Teacher of Geography - April (preferable) or Sept. 2024 start

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and outgoing teacher to our successful, academically ambitious and popular Geography Department.  We aim to appoint a teacher who can demonstrate the ability to teach Geography at KS3 and KS4.  For the right candidate, there is the possibility to extend this to KS5. The role will consist of teaching between nineteen and twenty-one 55-minute Geography lessons per week.

The successful candidate will be thoroughly engaging and bring energy to the classroom. They will have excellent classroom management skills and be able to inspire and motivate pupils through a diverse range of teaching styles. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to planning, teaching and assessment within the Geography department, which offers a professional and collaborative working environment where our students' achievement and progress are at the forefront of our teaching. We are looking for a teacher who consistently models excellent practice and can make a significant contribution to this strong department. They must be a team-player and demonstrate an enthusiasm and willingness to assist in both fieldwork and overseas enrichment trips, as well as with the organisation and hosting of geographical lectures and events.  Fieldwork is very important to us. All year groups within the Prep and Senior Schools go on at least one field trip each year. We offer a residential field trip to Dorset for the Year 11s and organise overseas trips in the October half-term, such as to Iceland. We would hope that the successful applicant will demonstrate a real interest in helping us to develop our fieldwork programme further, particularly with the Sixth Form groups.

Applications from ECTs will be considered but must be supported by a relevant degree, as well as demonstrating an outstanding ability to teach.

The Geography department at the Harrodian School is thriving. We have four full-time teachers and one further specialist who teaches a part-time timetable. Geography is taught at all levels within the school. It is a popular subject choice within the school and is taught in mixed ability groups. At GCSE, approximately half of each year group study Geography.  At GCSE level, our pupils follow the AQA specification and we teach a variety of contemporary topics to enable them to learn about the world in which they live. Our results are strong, with all students gaining 100% 9-5 grades at GCSE.  Between 10 and 20 students continue the subject into the Sixth Form each year and we teach to the OCR specification at A Level. 

We are continually developing our range of teaching resources and facilities within the department. We have a wide range of up-to-date textbooks, reference books and journals, as well as online subscriptions. As a department, we are committed to developing ICT across the whole school curriculum.

Founded in 1993, the Harrodian School is co-educational and set in 25 acres of grounds with excellent facilities. Harrodian offers teachers and students alike a friendly, welcoming and exceptional school environment where classes are small and standards and expectations are high.  We place a strong emphasis on the ability to convey enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject to students across the ability range.  A sense of fun, a readiness to respond to students’ individual needs and an open approach to teaching are qualities that we value highly.  A teacher’s willingness to assist with a large range of extra-curricular activities is important in this dynamic and vibrant school. Teaching staff are expected to offer support to the learning, pastoral and co-curricular needs of our pupils to ensure the all-round quality of education offered at Harrodian.

How to apply

Please email a covering letter in support of your application, addressed to Mrs Claire Bonnefous – Recruitment Officer and HR Assistant, a completed application form and full CV to recruitment@harrodian.com

Closing date: Thursday, 11th January 2024.   Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Interviews may be staged and the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage of the application process.

Interview dates: TBC. As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to teach an academic lesson. Preparation work in advance of the lesson will be required and details of the lesson to be taught will be provided prior to interview.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. Harrodian is unable to act as a sponsor for an employment visa.

Safeguarding and employment checks: Harrodian is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to receipt of satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service, checks with any applicable Overseas Criminal Records body, medical clearance and proof of legal right to work in the UK. In accordance with current Keeping Children Safe in Education recommendations, online searches may be done as part of due diligence checks. Please read our Safer Recruiting Policy and Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy by selecting from our list of policies HERE.

All positions within the School are exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  The Enhanced DBS check will give details of all spent and unspent convictions and other recordable matters. A policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available from HR. References will be taken up and the School may approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualifications.