This job expired on 14 December 2023

  • Start date details

    Spring 2024

  • Closing date

    14 December 2023 at 9:17am

  • Date listed

    4 December 2023

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Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a highly capable Head of Religious Education to lead an enthusiastic, supportive department. This post provides an exciting career opportunity for an ambitious, inspirational candidate who would like to further develop their career as part of our dynamic and highly effective middle leadership team. The ideal candidate may be an outstanding RE teacher seeking to take the step into Middle Leadership or an experienced Head of Department looking for a new challenge.

The successful candidate will have excellent subject knowledge, strong classroom management skills and the ability to inspire our pupils and staff with engaging teaching and leadership. The school places great emphasis on learning and achievement and the successful candidate will have a track record of excellent teaching and examination results alongside an ability to mentor, coach and lead others.

The successful candidate will:

  • be an excellent teacher of Religious Education;
  • be passionate about RE and engaging students in the subjects;
  • have a passion for learning and teaching and be committed to raising standards across the department;
  • be forward thinking and keen to develop as a practitioner;
  • be willing to develop extra-curricular creative activities;
  • have fantastic subject knowledge and be passionate about helping all students, including the most able and understand how to succeed in the subject;
  • be able to inspire others to ensure the delivery of high-quality learning experiences for our students;
  • have fantastic subject knowledge and understand how to teach highly challenging lessons so that students can reach the top grades in the subject;
  • have wide and deep knowledge and understanding of the specifications in RE and the implications these have for pedagogical practice in the department;
  • have extremely high expectations of themselves and others;
  • be committed to ongoing professional development in order to develop as a strong middle leader and beyond.

What the school offers its staff

We are dedicated to offering the right candidate systematic professional development to enable them to achieve excellence. We provide a highly supportive environment with opportunities to develop as an education practitioner and leader. We offer coaching, peer support and opportunities to work with local subject networks to support new middle leaders and help them develop their leadership skills.

Testbourne Community School, an 11-16 comprehensive school with an extremely able cohort, which provides a forward thinking, outward looking and vibrant learning environment. We pride ourselves on the strength of staff and student relationships and we have a strong community at the heart of our ethos. Our shared philosophy is embodied by our strapline ‘Achievement, Excellence, Integrity.’

Testbourne is a high performing school, with students achieving excellent results for Summer 2023.74% achieved a ‘standard’ pass of grade 4 and above in English and Maths combined. Almost a quarter of students achieved the top grades, 9-7, in both English and Maths. An excellent total of 90 grade 9s were achieved by our year 11s across their subjects. Progress 8 was +0.04. In Religious Education 60% students achieved 9-5 and 35% achieved 9-7.

We highly value our staff and expect teaching staff to exercise their professional judgement in how they teach. We are dedicated to professional learning and you will be supported to develop into a highly competent teacher with a deep understanding of effective teaching strategies.

To get a sense of what it is like to be part of our team, please see the Working with Us - Testbourne Community School section on our website for genuine quotes from our staff.

Further details about the role

In return we:

  • offer professional development and expertise to enable staff to achieve excellence;
  • provide a highly supportive environment with opportunities to develop as an education practitioner;
  • provide a highly professional and collaborative working environment focused on developing a love of learning;
  • offer first rate personal career development to assist you in the fulfilment of your ambitions;
  • offer an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and develop skills in a committed, evaluative and continually developing team.

Closing Date for Applications: noon, Friday 15th December 2023

We reserve the right to interview candidates before the closing date where applicable.

Application forms and further details are available from the school website www.testbourne.school or contact recruitment@testbourne.school

Commitment to safeguarding

Testbourne Community School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service checks, along with other relevant employment checks.

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About Testbourne Community School

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Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
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School size
932 pupils enrolled
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11 to 16
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