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Teacher of History

Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristol, City of

Applications are invited from charismatic, enthusiastic and suitably qualified teachers for this exciting, and rewarding post within our History department. It will be essential to be able to teach at KS3, 4 and 5. We would also be interested in hearing from candidates who can offer some teaching in other curriculum areas such as Government & Politics or Business Studies but this is not essential.  We welcome applications from experienced and newly qualified teachers and from those seeking a full-time or part-time position (minimum of 0.6FTE).

The school

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is an academy that specialises in Music. The academy became part of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) in 2016. It serves students from all over Bristol and welcomes those of all faiths and none.  We are proud of our diverse, tolerant and respectful community, which reflects Bristol’s demographic.

With a comprehensive intake, students present with a large range of additional educational needs. The proportion of students with an EHCP is well above the national average. Similarly the school welcomes a significant number of children who are looked after or previously looked after. 

The Sixth Form has approximately 425 students, many of whom join in Year 12 from other schools. Levels of attainment are high. The majority of students progress to university, including Russell group institutions and Oxbridge. 

The ethos and culture of the academy are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well.”  Ofsted 2016.

The school received an overall judgement of “Outstanding” from Ofsted in January 2016 and is the most oversubscribed school in Bristol, with a trend of strong results in public examinations at both GCSE and A level. 

As part of Cathedral Schools Trust, we are able to offer a coherent and high quality provision of continuing professional development.  This includes a comprehensive programme for newly and recently qualified teachers, as well as catering for more experienced colleagues to support career progression.

The History Department 

The History Department at BCCS is a small but high performing department within the school.  We are lucky enough to teach history in the heart of a significant historical site, which has been impacted by events ranging from the Reformation to the Second World War.

We are keen to ensure that the history curriculum at BCCS reflects the diverse intake of our school and have spent a significant amount of time reflecting on how this can be best achieved.  As a result, we study a range of local, national and international topics which range chronologically from  eleventh to the twenty-first century.  We are also fully committed to teaching history via enquiries embedded in second-order concepts and ensure that students at KS3 engage rigorously with primary sources and historical interpretations.

History is a popular subject at GCSE and we usually have three classes. Recent results have been outstanding, with 33% of students achieving grade 9, 68% securing grades 7-9 and 81.4% attaining grades 5-9 in 2019.  We follow the OCR B: Schools History Project specification and study the following modules: Migrants to Britain, c1250-Present; Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945; The Making of America, 1789-1900; The Elizabethans, 1580-1603 and our History Around Us site study is Bristol Cathedral.

Uptake of History A Level is high and we run two classes each year. We follow the AQA specification and study the following modules: France in Revolution, 1774-1815 and The Tudors, England: 1485-1603.  Our NEA gives students an opportunity to study Russia between 1855-1953.  The department also offers Politics A Level, following the Edexcel specification.

Method of application

Please include a letter of application in the online supporting statement section of your application. If you are willing to teach any other subject areas, it would be helpful for you to include this detail. Please state your preference for a full-time or part-time position.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the vacancy. The person specification will be used for shortlisting purposes. 

Further information about the school can be found on our website 

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head’s PA, Mimi Johnson,

Applications should be received by 9am Wednesday 19th May 2021

Successful applicants will be called to interview on the week beginning 24th May 2021. Interviews will take place at the school with appropriate secure COVID protocols in place.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts at Cathedral Schools Trust are subject to pre-employment checks including, but not limited to, initial and periodic enhanced level checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Cathedral Schools Trust recognises the strength in diversity. Our schools have a wide range of cultural, socio economic and religious influences and we use this to ensure that we broaden our understanding of each other and the world.  We welcome applications of all backgrounds but particularly welcome those from BAME backgrounds as we recognise that our staff team does not currently reflect the diversity of our student body.

As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we ask that all applications are made using our application form and are accompanied by an equal opportunities form. The equal opportunities form is anonymous and is not shared with the shortlisting panel.

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