This vacancy has arisen late in the year because the person originally appointed to the post has had to withdraw for personal reasons.
St Bede's has a thriving and enthusiastic RE Department. You will be working in a very supportive team of experienced teachers who are dedicated to the academic and spiritual learning and development of each student. The Religious Education Department plays a special part in leading and promoting the overall ethos of the school and aims to be at the forefront of its success.
As a core subject, all students are taught RE throughout the school with all students sitting GCSE in Year 11. Pupils at Key Stage 3 study Christianity as well as aspects of other major world faiths. In addition to core R.E, students are taught in their Denominational groups where they explore their beliefs, traditions and experiences, which contribute to a Christian view of the world: their parents opt for their attendance at Anglican, Roman Catholic or Free Church denominational religious education lessons which are taught by a practicing Christian teacher from each respective denominational group. We aim to inspire all students to achieve their full potential and place great emphasis on securing students’ success at GCSE. Currently we study AQA at both GCSE and A Level. Many students choose to go on and study Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics at A Level and continue with this subject at further education or serve in Christian community projects in a gap year project. There is also a compulsory RE course in the Sixth Form that aims to explore Christian ethics and morals in the modern world. Results in 2018 RE at GCSE were 83% 9-4 with 33% achieving 9-7. At A level the group sizes are large and it is a popular subject in 2018 42.9% achieved A*/B.
St Bede's holds a special place in Christian history as it was Britain's first ecumenical Roman Catholic and Church of England comprehensive school. The school is strongly over-subscribed. The department work in close collaboration with our School Chaplains to create a variety of opportunities to learn and experience faith in and beyond the classroom. The school Governors are deeply committed to the work of the school and to its religious life and education. We are often visited by national representatives of many denominations and seek ways to be an example of Christian unity to the rest of the world.
Led by Claudio Gangemi, Head of Department, the RE team are a strong and collaborative unit comprised of 5 full-time subject specialist teachers (including a KS3 Co-ordinator), and 3 humanities part time teachers.
We would welcome applications from motivated, enthusiastic teachers, passionate about Religious Education and dedicated to raising standards of students' learning. It is important that you are supportive in our ecumenical approach and ethos which permeates through both the department and school. Applications are welcome from experienced teachers and from NQTs who would benefit from a comprehensive induction year programme. If this sounds like you, don't hesitate to apply and we look forward to hearing from you. We welcome visits prior to application.