About Avenor College
Thank you for your interest in a role at Avenor College. This is a very interesting and potentially very exciting time to be thinking about joining us.
The College is successful, vibrant, and a place where deep learning is nurtured, by encouraging conceptual understanding, competencies of practice and the development of character in all its learners, both student and staff.
We have just passed our tenth anniversary and we continue to grow and develop. The High School opened in 2015, in 2016 we saw our first IGCSE graduating class and now we have our first class taking A-levels. We anticipate considerable further growth in the next few years.
Our growth is driven by a record of success and a distinctive approach to education, which seeks very deliberately to blend the best of Romanian, British and international education. We believe strongly that our whole school – students, teachers and parents – should share in our mission to create the best possible future for every member of our community. We are strong proponents of the Cambridge learner profile for our students, but we seek always to place this in the Romanian context and to enhance that profile through our emphases on transdisciplinarity, bilingualism and a deep care for each student’s personal development. We are also early members of the Common Ground Collaborative
We need someone who can commit to our vision of ‘creating the future’ and our distinctive learning culture. The role of the teacher at Avenor is as a leader of learning, developing, encouraging and facilitating a child’s interest and attainment in science, as a Teacher at Avenor you will build up a lasting legacy of influencing and inspiring tomorrow’s future leaders. We are not defined by our examinations results, although we are rightly focussed on them, we are defined by the young people that grow into caring, balanced, thinking, human beings, if you can rise to the expectations we and our students have, of a science teacher, we would like to hear from you and would welcome your application. We want you to tell us in your application how you would inspire, challenge and differentiate, as well as indicating why you consider yourself to be an outstanding teacher.
We may also consider for the right candidate a position of responsibility beyond teaching our students, please indicate in your application if you are interested in a coordination role, and how your skills might be put to use.
We are a non-profit school for students aged 2-19 school, founded in 2007 and celebrating our first decade of educating tomorrow’s leaders today. We opened as a nursery school, and the first students entered the High School in 2015. Our first A-level class will graduate in 2019.
Most of our students are Romanian and we have responded to a demand from families in Bucharest for the best of a British education. However, we are not a British School: we are rooted in both British and Romanian traditions, with our identity and practice also informed by other international experience. We are a proud school and believe in our heritage and legacy.
Our teaching staff is a mixture of Romanian and British.
It is the school’s success that has allowed us to grow so rapidly. From modest beginnings, we have grown to 500 pupils from Kindergarten to lower sixth, and we expect our enrolment to exceed 650 by 2020.
The school provides a caring, nurturing environment where pupils are encouraged to become independent learners. Our aim is for our children to go on to attend some of the world’s finest universities, but we also want our Romanian students to gain a sense of responsibility to contribute to their country’s development in the future. We seek always to think beyond examination success and we have developed an excellent reputation for innovation. Our innovative practice includes a programme of Learning outside the Classroom, an extensive co-curricular offer, bilingual learning and a distinct approach to cross-curricular themes. Our name reflects our approach and aspirations: ‘Avenor’ derives from the ideas of being decisive while following your path and of building for the future.
Avenor College is located on two sites, with the Primary, Middle and High Schools on a 4,300 sq.m purpose-designed campus on the edge of Baneasa Forest, to the north of Bucharest.
For more information, please take a good look at the Avenor College website: http://www.avenor.ro
The High School is three years old, and there are three classes of students currently on roll (50 students). The High School is expected to expand considerably in the next few years up to a capacity of eight classes across the four year groups (150 students).
In 2018, we will have our first AS CIE examination candidates and in 2019 our first A2. The High School students are mainly EAL students, but all classes are taught in English, except Romanian language and literature.
IGCSE students follow a core curriculum comprising English language and literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and a third modern language, and they may select two further IGCSE subjects from two blocks of optional subjects. This core IGCSE curriculum is complemented by innovative programmes in Romanian language and literature, Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC), Enterprise, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. All students also undertake short work placement opportunities.
At A-level, students choose from four blocks of subjects – a total of 14 subjects; the configuration of the blocks is adjusted each year according to students’ choices. There is a similar set of complementary programmes, and from 2018 the Duke of Edinburgh International Award will also be offered.
Bucharest is a cosmopolitan and culturally rich city, with excellent (and cheap) transport connections with cities throughout Romania and the rest of Europe. The cost of living is considerably less than in most western European cities. The city is a safe place to live.
Bucharest has often been referred to as ‘Little Paris’ – it is a city worth living in. Here you can find an active expatriate community. Romanian society is welcoming of foreigners and most people speak English. The Romanian language is difficult to learn, but we would encourage you to try, and people are very willing to help you. Romania is a country with a diversity that is worth exploring in detail.
Our teachers from outside Romania usually enjoy living in Bucharest and, while some will gravitate to the expat communities, many feel that they are able to integrate fully into the life of the city and take advantage of what Romania has to offer.