Head of Spiritual and Social Education

Walkwood Church of England Middle School, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 5AQ

This job expired on 15 December 2021

  • Expected start date

    25 April 2022

  • Application deadline

    15 December 2021 at 9am

  • Date listed

    1 December 2021

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



Main or Upper Scale

Head of Spiritual and Social Education job summary

The Governors of this Church of England academy are seeking to appoint a Head of Spiritual & Social Education who believes in nurturing children as individual characters, acquiring values which equip pupils to work with others in contributing to something larger than themselves. The post is to lead the subject of Spiritual & Social Education, which is an integration of RE, PSHE and Citizenship, for in our church school we believe that decisions and considerations can have a spiritual dimension. The post holder will be responsible for planning and delivering high quality lessons and engaging pupils with activities that challenge and excite, teaching across KS2 and KS3, and across all ability ranges. The successful candidate will demonstrate consistently high standards of teaching and excellent classroom management, drawing on the great behaviour of our pupils. Additionally, the new Head of SSE’s approach will allow pupils to flourish by sharing with them a love for the subject matter, supporting them in responding to ‘deep questions’, and an inert desire to learn. Closing of applications: 9.00am on Wednesday 15th December 2021. Walkwood Church of England Middle School is committed to the protection and safety of children and young people. An enhanced DBS check will be expected from the successful candidate.

Additional allowances

TLR payment of £ 7,017

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About Walkwood Church of England Middle School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 9 to 13
Education phase
View all Middlejobs
School size
641 pupils enrolled
Age range
9 to 13
Contact phone number
01527 543361

Principles and purpose
At Walkwood Church of England Middle School we:
• Hold each child as precious
• Support the development of good character
• Seek for the best rates of academic progress
• Engender care, happiness & love

At Walkwood Church of England Middle School our purpose continues to be for pupils to:
• develop a deep desire to learn, engaging with the roots of the learning process;
• cultivate values that will shape their living both within and without the school;
• experience awe and wonder, and consider both spiritual and human dimensions.

Borrowing an adage from St. Irenaeus: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive!”

Vision and Values

The school has been an established Christian community for an extended period, being welcoming and friendly, with pupils who are expected to behave and be eager to learn. Those pupils who find this a challenge are fully supported through highly functioning classroom practitioners and well-developed pastoral support.

Walkwood Way
‘Love to Learn; Learn to Live; Live to Love’
Our aim is that all children attending the school will become life-long learners who are curious about the world around them and are creative in their exploits while caring for others and themselves. We seek to enable our pupils to make informed choices, becoming increasingly independent and playing their part in the community. We offer pupils a spiritual dimension that is distinctively Christian, and honours other faiths and those people who profess no faith.

We aim to inspire every child – whatever their abilities – to achieve their very best, and make a valuable contribution to the Walkwood community. We want our pupils to love to learn.

Our school is not just about knowledge, it is also about skills. It’s about inspiring children to look at the world differently, and about challenging them to be fascinated by lessons and subjects. In this way, we encourage our pupils to learn to live, preparing them for an adult life in a changing world, and as such we seek to equip our children for the future. Our ‘Learning Superheroes’ allow teachers to hone pupils’ learning skills. We want pupils to excel in school…and in later life.

As a Church of England school, we are fully inclusive of all faiths and beliefs. While Christian principles underpin all of the school’s values, we know that these morals are shared by many faiths. We look for our pupils to take into their lives beyond our school an outlook that allows then to live to love the experiences, people and spirituality that they encounter.

Walkwood values
Our core values are expressed in the Fruits of Faith, which are ten values that have their roots in Christian tradition. However, we believe that devotees of other faiths, or those who express no faith commitment, are able to agree upon the definitions and implementation of these values within a shared community. These fruits are used as part of worship, and are also within lessons.

Walkwood pupils
Our Christian ethos, embedded in all aspects of school life, ensures that every child will know what it is to be cared for and valued. All pupils receive the very best education and an equal opportunity to learn and achieve academically, socially and spiritually. We know that enthusiastic, happy, confident children are most likely to persevere and work to the best of their ability. We aim to build upon this and foster a love of learning in all children. Our Fruits of Faith and Superhero Thinking Skills form a firm foundation to school life where children are encouraged to develop independent learning skills, be thoughtful and take responsibility for their actions.

Walkwood staff
We set high aspirations for all our pupils, both academically and socially, as well as allowing pupils to consider the spiritual dimension. Therefore, we have high expectations. Christian values lie at the heart of our work and we aim to provide a broad, rich, stimulating education to develop a thirst for learning in all children. We aim to challenge all our children to raise their standards and support them in that challenge, encouraging them to become reflective, resilient learners. Firm and fair discipline, based upon Christian values, is vital in creating an environment in which all children can flourish. We aim to make every child feel positive about their learning and achievements and our role as staff in school is to care, encourage and listen as well as to teach.

Walkwood community
Our Fruits of Faith were developed as a Christian expression of the nature of the school, but also to define the characteristics of an interconnected community. These values are part of teachers’ planning, as well as part of decision making by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. We wish for our pupils to be aware of their role in the wider world, open their eyes to the diversity within it, celebrating the richness of human experience and the potential of divine expression.

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