Teacher of Geography

Samuel Whitbread Academy, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5QS

33 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    January or April

  • Closing date

    8 January 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    17 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £25,714 to £41,604

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Successful teaching at KS3, KS4 and/or KS5
  • Understanding and application of strategies to raise standards across the ability range through effective teaching and learning
  • Sensitivity to the learning needs of all pupils
  • Demonstrate understanding of using comparative data, together with information about pupil’s prior attainment to establish benchmarks and set targets for improvement
  • Identify usage of current good practice in assessment techniques and the monitoring of pupil progress across all key stages.
  • Demonstrate application of information and communication technology for development of learning and teaching in the subject
  • Ability to inspire, enthuse and motivate pupils and staff
  • Excellent classroom management to encourage positive behaviour
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving and good communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively or on own initiative
  • Time management skills and a capacity for hard work and an ability to priorities effectively with good administrative skills
  • The ability to think creatively and imaginatively to anticipate and solve problems and identify opportunities.

What the school offers its staff

Samuel Whitbread Academy is a large, rural upper school with approximately 1,700 students including a Sixth Form approaching 450 students. In September 2025, we will transition from an Upper School to a Secondary School. You will be joining us at a very exciting time.

In our most recent Ofsted report (October 2017), we were judged as Good by inspectors. We are committed to continuing our journey to reach Outstanding and are constantly striving to develop our practice and raise outcomes.

The size of the Academy and membership of BEST means that opportunities available to staff are incredibly varied and wide-ranging. We have a growing reputation for developing an exciting and innovative culture of research within the Academy and believe high quality CPD for staff and a focus on workload and wellbeing results in confident, compassionate and happy staff who strive to do their BEST.

The Geography Department consists of seven members, some of whom also hold other positions of responsibility across the Academy. With 600 students being taught Geography at GCSE, all staff are expected to teach at this level. As much as possible Teachers have sole ownership of their own classes and all members of the team support with enrichment activities and extra-curricular opportunities.

The Department has worked hard to embed a new curriculum for GCSE and A Level. We believe that the high number of students who opt to study Geography at Samuel Whitbread Academy is due to the passion for teaching, expertise and the enriching work they are given to study. Our aim is to create a positive ethos within all students so that they can achieve their true potential and, at the same time, enable both subjects to thrive.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks and references, including enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

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About Samuel Whitbread Academy

School type
Academy, ages 13 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1650 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Phone number
01462 629900

Samuel Whitbread Academy We offer an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience at Samuel Whitbread Academy in an outstanding learning environment where students are expected to work hard and achieve their best. In our last Ofsted inspection, we were judged as ‘Good’ with many outstanding features and over the next three years we have set ourselves the target of being Outstanding! Our GCSE results are amongst the best in the Local Authority. We offer a well-balanced curriculum with plenty of choice to prepare our students for the next stage in their lives. Most of our students continue on to the Sixth Form, which is one of the largest and highest performing in the area - providing students with a huge range of courses designed to match the expectations of universities and employers. Our pastoral care is exceptional and we have dedicated pastoral support teams for each Year Group. The Academy is also broken down into five houses, named after people who have made a distinctive contribution to our community. These provide the framework for the multitude of different competitions, celebrations and charity events that bring our school community together during the year. Extra-curricular opportunity is a vital part of our ethos and we expect all of our students to get involved in at least one club or activity. There are a huge number of opportunities ranging from highly competitive sports teams to spectacular drama and musical performances. We enjoy showing visitors around the school so please take the opportunity to come and see us during the school day, so you can see Samuel Whitbread Academy in action and we can answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Nick Martin, Principal. Shefford, Bedfordshire

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