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Teacher of Religious Studies

Greenshaw High SchoolSutton

Greenshaw High School is a highly over-subscribed 11-19 comprehensive school situated in Sutton, south-west London, and is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Greenshaw has a reputation for providing a dynamic education within a happy and caring environment, and we are proud of our successes as a genuine comprehensive school. We are committed to achieving the best for the youngsters in our care, refusing to accept that there is a limit on what can be achieved. We are ambitious for our school and the professional development of our staff is at the forefront of our improvement. We are also the home of the Greenshaw Research School, funded by the EEF to help schools make better use of research to improve the quality of teaching and learning and raise student outcomes across the country. 

We are looking for a highly motivated and committed individual with a passion for Religious Studies and the ability to inspire staff and students to join our school as Teacher of Religious Studies. The successful candidate will teach Religious Studies up to Key Stage 4 (up to Key Stage 5) would be desirable) and play a central role in the department, with the highest ambitions for learning and rigorously high expectations. For the right candidate, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-established and successful department and make a significant contribution to its ambitious vision for the future.

The successful candidate will have excellent subject knowledge and a genuine passion for teaching Religious Studies, with detailed knowledge of current curriculum and pedagogical developments in their subject and the wider curriculum. A desire to raise overall achievement in Religious Studies through promoting the highest standard of teaching and learning is essential.

We also welcome applications from NQTs and offer an extensive induction programme in a supportive environment. Our NQT offer includes: a dedicated senior professional mentor, weekly purposeful practice of techniques and strategies, evidence-informed induction on the science of learning, a strong focus on pedagogical content knowledge, support on maintaining a sensible workload, a supportive behaviour management system and high levels of professional trust and collegiality. 

The Religious Studies department is a forward thinking, lively and positive team comprised of experienced specialist teachers.  Our aim is to ensure that all students think critically about their beliefs and the views of others, and engage fully in developing as responsible, respectful and informed young people.  All students at Greenshaw study Religious Studies in Years 7 to 9. In Year 10 and 11, students study a course entitled Social and Religious Studies, which prepares them for the AQA Specification A Religious Studies GCSE, focusing on Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices, and philosophical and ethical themes. RS remains a very popular subject in Sixth Form where we offer AQA Philosophy A-Level covering Epistemology, Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics. Results at both GCSE and A Level are consistently excellent.  

We believe that Religious Studies offers a unique opportunity to prepare students for living in an increasingly diverse society.  We encourage our students to examine their own beliefs; analyse a variety of views; consider life’s big philosophical questions; and examine their own decision-making and behaviour through a study of contemporary issues. We invite students to look at issues within their own local community, across the wider UK and then internationally through topical case studies.  Our goal is to shape the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students; to build community cohesion on a local and national level; to promote equal opportunities; to encourage diversity; and to develop in our students the critical thinking and writing skills essential to success in the workplace.

For a comprehensive job description and person specification, please refer to the recruitment pack. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying please download a recruitment pack and application form. 

A statement of suitability should be submitted with the application form. Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Applications must be received no later than Monday 19th April 2021 at 9:00am

Interviews will be held during the week of Monday 19th April 2021. Due to COVID-19 control measures in place at the school, alternative arrangements for interview may be made e.g. a virtual interview.

The School reserves the right to commence the interview process at any time prior to the closing date so early application is recommended.

Greenshaw High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children therefore appointment to this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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