The vision of the geography department at Harlington School is to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. We also aim to equip our students to become independent learners with the ability to question, investigate and to think critically about issues affecting a dynamically changing world both now and in the future.
FACULTY ORGANISATION & FACILITIES
Staffing in the faculty includes both specialists and non – specialists. We currently have 3 specialists and one non-specialist teacher. We have classrooms assigned to geography department within the humanities faculty. History and RE also have separate allocated classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with whiteboards and students’ textbooks. Students and teachers also have access to online textbooks on kerboodle. Priorities are always given to new teachers to have one classroom for all their lessons. There is a bank of lessons for all year groups in a shared drive that would give a new teacher a good head start. Geography is a popular and oversubscribed GCSE course, and in Harlington School, most students are guided towards the EBACC, within the framework of the Harlington ‘Bac, which incorporates a 9 – 1 subject GCSE portfolio. The vast majority of students choose to study either History or Geography, and all students study GCSE RE, so Humanities are celebrated and supported at the school. The Humanity Faculty is a welcoming faculty, with staff from all disciplines working closely together to support students’ progress and achievements.
Geography is taught at Key Stage 3 once a week per class with a lesson of 100 minutes every week. KS4 students have 3 lessons of 100 minutes each over a two-week timetable. All students in KS3 and KS4 are in mixed ability classes. KS4 currently begins in year 9, however this may change to year 10 from September 2022. There are one class each in year 12 and 13 in KS5.
Our mission is to provide a challenging yet engaging curriculum that fosters an interest in geography which the students will take outside of the classroom and become responsible members of society. We aim to stimulate in our students an interest in and a sense of wonder about the world around them. Our curriculum covers all aspects of the KS3 national curriculum that is linked to our KS4 curriculum and also provides a broad balance of physical and human geography ensuring students see the link between the two disciplines. At KS4 and KS5, we follow the AQA specifications with linear exams at the end of year 11. There is a coursework at the end of year 13.
Encouraging scholarly attributes have become integral to the department which allow pupils to deepen their understanding and allow them to express their views and opinions with greater confidence to go above and beyond. We encourage deeper thinking through analysis of geographical artefacts, maps, graphs and photographs. This is supported with ‘prep’ and project home learning.
More so, enrichment and external learning experiences are a key feature of the enhanced curriculum
that provide our students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom be it during lesson time, on day trips at GCSE or on residential trips at A-Level. The school funds all geography field trips for GCSE and A Level.
Applications are to be made electronically using the school application form available below. All enquiries and applications via email only to: email@example.com. If you require any further information or wish to discuss this role in more detail please contact the Director of HR and Admin, Vanessa Chettiar via the recruitment email.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to equality of opportunity. Enhanced DBS clearance will be required. No agency enquiries. CVs alone will not be accepted.