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Head of Chemistry

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

As Head of Chemistry, you will be responsible for:

  • Articulating a clear vision for the future development of the department and implementing that vision
  • Working with colleagues to ensure outstanding teaching and learning, and promoting best practice, leading by example in the classroom
  • Fostering collaboration and a culture of team-work within the department and within the science faculty more widely
  • Working with partner schools to promote science education in the wider educational community
  • Inspiring the next generation of scientists at Eton and beyond.

Main Duties

Eton - Town and School

Eton College is a friendly community with a family atmosphere. We are situated in a beautiful Berkshire town that offers excellent local schools and amenities. Historic Windsor is just across the river, and London is easily accessible by rail or motorway. There is enormous collegiality at Eton. As one new teacher said: “This is my fourth school and I’ve never been made to feel so welcome”. Colleagues are also genuinely interested in the scholarship of their subject and enjoy a level of autonomy in their teaching that allows them to develop their own effective style.


This role comes with the benefit of school provided accommodation for you and your family. Many of our teaching staff and their families are accommodated at the school in flats and houses around Eton. Accommodation is provided free of rent, council tax, buildings insurance and general maintenance costs, so staff only need to pay for their utilities and other bills.

Professional Development

We have a structured and well-funded professional development programme, in addition to a culture of sharing best practice informally within departments. For all new staff, there is an induction and mentoring programme and a tailored programme for new Heads of Departments. Teachers joining the profession are supported as they find their feet, and anyone wanting to gain QTS or PGCE qualifications is given significant help and resources.

The school also has a generous salary scale and benefits of service, including:
• Teachers’ pension scheme
• Bike-to-work scheme
• Counselling and legal advice services
• School fee reduction (means-tested)
• Eyecare plan
• Free use of sports and leisure facilities
• Discount at local shops and amenities
• Subsidised Masters’ Common Room

The Ideal Candidate

You will be an effective teacher and leader who:

  • Is passionate about the future of chemistry and science education
  • Can think strategically, and will develop and strengthen chemistry at Eton
  • Can balance process and pragmatism when making decisions
  • Has personal integrity and a genuine commitment to Eton’s aims
  • Is prepared to challenge and to ask questions
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and can build relationships with a wide range of people including pupils, colleagues and parents
  • Has a strong sense of ownership and professional accountability with an understanding of when to consult and when to act
  • Has excellent judgement in managing sensitive and complex situations with clarity and care
  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to his or her own professional development
  • Plans time effectively and is well organised
  • Has a positive attitude and approach to change and development
  • Has a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour.


Lead one of the biggest school chemistry departments in the UK and shape the future of chemistry education in a successful, dedicated and collegial department.

We are looking for an experienced teacher of chemistry who has the vision, passion and energy to take an already successful department on to the next stage of its development. It is an exciting time in the development of teaching and learning at Eton, and you will drive this forward in the department.

About the College

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Eton College

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