With the current changes to the geography curriculum there are many exciting opportunities ahead as the department looks to develop and enhance our current geography provision. We need a person of vision to be part of driving this forward.
The person appointed will be expected to teach across the age and ability range and to play a part, together with other colleagues, in the continuing development of the department.
Our KS3 schemes of learning and assessments deliver an exciting and varied curriculum to pupils. We place great emphasis on providing a range of active teaching and learning techniques in our lessons to engage learners. To encourage independent home learning in a creative format we provide pupils with choices of tasks in terms of both content and presentation.
Our creative approach to learning and the immense progress that learners make as a result of their engagement was recognised by the Geographical Association in June 2016. We were one of only fifteen schools in the country to be awarded ‘Centre of excellence’ status.
The department currently follows the AQA GCSE Geography and AQA AS and A Level syllabuses, which provides a good balance between physical and human geography. Geography is a very popular option at KS4 with a recording breaking 70% of pupils achieving A*-C in the summer 2017 examinations. This also resulted in a very pleasing ALPs 4 grading. We currently teach 18 GCSE classes and each year the number opting for geography increases.
Our Sixth Form is also growing rapidly with four groups at both AS and A2 Level. Our external examination results in Geography at Sixth Form have been classified as ‘outstanding’ with 90% of our students achieving A*-C grades, resulting in an ALPS 4 score in the 2017 summer exams. On top of this the department achieved an ALPS 2 score for the most recent AS Level examinations.
Despite these successes, we continue to strive for excellence and development. One of the department's strengths is its strong sense of teamwork whereby all members feel able to contribute to the development of the department, through sharing lesson resources on the departments ‘one drive’ site. Fieldwork is an important element in the department's teaching and several trips are arranged each year. This includes an annual AS/ A2 level trip to either Iceland or Sicily. Other more local fieldwork activities include a Year 10 trip to Christchurch Bay, sixth form trips to nearby Rowner, as well as further afield to West Wittering. We also encourage learning outside the classroom, with the use of Stokes Bay for coastal fieldwork and Stanley Park for investigating the characteristics of woodland habitats, both of which are on our doorstep.
We are committed to ensuring that all members of the Geography Department are able to have access to quality CPD, through a range of high quality professional learning provision.
The successful applicant will be responsible for a tutor group within a year system of pastoral care; tutors and their pupils move through the School with the same Head of Year.
Applications from suitably experienced professionals are most welcome. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to work across the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust and will have line management responsibilities for colleagues within the geography department.
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For some posts, where we receive large volumes of applications or identify suitable candidates, on these occasions we may interview before the closing date, therefore you are strongly advised to submit your application as soon as possible.
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