Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Kelmscott Senior High School
Head of Department - Science
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA727474

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022 

Are you seeking an exciting and professionally rewarding role focused on quality teaching and learning? 

Kelmscott Senior High School (SHS) is seeking an innovative, committed and effective leader as Head of Learning Area (HOLA) - Science to join their leadership team.

As a member of the School Leadership Team, the successful applicant will contribute to the implementation of the school’s Business Plan through participative decision making whilst promoting the school’s vision and strategic directions. You will continually drive improvement by providing proactive leadership that is collaborative, inspiring, and supportive. Leading by example, you will model high aspirations and expectations of staff and students.

The successful applicant should have the ability to lead change and innovation, supported by your capacity to use evidence-based data to inform the decision making to implement innovation within the learning area.  You will be responsible for the analysis of performance data related to the science learning area and the development, implementation, and analysis of improvement plans, both strategic and operational. You will be responsible for developing your team of teachers by providing curriculum leadership and working collaboratively to ensure quality teaching is delivered to meet the needs of all students, empowering each individual student to achieve to their full potential.

By undertaking supportive performance management processes, the HOLA will ensure that teachers in their team are developing consistent practices that maximise student learning and engagement. As the successful applicant, you will ideally have experience in leading reflective performance development discussions with staff, based on a comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This may be through coaching, developing an ethos of teacher self-reflection, feedback, data analysis and a review of formative assessment practices. Facilitating the implementation of instructional intelligences, classroom observation and collaboration as both a leader and a participant, you will also model highly reflective practices as an instructional leader.

The successful applicant should possess current experience in the planning, development and delivery of science-based Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) courses. Experience in teaching ATAR courses in Chemistry, Physics and Psychology would be desirable. As HOLA Science, you will play a significant role in marketing the school to the wider community by leading initiatives and the successful achievements of students as demonstrated through systemic priorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Kelmscott SHS is a school of opportunity for students offering Department of Education endorsed Specialist Programs in Agriculture and Music, Gifted & Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program and a range of Kelmscott Extension Programs (KEP) in Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities & Social Sciences. We are only one of two schools to provide Gifted & Talented online to rural areas. We have a proud reputation of promoting students to be active citizens at the local, state, national and international levels. Students at our school have a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and we celebrate this diversity as a proud Independent Public School.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position. 

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements:

  • Capacity to provide effective leadership in a diverse range of educational settings;
  • High level of interpersonal and public relations skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to achieve planned outcomes;
  • Professional knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure a high level of educational outcomes for all students (e.g. Aboriginal students, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with special needs);
  • Capacity to manage staff, physical and financial resources.

Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about Kelmscott Senior High School can be found by visiting or Schools Online

For further job related information:

Please contact Jacquie Sandhu, Deputy Principal, by telephoning 0413 516 010 or emailing  

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV of up to four (4) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • hold a recognised qualification in teaching and be currently registered or eligible for registration to teach in Western Australia;
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment;
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; 
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment; and
  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.


Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA.  Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy.  More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Wednesday, 19 January 2022



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Kelmscott
CLOSING DATE: 2022-01-19 4:30 PM