Science Technician
The Leigh Academy

Job reference: 005121

Location: The Leigh Academy

Closing date: 05/09/2022

Salary: Actual salary £13,555 per annum (£22,428 full time equivalent)

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Technicians

Hours per week: 26 hours per week, Term Time + 1 week inset

Start Date: September 2022

​​​​​​​The Leigh Academy is seeking to appoint a passionate and motivated Science Technician to join us from September 2022. The successful candidate will provide technical support and assistance in the preparation and delivery of practical experiments. Our technicians play a key role in the smooth day-to-day running of our faculties so it is essential that our successful candidate is confident in providing technical assistance and student support in a classroom environment within this subject area. This position is ideal for those seeking a career in the teaching profession as we can support you through the process.

What we are looking for in our successful Technician:

  • An academic qualification, at least to A Level but preferably to degree level, within the science remit
  • If not an academic qualification, then experience working within a science-related role would certainly be sufficient
  • Practical experience within a school environment would be advantageous
  • Good organisation and communication skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently

What we can offer in return:

  • An excellent opportunity for those strongly considering a career in teaching as training routes may be made available in the future
  • The opportunity to work within a faculty where our established staff are incredibly passionate about their subject area
  • The opportunity to work in brand new, high spec labs
  • The opportunity for training and development

Duties will include setting up equipment in a laboratory environment for practical lessons, the safe disposal of chemicals, responsibility for ionisation and radioactive materials, stock taking, retrieving and putting away equipment along with any other duties deemed necessary by the Faculty. Ideally, candidates should possess a good working knowledge of COSHH & CLEAPSS in order to maintain compliance with Health and Safety Regulations at the academy.

The basis of this role is permanent, Term Time + 1 week of inset, 26 hours per week with an actual salary of £13,555 per annum (£22,428 full time equivalent).

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Working with us at The Leigh Academy: The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. Overall the academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic leadership team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages of their career.  As the flagship academy of Leigh Academies Trust we have an inspirational building hosting modern technology and great facilities. We ensure that our students are prepared both academically and socially for their futures. We ensure that students’ talents and interests are nurtured through our broad and balanced curriculum, in particular through the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Years 7, 8 and 9, having been accredited as an IB World School in December 2020 for our Key Stage 3 curriculum, and previously in 2017 for our International Baccalaureate Careers Pathway in Key Stage 5, which sits alongside our offer of A Levels and BTECS. We take pride in being the first school in the UK to have been awarded The Healthy Minds School kite mark, in recognition of successful involvement in the Healthy Minds curriculum delivery, demonstrating a commitment to the personal development of students and staff. 

We strive for excellence in all that we do whilst ‘Opening minds to Success’. This is reflected in our dedicated staff and our consistent approach to teaching and learning to ensure all of our students are happy, successful and resilient to the challenges they face. Our intention is to work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that students of all abilities, interests and talents are given every opportunity to be part of our inspiring, challenging and supportive community. We work hard to ensure all staff are supported in their current and next stage of their career journey, ensuring staff are able to access NPQ courses and other further training opportunities within the Leigh Academies Trust and externally. 

Everyone who visits us is impressed by our students, the working atmosphere, the sheer sense of enjoyment in the learning process and the strong focus on achievement.

Please click here to view our website and learn more about The Leigh Academy.




Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2030 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Click here to view the range of benefits available to all LAT staff. 

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units.  All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.  

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.


 

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