Head of Science & Engineering

Introduction to Forest Preparatory School

Forest Preparatory School is on the cusp of a very exciting development of the site, as final approval for an expansion and building project has just been given which will enable Forest’s provision to rise to a new and even more innovative level. Benefitting from the structure and the economies of scale it brings, Forest Prep School is a vital component of an all-through school which teaches pupils up to the age of 18. Currently 2-form entry from Reception to Year 6, Forest is expanding to increase the number of pupils starting at Reception and will, at full size, reach 325 pupils.

Our approach to a child’s educational experience is markedly different in many ways from other schools: Philosophy for Children, Engineering and Mindfulness sit alongside traditional subjects such as Maths, English and the Humanities; our Performing and Visual Arts and Sport provision is outstanding and provides tremendous opportunities for pupils to explore their interests.

The Leadership Team in the Preparatory School consists of the Head of the Prep School and Head of the Pre-Prep, the Senior Deputy Head and three Deputy Heads, Academic, Co-Curricular and Pastoral, the latter three posts reporting to the Senior Deputy Head.  The team is supported by Preparatory School administrative staff and works closely with the whole-school Senior Leadership Team.


Introduction to the role

A dedicated, well-qualified and inspirational Head of Science & Engineering is required to lead Science & Engineering throughout the Prep School in the 4-11 age range. The Head of Science & Engineering will oversee and assist with the planning, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of a school-wide Science & Engineering program. (S)he will collaborate with the leadership, and classroom teachers to plan, organise, and promote interdisciplinary Science & Engineering activities and expanded learning opportunities through the integration of successful strategies and multiple technologies.

This position will also promote high-tech learning, which will ensure that pupils go on to gain the necessary edge to compete and succeed in the global economy. Emphasis of all ongoing technology instruction will be in strengthening content learning while utilising technology to differentiate and enhance pupil learning. This position will encourage parent involvement in pupil learning through volunteering, parent involvement, etc., and will promote good community relations among all stakeholders.

This is an exceptional opportunity to inspire children to enjoy and be challenged by Science & Engineering within and beyond school hours. An outstanding teacher is needed to lead the school’s transformation and manage the teaching of Science & Engineering throughout the Prep School.


The successful candidate will

  • Inspire a love of Science & Engineering and foster problem-solving, scientific thinking and independent learning within the curriculum and beyond, through clubs, events and trips and through liaison with the local and national community
  • Have taught science in a Primary or KS3 environment, and knowledge of/interest in Physics and/or Engineering disciplines and new Technology
  • Be able to innovate to develop the curriculum content for Problem-Solving and Engineering within the current Science and Technology context
  • Have knowledge of current trends in Science & Engineering education, including constructivist pedagogy, performance-based standards and assessments and designing of Science & Engineering project-based, challenged-based activities;
  • Be able to demonstrate successful experience of leading new initiatives
  • Have a clear vision and ability to formulate and deliver a strategy
  • Be highly self-motivated, self-directed and attentive to detail with excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to high standards and outcomes
  • The capacity to inspire and motivate others – both adults and students


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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.


Applications close 01/02/2019 at midday

Interviews in week commencing 11/02/2019

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