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Deputy Head of Geography

Brighton CollegeBrighton and Hove

Brighton College is seeking to appoint a Deputy Head of Geography. The start date for this role is anticipated to be September 2021.

THE DEPARTMENT

The department comprises seven full-time teachers and educates around 550 pupils. At A-level pupils follow the AQA specification and Geography has been consistently one of the top performing departments at the College. Numbers taking the subject have been rising, with 40 pupils in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) and 34 in the Upper Sixth (Year 13). Academic results are consistently strong with 56% attaining an A* and 96% an A* or A at A-Level in August 2019. Numbers of pupils expressing an interest in reading Geography further at university and Oxbridge level remain high and the department has successfully supported seven pupils in obtaining offers to read geography at Oxford or Cambridge in the last two years.

At GCSE the Edexcel A syllabus is studied, and here too, numbers have grown with 119 pupils currently studying the subject in the Lower Fifth (Year 10) and 102 in the Upper Fifth (Year 11). Results have also been consistently outstanding, with 59% attaining a Level 9 and 93% achieving Levels 9-7 in August 2019.

In Year 9, pupils study a course designed by the department on contemporary global issues, including Development and Conflict, before beginning the GCSE course with the Ecosystems topic. Pupils in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) study Geography as part of the innovative and unique ‘The Story of our Land’ programme, which integrates Geography with History and R.S.

Pupils of all ages participate in a plethora of Geographical activities beyond the classroom ranging from the student led “Geography Discussion Group,” to sending teams to participate in the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Quiz. Our pupils also take part in external competitions and University essay prizes, and the Royal Geographical Society’s “Young Geographer of the Year” competition, regularly winning prizes in both. Fieldwork is also important to the department’s activities, with local trips to Chichester Harbour, the East Sussex Coast, and the River Tillingbourne in Surrey. There are also international trips available to our pupils including Geneva and Chamonix for the Sixth Form and biennial trips to Iceland and Morocco. However, one of the aims of the person appointed to being Deputy Head of Geography will be to expand and develop this programme further.

ROLE SPECIFICATION

The Deputy Head of Geography will take a lead within the department in three key areas – extension, outreach and curriculum planning at A-level. Key responsibilities, in addition to a varied teaching load will involve:

  • Drafting and editing A-level curriculum maps and schemes of work
  • Setting and administering A-level mock exams and progress tests
  • Delivery of A-level extension sessions and University preparation
  • Acting as the primary point of contact for departmental liaison with the London Academy of Excellence (LAE)
  • Communicating and meeting regularly with staff at the LAE, both remotely and in person, to set targets and plan projects throughout the year.
  • Develop and deliver extension sessions for the most able pupils at Brighton and the LAE, to include external speakers and reciprocal visits for Oxbridge interview practice
  • Collaborating with the LAE on opportunities to share teaching resources and fieldwork e.g. Sussex Coast fieldtrip


For further details, please see the Applicant Info Pack.

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