Key Stage 3 Science Technician

  • Job title: Key Stage 3 Science Technician
  • Job Type: Term Time plus 20 days
  • Salary: £20,670 p.a.
  • Department: Science
  • Reporting to: Assistant Head of Science
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: As soon as possible
  • Closing Date: 30 June 2023 at 5:00 pm
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Technician to join our friendly and dynamic Science faculty at Highgate School. We are looking for someone to take over as the Key Stage 3 Science Technician, where they will be responsible for preparing Year 7 and 8 experiments and equipment across the three science departments.

This job would suit an experienced science technician, although less experienced candidates are encouraged to apply and will also be considered.  Thorough training would be provided.


The Department

“A wonderful opportunity. Our Science Technicians have a tremendous wealth of expertise and do everything to support and train new staff”

Job Description
  • Overseeing Y7 & 8 Science curriculum but also assist with other curriculums when required
  • Ensure that the preparation rooms and labs are always clean and well organised
  • Liaise proactively with the other Science Technicians and Teaching staff to ensure daily preparation requirements are fully understood and met
  • Develop an understanding of the curriculum and what resources are required
  • Assist the teaching staff in the setting up of practical sessions and demonstrations, including computer and audio-visual equipment in accordance with teaching staff requests
  • Clear up after lessons to include the washing of used glassware, cleaning of benches and sinks and ensuring that materials and apparatus are returned to their correct place
  • Maintain apparatus and equipment in a clean and safe condition
  • Maintain tidy organised storage and labelling of apparatus and equipment
  • Repair, as far as reasonably possible, any faulty or damaged equipment
  • Undertake resource management/stock control including chemicals and order replacement equipment as necessary
  • Purchase teaching materials for lessons, such as seeds, household chemicals or animal parts
  • Undertake requisitioning and receipt of supplies and equipment
  • Maintain stores of departmental textbooks and store any which are not in current use
  • Ensure stationery is available in each lab
  • Support with paperwork including photocopying teaching materials and examination papers as requested
  • Maintain display areas and change posters on a regular basis
  • Check and record condition of utilities. Advise Maintenance Department of any necessary work and check that the work is carried out
  • Attend trips and visits where required
  • Carry out such other duties as may be reasonably requested from time to time
  • Assisting with classroom-based activities led by the teacher
Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Qualifucations/Experience
  • Essential:
    • A levels or equivalent qualification

    Desirable:

    • A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
    • Experience of working in the education sector
    • Experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Knowledge/Skills
  • Essential:
    • A responsible and conscientious approach, especially with regard to health and safety matters
    • Good numeracy and literacy skills
    • Basic IT skills
    • Capable of working on his/her own initiative
    • Ability to work calmly under pressure and multi-task
    • Ability to maintain high standard of workplace cleanliness
    • Ability to work well as a member of a team

    Desirable:

    • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding policies
    • Knowledge of appropriate use of laboratory equipment (including handling chemicals safely)
  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential:

    • A polite and friendly manner
    • Self-motivated
    • Ability to understand and adapt to the culture of an independent day School
    • Tour of the school
    • Coffee/lunch with colleagues
    • Formal presentation

Benefits

Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered – 21% employer contribution, with the ability to flex up to 11% of this as additional non-pensionable salary, employees contribute a minimum of 5%.

Personal development | Comprehensive induction support for new staff. Focus on continued professional development for all employees.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and dessert.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.


Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos


Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 30th June 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 17 April 2023

Contact: Recruitment Team are happy to answer any questions about this post

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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Inclusion

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make reasonable adjustments, please let us know of any disabilities (including neuro-divergence) when you submit your application.

Safeguarding

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy.  If whilst in the post, Highgate becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns to staff, pupils or the community; these will need to be followed up in line with the safeguarding policy and code of conduct which is underpinned by KCSE and other legislation. These concerns may need to be shared with other agencies.  A copy of these policies will accompany all offers of employment. Training will also be provided to all staff to support Safeguarding practice.

Please read before you apply

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview.

In accordance with the latest guidance from KCSIE, we shall be conducting online searches on any candidates who are shortlisted.

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