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Head of Physics

Required: 1 January 2021 or earlier if available
Salary Range: MPS / UPS with TLR
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: Midday on Friday 8 October 2021
Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 11 October 2021

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is a thriving and vibrant Specialist Sports College and a leading school in the local area.  We are seeking to appoint an innovative, enthusiastic and ambitious Head of Physics. We require someone who is totally passionate about physics and teaching. Our success as a school is known to be rapidly improving and in particular our science department is a proud asset of our strong and cohesive school community.

Over recent years, our energetic science team have nurtured our students into highly studious and enthusiastic scientists. We have very large uptake for GCSE Separate Sciences and even more so in our A-level and BTEC Science programmes. We have a reputation for success in the local area and, for several years now, have proudly achieved and maintained positive progress 8 and positive value added scores figures at both KS4 and 5.

As well as our excellent academic performance in external examinations, we are also immensely proud of the destinations that our students go on to post-KS5. Examples of just some of the courses many of our most recent students have gone onto study are:

  • Natural Sciences at Cambridge University
  • Natural Sciences at University of Durham
  • Aerospace Engineering at University of Manchester
  • Engineering at University of Liverpool
  • Electrical Engineering at University of Liverpool
  • Medicine at Cambridge University, University of Liverpool, University of Glasgow, University of Manchester
  • Genetics at University of Liverpool
  • Dentistry at University of Manchester, University of Liverpool
  • Chemistry at University of Liverpool
  • Pharmacy at University of Belfast, University of Liverpool

As well as offering a comprehensive curriculum of GCSE’s and A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we also offer BTEC Applied General Science and BTEC Applied Human Biology. We also offer a full programme of extra-curricular support including peer-peer tuition, outreach work with various universities, scholar’s programmes with Imperial College London and The Brilliant Club and much more. These all contribute to the development of the well-rounded and academically successful scientists that we produce and who proudly graduate from our sixth form college each year.

Our team works collaboratively in the planning and development of our curriculum which means that the successful candidate will work in a team sharing ideas and planning an area of the curriculum. This has been really powerful in reducing our workload within the department.

The successful candidate will teach years 12 and 13 A-level Physics and may also teach GCSE Physics in years 10 and 11. There will also be responsibility for leading and developing the physics curriculum in the department where you will be able to implement your own ideas and impart your expert knowledge upon the rest of the team through collaborative planning and leading of CPD sessions for other department members.

Pay and TLR for head of physics responsibilities will be discussed at interview. There will also be possibilities for curriculum development and planning time built in to the successful candidate’s timetable.

If this advert incorporates your strengths and interests and you wish to be part of our extremely successful and constantly evolving team, then please see below on how to apply.

How to apply:

Job description, person specification, application form code of conduct – Safer working practice guidance , Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 form, consent to obtain reference form, Disqualification Policy, memorandum of appointment of teachers declaration, model reasonable adjustments statement are available on the school website at

If selected for interview you will be given a tour of the school as part of the interview process, so you can see first-hand all that we have to offer.

Email all relevant signed forms, application form and covering letter to Lynn Lewington ( by midday, Friday 8 October 2021 with interviews to take place week commencing Monday 11 October 2021.

Applicants from overseas outside the EEA should obtain an overseas criminal check before applying for a visit as the post is in an education sector.

Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare. This post is subject to all the relevant pre-employment checks set out in “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, including an enhanced DBS certificate with a barred-list check.