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  • Start date details

    1st January 2024 or 8th April 2024

  • Closing date

    27 November 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    14 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Additional allowances

Teaching & Learning Responsibility payment - TLR2b

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a passionate and highly driven Head of RE who has the vision and ambition to lead this department. The successful candidate will have excellent subject knowledge and be able to motivate students through inspirational, personalised teaching.

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented teacher to join a thriving school and work with committed and driven students .The successful applicant will lead a department of two specialist colleagues who are committed to ensuring that each student achieves their full potential academically and personally.

The opportunity for personal development and progression at Arden is enormous. An active commitment to staff development through a strong and consistent focus and dialogue around teaching & learning pedagogy makes this an ideal position for candidates committed to being the best practitioner they can be. Middle leader development continues to be a core focus and we run a highly regarded Middle leader development training programme across the trust where our Middle leaders work with senior leaders and middle leaders to collaborate, consider aspects of leadership, and share best practice. Excellent line management ensures this position is well supported and ensuring that Middle leaders are given every opportunity to develop their drive and leadership skills.

RE at GCSE and A Level is increasingly popular with excellent results. The ability to lead and deliver A Level RE is essential, ideally with a focus on Theology. Whilst previous experience is not essential, we are looking for a willingness and desire to develop and deliver this material. At the heart of the reason for our excellent recruitment to the subject is our commitment to delivering engaging learning across all Key Stages. The successful candidate will not only join this team but will strategically lead to further enhance an already high performing department.

What the school offers its staff

The school has an excellent record of success at GCSE and A Level: GCSEs - In summer 2023, the school’s Progress 8 score was +0.66, with an Attainment 8 score of 50.29, which shows the excellent attainment of our school. 64% of our students achieved a Grade 5 in both English and Maths, with 83% achieving this at Grade 4. More than 35% of the GCSE grades awarded were Grade 7 and above, with 20% being awarded at Grade 8 & 9.

A Levels - In 2023 students achieved an average grade of a B. Our average points score of 39.38 demonstrates the excellent outcomes that our students achieve. 35.5% of grades awarded were A*/A and 66% of grades awarded were A*- B.

In return we can offer you:

A positive and innovative learning culture.

Enthusiastic students who enjoy learning and engage positively.

Access to high quality continuing professional development and the opportunity for personal growth and development.

Commitment to Middle Leader Development through Middle Leader cross trust training, progress meetings with Associate Headteacher and Executive Headteacher and support through highly effective SLT Line Manager.

A collaborative and supportive attitude amongst staff which promotes a sense of teamwork and unity.

A Senior Leadership team who is committed to promoting the best environment and outcomes for staff and students.

Teacher Pension.

Cycle to Work scheme.

Free on-site parking.

Children of staff who are permanently employed at Arden Academy are eligible for a ‘staff’ priority for Arden main school and Sixth Form admissions (please see Admissions on our school website for full details and eligibility criteria).

Application forms should be completed in full and attached to a letter of application. CVs cannot be accepted as part of our Safer Recruitment guidelines. Please address all correspondence to Mr D Warwood, Associate Headteacher.

Commitment to safeguarding

Arden Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Disclosure and, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, will be subject to a social media online search.
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About Arden

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1805 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01564 773348

Arden is a truly exceptional school at the heart of the community and the peak of academic excellence. Situated just minutes off Junction 5 of the M42 and only 3 miles from the town of Solihull, visitors are astounded by our confident and articulate students. Our recent Ofsted report spoke about the culture of ‘exceptionally high aspirations that permeate the school’ and ‘the positive relationships between staff and pupils’ where ‘teachers teach individuals, not classes’. As an innovative school always striving for better there is a constant drive to achieve maximum personal and academic potential and as part of a Multi Academy Trust there is the opportunity for exceptional training and the sharing of knowledge and ideas.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@arden.solihull.sch.uk.

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