About Alcester Grammar School
This is a rare opportunity to join a unique and happy school, where you can indulge your creativity, refine your skills, and enjoy an atmosphere that respects your professional autonomy. With delightful students, grateful parents and supportive colleagues, teaching doesn't get much better than this.
AGS is a forward-looking, selective state school with academy status and an outstanding record of promoting high achievement. Whilst we have achieved outstanding judgements in our last four Ofsted inspections, we regularly analyse our performance and seek new ways to enhance learning opportunities for our students. AGS is selective at 11-16 but we offer wider access to post-16 students. With over 1300 students on roll, including 530+ in the Sixth Form, we are in a position to offer a wide curriculum; including a choice of two out of three languages in Years 7-9 and a requirement to study a modern language at KS4. In the Sixth Form we offer a choice of around 25 different A levels.
Geography performance has gone from strength to strength in recent years (with 71% of GCSE students gaining 7+ grades and 70% of A Level students getting A*- B grades last year).
The department is based in a suite of five dedicated classrooms where almost all geography teaching takes place. One of the geography classrooms is equipped with a cluster of 26 networked PCs plus an interactive whiteboard. Overhead projectors are installed in all classrooms. We have a comprehensive collection of fieldwork equipment and a wide range of textbooks and other teaching resources.
Our KS3 course closely mirrors the National Curriculum Programme of Study covering a broad spectrum of topics. Teachers are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their approach so many of the learning tasks and associated resources have been developed in-house. There are three one-day field trips in KS3: Year 7 visits Castleton in the Peak District, Year 8 goes to the River Arrow and Year 9 to Birmingham. Our fieldwork is designed to be as active as possible and we are currently exploring ways to integrate new technologies, including mobile devices, into our student enquiries.
At GCSE we follow the AQA specification. The Y10 course includes UK landscapes, Urban Issues and The Living World with a three day trip to North Wales to complete fieldwork to prepare for Paper 3. In Y11 the course includes Natural Hazards, Changing Economic World and Resource Management.
The A Level course follows the AQA Specification. In Year 12 we study Coastal Systems, Hazards and Changing Places. The Year 12 course includes a one day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and a three day trip to Dorset. The Year 13 course studies Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Governance and Population and the Environment. As well as running regular curriculum trips, the department has a tradition of running a number of extra-curricular opportunities including recent trips to Iceland, the Azores and Italy, with a trip to Morocco planned for 2021.
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