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Graduate Assistant in Geography

Cranleigh SchoolSurrey

Cranleigh seeks to appoint, for September 2021, a strong honours graduate to teach Geography. The successful candidate will teach classes in Geography from years 9 to 11 in a lively, ambitious and successful Department, as well as taking a full part in the life of this busy and friendly boarding school. There may be the opportunity for some A-level teaching depending on experience. 

Cranleigh is a leading fully co-educational independent boarding and day Senior School consisting of around 670 girls and boys of 13–18 years of age. There is also a Preparatory School in close proximity. Cranleigh aspires to be a beacon of excellence in learning and teaching and is committed to the continuing professional development of all employees.


The responsibilities of a Graduate Assistant in Geography will include to:

● teach approximately 0.6 of a full-time teaching load to a high standard, with teaching sets to be decided by the Head of Department;

● prepare suitable teaching material for each lesson and to follow the departmental programmes of study;

● contribute to the making and sharing of department resources;

● set an appropriate level and quantity of prep in line with School and departmental Assessment and Feedback policies;

● provide written reports, report grades and summative assessment marks by the deadlines set by both the Head of Department and the Deputy Head Academic;

● be available during drop-in clinics where students can get extra help; and 

● attend weekly department meetings. 


The successful candidate will ideally be either a) currently completing the final year of a degree in Geography (or related degree) or b) a recent graduate in Geography (or related degree). They will be self-motivated, good humoured and will relish the challenge presented by being part of a cheerful, supportive and highly successful department. 

This post would be ideal for anyone considering teaching or indeed just looking for a great place to spend a year getting some salaried experience in the field of education. No teaching qualifications are necessary – guidance and support will be offered to the successful candidate who will be flexible, adaptable, innovative and a good team player. 

In addition, he/she would be expected to get involved in all aspects of this busy boarding school, including acting as a tutor to a group of students within a House and delivering some of the school’s PSHE programme. This would normally include one evening duty per week. All teachers are expected to contribute to the School’s co-curricular programme alongside their academic responsibilities; a willingness to assist with any of the school’s main sports - rugby, hockey, netball, football, cricket, athletics and tennis – would be beneficial. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the post informally, please contact Rhys Williams, Head of Geography by email in the first instance: racw@cranleigh.org  

Please read ‘Why teach at Cranleigh?’ to be found on our website which gives an impression of the ethos to which it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute. 


This is, initially, a fixed term appointment for one year from September 2021 and comes with a salary of circa £18,000. Accommodation and all meals in term-time are provided. The successful candidate will also receive 17 weeks holiday. 

Candidates should state fully what their particular interests are and where they think they can make contributions to the wider life of the school. 

To apply, candidates are requested to submit to the Headmaster a brief letter of application, together with a completed application form available from the School’s website: https://www.cranleigh.org/welcome/work-at-cranleigh/teaching/  

supported by a full CV, as soon as possible and no later than 09:00 on Thursday 4th March 2021.

Applications will be considered as they are received and should be sent to:

The Headmaster, Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8QQ or via email to recruiting@cranleigh.org 

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The post holder will be subject to a DBS check.

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