Religious Education Teacher, Merton

Closing date:

Rutlish SchoolMerton

Date posted:
Start date: October 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Inner London Pay Spine
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

RE Teacher (Maternity Cover)

(with the ability to teach KS3, KS4 and KS5)

Salary:   Inner London Pay Spine

Proposed Start Date: October 2019

Rutlish is a very successful, oversubscribed comprehensive school located in the leafy suburbs of Wimbledon.  A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a teacher in our Religious Education Department.

In April 2017, Ofsted rated Rutlish as “outstanding”, we have also been acknowledged as one of the top 100 non-selective State funded schools in England based on the progress students make between KS2 and KS4.  If you have a commitment to achieving high standards and would like to join our dynamic team, then we look forward to receiving your application.  

A job information pack and application form are available on the School website

Completed application forms should be e-mailed to: no later than 12.00 Noon on Friday 6th September 2019.

If you have any queries regarding this post, please contact  

Please note that the School will be closed between Friday 19th July and Monday 2nd September, however this mailbox will be viewed at various times throughout.


We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.  All applicants are required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.  We fully support the London Borough of Merton’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Please Note: CVs cannot be accepted. Only completed applications will be considered for shortlisting.

Details of the RE Department

Our Religious Education Department at Rutlish is a vibrant, energetic and happy area of the School in which all students and staff actively participate. We have six specialist members of staff who are passionate about our subject. We work collegially and supportively and this is reflected in all aspects of what we do. We collectively take responsibility for the creation and sharing of resources to ensure that all students of RE receive the same high quality teaching across classes. 

Our students are encouraged and taught how to search, question and evaluate all areas of religion and spirituality.  We aim to motivate good learning and achievement through a wide range of teaching methods, including visiting speakers, trips, film analysis, discussion, presentation and the expressive arts.  We ensure that the importance of literacy is a fundamental part of teaching and our students know how to write academically sound material. 

At KS3 all students follow the Merton Agreed Syllabus, in KS4 all students study the Edexcel GCSE specification B full course and in A Level Edexcel Religious Studies focusing on Philosophy and Ethics.

We are a well-resourced department with extensive structured schemes of work, interactive whiteboards, textbooks, artefacts and are always improving our resources to broaden and enhance student experiences.  We are proud of our learning environment that reflects the spiritual, religious and cultural world of our community and teaching content.

The Religious Education Department is a crucial part of the School ethos and we are involved in developing and supporting whole school events. The department has consistently been judged as outstanding in its provision, and continues to operate with 40% A-A* and +80% A-C. 

This is an exciting and continually growing area of Rutlish and both students and staff show their enjoyment of RE through exuberant teaching and learning.  Staff are involved in regular CPD to support their personal review and develop identified areas of specialism.  The department also works with the IOE, St Marys, Kingston, Roehampton and Middlesex University and Teach Wimbledon to provide opportunities for beginning teachers.

Our main hope is that our students continually achieve through a passion for RE, developed by a happy, fun-loving staff who have a compassion for each individual they work with.  We have an open teaching style, working together and offering support within the classroom to ever improve our quality delivery for the boys.

Job Description

Post: RE Teacher

Responsible to: Head of Department

Responsible for: Academic standards in classes taught

The key tasks of all teachers is to deliver high quality teaching and learning in the classroom, ensuring good quality planning, marking and record keeping.  All teachers are tutors.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• To teach RE across the age and ability range, carrying out the professional duties of a school teacher in accordance with the current provisions of the Conditions of Employment of School Teachers

• To effectively plan and deliver lessons in accordance with the Department’s Scheme of Work and National Curriculum requirements

• To regularly assess and record students’ performance, reporting to the Head of Department and to parents as required, and advising on examination entries as appropriate

• To contribute to departmental and whole school development, participating in departmental and staff meetings as appropriate

• To undertake a share in the corporate responsibility for the wellbeing and student behaviour management

• To undertake whole school duties on a rota basis, such as break-time supervision as directed

• To participate in the performance management system

• To implement school policies

• To be prepared to undertake continuing professional development

• To undertake duties as a tutor, including keeping an accurate attendance register, ensuring proper records are kept and attending to the welfare and guidance needs of the tutor group

• To meet with parents on a regular basis in order to discuss the progress of students taught and the progress of students in the tutor group  

Person Specification

Post: RE Teacher

Responsible to: Head of Department

Responsible for: Academic standards in classes taught


• Well qualified RE specialist

• Excellent teaching skills

• Experience of using ICT in RE 

• Whole School Literacy initiatives

• Proven skills in effective classroom management

Specific Skills:

• Up-to-date knowledge of current educational developments in RE and in relation to the role of RE at a Whole School level.

• Enthusiasm for RE

• Ability to raise standards

• Good relationships with students and staff

• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

• A clear grasp of Assessment, Recording and Reporting (including target setting)

Personal Qualities:

• Desire to learn

• Highly motivated

• Flexible and risk taking personality

• Good organisational and inter-personal skills

• Ability to work within a team

• Ability to lead and manage people and resources

• High expectations of self and others

• Commitment to enrichment and enhancement activities

More about Rutlish School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Voluntary Controlled
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Watery Lane, Merton Park, London, SW20 9AD, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8542 1212
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Rutlish School is a voluntary-controlled secondary boys' school based in Merton, south-west London, for students aged 11-18. 


Ms Heather Ford & Mr Kevin Curran

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