Head of Theology, Woldingham

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Woldingham SchoolWoldingham

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for a Head of Theology with a passion for education. The post will suit a well-qualified and experienced individual, committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for every pupil and leading a core department in the school. Theology is a successful subject at Woldingham; all students sit the GCSE examination and it is a popular choice at A Level. The Department consists of a team of 5 highly committed theologians, philosophers and religious studies specialists who work with a focus on equipping students with a strong knowledge base, the ability to evaluate as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and who encourage independent thought and learning. There is a very strong culture across the Department of sharing resources and ideas. 

Our girls’ passion for this subject is strong and is evidenced in high levels of student engagement and enjoyment in lessons where they are challenged to expand their academic horizons. At Key Stage 3, students undertake a home-grown, academically rigorous and stimulating curriculum which lays the groundwork for sitting the Edexcel Specification A GCSE examination at the end of Year 11. A popular choice for A Level students, the OCR papers in the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought are studied. Year on year some students choose Theology or Philosophy or a closely-related subject to study at university. We have 4 dedicated classrooms, including a well-resourced Sixth Form subject library, and an office where members of the Department are based.  

The ability to teach Theology across all Key Stages and up to A Level, and experience of doing so, is essential, combined with first-rate organisational and ICT skills. The successful candidate will be a team-player and have a vision for leading the development of the Department. 

Woldingham is a Catholic School, founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, and priority will be given to candidates who are practising Catholics.

Woldingham is a happy and successful boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 and is firmly established as one of the top girls’ independent schools in the UK, outperforming many schools that are far more selective in their admissions process. Central to this achievement is Woldingham’s academic enrichment and extra-curricular programmes, pastoral support and caring community. Close to London, yet in an outstandingly beautiful rural setting, Woldingham has a strong community and culture building on a proud heritage that stretches back 175 years. We are committed to an exciting future that is underpinned by fresh ideas, an innovative spirit and state-of-the-art facilities.

All staff receive free lunches and refreshments. 

Please visit our website to download an application form. Once completed, return it to hr@woldinghamschool.co.uk with a supporting letter no later than 9am on 26 February 2018.

Interviews will be held on 8 March 2018.

Woldingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS report will be required for the successful candidate. 

Professional development and staff welfare:

Our professional team of staff is Woldingham’s greatest asset, and we want to ensure that everyone is supported to work in an effective, enjoyable and fulfilling way. Staff Development is a high priority, with induction and mentoring programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers and new colleagues, plus an annual cycle of Personal Professional Development planning for all colleagues.

Staff are welcome to use our range of outstanding facilities including the gym, squash and tennis courts and the swimming pool. Our Staffroom Committee organises regular social events, and individual members of staff have organised yoga classes and reflexology on site. 

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More about Woldingham School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Marden Park, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7YA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1883 349431
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Woldingham School is a school with history, a legacy of Sacred Heart principles and values. These values refer to educating girls considering: respect for oneself and others, social awareness, a sense of community, and self-realisation, through the C...