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TV23524 - Head of Geography

Brownhills Ormiston Academy
Walsall, West Midlands
Main Pay Scale / Upper Pay Scale + TLR2b £5351.95
Closing date
2 Sep 2024

Brownhills Ormiston Academy

Deakin Avenue



01543 452886


Job Title: Head of Geography - Maternity Cover

Salary: Main Pay Scale / Upper Pay Scale + TLR2b £5351.95

Status: Term Time

Hours: Full Time. Directed time will not exceed 1265 hours

Contract term: Fixed Term, 12-month Maternity Cover

Start date: To be agreed with the successful applicant or October 2024/January 2024

Who We Are:

Brownhills Ormiston Academy (BROA) is a happy, supportive and caring place to be. We understand the demands of the education industry and enable a sensible approach to workload, and a calm and respectful environment. The successful candidate will join an experienced and enthusiastic humanities team. It is important to our academy that we appoint someone who believes strongly that Geography is worthy of study and can demonstrate a passion for the subject.

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is one of the largest non-for-profit multi-academy trusts in England. The successful candidate will be joining an academy chain which believes passionately that every child should be given a chance to thrive.

BROA is a smaller academy, which allows staff to build positive relationships with, and guidance and support all our pupils. We are determined that every pupil be given the opportunity to realise their dreams and aspirations regardless of their background.

The successful candidate will align with our three values: Ready (Ready to learn and thrive), Respect (Respect for oneself and others in all we say and do), and Safe (Safe in all our actions for a happy and caring school community). These are firmly embedded within our culture, and we are proud that our pupils demonstrate them daily.

We have a comprehensive professional development calendar and qualification opportunities are offered to all staff at all levels. They are delivered within the academy, via OAT or via accredited external providers.

We are interested in developing the potential leaders of the future.

There are many opportunities for further involvement in the wider pastoral and co-curricular life of this academy.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who will actively and positively promote Geography within the academy and will teach engaging and challenging lessons to enable our pupils to progress and achieve.

The role does not require previous experience as a Head of Department or Lead Teacher but does require the skills of teaching expertise, leadership and decision-making, administrative accuracy and excellent organisational skills, all combined with empathy, patience and humour to build rapport with our pupils. This is a fantastic opportunity for colleagues looking for their first step into leadership or for experienced leaders. With our extensive support and professional development, the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

The candidate will ensure high standards of pupil attainment and achievement within the whole curriculum and will monitor and support pupil progress.  The successful candidate will be ambitious and have a firm commitment to raising whole school achievement. They will provide professional leadership and management of the Geography faculty and will support and develop Geography teaching staff.

Working with SLT and OAT’s Subject Specialist Practitioners, the successful candidate will ensure the development of the teaching practices of others within the department/subject area and will lead the development and quality assurance of the Geography curriculum.

Applicants will possess a teaching qualification and will be a highly competent classroom practitioner. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of how children learn and assessment for learning as well as how to effectively manage behaviour.

The successful candidate will possess clear communication skills and the ability to relate well to both pupils and staff. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate commitment and energy to join our team and work to provide positive learning experiences for all our pupils.

The successful candidate will:

  • Strategically lead the curriculum development and teaching of Geography
  • Collaborate with the Geography department and OAT Lead practitioner to quality assure teaching and learning in the department.
  • Facilitate and lead learning experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Have high expectations of self, pupils and academy for standards of teaching and learning
  • Have a passion for teaching and learning, celebrating success and encouraging all to aspire, achieve and excel.
  • Inspire pupils and staff through a passionate commitment to the subject.
  • Strong organisational, personal time management and planning skills
  • Have the knowledge and experience of /willingness to learn about effective leadership and management of people/management of change in an educational setting.
  • To oversee and evaluate budget allocations to ensure the budget is spent in line with priorities and the principles of best value, ensuring all resources are maintained safely and in good order
  • Have the ability to use all Microsoft Office packages to a proficient standard
  • Have the ability to work well in a team and independently
  • to promote the building and sharing of good practice and successful innovation across your team
  • Have experience in monitoring and evaluating standards of teaching and learning through observation, sampling pupil’s work and pupil feedback
  • Have experience in overseeing effective assessment, recording and reporting of pupil progress

What we offer:

  • Access to the Vivup employee benefits portal with discounts on supermarkets, technology, fashion, travel, etc.
  • Access to Vivup – Car Scheme
  • Many more well-being benefits are continually being launched via OAT & Vivup
  • Access to our Employee Counselling helpline – free and confidential
  • Supportive working environment where all staff are valued
  • Collaborative working within our shared family of schools- both locally and nationally
  • Excellent CPD opportunities
  • On site parking
  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • Excellent facilities

The closing date for this post is Monday 2 September 2024

Application link

Brownhills Ormiston Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Ormiston Academies Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.  Flexible working opportunities will be considered. 

 All successful appointments will be subject to suitability checks in accordance with KCSIE, including identity, Right to Work, qualifications, online searches, prohibition check, two references and enhanced DBS check including Children’s Barred List.

 The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, which provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions, can be found here:

 Visit us online at where you can find further information and details on how to apply. Please note that CV’s are not accepted.

Interested parties are warmly invited to submit an OAT Application Form outlining reasons for applying and suitability for the role. More information about Brownhills Ormiston Academy can be found on our website: Brownhills Ormiston Academy

This post is advertised in accordance with OAT recruitment and selection policy.

Canvassing any member of staff, or member of the Governing Body, directly or indirectly is prohibited and will be considered a disqualification.



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