Smestow School, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Grade 5 Points 15 to 19 £21,962.00 to £24,964.00 Pro rata
12 Mar 2018
20 Mar 2018
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Smestow School is seeking to appoint an appropriately experienced and qualified person to the advertised post. Based in Castlecroft, Wolverhampton, Smestow School was established in 1964 and is an 11-18 learning community with more than 900 on roll (including 150 in the sixth form). There is a strong commitment to comprehensive education and a focus on creating an environment that supports continual school improvement and the attainment of all students. The school was recently refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme and converted to Academy status when joining the Education Central Multi Academy Trust, sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton in 2014.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, ambitious and forward-thinking professional to support the school in its drive towards excellence. At Smestow teaching and learning are our core business and we never lose sight of the fact that what goes on in the classroom is the most important aspect of any school or academy. We are passionate about giving our students the best possible education. One way of doing this is to ensure that we recruit the best staff and then we ensure that we provide ongoing support to enable them, like our students, to be the best they can be.

A strength of the school is the excellent pastoral care we provide using specialist support staff and allowing teachers to teach. We believe strongly that we are a team and that only by working together as a team, supporting each other, challenging each other and being determined to be the best, can we best meed the needs of the very diverse intake we serve.

What we guarantee is the chance to develop your career with the maximum support from a wholly committed team. If this sounds like an environment that would suit you and you care passionately that education improves children's life chances and you want to be part of what we are striving to do here we look forward to meeting you.

Purpose of the Job

1. To work with the science team in meeting the schools objectives through the preparation of materials and

equipment for science lessons; maintaining science laboratories and preparation rooms and their

equipment, and services in good order.

Professional Standards

 Support the ethos of the school by upholding all relevant policies e.g. safeguarding

 Act as a good role model in terms of professional appearance, conduct, punctuality and attendance

 Take responsibility for professional development and progression, making full use of opportunities and

training provided by the school

 Attend relevant team and staff meetings as appropriate, contributing actively whenever possible

 Conform to Health and Safety requirements in respect of Health & Safety at Work Act and other

relevant legislation at all times. Adhere to safe working practices, Health & Safety policies and other

procedures. Report all accidents and incidents in accordance with procedures.

Knowledge and understanding

 Share responsibility for ensuring that their own knowledge and understanding is relevant/up to date.

 Take opportunities to acquire the appropriate skills/qualifications/experience required for the role.

 Implementation and dissemination of all appropriate H & S legislation and guidance with respect to

science education, including C.O.S.H.H.

Working with Others

 Organise/Lead the work of others including taking a role in performance management.

 Developing new systems in the laboratories and prep rooms to improve the technical support service

 Liaising with teaching staff to develop new practical ideas and advise on schemes of work and help

organise lessons if the teacher(s) are absent.

Main Responsibilities

 To ensure that statutory safety regulations and safe practice is complied with, relating to

teacher/technician skills qualifications, and student involvement in the classrooms and workshops.

 Inter-Discipline training for Technicians (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

 Daily and weekly laboratory servicing, termly inspections and annual clean including safe recovery of

residues, and safe disposal in accordance with legislation

 Practical preparation, including materials, equipment, stock ,standard solutions and specimens

 Setting up, testing and demonstrating practical equipment to ensure that Students gain the most from

the scientific experience

 Care of animals specimens for observational and experimental purposes

 Carrying out in-house repairs, calibration and maintenance

 Manage capitation and orders placed, liaise with suppliers to obtain the highest quality for the best

price and maintaining a thorough stock control and order system; maintain records including inventory

management and ensuring an up to date chemical database hazard data and legal records exists


 Daily contact with AHT Science.

Qualifications and Experience


5 GCSEs, to include Maths and English, or equivalent and Science to level 3

Current practice / knowledge of Health and Safety regulations and procedures for

working in a laboratory setting and working with hazardous chemicals

Knowledge of a range of practical science techniques at Level 2 and Level 3

Experience of laboratory work

Have some experience of working with young people.


Additional relevant qualifications post compulsory education, up

to degree level

Previous experience working as a Science Technician

Experience of working in a Secondary School

Knowledge of CLEIAPSS

First Aid trained.



Knowledge and experience of the workings of a secondary school dealing with the

complex needs of young people.

Knowledge of external agencies available to provide support to students and having the

ability to sign post and access these accordingly.


Full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice

and awareness of relevant legislation.

Experience of working with a range of stakeholders in a secondary school.

Personal Attributes


Commitment to the highest standards of child protection.

Enjoy working with and have empathy for young people.

The ability to develop good relationships of respect, trust, and professional regard which

create capacity in others.

Ability to demonstrate initiative good judgement, decision making, integrity and a

confident manner.

Demonstrate energy, vigour and perseverance and promote an ‘I can’ philosophy.

Ability to prioritise, plan and organise own work.

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Consistently high expectations of self and others, especially students.

Creativity, energy and enthusiasm. Honesty and integrity.


Willingness to take on delegated responsibility.

Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning


Continually seek to improve own practice, including through

observation, examination and discussion with colleagues and to

seek advice or guidance as necessary.

Skills and Aptitudes


To be able to work as part of a team

Flexible approach and a willingness to cover and help out with other duties when


Be decisive, well organised and efficient, with an ability to prioritise when necessary

The ability to interact with staff, students, parents and outside agencies

Competence in practical skills associated with school laboratory work such as making up

solutions, working with chemicals, etc.

Sound knowledge of Laboratory Health and Safety procedures.

Be calm and ordered

Have an authoritative presence.


Good standard of Computer Literacy and be prepared to

develop ICT skills as necessary

Range of interests and activities

Commitment to further professional development.

Closing date for applications is Monday 19 March at 1.00 pm

ECMAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is subject to satisfactory references which will be requested prior to the interview, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, medical check, evidence of qualifications, plus verification of the right to work in the UK.

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