Teacher of Religious Studies (to include A level Ethics papers)
Salary: MPS Additional responsibility allowances may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates
Required for September 2018 or earlier by negotiation
Closing Date: 9am Friday, 13th April
Interviews: Wednesday, 18th April, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.
Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.
Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.
Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results. In 2017 43% of GCSE grades were at A*/A or 9-7, and well over a quarter of our students achieved eight A/7 grades or better. We have averaged +0.5 for Progress 8 in the three years so far (0.6 in 2017), and were a Top-100 non-selective school nationally in 2015. At A level 66% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes at Distinction or better; our first full cohort secured several Oxbridge, Medicine and Vet Science places, with the great majority going to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities, the picture of offers is even stronger for our second cohort. We have consistently achieved a high ALPS Grade 2 at both KS4 and KS5.
Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff.
Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.
This Role: We need a creative and energetic teacher of Religious Studies, a subject that sits within our outward-looking, pluralist Jewish Education Faculty. In particular we seek a colleague who can teach the ethics element of RS A level, a popular and very successful option choice in the 6th form. There are usually two groups in each cohort and they study one paper in Judaism and one in Philosophy and Ethics. All KS4 students take GCSE RS – again, one of our highest scoring subjects – studying Islam and Judaism, and there is a World Faiths element also in all years of Key Stage 3. The successful candidate, who need not be Jewish, would have a timetable designed as far as possible to match their experience.
The Jewish Education team is both intellectually lively and pedagogically alert, regularly achieving value-added scores of ALPS 2 or higher at both GCSE and A level. We aim to combine the best of pluralist Jewish teaching with an award-winning interfaith commitment to support students in developing their identities as Jews in the modern world. The Faculty comprises both formal and informal educators and enjoys a highly respected, central role in the life of the school and in the experience of students, aided by residential and day trips, vibrant whole school activities, social action and leadership training.
Additional responsibilities may be available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates, and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term.
JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8344 2220
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.