Subject Leader of RS

Waddesdon Church of England SchoolBuckinghamshire


Religious Education enables students to explore their sense of self, their relationships with others and how they understand their place in the world: it enlivens, enriches and enlightens.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and ambitious Subject Leader of Religious Studies from September 2021. This exciting role will provide you with the opportunity to inspire and lead a team of subject specialists so that students and staff thrive personally and academically through Religious Studies and Philosophy & Ethics.

This is a fantastic opportunity to step up to middle leadership in a supportive, positive and happy environment. The post carries a TLR of 2a (£6,404)

About your school:

Waddesdon Church of England School welcomes young people into a safe and secure community where students are encouraged to succeed according to their unique abilities. Standards and expectations are high and learning is developed through a wide range of engaging educational opportunities. Our ethos is rooted and grounded in traditional Christian values which foster dignity and respect for all and compassion and sensitivity towards others. Self-confidence is nurtured through praise, encouragement, acknowledgement of success and celebration of achievement. Our learning culture enables our students to fulfil their potential as responsible and productive citizens, to be keen life-long learners and to be proud to claim that they are a part of the Waddesdon tradition, the "Waddesdon Way".

Waddesdon is an oversubscribed all ability 11-18 school, set in rural Buckinghamshire. The school is 30 minutes away from Oxford and also within easy commuting distance from Milton Keynes. There are just under 1000 students on roll, including 290 in the Sixth Form. The school has an excellent reputation for CPD and recognises and values the contributions of all staff.

There are realistic expectations regarding balancing family and leisure time and workload. Governors have recently changed the Admissions Policy to include children of staff members.

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About the role:

This is a superb opportunity to join and lead a happy and hard-working team of RS specialists whose enthusiasm and expertise enable our students to flourish in RS and Philosophy, Ethics & Christianity.

As outlined in the job description (see attached) you will take a strategic lead in developing and delivering stimulating and effective teaching and learning. You will work with the school leadership team to provide exceptional spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is recognised and reflected through the SIAMS inspection cycle.

You will enjoy many opportunities to lead co-curricular projects, experiential visits and to work collaboratively with external speakers and institutions. You will also bring your uniqueness to the team and your passion for excellence and innovation.

About the candidate:

See the full person specification, attached.

Other information/how to apply:

We encourage you to contact the school (01296 651382) for a phone conversation and to discuss your interest in the post. The description of the department, the full SIAMS report, and our termly newsletter, The Waddesdon Voice will give you a flavour of the culture and ethos of our school and the department. Testimonials from our staff about the culture and ethos of our school can also be found on our website in our ‘Working at Waddesdon’ section.

Application forms should be sent to by the closing date of Wednesday 24th February 2021 (12pm).

Safeguarding Statement

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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