We are looking to appoint a temporary Teacher of English and RS. This post is available now until August and offers an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic staff and very supportive department whose members are committed to making a real difference. The school was last fully inspected by Ofsted in May 2011 and we were awarded Outstanding. We are very proud of our achievements and for the last 4 years we have been congratulated by the Minister of State for Schools on our achievements at GCSE level placing us in the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England. In addition, we were in the top 100 for pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate. We have also regularly been in the top 10% nationally (out of over 2,500 schools and colleges) for our A level performance assessed by ALPS. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us to ensure that in every way Bullers Wood remains an outstanding school at our next Ofsted inspection, and that every one of our students achieves and exceeds both their targets and expectations. The successful candidate will join Bullers Wood at an exciting time as we approach the opening of a secondary free school, Bullers Wood School for Boys in September 2018. This means that in the future there will be opportunities for enhanced professional and career development within the Bullers Wood Multi Academy Trust across both the Girls and the Boys schools.
The English department is a stable and dedicated team of 12 specialist teachers. At KS3, students currently follow a 2 year curriculum. KS4 students follow the AQA GCSE English Language syllabus and the AQA English Literature GCSE syllabus. English Literature and English Language are popular choices for students at Post 16 with 3 Literature groups running at AS and A2 and 2 Language groups at AS and A2.
Key Stage 3 In English students are taught in sets. The number of groups in each year is flexible and guided by the ability of the year. Groups are regularly reviewed and students moved where appropriate.
Key Stage 4 English is taught in sets in four lessons per week in which both English Language and English Literature are covered. All students sit examinations in both English Language and English Literature. Sixth Form The AQA syllabus is followed for English Language and the Edexcel for English Literature.
The Religious Studies and Philosophy Department strives to provide students with a rigorous religious and philosophical education. Our principal aim is to help pupils grow intellectually, morally, socially, and spiritually. Values of mutualism, acceptance, and open-mindedness are upheld, and the successful candidate would be expected to maintain this ethos. The team numbers a number of specialists and school leaders. Some teachers with other specialisms teach Religious Studies, too. The team is friendly, vibrant, and committed.
Key Stage 3 The department delivers KS3 religious education in accordance with the Bromley locally agreed syllabus. There is a strong focus on dialogical philosophy in Year 7. Pupils in Year 7 receive two 50 minute lessons per week, whereas pupils in Years 8 and 9 receive one 50 minute lesson.
Key Stage 4 Year 11 pupils are prepared for examination in Eduqas GCSE (Short Course), unless they opted for the subject, in which case they are prepared for Eduqas GCSE (Full Course). All Year 10 pupils are prepared for examination in Eduqas GCSE (Full Course). In all instances, the focus is on (i) Christianity, (ii) Islam, and (iii) Ethics. Sixth Form The department prepares pupils for examination in both A-level Religious Studies (OCR) and A-level Philosophy (AQA).
Pupils in Year 12 receive six lessons per week; pupils in Year 13 receive five lessons per week. Bromley SACRE Bromley SACRE visited the department and reported that “This visit was very interesting and showed how important RE is and what an impact it can have on the pupils and the ethos of the school. Mrs Barnett commented that she felt she could not visit another secondary school as this had been so impressive.” (October 2014)