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Teacher of Theology

Woldingham SchoolSurrey

We are looking for an excellent Teacher of Theology with a passion for education. The post will suit a well-qualified graduate, committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for every pupil. Theology is a successful core subject at Woldingham; all students sit the GCSE examination and it is a popular choice at A Level. All students undertake a General RE course in the Sixth Form. The Department consists of a team of five highly committed theologians, philosophers and religious studies specialists who work with a focus on equipping students with a strong knowledge base, the ability to evaluate as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and who encourage independent thought and learning. There is a very strong collegial culture within the Department and the sharing of resources and ideas is the norm. 

Our girls’ passion for this subject is strong and is evidenced in high levels of student engagement and enjoyment in lessons where they are challenged to expand their academic horizons. At Key Stage 3, students undertake a home-grown, academically rigorous and stimulating curriculum which lays the groundwork for sitting the Edexcel Specification A GCSE examination at the end of Year 11. A popular choice for A Level students, the OCR papers in the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought are studied. Year on year some students choose Theology or Philosophy or a closely-related subject to study at university. We have four dedicated classrooms, including a well-resourced Sixth Form subject library, and an office where members of the Department are based.   

The ability to teach across all Key Stages and up to A Level is essential, combined with first-rate organisational, team working and ICT skills. 

Woldingham is a Catholic School, founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, and priority will be given to candidates who are practising Catholics.

Woldingham is a happy and successful boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 and is firmly established as one of the top girls’ independent schools in the UK, outperforming many schools that are far more selective in their admissions process. Central to this achievement is Woldingham’s academic enrichment and extra-curricular programmes, pastoral support and caring community. Close to London, yet in an outstandingly beautiful rural setting, Woldingham has a strong community and culture building on a proud heritage that stretches back 175 years. We are committed to an exciting future that is underpinned by fresh ideas, an innovative spirit and state-of-the-art facilities.

Salary: Competitive. All staff receive free lunches and refreshments. 

Please visit our website to download an application form. Once completed return it to with a supporting letter.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 17 May 2021.

Interviews: w/c 24 May 2021.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

Woldingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS report will be required for the successful candidate.

The Woldingham community is a rich one in which many different backgrounds and cultures are represented and many different languages spoken.  This diversity is valued and respected and we are keen to welcome applications from all applicants that feel that they meet the requirements of the role, regardless of their background and culture. All job applicants will be considered solely on their ability to do the job.

Professional development and staff welfare

Our professional team of staff is Woldingham’s greatest asset, and we want to ensure that everyone is supported to work in an effective, enjoyable and fulfilling way. Staff Development is a high priority, with induction and mentoring programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers and new colleagues, plus an annual cycle of Personal Professional Development planning for all colleagues.

Staff are welcome to use our range of outstanding facilities including the gym, squash and tennis courts and the swimming pool. Our Staffroom Committee organises regular social events, and individual members of staff have organised yoga classes and reflexology on site.

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