Job Vacancy: Teacher of Physics & Chemistry (Maternity Cover) at Redmaids’ High School

There is currently a job vacancy for a Maternity Cover Teacher of Physics and Chemistry at Redmaids’ High School in Westbury-on-Trym.

Redmaids’ High School is the leading independent day school for girls in Bristol and one of the leading schools in the South West and was formed following the merger in 2016 of The Red Maids’ School and Redland High School.

It is a member of the Girls’ School Association and is the oldest surviving girls’ school in Great Britain having been established in 1634. The school provides a modern, stimulating and caring environment in which girls of academic ability thrive.

The Redmaids’ High School has an impressive academic record. In 2017 72% of A level passes or IB equivalent were A*, A or B and 65% of GCSE passes were A* or A. Most girls go on to leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge. In 2009, the School became an IB World School and began teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Staff and governors of the school are united in a vision of progressive education, which provides the highest standards. In particular, we are committed to the roles of young women in the 21st century. The highest standards of personal achievement are encouraged in the context of a warm and supportive community. Equal emphasis is placed on independence and co-operation; individual achievement and collaboration; achieving qualifications and taking part in extra-curricular activities.

On the edge of the city of Bristol the school occupies a spacious and leafy site, with excellent road and rail links. There is a continuous programme of development and in recent years this has provided a new Sports Hall and a Performing Arts Centre.

ICT facilities, a wireless network and a VLE provide Information Technology access throughout the school, and are an important channel for communication and independent learning. Most classrooms enjoy internet access, and electronic white boards.

Individually owned iPads are used widely and there are also bookable class sets. Since September 2014 all new Year 7s have their own iPad. In March 2011, an impressive new Sixth Form Centre was opened encompassing common room, study room, careers room, additional seminar rooms and café.

The school has recently completed a two-phase development project. Phase I, which was completed in September 2014, involved a new library, refurbished dining room and a re-designed school entrance. Phase 2 entailed the complete rebuilding of the Assembly Hall as a Performing Arts venue with additional classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, music practice rooms and a bar and reception area for performances. This spectacular new building, Redland Hall, opened on 7 September 2017: it is a symbol of the School’s strength and ambition, and will be a powerful magnet throughout Bristol’s performing arts community.

Mission Statement:

Redmaids’ High School aims to provide an educational experience for students in which intellectual development, academic success and pastoral care are complemented by high quality performance in the arts, sport and co-curricular activities

The school aims to develop the academic ability of girls from many different backgrounds and cultures and to fulfil their potential by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a changing world.

It is our aim that girls here will be happy, independent and ambitious students who enjoy learning and who are able to make a positive impact on their world.

We encourage them in their social, personal, moral and spiritual development and we foster a sense of community through a friendly and caring environment.

These aims are underpinned by a commitment to their professional and personal roles as young women connected to a global society, and by a strong awareness of their unique founding cultural heritage and traditions.

Person Specification:

  • An outstanding teacher with the ability to teach Physics and Chemistry to A level and or IB, and have excellent subject knowledge
  • Evident commitment to the achievement of students in curricular and non-curricular activities
  • Clear vision about the part played by enrichment in education
  • Excellent awareness and understanding of whole school issues
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Proven ability to work well independently and show successful initiative
  • Success at working in teams
  • Exceptional communication skills both orally and in writing
  • A creative and successful track record of problem solving
  • Excellent relationships with staff, students and parents
  • Experience of participating in and leading trips will be an advantage

About the Department:

The Science Department consists of ten full-time and five part-time members of staff. The Science Department also has the services of two full-time and two part-time technicians. There are seven science laboratories, five of which have been recently redesigned, and a shared Science / Art teaching room. The department is well-resourced and there is a staff workroom adjacent to the laboratories. Examination results in all three sciences have been impressive for many years, and numbers in the Sixth Form teaching groups are healthy.

During Years 7 and 8, the girls are taught in mixed-ability tutor groups. They follow a bespoke two year KS3 curriculum which provides a wealth of practical-based material and extension work for the more able. In Year 9 they are taught in setted groups, with the three sciences being taught separately. All students are prepared for IGCSE Sciences and the vast majority take Triple Science at the end of Year 11. In the Sixth Form, there are teaching sets in both A level and IB Biology. At all levels the emphasis is on practical work with an increasing trend towards incorporating ICT into the teaching. We run trips to events at the University of Bristol and ‘We the Curious’ and a fieldwork learning exercise on Exmoor. Our extra-curricular activities include a thriving Science Society and a Dissection Club!

This is an exciting opportunity for us to appoint a lively, well-qualified individual to join a committed team in an active, busy and successful department. The post would suit either an experienced teacher looking for a new challenge or an ambitious newly qualified teacher.

Particular duties of all subject teachers at The Red Maids’ School include:

  • Maximise the learning opportunities for each student by employing a variety of teaching and learning approaches, and setting and marking work regularly.
  • Differentiate teaching according to the special educational needs of students.
  • Plan, prepare in advance and keep records of lessons and schemes of work.
  • Contribute to the development of the department by regular attendance at departmental meetings; contribute to and adhere to the schemes of work of the department; provide and use relevant lesson plans and accept advice and instruction from the Head of Department.
  • Record student attendance and absence in every lesson.
  • Fulfil the established assessment, recording, profiling and reporting systems of the school.
  • Take part in the arrangements made by the school for the appraisal of all staff.
  • Take part in arrangements for further training and professional development as required
  • Maintain good order and discipline among all students of the school, safeguarding their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.
  • Make use of the school Rewards and Sanctions Policies
  • Liaise with the Form Tutor, Pastoral Head and Head of Department as appropriate over any students causing concern, using the green Academic Concern slips
  • Prepare students for public examinations; record and report such assessments; participate in arrangements for supervision during such examinations.
  • Arrive promptly for the school day and for lessons.
  • Give early notice to the Headmistress in the case of unavoidable absence through sickness or other causes and indicate work for classes to follow. Mark such work on return.
  • Undertake supervision duties in accordance with the rotas published in school.
  • It is the expectation that all subject teachers will also act as form tutors or assistant form tutors.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of all students in and visiting the school.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties associated with the role, as requested by the Headmistress.

The Red Maids’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In accordance with its Child Protection Policy the school is unable to process applications without a fully completed application form.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. All convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’ must be declared when applying. The applicant may post such a declaration in an envelope marked ‘Private & Confidential for the Headmistress only’.

All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


A letter of application detailing in full your suitability for and interest in the role together with a completed application form should be addressed to the Headmistress, Mrs Isabel Tobias, and sent to Mrs Jenny Bell, Headmistress’s PA, Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW,, no later than 9am Monday 19th February 2018.