Teacher of Geography

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Teacher of Geography

Didcot Girls’ School

Role commences:     September 2023

Salary/allowances:   MPS/UPS scale point

Contract details:       Permanent

Thank you for your interest in this exciting post.

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Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In November 2022, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff:

“Leaders support staff very well. They have established a collaborative and respectful working environment. With the trust, they provide highly valued training and leadership programmes. Staff are exceptionally proud to work at the school.”

Ofsted also noted the high standards within the school and commented that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary”

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

We are committed to continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and development opportunities. We are also mindful of the competing demands people face in their lives and make every effort to accommodate flexible working.

Summer 2022 GCSE results were superb with 88% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 72% doing the same at 5+.  Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong with 44% of grades awarded as A* or A and 68% achieving Grades A*-B. These results place us as one of the highest performing schools in the county.

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DGS Geography Department

The Geography department is staffed by an enthusiastic and talented group of four teaching staff, who are always keen to share ideas and resources. We are exceptionally collaborative and very well resourced, as a result of careful, strategic and iterative curriculum development over a number of years. The department is accommodated in specialist classrooms.

Results in the department are consistently strong with students at both GCSE and A level performing significantly about national averages and producing strong value-added performance.

Geography is a very popular choice at GCSE and A level. We typically have five groups at GCSE each year and two in each of Year 12 and Year 13.  We currently follow AQA specifications at both key stages.

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The Post

This is a key post in a strong and innovative department. We are looking for a candidate with the skills and desire to help lead this successful department onto the next stage in its development and a teacher with a genuine and infectious passion for teaching Geography; a teacher with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.

The successful applicant will ideally have the ability to teach Geography at key stages 3-5.

Excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate.

For further information about the Geography department, please email Frances Ashton, Senior Leader link for Geography, at fashton@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk.

Should you wish to tour the school in advance of an application, or for any general queries, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Frances Adley at fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Application Process

Please download and complete application form from our website send it with a response to the following task to Frances Adley at vacancy@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

  • A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching, learning and curriculum looks like in Geography.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th January. However, the school reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date and so early applications are recommended

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview. 

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I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application. 

Georgina Littler

Headteacher

Didcot Girls School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original qualification certificate(s), proof of residence and photographic ID to interview.

Didcot Girls School is an equal opportunities employer.

 

Documents

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Job Description Teacher 2022 21st Sep 2022 Download
Person Specification Teacher 2022 25th Jan 2021 Download
Teaching Staff application form 28th Sep 2022 Download
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