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Teacher of Science Biology or Chemistry Required from September 2014


Welcome to our information booklet for the post of Teacher of Science (Biology or Chemistry). It is designed to give a flavour of life here as a teacher at JCG, provide information to support your application and, with the College website, provide you with a snapshot

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the myriad of varied activities that take place each day in college. Founded in 1880, JCG has been at the forefront of girls' education in Jersey for over 125 years and has a well deserved reputation for academic excellence and service to the island community. Our students thrive on expert teaching, state of the art facilities and a vast range of extra-curricular, enrichment and expedition activities. They are enterprising, friendly and ambitious and they have wonderful purpose, energy and sense of service to others. Our staff care and are dedicated, creative and talented. Our exceptional academic results are a testimony to the personal and collective success of all at JCG. From here, our students go on to study at good universities, both in the United Kingdom and across the world. Each day we strive to deliver the very best educational experience for our students. This experience should deliver outstanding academic achievement and, more importantly, nurture someone who is happy, well mannered and able to find fulfilment in one’s service to others. Inevitably, an information booklet and website can only partially reflect the reality of College life. I look forward to meeting short-listed candidates in May 2014 where interviews will take place at Jersey College for Girls. At interview, candidates will meet our students and staff, and experience the warmth, vitality and ethos of intellectual curiosity that is JCG. It is a privilege to lead this remarkable school and I would encourage you to apply for this vacancy. Carl Howarth Principal


JERSEY COLLEGE FOR GIRLS JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title:

Teacher of Science (Biology or Chemistry or Chemistry)

Responsible to: Head of Science Remuneration: MPS Time Allowance:None The aim of all posts at JCG is to sustain and improve the quality of learning of the students in the College. Teachers work with the Principal, Vice Principal, Assistant Head teachers and other Senior Staff to promote educational opportunities, equality of opportunity and a quality working environment for both staff and students. As a teacher of Biology or Chemistry you will be a member of the Science Faculty and be proactive in curriculum development. Job Purpose Teach Biology or Chemistry effectively and ensure the discipline and safety of assigned timetabled classes and groups, meeting the varied and special educational needs of pupils. Plan, prepare, evaluate and modify personal teaching methods, work programmes and teaching materials as necessary to suit student needs. Mark and maintain records of students’ assessments in accordance with the Science Faculty, College and Education Committee policies and schemes. Promote Biology or Chemistry within the College. Promote the general progress and welfare of pupils in classes, groups or individually as part of the college’s pastoral and counselling arrangements. Assess and record pupils' personal and social needs, development, progress and attainment. Prepare students for investigative skills assessments; teach good practical techniques enabling students to develop both competent analytical and evaluative skills. Report on individual pupils and groups, consult and inform parents and co-operate with appropriate outside agencies in accordance with College and Education Committee policies and schemes. Contribute to and participate in corporate planning, self-evaluation, in-service training and professional development in assigned areas of the curriculum and pastoral arrangements, participate in related staff meetings and school events, including educational visits where appropriate. Liaise with colleagues, co-operate with them on teaching and assessment programmes, methods, equipment and materials within assigned areas of the curriculum, ensuring that appropriate administrative tasks are undertaken. Contribute and participate in the College’s pastoral, tutorial and guidance arrangements and undertake an appropriate share of the organisation and conduct of parental consultation and staff meetings. Accept an appropriate share of the administrative and organisational tasks within the department and the College, including providing support for teachers undertaking additional curriculum or pastoral responsibilities or holding senior posts.


Ensure the safety and good order of pupils by carrying out an appropriate share of supervisions whenever pupils are authorised to be on College premises or elsewhere when the school is in session. Undertake an appropriate share of all collective responsibilities including substitution for an absent colleague subject to guaranteed non-teaching time. Co-operate as required with teachers in other schools and colleges on curricular, pastoral and administrative matters. Person specification : An ideal candidate for this post will have: A high level of expertise and a passion for their subject. The subject knowledge to teach Biology or Chemistry at GCSE and A level and all Sciences at KS3 depending upon the curriculum requirements. The drive to create a safe, exciting and stimulating learning environment Strong interpersonal skills which display high levels of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult situations. The ability to evaluate and modify teaching and learning strategies to suit student needs. Good organisational, administrative and ICT skills. An ability to take responsibility and a proactive approach to problem solving A keen interest in supporting student learning The ability to work collaboratively, to model good practice and maintain high levels of confidentiality The ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines An ability to be able to demonstrate a strong understanding and commitment to the aims and ethos of the Science department and Jersey College for Girls This job description is subject to an annual review to ensure it meets the needs of the College.

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Ensure the safety and good order of pupils by carrying out an appropriate share of supervisions whenever pupils are authorised to be on College premises or elsewhere when the school is in session. Undertake an appropriate share of all collective responsibilities including substitution for an absent colleague subject to guaranteed non-teaching time. Co-operate as required with teachers in other schools and colleges on curricular, pastoral and administrative matters. Person specification : An ideal candidate for this post will have: A high level of expertise and a passion for their subject. The subject knowledge to teach Biology or Chemistry at GCSE and A level and all Sciences at KS3 depending upon the curriculum requirements. The drive to create a safe, exciting and stimulating learning environment Strong interpersonal skills which display high levels of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult situations. The ability to evaluate and modify teaching and learning strategies to suit student needs. Good organisational, administrative and ICT skills. An ability to take responsibility and a proactive approach to problem solving A keen interest in supporting student learning The ability to work collaboratively, to model good practice and maintain high levels of confidentiality The ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines An ability to be able to demonstrate a strong understanding and commitment to the aims and ethos of the Science department and Jersey College for Girls This job description is subject to an annual review to ensure it meets the needs of the College.

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Principal

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Science Faculty Head of Faculty / Chemistry- Ruth Lea - r.lea@jcg.sch.je Head of Biology—Jessica Wright—j.wright@jcg.sch.je The Science faculty is well established and highly successful. Our GCSE and A level results are some of the best in the College. All our students study for separate GCSEs in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Our percentage of A*-A grades at A2 and GCSE significantly exceeds the UK national average. The College has a highly successful sixth form and A level Sciences are a popular subject choice with the students; our numbers at AS and A2 level are good. From Year 7 Science is taught as separate subjects and, where possible by subject specialists. The programme of study in years 7 and 8 is written to challenge and support the introduction of iGCSE in Year 9. We follow the Edexcel specification for iGCSE and OCR for A level Sciences. The Science faculty is composed of 11 teachers which includes three Head of Subjects and two technicians and is housed in a separate building. The foyer is a well used computer suite for students. There are two prep-rooms and seven dedicated science laboratories, which are very well supported by two fulltime wonderful technicians, Bev and Claire. The support and collaboration within the faculty is one of our key strengths. There is strong sense of belonging and despite our busy lives we make time once a half term to go out for a meal together, which is organised by our very own social secretary Mr Steve Braithwaite (Teacher of Chemistry). The current staffing structure is as follows:  Biology—three full time teachers, all of whom have additional responsibilities within the College  Chemistry—three full time teachers, including the current Head of Faculty  Physics—three full time teachers, which includes a new member of staff from September 2014 who will be following the Jersey GTTP, and one part-time teacher. The Head of Physics also has an additional whole College responsibility. The Science faculty receives a good annual budget and funds are made available for each department when required. Ordering is carried out by a technician. The overall expenditure is monitored and evaluated by the Head of Faculty. Our students are motivated, enthusiastic and keen to learn. There is a strong collaborative atmosphere between teachers and students. We go out of our way to support and encourage our students, and informal subject mentoring in conjunction with tracking data is instrumental in the success for many of our girls. Our students enjoy taking responsibility and this well illustrated by their enthusiasm to assist with Open and Options evenings; demonstrating experiments and conversing with prospective students and parents. There is a successful and popular Science club organised and run by A level Science students for Year 7 students. We are passionate about our individual specialisms and embrace opportunities to be creative in the classroom and share ideas and resources with each other. We have high expectations of one another and of our students. Student progress is monitored by centrally held tracking documents for all year groups and out students use a well established subject specific ready reckoner in Years 11-13 to evaluate and track their own progress. We are the lead faculty in the use of BYOD. All Year 7 students have their own mobile device and are enjoying using IT creatively to support their learning. Each laboratory is equipped with an AppleTv for students to share their projects. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved extra curricula activities; trips and events are viewed as invaluable learning experiences. The Biology department runs a popular annual Biological expedition for Year 12 students. ‘Leading and managing the Science faculty at JCG is a challenging and yet wonderfully rewarding job. The staff are amazing, committed to the students they teach and extremely supportive of one another,’ Ms R Lea current Head of Science Faculty.


Why be a teacher at JCG ? The best testament about what it is like to be a teacher at JCG is the view of the teachers’ themselves. Last year the College gave out a questionnaire to all staff. The following quotes have been taken at random from the responses of individual staff to a question in the survey Question : What do you most like about your current job? 'I feel that there is a genuine desire to allow everyone to reach their full potential.' 'Inspiring students to succeed when they thought that they could not. Giving confidence and knowledge to students. Working with similarly motivated colleagues.' 'Opportunities to try something different, be creative. Teaching. Working in a great department. Excellent relationships with staff and students. Seeing students succeed. Running a department, making decisions.' 'The students I am privileged to teach and colleagues I am privileged to work alongside.' 'The students are endlessly engaging and their motivation to learn is exciting. My job offers constantly changing challenges and is certainly never dull! I feel supported by senior staff.' 'The fact that we all work together well as a team and we all support each other.' 'The potential of the students and their ability to embrace innovative teaching ideas and impress you everyday with their ideas and knowledge.' 'Working with the students and being part of what I see as a great team at JCG.' 'The supportive nature of my department and the lovely students who we teach.' 'The feeling that I'm making a positive difference in the classroom and in my wider responsibilities. I also like being part of a large and successful team.' 'Working with such talented and inspirational students.' --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Some comments from teachers ranging from those new to the College and those who have progressed their careers here : Felicity Williams is a new teacher at JCG - she joined the College in September 2013 and had this to say about joining the College: 'JCG - a teacher's utopia. I was welcomed and valued as a member of a fantastic team, as well as being afforded the trust to adjust the dynamics of my classroom from day one. This was an excellent foundation for the building blocks that follow. Setting aside the prestige and exemplary reputation of the school, JCG will aspire and motivate you to become the best role model for the students on both an educational and pastoral level. They identify that good grades alone don't prepare a young person for the world and enable you to engage on multiple levels to promote well rounded students. Ask and you shall receive: A multitude of resources and state of the art facilities are provided to equip you with the tools that you require in delivering the curriculum. There is always someone at hand to support you in your quest to be the best that you can be. The establishment will satisfy your professional development with a clear pathway to whatever your goal may be through utilising the wealth of experience and skill of those who work with you. Be under no illusions, 100% is required from every teacher at JCG, but here's the difference: You'll want to give nothing less and you will be rewarded and valued by your superiors, peers and most importantly, the hard working students.'


Ros Cleave started in 2005 I have taught at Jersey College for Girls for 9 years, starting in January 2005. I am originally from Bristol and taught there and in Swindon both as a full time DT teacher and on supply. During my teacher training I had the opportunity to spend 9 weeks teaching at JCG and said then if the opportunity ever arose I would come back so I was thrilled to be given the job. Since starting at JCG as a main pay scale DT teacher I have furthered my career and had an array of opportunities to extend my professional development. I am currently JCG’s Educational Needs Co-ordinator and have been in this whole school role for the past three years. Through this role I work with all other secondary schools, the education department and many companies on the island. Prior to this role I was Head of Key Stage 4 for just over 4 years. While at JCG I have achieved many professional accreditations including the National Award for SENCo, the CCET and I am currently on my second year of my master’s degree, all with the support of JCG and Jersey’s education department. Outside the confines of JCG there are many opportunities in Jersey itself. As an avid hockey player I have played for a local team for 8 years and represented the island for a year. My other main passion is singing and 3 years ago I became a member of the Progressive School of Music in Jersey and I have recently achieved my Grade 4 with distinction. I have made Jersey my home, bought a house, got married and had two children in my time here. The beauty of the island is definitely part of the draw, a seaview from my kitchen window and the fact you are never more than 10 minutes from a beach keeps me here and will do for the foreseeable future. Lisa Rheumer - started in 2001 I joined Jersey College for Girls as a Biology teacher in September 2001 and since then my career has progressed significantly. JCG has allowed me to develop my skills as a professional by supporting me to attend a wide range of courses and conferences, both on and off island, covering areas including critical skills, child protection, first aid, health and safety in the workplace, higher education and the examinations system. I have been given the opportunity to take on many different roles of responsibility with in the College, covering areas such as curriculum, pastoral, extra-curricular and administration and through these roles I have been able to develop my knowledge and experience and also discover which path I would like my career to follow in the future.

I have also been lucky enough to travel the world with JCG visiting countries such as Austria, Spain, Barbados, Cuba, Honduras, Madagascar and South Africa to take part in sporting and scientific activities with the students. JCG is a wonderful place to work and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this College; the students here are engaged and enthusiastic in all that they do and the staff are talented and dedicated to providing our students with the best educational experience possible.


Information on Jersey College for Girls www.jcg.je Please take a look at our website where you should find all the information you need on the College. However, indicated below are some of the things you might want to access immediately. Our Home page: www.jcg.je and online publications http://issuu.com/jerseycollegeforgirls will give you a good feel for life at Jersey College for Girls.

On our website, please do look at our: Our vision for a student at JCG - this outlines what our aspirations are for every student at the College and guides us in our day to day work with the students Our A level prospectus and our GCSE prospectus both outline our academic curriculum and are available to read from our homepage. By clicking on ‘About us’ you will be able to follow links to: College Prospectus - this will outline our Values of Aspire, Inquire, Excel, Belong which guide us in everything we do at the College. Academic results - where you will find a summary and the details of our 2013 results. You can get a better feel for the College by taking a virtual tour and browsing the media Gallery By clicking on ‘School Life’ you will be able to follow links to:  Curriculum - information on the Science faculty and Physics. Also all other aspects of the curriculum.  Extra curricular - with downloads for the Year 11-13 Enrichment programme and extra curricular activities  Inquiring minds lecture series - outlining how we aim to extend the learning of the students beyond the taught curriculum


How to Apply We are looking for a well qualified graduate of Biology or Chemistry; a talented and inspiring individual interested in developing a teaching career in a highly successful College. As a teacher you will have the opportunity to share your passion for Biology with extremely motivated students and be rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction. As a member of the College you will be encouraged to contribute to the development of the College and its students through a range of extracurricular opportunities; you will also be fully supported to pursue your own personal professional development and career aspirations. Jersey is a beautiful island and so you will also benefit from an exceptional working environment with lots of opportunities to enjoy life beyond school. Employment opportunities will give you access to documents outlining what you will need to know about working in Jersey. To see what it is really like to live on a beautiful island—click to watch the short Jersey Tourism 2014 TV Advert with our very own Alumni professional singer and song writer Nerina Pallot.. The post is available for September 2014. Salary up to £44,609 per annum, with progression through performance review to £49,522 per annum, in accordance with the Jersey Scale of Salaries. Jersey College for Girls is a school that constantly strives to excel in every area of school life and if you would like to be a part of our team please apply through States of Jersey by going to the www.gov.je website.

If you would like to speak with someone about this opportunity please get in touch with Mrs Kathryn Slater, Vice Principal at k.slater@jcg.sch.je or on 01534 516215. Applications are due by 16th May 2014 and interviews will be week commencing 19th May 2014.


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