TEACHER OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
(Ability to also teach History would be an advantage but not essential)
Salary: MPS/UPS + Fringe
Part Time (0.6) /Fixed Term – Maternity Cover
Start Date: September 2019
Rickmansworth School is an 11-19 heavily oversubscribed co-educational partially (35%) selective converter academy with 1260 on roll, expanding to 1450 over the next five years. Judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted (November 2017). Staff Development recognised as an area of excellence by Challenge Partners (March 2018), with 3 staff achieving national finals in last 2 years. Academic results are strong with GCSE Progress 8 +0.25 (sig +ve), EBacc 39% and A level almost 50% A*-B grades, with 100% students securing first choice destinations.
The School is in a strong, stable financial position. £3.5m school expansion completed September 2018 which included New Sixth-form centre, ten classrooms, drama theatres and film editing suite. Outstanding staff well-being programme includes fortnightly well-being period, Childcare vouchers, Flu jabs, Access to the Fitness Suite and swimming pool, Pilates classes, Yoga class, and Free eye tests.
Our students enjoy learning and are a pleasure to teach. We believe every child deserves the best and we aim to achieve excellence in all aspects of school life.
About the Religious Studies Philosophy and Ethics Department (RSPE)
Our aim is to capture the interest of our students, as well as develop the critical and evaluative skills that help them to make sense of the world around them. We encourage students to show their understanding of Religious beliefs, teaching and practices by recognising connections between their own personal beliefs and those of a religious believer. The Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics department aims to foster this love of learning and intellectual curiosity through the topics that we cover and the variety of teaching and learning techniques applied in the classroom. We encourage our students to take an active part in their education and they demonstrate their understanding through a range of methods including: research projects, presentations, engaging in class debates, re-enactments and writing essays to enhance their analytical and evaluative reasoning.
At all levels in the School the department aims to foster an interest in and enjoyment of religious beliefs, teachings and practices through provision of activities beyond the classroom. We organise enrichment days which involve guest speakers, discussion activities and fieldtrips to places of religious significance. The RSPE Department is part of the Humanities Faculty and is well resourced, and has two dedicated classrooms as well as a faculty office. All rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Religious Studies is a taught across all Key Stages and achieves good results in public examinations. The diversity of the subject and the topics studied results in all students finding some aspect of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics deeply interesting.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and are an equal opportunities employer. Applicants must declare any criminal convictions and submit to a check with the Disclosing and Barring Service as the post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Application forms and details can be obtained from the website www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk, by calling the School on 01923 726917 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 8:00am Monday 25th March 2019
Interview date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 or earlier
(Suitable applicants may be interviewed upon receipt of an application)