Teacher of Religious Education
To Start January 2020
St Bede's has a thriving and enthusiastic RE Department. You will be working in a very supportive team of experienced teachers who are dedicated to the academic and spiritual learning and development of each student. The Religious Education Department plays a special part in leading and promoting the overall ethos of the school and aims to be at the forefront of its success.
As a core subject, all students are taught RE throughout the school with all students sitting GCSE in Year 11. Pupils at Key Stage 3 study Christianity as well as aspects of other major world faiths. In addition to core R.E, students are taught in their Denominational groups where they explore their beliefs, traditions and experiences, which contribute to a Christian view of the world: their parents opt for their attendance at Anglican, Roman Catholic or Free Church denominational religious education lessons which are taught by a practicing Christian teacher from each respective denominational group. We aim to inspire all students to achieve their full potential and place great emphasis on securing students’ success at GCSE.
Currently we study AQA at both GCSE and A Level. Many students choose to go on and study Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics at A Level and continue with this subject at further education or serve in Christian community projects in a gap year project. There is also a compulsory RE course in the Sixth Form that aims to explore Christian ethics and morals in the modern world. Results in 2019 at GCSE were 85% 9-4 with 41% achieving 9-7. At A Level, the group sizes are large and it is a popular subject; in 2019, 30% achieved A*- B.
St Bede's holds a special place in Christian history as it was Britain's first ecumenical Roman Catholic and Church of England comprehensive school. The school is strongly over-subscribed. The department work in close collaboration with our School Chaplains to create a variety of opportunities to learn and experience faith in and beyond the classroom. The school Governors are deeply committed to the work of the school and to its religious life and education. We are often visited by national representatives of many denominations and seek ways to be an example of Christian unity to the rest of the world.
Led by Claudio Gangemi, Head of Department, the RE team are a strong and collaborative unit comprised of 5 full-time subject specialist teachers (including a KS3 Co-ordinator), and 3 humanities part time teachers.
We would welcome applications from motivated, enthusiastic teachers, passionate about Religious Education and dedicated to raising standards of students' learning. It is important that you are supportive in our ecumenical approach and ethos which permeates through both the department and school. Applications are welcome from experienced teachers and from NQTs who would benefit from a comprehensive induction year programme. If this sounds like you, don't hesitate to apply and we look forward to hearing from you. We welcome visits prior to application.
Why work for us?
St Bede's is a good place to work. Staff are friendly and supportive of one another: relationships between staff and pupils were recognised by Ofsted as 'exceptionally strong'.
Staff are valued and benefit from CPD opportunities will help them to develop skills.
There are good on-site catering facilities. Staff are able to use the fitness facilities free of charge and to participate in sports activities.
Music is a big part of school life and staff are welcome to join our senior choir and instrumental groups.
We have a social event at the end of each term as well as occasional staff trips to the theatre.
The school is situated in Redhill, a commuter belt town in the Surrey Fringe area. We are close to the M25 and there are good transport links to London and the South Coast from Redhill station which is about 15 minutes walk from the school. We also benefit from being within walking distance of beautiful countryside . Many staff live locally, others commute from Guildford, South London, Kent and East & West Sussex.
We welcome visits prior to application (but appreciate that it is not possible for everyone to do so). If you would like to arrange a visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org