This job expired on 30 November 2023

  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    30 November 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    1 November 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Religious Education

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Subject Leader, Religious Education job summary

We look forward to receiving your application to become our next Head of Religious Education.

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic colleague to join the Middle Leadership Team at The Oxford Academy, a school on a rapid improvement journey, where you will be able to make a significant difference to the lives of the children we serve. It is an exciting time to be joining the school and its team of expert and welcoming staff, enabling the successful candidate to be part of something special.

We are currently looking to appoint an experienced and ambitious teacher who will take the lead, supported by the Deputy Headteacher for Quality of Education and the wider Middle Leadership team, in making a profound and positive improvement in the outcomes of the young people at The Oxford Academy.  As a Church of England School, it is essential that our new Head of Religious Education has experience and deep understanding of the SIAMS Inspection Framework.

As an experienced teacher, you will need to have a proven track record of leading others and inspiring students, leading to improved standards and outcomes in Religious Education. You will have the ambition and drive to ensure that the vision for Religious Education at The Oxford Academy- one with a provision, profile and priority across KS3-KS5, reflecting the expectations of a Church of England School, is carefully planned and achievable. You will also help develop an exciting curriculum and have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.  You will build a culture where our theologically rooted Christian vision is an intrinsic part of our curriculum.  

We are looking for an enthusiastic professional with the expertise and dedication to live out our values of ‘commitment to others, commitment to learning’. These commitments are central to our school, demonstrated by the strong, warm relationships, and a strong culture of learning for both students and staff. At the Oxford Academy, we make a profound and positive difference to everyone in our school. We work to meet the needs of all - whatever it takes.

We are therefore seeking a motivated, strategic and highly motivated professional with:

  • A proven track record of outstanding teaching and learning 

  • A strong sense of moral purpose and social responsibility

  • The ambition, desire and resilience to maximise success for students and promote high expectations

In return, the successful candidate can expect:

  • To play a key role in an ambitious and improving school

  • Outstanding professional support at every stage of your career

  • A comprehensive Induction Programme

  • A supportive Senior Leadership Team

  • Opportunities to work in a dynamic and supportive team with excellent facilities

  • A positive student body who love learning

  • The opportunity to work in the beautiful city of Oxford, serving the communities of Littlemore, Blackbird Leys and Rose Hill

For an open conversation about the role and/or to arrange a visit prior to application, please contact Claire Woodhall, on 01865 774311 or email recruitment@theoxfordacademy.org  to arrange a suitable time.

Closing date: 30/11/23

The Oxford Academy may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Education has the power to change lives, communities and society for the better. At RLT we believe that we can achieve more for our pupils, trainees, staff and communities by working together rather than alone. Schools in RLT are united by a common belief in the benefits of working together, and by our commitment to shared principles.

OUR VISION is for our schools and SCITT to improve rapidly, continuously and sustainably: to be better faster together.

OUR ‘WHY?’ is that children and young people ‘only get one go’ in school and therefore as part of RLT we aim to ensure the best possible ‘go’ for our pupils.

OUR ‘HOW? ’ is through the highest support and challenge for our schools and each other, underpinned by our principles.

Our employees benefit from a wide variety of support including extensive  continuing professional learning and development opportunities, wellbeing and staff networks and access to Defined Benefit Pension Schemes (TPS and LGPS) for all staff. For more information on what it is like to work for the Trust, and the benefits you could access, please see our “Working in RLT” guide.

This role includes regulated activity relevant to children. 

The River Learning Trust an d The Oxford Academy a re committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism.   The Trust is required to conduct a variety of checks and online searches about you as part of their recruitment process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. It is an offence to apply for certain roles within schools if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

For all RLT Safer Recruitment Documentation candidates should click on the following link RLT Safer Recruitment Documents for Candidates. Please see our website for up to date policies including our Child Protection and Behaviour Policies. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. For further guidance for applicants click on this linkList of offences that are not filtered

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Oxford Academy

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1154 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

The Oxford Academy is a warm, friendly and vibrant school that is built on an ethos of high expectations for all and a belief that every child will be successful - academically, personally and as a lifelong contributor to the wider world.

Our inclusive Christian values underpin all that we do. Staff at our school have a firm belief in the power of education to shape children’s lives for the better. The Oxford Academy is centred on a culture of excellence where we respect each other, are self-motivated, determined, responsible, have a thirst for learning, and a strong sense of pride in belonging to the Academy.

We are committed to providing educational opportunities of the highest quality for all our students and we believe in educating the whole child. We aim to deliver a broad education that is ambitious, varied and stimulating in a caring environment that creates well-rounded individuals who excel and benefit from our approaches to teaching and learning. At the Oxford Academy, we are inclusive and a school for all in our community. We work to meet the needs of our students - whatever it takes.

The Oxford Academy is driven by raising aspirations, expectations and achievements for all. We are very much outward facing and seek to engage with local, national and international partners, in order to build an ambitious network of support for the children in our care. Our fundamental aim is to create vibrant and dynamic learning experiences, so every child has the opportunity to become an ambitious, confident learner.

Our website will enable you to discover more about the Academy; I hope that you will quickly gain a sense of the rich potential of our students and staff, their achievements and the wider life of our school.

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