Head of Religious Education, Bristol, City of

Closing date:Expiring soon

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple SchoolBristol, City of

Date posted:
Start date: 1 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Teaching Salary plus TLR 2b (currently £4,529) or TLR 2c (currently £6,646)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Role

Are you our new Head of Religious Education?  This post is offered in two formats: either coordinating RE on a TLR2b or making additional significant contributions to the Christian ethos of the school on a TLR2c.  We welcome applicants for both formats of the post equally. 

The post is available from 1 September 2019.  We are advertising because of the retirement of the current post holder after a long and successful career.

The School

We are a successful and heavily oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational, Church of England, comprehensive school of over 1700 students, serving families from the whole of greater Bristol and beyond. We are located at the heart of the city and have a diverse student community with considerable parental support. Our diversity is a strength and something we celebrate. The Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre currently houses more than 600 students taken from our own school and from many other schools across the City.

The School is proud of its academic record, and 82% of grades were at grade 4 (equivalent to a C) or above  this summer.  77% achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths.  Progress 8 is 0.37.  Sixth Form results are also high with a 99% pass rate and 83% at grade C or above (up from 81%).  24% got A* and A grades.  Most Sixth Form students continue on to Higher Education, including 5 taking up Oxbridge places this year.

Inspection Reports

The School was judged in January 2012 and again in April 2015 to be outstanding by Ofsted, and outstanding in our church school (SIAMS) inspection, in each and every category. Ofsted judged Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils, and Sixth Form Provision, all as Outstanding.

The Department

Humanities is an outstanding faculty with an exceptional team of teachers who enjoy working collaboratively and have helped to lead learning across the School and the city. The exam results of the three Humanities subjects (Geography, History and RE) are among the best in the school and take up at both GCSE and A Level underlines the high regard in which the Faculty is held by the students.

The Religious Education department is very successful, and is a subject where many of the School’s Values are expressed, understood and related to situations in life.  A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used so that students are fully engaged.

At KS3 there is a main focus on Christianity but five other major world religions are studied in separate units, in their own right. There is a whole school entry for Eduqas GCSE which covers beliefs and practices in Christianity and Islam and Religious responses to various ethical issues. At A Level, our cohort is following the Edexcel specification for Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and New Testament Studies. This is in addition to a Philosophy A Level which includes Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Epistemology and Mind. 

What We're Looking For

We are looking for a well-qualified and enthusiastic Head of Religious Education to join our successful team and contribute to the vital role that this key subject plays in the life of the School.  The successful candidate should be able to teach RE to all the Key Stages (including A Level).  The ability to teach Philosophy (KS5) may be an advantage.

Find out more about the School by visiting our website www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk.

Why Work for Us

  • Excellent CPD opportunities (Teaching School)
  • Free parking on site (some restrictions apply)
  • Central location (a 10 minute walk from Temple Meads station) with excellent transport links to all parts of the city and beyond
  • Excellent support from middle and senior leaders
  • Friendly community
  • On site swimming pool

Application Process

The closing date for receipt of application forms is Thursday 25 April 2019 (by 10am). Please return your application form (and a Teaching Experience Sheet) by email direct to jobs@smrt.bristol.sch.uk.

If you have not heard from us by the end of May, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Due to the large number of applications we receive for most of our posts we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. We may call for references as part of our shortlisting process.

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More about St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Somerset Square, Bristol, BS1 6RT, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 117 3772100
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