The Post and the Department
This is an opportunity to join a highly successful Geography department.
In the Sixth Form there are approximately 40 students studying A Level with further expansion expected in 2018. The Geography department is academically ambitious and this is reflected with students achieving over 75% A* or A grades in 2017 (100% A*-B) in the Sixth Form as well as exceptional value added. At GCSE results are also high with over 60% gaining A*/A grades in 2017 and 100% gaining A*-C grades.
We are a vibrant and dynamic department and take our students out on residential fieldwork trips at GCSE and A level as well as local forays to Jericho and GA lectures to develop and extend student interest. We have also taken optional trips (years 11-13) to Iceland in 2013 and 2015 and will go to Morocco in February 2018.
Many of our students go on to study Geography at university and last year almost 50% went on to Russell group universities to take Geography degrees. In addition, Geography students are encouraged to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in the sixth form and as a department we support and encourage this programme.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the planning, teaching and assessment within the Geography department, which at A level follows the AQA specification and at GCSE Edexcel.
Person Specification and Qualifications
We are looking for a suitably qualified, talented and ambitious teacher of Geography who will join the department at an exciting time.
We place a high degree of importance on strong academic skills and subject knowledge, as well as the ability to convey enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject to students across the full range of our students’ ability.
We embrace a flexible approach to teaching. A sense of fun, a readiness to respond to students’ individual needs and an open approach to teaching are qualities that we prize highly, along with a genuine commitment to working in an exceptional school environment.
d’Overbroeck’s offers teachers and students alike a friendly and welcoming environment where classes are small and standards and expectations are high.
We are very happy to receive applications from newly qualified teachers or graduates who hope to enter the profession but don’t have a PGCE. NQTs receive a full induction programme through ISTIP (http://istip.co.uk/) with the support and guidance of senior members of staff. Graduates who have not completed a PGCE receive an extensive in-house training programme. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer support and training to NQTs and recent graduates.
All applicants will be expected to have a very good degree in Geography or a related subject and be able to demonstrate their teaching ability. d’Overbroeck’s does not require that its staff possess a PGCE or equivalent formal teaching qualification, though many members of staff have an appropriate qualification.
Salary and hours
The school has its own salary scale (above the national scale) and pension scheme. There are additional responsibility awards for senior Sixth Form pastoral responsibilities.
The advertised post is a full-time one, but the School is always willing to consider applications from teachers who only wish to work part-time.
If you would like any further information at this stage, please feel free to telephone Alastair Barnett on the main school number 01865 688600
Applicants should complete the Application Form, which should be emailed, along with a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter, to HR@doverbroecks.com and a signed copy sent to:
333 Banbury Road
Please apply as soon as possible, but no later than Monday 29th January 2018
Short-listed applicants will be notified of the interview arrangements as soon as possible after short-listing.