Teacher of Physics

East Sussex
Boys (13- 18)
Girls (13- 18)
Full Boarding
Eastbourne College

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate to inspire & educate in this key academic area from Sept 2020. This is a chance to be part of a highly successful school community, located by the sea in the heart of a vibrant town.

Eastbourne College seeks to appoint an inspirational and enthusiastic, full-time Teacher of Spanish from September 2020. The right person will have a marvellous opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, where resources, buildings, colleagues and pupils all strengthen the process of teaching and learning.

The position would suit an NQT, an experienced teacher wanting to put his or her experience to use in a different context, someone returning to teaching, or a high-calibre graduate without a formal teaching qualification but with the right skills and vision to inspire and motivate young people. The Second in Department (Modern Languages) role may also be available to a suitably qualified and experienced candidate.

The College

Eastbourne College is a co-educational HMC independent school of just over 640 pupils, of whom half are full-time boarders. It is a strong community with excellent links with local schools and the remarkable town in which it is located.

Academic standards are very high with an average of over 80% of A-level grades being awarded A*, A or B in the last ten years. At GCSE approximately two thirds of all grades awarded are 9 to 7, A* or A. The College recruits from a wide ability range and value added outcomes are exemplary. The majority of College leavers enter higher education in leading universities at home or abroad.

The College is run as a seven day week, full boarding school. Day pupils share the same wide curriculum as boarders and enjoy equal access to the physical and human resources of the school. Day pupils can complete their prep in Houses; buses run at both 18:00 and 20:00 on weekday evenings.

We are proud of our rich cultural and sporting traditions. The Birley Centre is a hub of music practice, performance, composition and recording. There is an established partnership with Glyndebourne and links with Ballet Rambert, local artists and musical ensembles. College artists exhibit in London, actors have starred in film and TV; the Design & Technology department wins an extraordinary number of Arkwright scholarships. We have an enviable reputation for sport both regionally and nationally. Eastbournians frequently represent the county in hockey, rugby, cricket and netball; several old Eastbournians have gone on to achieve international honours. There are also thriving CCF, D of E and service programmes.

As we celebrated our 150th year, the College completed the most ambitious development project in its history. Project 150 saw the delivery of over 30 state of the art classrooms, ICT suites, a new swimming pool, café, school shop, dance studio, sports hall, squash courts, dining hall and fitness suite. We believe that the College has some of the best facilities of any school in the UK.

Eastbourne College places great emphasis on the importance of developing a school in which education is built on core values and positive, supportive relationships. These central qualities will endure long after a student moves on from the College. The five key values of participation, the pursuit of excellence, integrity, courtesy and kindness are, it believes, the bedrock upon which every child’s education should stand, providing them with the wherewithal to flourish both at school and beyond.

The Post

The successful applicant will be expected to teach Physics to pupils of all abilities throughout the school.

All members of the Common Room are expected to play an additional part in the boarding life of the College, e.g. by acting as tutors in one of the day or boarding houses, by offering their expertise in coaching team sports, or contributing to music, drama, debating etc.

The College has its own salary scale and the successful applicant will be placed on the scale at a level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Accommodation may be available for single or married applicants, including those with families. Teachers benefit from a generous rate for the education of their own children, and there are similar arrangements with St. Andrew’s Prep.

The Department

Eastbourne College enjoys state-of-the-art science facilities in our award-winning Science Centre, recently built as part of the school’s ambitious development programme. All three departments consist of four modern laboratories, each equipped with separate teaching and practical work areas. All have interactive whiteboards or touch screens, full AV facilities and both wired and wireless network connections. Project rooms and an IT suite are also available.

The Physics department is generously resourced and a strong emphasis is placed on learning experientially through extensive practical work. Physics forms part of the core curriculum, studied by all pupils as a discrete discipline up to the end of year 11.

All pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 take AQA GCSE Science, working towards three discrete GCSEs or Certificate Double Award, depending on their ability. Normally the top three sets of seven will take the Certificate exam, which is about 50% of the 120 pupils in each age group. Outcomes in public examinations are exceptional; over 91% of separate science grades were A* or A in the summer of 2017.

Sixth form physicists follow the AQA course and the department is consistently among the best performing in the school. There is a strong uptake of pupils choosing to study Physics at A level, currently with three teaching groups in both lower and upper sixth. There have been many successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge and a good number of our pupils have won national awards in Olympiad competitions. A-level physicists are frequently recognised as being among the highest performing in the country.

The department is well established and has four full-time and one part-time members of dedicated staff, supported by a full-time specialist technician.

Further Information


Job Details

  • Location: East Sussex
  • Term: Full-time
  • Closing Date: 14 April 2020
  • Salary: Competitive


School Details

  • Founded: 1867
  • Religion: Christian
  • Boys' Boarding: 160 (13- 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 140 (13- 18)
  • Total Pupils: 650 (310 in Sixth Form)