This job expired on 6 October 2023

  • Job start date

    1 January 2024

  • Closing date

    6 October 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    12 September 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: Full Time

Contract type


Pay scale

£28,000 - £43,685 (MPS/UPS as appropriate)

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Ability to form strong working relationships with children
  • Understanding of curriculum and assessment of pupil progress
  • Skills and knowledge to deal with student safety and behaviour
  • Professional understanding of safeguarding within a school setting
  • Setting high standards to staff and students by personal example
  • Ability to gain parental support and co-operation
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Ability to write reports, keep accurate records and communicate effectively
  • Commitment to continued personal development
  • Ability to focus on standards and the belief that all students can succeed given the right opportunity and support
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities
  • Confident and competent in the use of ICT

What the school offers its staff

We invest in our teachers by providing regular CPD, both internal and external, and ensure that they are given time to collaborate and share good practice with colleagues in order to help continually improve their practice.

Further details about the role

We are seeking an ambitious, enthusiastic and creative Geography teacher with a passion for encouraging our students love of this subject throughout their learning journey. The successful candidate will need to provide our students with an outstanding education, and work collaboratively with departmental staff in our high performing department.

Head of Geography TLR available for the right candidate.

Geography is a successful department at Smithdon High School and GCSE Geography is a popular optional subject. We have an established knowledge rich curriculum which is fully resourced, providing teachers with resources for every lesson.

We have four specialist Geography teachers working in fully equipped rooms with projectors and visualisers as well as key textbooks. The department has a range of fieldwork equipment, used at various points in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum. Our teachers are supported by the Senior Leadership Team and Cross-Trust Leaders.

Our school is an 11-16 secondary located in the town of Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast, famed for its sunshine and colourful striped cliffs.

Part of West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT) - a small, locally based charity working with 7 primary and 4 secondary schools, we have just over 600 students and are currently oversubscribed in Year 7.

To apply please complete the application form attached and email this to: recruitment@westnorfolkacademiestrust.co.uk or by post to the HR Department, West Norfolk Academies Trust, c/o Springwood High School, Queensway, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4AW.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier if a viable field is met prior to the published closing date.

Commitment to safeguarding

West Norfolk Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, therefore appointments are subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check with barred list. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to an online search.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 but Exceptions Order may apply.

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About Smithdon High School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
612 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

At Smithdon High School we share a simple vision. Every child is supported to make progress in every single lesson, every single day.

These are exciting times to join our school. Under our current Headteacher since September 2022, we are building to become a truly great school – with our best GCSE results ever in the summer of 2023 and achieving a “Good” Ofsted (“good” in all areas) in November 2023. Our staff work as a team and support each other, while receiving fantastic professional development opportunities. They are encouraged to be the best they can be.

Our school serves the coastal town of Hunstanton and the surrounding area with a clear focus on knowing the strengths and needs of every student. We believe every child deserves a warm welcome to every learning opportunity and a personalised learning experience; challenge and support leading to exceptional progress. We are also at the centre of the community in Hunstanton and West Norfolk. We will always embrace opportunities to strengthen existing and explore new relationships within our community.

Our buildings are both innovative and modern as well as of historic significance and we aim to create the best facilities for our students to learn and achieve - coupled with an innovative and creative curriculum alongside outstanding specialist staff.

Everything we do reflects both our core values to "Work Hard, Be Kind and Smile" and our "Smithdon Seven" expectations.
1. We believe in ourselves and are proud of our achievements
2. We aim high and accept challenge to achieve our ambitions
3. We take responsibility for our choices, our actions and our environment
4. We work together to support our community
5. We are present, we are equipped to learn, we work hard and we always give our best
6. We are respectful and we listen to others
7. We take pride in the presentation of ourselves and our work

At Smithdon High School we welcome applicants who want to make a positive difference to the lives of our students and can help them to aspire to great futures.

We are part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust whose aim is to challenge and support a small group of schools to provide an excellent education for the young people of West Norfolk.

The Trust works in a supportive partnership with Primary and Secondary schools with each school maintaining their unique identity and ethos.

The schools work together to ensure maximum benefit for all students through economies of scale and shared resources.

The Trust’s clear strategic vision for the future is based around four key areas:
• Maximising student achievement
• Ensuring each student is engaged with the school
• Ensuring our students have access to world class resources
• Delivering outstanding teaching and learning

Arranging a visit to Smithdon High School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@westnorfolkacademiestrust.co.uk.

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