Head of Geography


Head of Geography

Permanent, full time, from 1st September 2019
Salary: MPS Outer London

Are you seeking to become an inspirational and innovative leader who can motivate and inspire students and staff alike? We require someone who will share our passion and ambition to provide an excellent education to our students who are engaging and rewarding to work.

Geography is a popular option choice at KS4 and KS5 and results are successful and improving. We are looking for someone who can both teach good or better lessons and show that they have the ability to lead and manage others. The appointed candidate will have excellent subject knowledge and the commitment to raise the achievements of students at all levels. The successful candidate will be working alongside the collaborative and supportive Humanities Faculty which comprises of Geography, History, Religious Studies and Psychology.

In addition, as part of the Kemnal Academies Trust, Cleeve Park offers first class professional development and opportunities to share best practice across the federation.

We are a popular 11-18 school, providing an excellent education for all our students, with a commitment to learning, pride in our community and sharing success in all we do. Following a successful Ofsted Inspection the school is rated as ‘Good’ and we are on the journey to becoming ‘Outstanding’. We are situated in attractive grounds in the south of Bexley and located within easy reach of the M25 with good access to both central London and rural Kent.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of students and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful applicant.

We reserve the right to close the application process early if suitable candidates apply.

Download details & an application form from the school website

Closing date for applications: 30th March 2019









Head of Faculty


  • To be an active member of the Faculty Management team, supporting the Head of Faculty in its’ development.
  • To effectively lead, manage and develop the Department.
  • To ensure the standards of teaching achieves the school target of 85% good or better teaching.
  • To ensure progress and attainment of students meet the school targets.

Key Area



Carry out all duties and responsibilities in accordance with School policies and procedures and statutory requirements.

  • Ensure the smooth running of the Department.
  • Ensure the school’s aims, objectives and vision are met, formulating a clear strategy for the continued development of the Department
  • Promote collaboration and the sharing of good practice within the Department and across the wider curriculum.
  • To hold and attend relevant meetings for the Department.
  • To manage and contribute to the consistent implementation of policies and procedures within the Department and across the whole school.
  • To effectively line manage and appraise staff as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the effective deployment, professional development, induction and well-being of all staff working within the Department.

Areas of Accountability

  • Through effective Teaching and Learning students achieve the best possible outcomes, ensuring their progress and attainment reaches or exceeds expected levels.
  • To ensure the Department budgets and resources are effectively managed.

Professional development

  • Periodically review the methods of teaching and learning within the Department, ensuring appropriate CPD is undertaken where necessary.
  • Participate in arrangements for further training and professional development including those aimed at meeting the need identified in performance objectives or in performance statements for the Department.

Discipline, health and safety

  • To work within school policies and procedures to maintain good behaviour and discipline amongst students, ensuring their health and safety both within the classroom, school premises and where they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.
  • To work in accordance with the guidelines set out in the school Health and safety policy.


  • Participate in arrangements for preparing students for external/internal examinations, in assessing students for the purpose of such examinations.

General Responsibilities

  • Promote the school’s values and ethos in accordance with the School’s Professional Code.
  • Work actively to develop professional expertise by participating in ongoing professional development.
  • Contribute to the professional development of colleagues.

Review of the job description

This job description is intended to provide guidance on the range of duties associated with the post. It is not intended to provide a full and exclusive definition of the post and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties by the Head Teacher. It may be subject to modification and amendment at any time after consultation with the post holder.

Signed member of staff




Signed appraiser




Approved Head Teacher






Person Specification: Teacher

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach in the UK (QTS or working towards)
  • Right to work in the UK

Experience and Specialist Knowledge

  • Knowledge of up to date curriculum developments
  • Knowledge of assessment at all key stages and robust levelling of student’s work
  • Experience teaching 11-18
  • A positive proven track record of student progress, performance and attainment
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning in your subject area
  • Evidence of effective use of assessment for learning
  • Evidence of outstanding classroom practice which leads to learning for every student
  • Evidence of effective planning, teaching and classroom management
  • Ability to teach to A* GCSE standard

Skills and attributes

We are looking for:

Teaching and Learning

  • Excellent classroom practitioner
  • Effective and consistent behaviour management
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the subject
  • Ability to inspire confidence in students and staff
  • High expectations for self and others
  • Ability to be self-motivated and ability to motivate others to continually improve standards and achievement
  • Be reflective of own practice and be willing to act upon feedback and be open to coaching and mentoring

Problem solving

  • Identify, analyse and resolve problems and issues
  • Develop plans with clear and robust outcomes and effective solutions
  • Evaluate results and identify necessary actions

Disposition and attitude

  • Ability to work with and within a team
  • Ability to plan, prepare and deliver across the subjects across the key stages
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with colleagues, students, parents/carers
  • Ability to respond to change and be flexible
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achievement for self and others
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of students
  • Willingness to participate in extra curricular activities e.g. educational trips/visits


  • Demonstrate resilience, motivation and ability to respond to change
  • Be adaptable and flexible in difficult situations
  • Demonstrate competence in using ICT to enhance learning and teaching
  • A good health record
  • A willingness to participate in extra curricular activities e.g. education trips/visits
  • No contra indicators in personal or criminal record to indicate unsuitability for the post applied for

Vacancy Closing Date: 30/03/2019

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