Head of Geography, Barnet

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St Mary's and St John's CE SchoolBarnet

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPR/UPR
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Job Title: Head of Geography 

Required: Sept 2020

School:  St Mary’s & St John’s CE School, Bennett House, Sunningfields Road, Hendon, NW4 4QR and Stamford Raffles, Downage, Hendon, NW4 1AB (as required)

Reports to:  Head of Humanities

Grade: MPR/UPR

Contract: Permanent/Full Time

Our School

St Mary’s and St John’s CE school is an all-through school in Hendon, successfully providing high quality education and academic achievement for children and young people from Nursery to Sixth Form. We are proud to be a diverse, multi-faith, harmonious school, with a distinctive Christian ethos, resolute in the belief that "With God, all things are possible". In a changing world our values; Wisdom, Service and Hope, define us, strengthen relationships with our parents & children, and provide guiding principles that enable us to deliver academic excellence and promote self-discipline and resilience. We are a community of teachers and students who enjoy working together to be the best we can be. Would you like to join us? 

The Person

We are looking for someone who enjoys working as part of a collaborative and supportive team to lead and develop our Geography department within the wider Humanities faculty. The successful candidate will be an outstanding practitioner, with the ability to teach across the age and ability range and driven to ensure that students receive the best possible experience of the subject by bringing creative ideas to the classroom. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

• work as part of a collaborative & friendly Humanities team who share resources and actively aim to support one another

• develop a dynamic and engaging KS3 curriculum

• have a positive impact upon results at KS4

• introduce and shape a KS5 Geography course

• work with primary colleagues to influence the teaching of Geography as part of the KS2 curriculum 

The candidate should:

• be passionate about teaching geography

• have the vision to develop a robust and engaging geography curriculum 

• enjoy working as part of a team

• be able to deliver high quality lessons 

• lead activities beyond the classroom to excite & engage all pupils

• be able to create a vibrant and forward-looking department that will instil a passion for geography within our pupils and attract pupils into our GCSE & A Level courses

Head of Geography: Secondary Phase 

In addition to meeting the Teachers’ Standards, you are expected to: 

• be responsible for the educational progress of all pupils taught Geography 11-18 

• lead, develop and manage the teachers, trainees and support staff in the department 

• teach Geography across all key stages 

• lead, develop and enhance the teaching practices and enrichment programme in the department 

• liaise with the relevant post holder(s) with regards to transition and the links with the Primary Curriculum 

Specific responsibilities in relation to the department:

1. Knowledge and Expertise 

• lead the department in curriculum knowledge 

• promote good subject knowledge across the department 

• develop the use of ICT in the department 

• keep up to date with DfE and subject specific developments

2. Teaching and Learning 

• role model in the department 

• monitor & evaluate teaching within the department 

• marketing of department 

• lead on reporting progress 

• organisation of teaching groups 

• meeting all pupil’s needs at each key stage by maximising pupils' learning potential 

• after-school educational enhancement 

3. Staff Development 

• management of the department & support staff 

• organise and chair regular department meetings in conjunction with the Head of Faculty

• organise the induction and training of new members of staff 

• identify suitable INSET opportunities 

• develop a team and a team approach 

• supervision and induction of staff new to the school and the department

4. Resources Deployment 

• organise suitable rooming and allocation of classes to staff 

• resource deployment in the department

• create a good learning environment in the department classrooms, including display 

• update risk assessments for rooms 

• health and safety 

5. Pupil Progress 

• monitor and report the progress of all pupils

• examination entries and results 

• continuous assessment 

• use of comparative data, benchmarking, value added etc 

• challenge and support staff in seeking pupil progression

6. Accountability 

• provide information, objective advice and support to the Principal and Board of Governors to enable the school to meet its responsibility for securing effective teaching and learning and improved standards of achievement, and for achieving efficiency and value for money

• create and develop a subject area in which all staff in the team recognise that they are accountable for the success of the school

• present a coherent and accurate account of the subject area’s performance in a form appropriate to a range of audiences, including governors, the LA, the local community, OFSTED, and others, to enable them to play their part effectively

• ensure that parents and pupils are well-informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress and about the contribution that they can make to achieving the subject’s targets for improvement 

• work with their designated line manager in the leadership team to ensure a team approach, best practice is sought and shared and a drive for whole school improvement 

7. Whole School Role 

• contribute to Department Meetings, Key Stage meetings, Pastoral meetings as appropriate 

• contribute to the development of school policies as appropriate 

• support whole school initiatives 

• communicate with and report to parents and governors 

• contribute to the school’s extra-curricular / enrichment ethos and activity     

8.  Appraisal 

• complete all appraisal requirements as set out in the school policy, including being appraised 

• strive to fulfil appraisal objectives If an appraisal team leader 

• set objective numerical targets to challenge and stretch staff and pupils 

• challenge staff to aspire to greater goals and positive outcomes for pupils 

• take a developmental, proactive approach to moving team / department / individual forward 

• meeting whole school aims

• record appraisal objectives and reviews on required templates.


All applicants are welcome to visit the school. Please contact Mrs Orphanou, Personnel Officer for more information or a confidential discussion.

Applications & supporting statements to be sent to: recruitment@smsj.london and templates can be downloaded from our website: www.smsj.london 


Closing Date for applications:  Tuesday 25th Feb - Midday

The school & governing body are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Each successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check along with other relevant employment checks.






More about St Mary's and St John's CE School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Years 5 to 8, Bennett House, Sunningfields Road, Hendon, London, NW4 4QR, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8202 0026
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