid time off to support life events via our life leave policy, access to a wellbeing champion and the opportunity to participate in our annual staff wellbeing survey with Edurio, so we know and can respond to views

• access to 24/7 employee assistance programme (EAP), which includes confidential counselling, access to wellbeing advice and a lifestyle app called “My Possible Self”

• access to a suite of supportive policies, such as life leave, wellbeing, career break and family friendly

• access to a generous pension scheme known as the teachers’ pension scheme (LGPS)

• access to a comprehensive employee rewards package including Long Service Awards, employee referral scheme, cycle to work scheme and contribution to glasses and eye-sight tests for eligible display screen users

• opportunity to be part of key trust-wide collaborative groups such as the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI working group) and Wellbeing working groups, including menopause support and neurodiversity support

• onsite parking at all schools

If you would like to join an oversubscribed, forward-thinking academy with a strong vision, and a team of staff and students who share the commitment to its success then, we would welcome your application.

We welcome applications from experienced teachers and NQT’s. Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

If you can demonstrate that you possess the necessary experience, knowledge and qualifications and aspire to our vision and values then we would like to hear from you.

We value our people and are dedicated to making sure that everybody feels empowered to bring their authentic self to work.

We promise to treat all candidates fairly, consistently and with respect throughout the application, assessment, and selection process.

We are also “happy to talk flexible working” subject to the operational requirements of the role.

Closing date: 18 October 2023, 9:00am

Please click on the link to apply

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.


Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.


Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.


An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.



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