Teacher of Geography

Upton Court Grammar SchoolSlough

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of outstanding teaching and offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for our students.  The successful candidate must be able to contribute to the department’s aim of providing the highest standards of student achievement in Key Stage three, four and Sixth Form.

We believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.  We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if there are options you’d like to explore with us.

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach any Geography in any  Key Stage (KS3 is taught in two years);
  • Have a willingness to extend and develop their subject knowledge;
  • Have a collaborative approach to teaching with the ability to deliver the subject through a variety of innovative ways;
  • Have a passion for different areas of the Geography curriculum and the ability to share this with young people;
  • Be able to develop the use of technology within the subject;
  • Be willing to offer extra support through clubs, visits and enrichment classes.

Our ethos is to ‘recruit for attitude, train for skill’! Pioneer Educational Trust seeks to invest intelligently, inspire collaboration and pioneer so that all learners in our family of schools have equal access to an outstanding education.  Our mission is grounded on four core values which our schools embrace:

  • we pioneer: by preparing the way for others to follow, we transcend barriers through aspiration, merit and risk.  Pioneer engenders determination, commitment and responsibility to better society through education and learning, never accepting mediocrity
  • we inspire collaboration: we believe in working in partnership. In a culture of high trust and intelligent risk-taking, collaboration exists at all levels and between all stakeholders
  • we invest intelligently: by providing high-quality professional development for all staff and a positive and enriching work environment.  We provide high support and challenge that enables all colleagues to flourish
  • we drive equality: providing equal access to an outstanding education is central to the aims of the Trust.  The Trust champions the vulnerable and disadvantaged, breaking down barriers to learning.

Furthermore, Upton Court Grammar School seeks to:

  • become a world-class school, seen as a centre of excellence and creativity in learning and teaching;
  • equip students with the ability to articulate their ideas with confidence in an increasingly competitive international work environment.

The most recent OFSTED inspection graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.  The school has a national reputation for excellence and achievement and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of schools in the country for student progress.  The Progress 8 three-year average is well above average at +0.95 (2017/2018/2019).  Previously, the school was recognised as being a top school nationally and in March 2015 we won the SSAT Educational Outcome Award for exceptional progress.

As part of the School Direct Teacher Training programme, Upton Court Grammar School is also the lead school for teacher training in Slough.  Working alongside Reading University and the Institute of Education, teacher training is offered in the Slough area.  As a Teaching School since September 2013 we provide a first class CPD programme which supports the professional development of teachers at all stages in their careers including teachers new to the profession and leadership development.  In line with the values to invest and collaborate, Pioneer Educational Trust provides additional time for professional development and collaborative working in the form of CPDL Wednesdays.  On these days, the pupils finish their school day one hour earlier to facilitate two hours of back-to-back learning and team work for all staff, teaching and non-teaching.  During this time, colleagues have time to produce collaborative planning, moderate, share best practice as well as receive formalised programmes of CPDL.

The school is changing rapidly, in many ways.  This will doubtless continue as the needs of society and our context change too.  It is never dull, often challenging, demanding in the best possible way - an exciting and extraordinarily worth-while and fulfilling place to be.

Due to the current pandemic, and the system of controls in place in our schools, interview activities will take place remotely.  If you would like to have a look around the school, you can have a virtual tour at: http://www.uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk/Virtual-Tour

Interviews to be held: w/c 19th and/or 26th April 2021

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to satisfactory references, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check), and evidence of essential qualifications and proof of legal working in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.

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