Department Leader of Chemistry

Starting September 2021

(January 2021 start also possible)

Located in the beautiful town of Tervuren, near the university city of Leuven, BSB is a not for profit, inclusive fee-paying international school with 1,350 students from approximately 70 countries. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. Our Primary School offers a bespoke curriculum with integrated learning themes that are inquiry based and skills driven. Whilst British-based, it is uniquely adapted to the needs of our international and multicultural student body. Students in Year 10 & 11 study for (I)GCSE and BTEC courses. Post-16 students can choose from three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses: English A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or BTEC. BSB has outstanding facilities and is the only international school in Belgium to have its own 25m indoor swimming pool. With an excellent record of academic achievement, BSB students go on to attend a wide range of top universities across the globe.

We are seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced teachers who can bring a real enthusiasm to the school.  Applicants must have the qualities to successfully lead and manage a Chemistry department in an 11-18 school. The post has come about because the present incumbent is relocating to the UK.

The successful candidate will be able to teach Chemistry to examination level at A Level and/or in the IB Diploma and at IGCSE. He/she will be also willing and able to teach classes in the 11-14 age range. Experience of international education at Secondary level would also be welcome.

The Chemistry Department

Chemistry at BSB is a thriving subject. It sits with the other Experimental Sciences and Technology subjects in the Faculty Science and Technology, a group of 20 teachers and 6 technicians led by a Faculty Leader and a Deputy Faculty leader. Each subject specialism has a department leader or subject coordinator.

All students in Years 7 - 11 study Science and many go on to choose it as an option for A-level and IB. The curriculum for Years 7 - 9 broadly follows the English National Curriculum, though with some enrichment to make it more appropriate for all our students. In Years 10 and 11, the majority of students study the IGCSE Science (Double Award) but are taught by subject specialists in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Post-16, students can select A Level Chemistry or at IB they can study Chemistry at Standard or Higher Level. The Chemistry subject specialists also contribute to the teaching of the BTEC in Applied Science.

The department is well-resourced. All Science lessons are taught in a laboratory which has a computer docking station and HD Interactive Display. Each teacher has their own laptop. Teaching in the Chemistry Department is done through a range of activities and there is a very large emphasis placed on practical work.


The successful candidate will ideally have previous experience teaching in the British system – either in the UK or internationally - across the Secondary School age range with experience teaching Years 7 - 13 (ages 11-18).

The successful candidate should: 

  • value strong relationships with students, colleagues and parents to create a climate for the highest standards of learning
  • set the highest standards in terms of learning and teaching, getting the very best from students from all backgrounds and of all abilities;
  • work closely with department colleagues in creating a sense of cohesion and collaborative spirit within the department and co-operate with colleagues in other departments and the Primary School;
  • be attuned to current developments in the teaching of Science with a clear focus on Chemistry;
  • be appreciative of students’ differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
  • be actively involved in professional learning within the department, and across departments where opportunities arise, including after-school meetings, relevant courses and professional learning days;
  • demonstrate the highest standards in terms of learning and teaching, being able to utilise Assessment for Learning and e-learning approaches;
  • be willing and able to contribute wholeheartedly to the social and personal development of students and to the extra-curricular life of the school; and
  • be willing to take an active part in school trips, both residential and day visits.

The Person:

  • Commitment to the BSB Guiding Statements
  • Committed to achieving the best at all times for BSB students
  • Belief that in learning and in life more is achieved together than alone
  • Committed to the safety and wellbeing of BSB students.

In return, we offer:

  • A full-time, permanent contract
  • Enthusiastic, happy and confident children who are proud of their school and love learning
  • Outstanding facilities and resources
  • Excellent professional development opportunities
  • An attractive salary - BSB Learning & Teaching scale – Band 7 representing a minimum of € 57.262 and maximum € 103.932 gross per year, depending on the years of relevant experience, and extra-legal benefits including hospitalisation insurance, extra pension payments, luncheon vouchers, free use of the BSB sport facilities and a relocation package.

Application process:

The deadline for applications is Monday 12 October 2020 at 16.00 (CET).  
Please note that only applications sent in using the application form on the BSB website will be considered. No other submissions will be accepted.

Long list interviews will be conducted by Skype with final interviews held at the school in October if possible and this process will include a sample lesson and opportunities to meet potential colleagues and students.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have not heard anything further from us by the middle of November, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


“The British School of Brussels is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.” (with reference to the most recent KCSIE)


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