Teacher of History, Bristol

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Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristol

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Start date: 1st September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: QTS
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Bristol Cathedral Choir School

Teacher of History

The ability to teach other subjects would be welcomed, 

eg A Level Government & Politics or KS3 Geography

CST Pay Spine - Main Scale

Permanent, Full time

Required from 1st September 2018.

Applications are invited from highly professional, enthusiastic and well-qualified teachers for this exciting, rewarding and demanding post.  

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is an academy that specialises in Mathematics and Music. The academy became part of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) in 2016. It serves students from all over Bristol and welcomes those of all faiths and none.  We are proud of our diverse, tolerant and respectful community, which reflects Bristol’s demographic.  

“The ethos and culture of the academy are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well.”  Ofsted 2016.

The school received an overall judgement of “Outstanding” from Ofsted in January 2016 and is the most oversubscribed school in Bristol, with a trend of strong results in public examinations at both GCSE and A level. 

As a Teaching School, we are able to offer a coherent, high quality programme of continuing professional development. In addition, there may be the opportunity to progress towards designation as  a Specialist Leader of Education, depending on the individual career history of the candidate.

The History Department

History is a popular and successful subject within Bristol Cathedral Choir School in terms of results at both GCSE and A-level.  

In 2017, 89.6% of students entered for GCSE History achieved the equivalent of Grade 4 or above, with 39.4% achieving the equivalent of Grades 7-9. At A level the pass rate was 100% and 58.8% of students achieved the top grades of A*-B. 


The students come from a large number of different primary schools and a wide variety of backgrounds.   The KS3 programme of Study across Years 7-9 includes a variety of British and World history schemes which are embedded around historical concepts and cover a time range from 1066-1945.  Enquiries include, but are not limited to:

  • Who were the Mughals?
  • What really happened to the princes in the tower? 
  • How accurate are representations of the crusades?
  • What can primary sources tell us about the slave trade?


History is a popular subject at GCSE and uptake is consistently high.  At GCSE level the students follow the OCR History B (Schools History Project) course.  The options we take are:

  • British History - Migrants to Britain, 1250-Present and The Elizabethans, 1580-1603
  • World History - Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945 and The Making of America, 1789-1900
  • History Around Us - Bristol Cathedral, which is attached to the school site.

A Level

Uptake at A Level is high and we currently have 2 classes in Year 12.  We follow the AQA specification.  Our module choices are:

  • Breadth Study - Stuart Britain and the  Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
  • Depth Study - France in Revolution, 1774-1815
  • Non-Examined Assessment - Russia from Autocracy to Dictatorship, 1855-1953

The Role

This is a full-time, permanent post suitable for a newly qualified teacher or a more experienced colleague.

The successful candidate will be an excellent classroom practitioner with creative ideas for developing effective pedagogy within the department and school. They will be required to teach at all Key Stages, therefore experience of teaching exam courses is an advantage. Ideally they will be able to teach another subject outside of the History department. Applications from candidates with the ability to teach A level Government and Politics would be an advantage.The post includes responsibility for the academic and pastoral progress of a vertical tutor group. Teachers at BCCS are expected to contribute to co-curricular areas of BCCS life.  


QTS.  We welcome applications from NQTs and more experienced teachers.


Further information about the school can be found on our website http://bccs.bristol.sch.uk/ 

Applications should be received by midday on Monday 26th February 2018.  

Interviews will be held on Monday 5th March 2018.

Please note that all posts at the School are subject to initial and periodic checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service as the school takes every measure possible to ensure the safeguarding of its students.

Job location

More about Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: College Square, Bristol, Avon, BS1 5TS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 117 353 5000
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The Cathedral School was founded in 1140 and refounded in 1542, the older buildings form part of the monastic buildings of St. Augustine's Abbey. It lies in the historic heart of Bristol, close to College Green, the University, the Central Library,...