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Lead Practitioner Science/ STEM

This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.
Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£45,576 - £49,959
Heathcote School & Science College, Normanton Park, Chingford, London,
Working Pattern:
Full Time
32.5 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
28/02/2020 at 09:00 AM
Vacancy Description

Lead Practitioner Science/STEM

Lead Practitioner Scale 2-6 (£45,576 - £49,959) 

Are you looking for an exciting challenge and the chance to develop skills for a future career as a Senior Leader?

Do you have the vision to help develop and grow learning and teaching with a team of enthusiastic and talented staff? 

Heathcote School is an 11 – 18 School with an ambitious vision and plans to provide the best possible education for all young people in Waltham Forest – we are highly inclusive and our diversity is our strength.  The school is on a rapid journey of improvement ensuring the ‘good’ status (Ofsted 2018) is retained and for the school to ultimately become ‘outstanding’ in all areas.  This is an exciting time to be at a school in a stunning setting with unlimited potential.  In a recent survey, 96% of staff stated that they enjoy working at this school. 

The School Improvement Plan (2019-21) focuses on six key areas: 

  • Pupils are proud of Heathcote and self-regulate their behaviour both in and out of school creating a calm and orderly environment. These high standards are supported by robust structures, staff and pupil leadership and increased parental support to ensure exceptional behaviour, high levels of understanding and respect for all and highly positive attitudes
  • High quality CPD and line management enables Middle Leaders to be highly visible, develop a coherent vision and challenge and support staff to meet the highest possible standards in all areas
  • The broad and balanced curriculum is reviewed and developed to ensure we have the right intent, impact and implementation for our Heathcote learners at all levels; it is understood by all and ambitiously delivered to ensure all pupils achieve highly
  • Both in and out of class, tutoring, learning and teaching, work-related learning and other opportunities - including the pupil passport - are exciting, engaging and allow unique opportunities for all learners ensuring Heathcote provides extensive cultural capital
  • Robust monitoring and leadership of attendance enable pupils and their families to take responsibility for school attendance leading to attendance levels above the national average for all groups of pupils.
  • The financial deficit is reduced in line with robust targets by ensuring the best deployment of physical and human resources 

We are looking for a candidate to ensure all pupils make good or better progress by ensuring the highest quality learning and leadership of learning across the school with a particular focus on raising attainment and developing teaching in primarily Science, but also related STEM subjects.  We want to ensure our pupils have unparalleled opportunities to explore these areas in creative and exciting ways, ensuring the romance and rigour of these subjects both in and out of the classroom. Our Quality of Education Team is led by a Deputy Head and are committed to driving improvement in innovative and supportive ways ensuring all staff have real opportunities to develop in the profession. This is in line with the school vision of Encourage, Challenge, Succeed.  The successful candidate will work in the Science department and beyond supporting real deep change and sustainable practice in the school. 

The school puts well-being and development at the heart of its work and we have very talented staff who are encouraged to grow, develop and work collaboratively, within school and with local schools, and to be the best they can be.  We are working to ensure school improvement in a high challenge, low threat way and enable robust systems and structures to ensure consistency in all areas, encouraging the growth and development of all.  The school has excellent resources and a stunning site close to the forest.  

We aim to ensure our staff body reflects the diversity of our community and use blind-recruitment processes in our short-listing. We employ staff with diverse skills and backgrounds and this ensures that our policies and systems are always inclusive of all our stakeholders. We value and respect everyone’s identity and our Equality Information and Objectives Policy confirms our commitment to the 2010 Equalities Act. 

If you are interested, please look at our school website where you will find application forms and further information.  Please note should you wish to visit our school, a tour of the building will be taking place on Monday 24th February at 4pm.  If you would like to arrange a visit at an alternative time, please contact the School Office on 020 8498 5110. 

Completed application forms should be emailed to 

Closing date for receipt of applications:  Friday 28th February 2020 at 9am

Indicative date for interviews: Week commencing 2nd March 2020 

Please note: applications will be considered as they are received and we reserve the right to close this position before the date specified above.  We therefore urge candidates to submit an application as soon as possible.  

Heathcote School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

How to apply
Completed application forms should be emailed to