Teacher of Humanities Didcot Girls' School, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Job description

Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted).

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

This summer’s GCSE results were superb with 83% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 64% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 54.3 and our provisional Progress 8 of +0.71 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.

The Post

We are looking for a candidate with the skills and desire to take up a combined Humanities teaching role, delivering Geography, History and/or Personal Development. This is a key post at a time of growth for our school, potentially working across three strong and innovative departments.

Depending on the successful candidate’s previous experience and subject specialism/s, the role can be flexible in terms of key stages taught and qualifications delivered. Equally, applications for part-time and flexible working arrangements for this post are welcomed.
The role is suitable for NQTs as well as experienced teachers and excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate.

DGS Geography Department

The Geography department is staffed by an enthusiastic and talented group of four teaching staff. They are exceptionally collaborative and very well resourced as a result of careful, strategic curriculum development over a number of years. The department is accommodated in specialist classrooms with projectors.

Results in the department are consistently strong with students at both GCSE and A level performing significantly above national averages and producing strong value-added performance.

Geography is a very popular choice at GCSE and A level. We typically have four groups at GCSE each year and two in each of Year 12 and Year 13.

DGS History Department

The History Department is also staffed by a team of four excellent teaching staff who are always keen to share ideas and resources. They too have a carefully planned and fully resourced curriculum that has been created and refined over a number of years in a process that continues to ensure both engagement and the very best outcomes. The department is accommodated in specialist classrooms with projectors.

History is also a popular GCSE choice with three or four groups operating in each of the three KS4 cohorts and two groups in each of Year 12 and Year 13.

Outcomes in History far exceed national benchmarks, with recent cohorts seeing 20% more students achieving grade 4 or above at GCSE and a superb ALPS 2 at A level. We are very proud of these successes and attribute them to inspirational leadership and teaching, a growth mindset and lots of hard work

DGS Personal Development Department

Personal Development is a key subject at our school, with one hour per week of dedicated, timetabled lesson time for all students in Year 7 -10 and a team of committed teachers who deliver a well-planned curriculum. This curriculum is regularly reviewed and updated as we believe supporting students in their development as young people in an ever-changing world should be a core purpose of a great school. Year 11 Personal Development takes place through a series of careers-related, exam preparation and well-being events throughout the year that ensure students are appropriately supported as they complete their GCSEs and progress onto the next stage in their education.

In all three departments, the successful candidate will enjoy the support of exceptional subject leaders, great subject-specific CPD and supportive colleagues.

Application Process

Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) - paying particular attention to the ‘Relevant skills and experience’ section - and send it to Frances Adley at fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Please also submit a written response (maximum 2 sides A4 at point 11) to the following: ‘What makes outstanding teaching and learning in the humanities?’

Please feel free to focus on the subject with which you have most experience for this task.

The deadline for applications is Monday 20th January at 9am

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview.

Should you wish to tour the school in advance of an application, or for any general queries, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Frances Adley at fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application.

Tom Goodenough
Headteacher

Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Essential educational requirements

Relevant Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Teaching experience

Employee benefits

MPS/UPS scale point


About Didcot Girls' School

Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted). Accredited as a national Teaching School in 2017, we offer excellent opportunities for staff development and progression. We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

Address
Manor Crescent, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7AJ
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
Didcot Girls' School website (opens in a new window)