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Reference: JOB-75609
Location: Wayland Academy
Job Hours: 25 hours per week
Phase: Secondary
Job Type: Permanent
Job Weeks: Term time + 1 week
Job Time: Part Time
Start Date: September 2024
Salary: Salary: Support Staff Pay Scale D: £13,886 to £14,118 pro-rata per annum (£23,500 - £23,893 per annum full time/full year equivalent)
Closing Date: Tue 18th Jun 2024


Job Description
Recruitment Pack

Technician (Science)

Wayland Academy

Merton Road


IP25 6BA

Salary: Support Staff Pay Scale D: £13,886 to £14,118 pro-rata per annum (£23,500 - £23,893 per annum full time/full year equivalent)

Part Time: 25 hours per week over 5 days

Working Weeks: Term Time plus 1 week (39 weeks)

Wayland Academy is looking for an enthusiastic, organised, and reliable technician (science) with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join our department. If you are enthusiastic about science and enjoy inspiring others, this is a wonderful opportunity to use your skills and develop your experience within a friendly team.

Before applying, please read the attached Recruitment Pack and Job Description, for more details about the role. We ask that you read this pack carefully, especially the “Planning your application” section from page 11. This will support your application ensuring you have the opportunity to tell us about your relevant skills, experience and qualifications that relate to the job description and person specification in addition to details of your references covering the last 5 years.

The main responsibility of this role will be:

  • In accordance with practices and procedures of the school, ensure that a safe, effective and efficient laboratory technical service is provided for the use of pupils and teaching staff.
  • To provide technical advice and assistance in the classroom to support pupils and assist teaching staff with learning activities.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good numeracy/literacy skills
  • Scientific background, previous experience as a lab technician
  • Ability to build good working relationships with stakeholders, working well with children and adults
  • Ability to work constructively and flexibly as part of a team
  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken

Wayland Academy is an oversubscribed and highly performing secondary school in the heart of Norfolk with a positive atmosphere and low staff turnover. In 2022 62% of students achieved grades 9-5 in English and mathematics and achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.56, positioning the school as one of the highest performing secondary schools in Norfolk and Suffolk. Staff at Wayland Academy have a belief in every student's entitlement to the highest quality of education and ability to achieve and learn. Our curriculum vision reflects the role of the Academy in the community, promotes understanding and enrichment and values our students’ reading, vocabulary and fluency in speech and written word. We take the learning and pastoral care of our students very seriously to give them confidence in the world.

We are part of the Inspiration Trust, twice ranked as the country’s top family of comprehensive schools for pupil progress, and strongly believe in the importance of giving the widest educational opportunities to all young people, regardless of their background. We have strong networks across the Trust, with opportunities to work with a diverse range of schools and partners. We are committed to offering excellent professional and learning opportunities for our staff, with a busy programme of continuing professional development courses delivered by some of the country’s best educational thinkers and practitioners.

The Inspiration Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, committed to delivering the very best educational experience for the young people of Norfolk and Suffolk, across 17 schools. We are ambitious for our schools and communities and want to create Britain’s highest performing federation of 3-19 schools and transform education in the East. Inspiration Trust specialises in transforming schools in disadvantaged areas and taking academies from failing to outstanding.

For information on what it is like to live and work in Watton, click here. The most recent Ofsted inspection in July 2023 gave Wayland Academy an overall grade of ‘Good'. “School and Trust leaders form a strong and cohesive team which has driven, and continues to secure, school improvement.”

When you join Inspiration Trust's thriving network of talented teachers, leaders and support staff, you join an organisation that supports you to be the best you can be. The Trust offers a varied professional development programme for employees.

We are committed to offering excellent professional opportunities for our staff, through careful support and personalised CPD. We offer a structured and specific induction programme.

The Trust also offers:

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with generous employer contributions
  • Employee Assistance Programme which provides a fully confidential service which includes 24/7 free telephone support and access to well-being information, advice and guidance
  • Discounted travel passes via the First Bus Commuter Travel Club
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Retail Benefits offering discounts with many shops and suppliers
  • Corporate membership of the Norwich Theatre Royal
  • Salary sacrifice schemes, including car leasing (subject to T&C), healthcare plans, including Dental insurance and Gym membership 
  • SpecSavers VDU Eyecare and Boots Flu vouchers
  • Free Parking (on most sites)

*Some benefits are only available following successfully passing probation

To apply for this role please click the Apply button to complete the online application form.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Tuesday 18th June 2024

Interview date: Tuesday 25th June 2024

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

All staff appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. We are an equal opportunities employer.