Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Thurston Community College, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3PB

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  • Start date details

    January 2023

  • Application deadline

    10 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    20 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

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Additional allowances

TLR 2B currently £4783

Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy job summary

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, talented and inspiring Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics notonly will you be an excellent classroom practitioner you will have the ability to inspire, lead and develop our Philosophy and Ethics department.

Following a College reorganisation, you will join a newly formed Humanities Team and will benefit fromentering a new department who are keen to work collaboratively to promote and build on the Humanitiesdepartment’s successful record. The team welcome forward-thinking initiatives and are able to offer a newcolleague advice, support and professional development opportunities in a friendly, positive and creative environment.

The department is exceptionally well resourced with dedicated classrooms based around the library andmodern IT projection equipment in every classroom.

Philosophy and Ethics

At Key Stage 3 all students follow a programme of learning which splits the focus into the three main areas of study; One term students will study a philosophy followed by an ethics and finishing with beliefs every topic will be an inquiry based focus. (the order may vary depending on year group). At Key Stage 4 GCSE Philosophy, Beliefs and Ethics is an optional GCSE subject with consistent numbers of students. We follow the Edexcel RS full course (specification B). Students use the religions of Christianity and Islam to study ethical and philosophical units of; Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Marriage and Family and Matters of Life and Death. At Key Stage 5 we study the AQA Philosophy course, which covers a range of topics; such as moral philosophy, metaethics, epistemology, metaphysics of the mind and God.

If you are excited by this post, its challenges and opportunities; if you relish the prospect of joining our team of committed and excellent staff; We very much look forward to hearing from you. Please visit our website for further information or if you would like to discuss this post further please do not hesitate to contact admin@thurstoncollege.org.

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About Thurston Community College

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1578 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Thurston Community College is a large popular mixed comprehensive school. It comprises of two distinct and specialist sites. Our Thurston Campus, for students from Year 7 to Year 11 is situated four miles east
of Bury St Edmunds. Thurston Sixth; Beyton Campus is located in the nearby village of Beyton, offering a bespoke centre of excellence for students in Year 12 and Year 13.  Both locations provide an exciting,
dynamic learning environment, where students display a positive attitude to learning and make good progress. 

We are a school that boasts a strong sense of community and prides itself on its culture of high expectations and values.  The wellbeing and education of every young person is fundamental to us. We
work hard to provide a safe and happy environment within which every student can grow and achieve personal, social and academic success.  We are proud of our inclusive approach and strive to ensure learning is enjoyable and seen as a lifelong process. 
Our purpose is simple; to inspire a love of learning, empower our college community with the knowledge and skills to help them make meaningful choices and contribute positively to the world in which we live

 A new Principal was appointed in September 2021 and together with the Governing Body has set an exciting and aspirational vision for the College over the next five years. 

What we can offer?
Our staff are our biggest asset, and the success of our students depends upon them. A few things we offer
● A comprehensive CPD programme for all staff
● A supportive, open and approachable leadership team
● Friendly colleagues who are always happy to help each other
● On-site parking
● Employee Assistance Programme
● Free tea, coffee and biscuits!

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Please email HR@thurstoncollege.org if you would like to visit the College.

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