Teacher of Ethics, Philosophy & Religion (maternity cover until July 2019), Blackburn

Closing date:

Westholme SchoolBlackburn

Date posted:
Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Westholme scale (at the corresponding mainscale point)
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: No

Westholme School, established in 1923, is a successful, co-educational, independent school located on the rural outskirts of Blackburn. The school is based across 3 sites, providing a first class education to around 800 pupils, aged 3 months - 18 years. The School is well resourced and facilities across the entire campus are extensive and stimulating. Over the last decade over £10M has been spent on capital projects and our students benefit from the all-encompassing provision. Academic achievement is well above the national average at GCSE and A Level and the curriculum is broad and diverse.

The Post:

We seek a well-qualified, dedicated and highly-motivated teacher to join our Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR) Department. The successful candidate will ideally be able to teach throughout the school from Year 7 to A Level. 

Introduction to the Department:

The ethos of the EPR Department is to develop inquiring, articulate and respectful students, who understand shared human values and appreciate diversity in the community. The subject is taught in mixed ability classes at Key Stage 3 and 4. In Years 7 and 8, students investigate and explore the origins of belief in ancient civilisations and the complexity of identity in contemporary society.  In Year 9 they learn to engage with a range of ethical issues and begin the GCSE course. The subject is a popular option at GCSE and A Level.  GCSE students study the Eduqas Route A specification for Religious Studies, and the two religions covered in depth are Buddhism and Christianity. The A Level Edexcel course in Religious Studies covers three modules which focus on the areas of Ethics and Religion, Philosophy of Religion and New Testament Studies.  

The department aims to provide students with valuable opportunities to enhance their understanding of the subject by seeking out ways to bring it to life through trips, extracurricular events and engagement with faith practitioners.  For example, a Year 10 charity team annually hosts a themed movie night for Year 7 students, and Sixth Form students can apply to be leaders of an Amnesty Human Rights Group.  

The EPR Department, alongside History and Geography, is also part of a Humanities Faculty.  There are three members of staff and two dedicated teaching rooms for the EPR Department.

Job Start Date: January 2019

Closing Date: 11th October

How to apply:

To apply please download our easy to use Application Form and complete and submit to principal@westholmeschool.com.  Please include a Covering Letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role.

Please download our documents to explore more.

We look forward to welcoming your application.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: Up to 18 years
Address: Wilmar Lodge, Meins Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 6QU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1254 506070
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