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									                                CHELTENHAM COLLEGE

                                 HEAD OF GEOGRAPHY

                                 SENIOR SCHOOL [13-18]


The Appointment

Following the promotion of the present Head of Geography, Mr Ben Cliff, to the position of
Head of Lower School at Ipswich School, a well-qualified and experienced graduate is
required to lead this highly successful department from September 2011. The College is in a
period of growth and fairly rapid development, and there is significant focus on academic
standards and rising levels of attainment. The appointee will have the scope to review every
aspect of the department and to contribute to the wider academic and intellectual
development of the College as a whole. It will be an ideal post for someone looking to move
on to a Senior Management post in due course. The successful candidate will teach
Geography from Year 9 to A Level and beyond, and will contribute to the College’s
extraordinary Games and Activities programme.

The College

The College consists of two inter-dependent fee-paying schools within a single executive
structure. The Senior School [13-18], founded in 1841, is the oldest of the Victorian public
schools and is predominantly a boarding school of about 600 pupils, including a Sixth Form
of approximately 270 pupils. The Junior School [3-13] is largely a day school of some 420
pupils. Both schools are fully co-educational. The schools are situated in their own spacious
grounds near the centre of Cheltenham, a flourishing Cotswold town. They have fine
academic records and a considerable reputation for sport, drama and music.

The Geography Department

The Geography Department is housed at the heart of the original College buildings, in an
attractive suite of four classrooms that are fully equipped with modern technology
including Promethean interactive whiteboards and fully integrated AV systems. There is also
a Map Room, which doubles as a teaching space. The department benefits from its own
library in which pupils are encouraged to use reference material and additional ICT facilities
(printer, scanners and desktop computers). There is a fieldwork store and a departmental
office.
The Geography Department is forward looking and dynamic, with an excellent academic
record over many years. It has been particularly strong at adding value from GCSE to A
Level. There are five full-time teachers in the department, including a Housemaster and a
member of SMT. All pupils in Years 9 study Geography as part of a broad curriculum before
making GCSE choices. Currently, about 75% of pupils study GCSE Geography and there are
three sets at both AS and A2 Level. The outgoing Head of Department also runs an
additional AS course in World Development (WJEC) for Sixth Formers studying both
Geography and Economics.

Entry to the College is at 13 after scholarship or Common Entrance examination and all
pupils study Geography as part of a broad curriculum in Year 9 (Third Form). Pupils come
from a wide range of schools, so the Third Form curriculum introduces the fundamental
skills they will need, whilst paying close attention to the Edexcel IGCSE course. Pupils are
usually taught in mixed ability groups in Geography.

Sixth Former geographers follow the current OCR A Level course, which includes two
residential field trips in the Lower Sixth, to Malham Tarn FSC in the Spring, and to Swansea
University in late June. Additional Sixth Form fieldwork includes day trips to the Somerset
coast, Birmingham and Weston-Super-Mare. The department teaches the Edexcel IGCSE
course at Key Stage 4, with two field trips in Year 10 to the Forest of Dean in the Autumn,
and local urban work in Cheltenham in the Summer. In July 2010 the Geography
Department led a successful tour to Iceland. In the Upper College there is a weekly reading
group to discuss higher level Geographical issues, and the Lower College may opt to join
The Land Rovers, a club offering mini field trips for boarders wanting to explore their
adopted home region.

Job Specification

The Head of Geography is responsible to the Headmaster, via the Deputy Head (Academic),
for the teaching, leadership, administration and development of Geography in the Senior
School. He or she is a member of the Heads of Departments’ Committee.

In particular, he or she will bear the following responsibilities:

Leadership and Development

      Establishing a vision for Geography in the academic life of the College;
      Formulating a departmental development plan;
      Ensuring that teaching and learning are excellent, specifically through lesson
       observation, appraisal, continuing professional development and departmental
       audit;
      Fostering a delight in the subject, an excellent work ethic and a culture of high
       expectations, achievement and success amongst staff and pupils, and setting the
       highest academic standards;
      Encouraging independent learning specifically through the use of formative
       assessment and thorough imaginative schemes of work;
      Maintaining excellent communications with the department about departmental and
       College matters, and relaying College policy to the department;
      Developing the appropriate use of ICT as a tool for teaching and learning;
      Determining staffing requirements; assisting in appointing new staff; providing
       opportunities for responsibility to be assumed by members of the department;
      Representing the department within the College and promoting Geography in the
       wider academic community including feeder schools.

Administration
Teaching and Learning:

   Monitoring and recording the learning of pupils in the department, and overseeing
    the support of those with additional needs;
   Writing and updating schemes of work and programmes of study;
   Monitoring and supporting the progress of both new and established staff;
   Organising lectures and talks by outside speakers;
   Providing curriculum information as required;
   Dealing with syllabus enquiries, updating, investigating alternatives and changing
    syllabuses as necessary;
   Establishing and overseeing subject enrichment within the co-curricular programme;
   Researching, updating and ordering resources;
   Arranging departmental displays;
   Managing and organising trips, including Fieldwork;
   Monitoring the setting of prep and the use of the prep database;
   Providing information for 3rd Form pupils making GCSE choices and 5th Form pupils
    making A level choices;
   Meeting and communicating with parents when required;
   Preparing and presenting the Departmental Review and supplementary
    documentation;
   Keeping up to date with subject developments.

Universities:

   Assisting with university applications, including organising and conducting mock
    interviews in accordance with the arrangements made by the Head of Post-College
    Guidance;
   Collating and disseminating up-to-date University and UCAS information;
   Providing comments for UCAS references as well as other relevant details as
    required;
   Providing assistance, extra tuition and general guidance for Oxbridge applicants.

Examinations:

   Overseeing the setting and marking of Sixth Form and 13+ scholarship/admissions
    examinations;
   Co-ordinating arrangements for A Level practical examinations;
   Organising internal examinations, including setting and marking papers, collating
    statistics and publishing results;
   Organising entries for public examinations;
   Providing details of estimated public examination entries and candidates for re-sits,
    and supplying predicted grades;
   Dealing with examination boards, including complaints, re-marks and appeals ;
   Handling public examination results, including answering parental enquiries, and
    providing comments, data and statistics as required.

General:

   Managing the departmental budget;
      Writing references when required;
      Reviewing and updating the departmental handbook;
      Provide occasional reports for College publications on departmental developments;
      Organising and chairing fortnightly departmental meetings;
      Attending HoD and other meetings as required;
      Making arrangements for cover of absent members of the department;
      Taking responsibility for the Health & Safety of the department.

Skills and characteristics

      Vision and leadership;
      Outstanding teaching and communication skills;
      Excellent administrative and organisational abilities.

Expectations

Members of Common Room are expected to teach their subject[s], to act as tutors, to be
attached to day or boarding Houses, to make substantial contributions to the activities and
co-curricular programmes and to support the boarding ethos of the College.

Although hours of work are not specified precisely, the working day begins with a
registration period at 8.30 am and will include some evening commitments during term
time. Those attached to boarding Houses should expect a weekly evening duty. There are
College and/or House-based activities on some weekends in which they are also expected to
play a part. Outside of the formal term times they are expected to be in College for College
or departmental INSET and to be available to fulfil any reasonable duties.

Chapel is central to College life reflecting its Christian foundation. On weekdays all
members of Common Room are expected to attend the brief morning service. Attendance on
Sundays is not obligatory, but is encouraged.

Terms and Conditions:

      The Head of Department is expected to teach approximately 21-22 periods per week,
       to undertake duties and to play an appropriate part in the extra-curricular life of the
       College. The post is remunerated on the College’s B (Heads of Department) Scale.

      Service with the College is pensionable in accordance with the Teachers’ Pension
       Scheme and permanent members of staff are entitled to a substantial reduction in
       fees for their children.

      Accommodation may be available.

      Permanent members of staff are entitled to a substantial reduction in fees for their
       children.

      Members of staff may use the College sports’ facilities (at staff allocated times).


January 2011

								
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