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Teacher of Physics (Fixed Term Contract)

Brighton College
Brighton, East Sussex
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Closing date
19 Feb 2024

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Education, Secondary
Contract Type
Contract, Fixed term
Full Time

Job Details

The Department
Since January 2020 the department has been based in Brighton’s new £55 million School of Science and Sport. Amongst a host of other world-class facilities, the building includes six dedicated physics laboratory spaces, and ample administrative and technical workspace for staff. The department has a well-resourced preparation room with its own dedicated technician. In recent years PASCO wireless data logging equipment has been purchased to aid with practical work and demonstrations.

The team consists of 7 members of staff (including the Head of Department, and a Deputy) from a diverse range of backgrounds, including research and industry. The subject is taught as a separate science at KS3, and all pupils study all three sciences at GCSE, with the vast majority on the separate science pathway. We currently have 137 pupils studying the subject at A-level. At present we follow the Edexcel 9-1 syllabus for GCSE and the AQA syllabus for A-Level. Results in recent years have been excellent, with pupils achieving 97% Grades 9-7 at GCSE and 98% A*-B at A-Level, with 86% Grades 9-8 at GCSE and 85% A*-A at A-Level in August 2023.

The department also has a comprehensive Oxbridge programme, where pupils have secured 18 offers in physics and related subjects in the past 3 years. The department aims to achieve the highest academic standards and results by instilling a desire to understand and question the complexities and workings of the universe.

By taking pupils beyond the constraints of the syllabus, the department aims to develop their problem solving and analytical skills in preparation for the rigours undergraduate study. In recent years, pupils have achieved an abundance of awards in the British Physics Olympiad competitions and have represented the UK at the International Physics Olympiad. The department also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as a weekly Science Club, SCUBA physics and an annual trip to CERN.

The Role
The successful candidate will be expected to teach physics across the curriculum, from Year 7 to A-level. An ability to contribute towards the department’s extension programme, including a willingness to support pupils with applications to leading universities (including Oxbridge), will be a distinct advantage.

All teachers within the department are expected to assist in the development of teaching resources which are shared collaboratively.
All teachers at Brighton College are also expected to contribute to the school’s pastoral system, generally as a tutor in one of our 14 day or boarding houses. There is also an expectation that all teachers will contribute to the cocurricular life of the school, through the extensive Games programme, and/ or through the leadership of one of over 100 school societies.

Candidates are encouraged to point to interests and enthusiasms as part of their application. All teachers will have the benefit of guidance by an experienced mentor, whose role it will be to provide support during their probationary period. Thereafter, all teachers are supported to regularly participate in continuous professional development.

Safeguarding responsibilities:
• This role will involve daily contact with pupils and you will be engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
• All staff and volunteers have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.

For full details of the role, please see the Job Profile Document below.


Brighton College is one of the UK’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex.

The College was recently named ‘England's School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times. The award was given on the basis of our exceptional examination results as well as our fundamental emphasis on kindness and social engagement.

The Sunday Times also named Brighton College ‘England’s Independent School of the Year 2019’, the second time in a decade the school has won this accolade. The Week magazine named Brighton College ‘Most forward-thinking school in Britain’ for two years running in 2017 and 2018. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of ‘Head Master of the Year 2012-13’, and Brighton College was named UK ‘Independent School of the Year 2013- 14’ at the Independent Schools Awards. The last full ISI inspection in 2015 awarded the College the top grade in every category including ‘Exceptional’ for teaching and learning.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School, St Christopher’s School and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain, Brighton College Dubai and Brighton College Bangkok, with Brighton College Singapore the most recent addition, having opened in September 2020.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, including the new £55m School of Science and Sport which opened in January 2020, which includes eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track. Other recent additions include two new boarding houses, a state-of-the-art Music School and the Yeoh Building, a teaching building which includes 22 classrooms for maths, history, economics, politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre, opened in 2017.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place where staff and pupils feel fulfilled and purposeful. We are proud to have taken a progressive stand on diversity, equality and inclusion and we are committed to furthering this agenda through our teaching, and all aspects of the life of the school. We are a member of the School Inclusion Alliance and an important aspect of our vision for education is to increase diversity among our teaching staff to enrich all aspects of the life of the College and provide diverse role models for all pupils. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are welcoming and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and kind.

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01273 704386
Eastern Road
East Sussex

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