16 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    17 December 2021 at 8:00am

  • Date listed

    25 November 2021

Job details

Job role
Suitable for early career teachers
Philosophy, Religious education
Working pattern
Will consider full time, part time
Part-time (0.8 Tuesday - Friday) or Full-time role.
Contract type
Fixed term (Maternity leave cover)
Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £25,714 to £41,604 per year

Job summary


For January 2022

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher with excellent knowledge and relevant teaching qualification to join our team and teach Ethics and Philosophy/RE at all Key Stages. The successful candidate will be an outstanding practitioner with a clear vision of how they can inspire students, raising their aspiration and achievement.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced teacher looking to return to teaching or for a new challenge and great CPD opportunities in a supportive school.

The main focus of Ethics and Philosophy is to develop critical thinking skills and facilitate an exploration of not only religion and religious ways of life, but also key moral and ethical dilemmas that may face the world within the 21st century. When studying Ethics and Philosophy at The Cottesloe School, students are encouraged to embark upon a quest for answers to ultimate questions, such as ‘What happens when we die?’ and ‘Does God exist?’. Through a wide and varied curriculum, students are encouraged to reflect on their opinions and beliefs, as well as challenging the views of others. Students in the Ethics and Philosophy department will study religious teachings and practices, as well as forms of expression and belief. We feel it is important that students gain an understanding of the impact that religion may have on individuals, families, communities and cultures. They are required to evaluate issues of truth, beliefs, faith and ethics and communicate these through a variety of methods.

We can offer you the freedom to teach creative lessons in a welcoming and supportive environment for students and staff alike. Our students are courteous and have a high degree of respect for others. They are proud of their school and enjoy learning (Ofsted July 2016).

Additional allowances

We are a forward-looking school with a Headteacher who leads an experienced and stable senior leadership team who have a passion for creating an inclusive learning environment, which enables all students to meet high expectations. All staff and students are highly valued. Through our personalised CPD programme we offer first class commitment to developing individuals to reach their full potential. Emphasis on staff wellbeing is central to our culture and we provide a vibrant and caring working environment.

Buckinghamshire Council and The Cottesloe School have a wide range of benefits available to you as an employee, from enhancements to your pay package to the flexible ways you can fit your working life around the demands of your home life.

Applying for the job

Please contact Miriam Lay (Ethics and Philosophy Leader) if you would like to discuss this role further: mlay@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk

Please complete an application form, providing full details of your education and employment history and please state the reasons for any gaps. CVs cannot be accepted. Use the job description and advert to explain why you are applying and why you are the best person for this role, giving specific examples where possible to demonstrate how you match the requirements and detail your experience of delivering teaching and learning and what impact your contribution would make in terms of raising standards at The Cottesloe School.

Completed application forms should be emailed to recruitment@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk by 8am Friday 17 December 2021.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
School size
1079 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01296 688264

About The Cottesloe School

The Cottesloe School is a successful and oversubscribed Foundation Secondary School with Sixth Form situated in the village of Wing in rural North Buckinghamshire, located conveniently for Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. We are a caring school with a highly qualified and exceptionally committed staff, who recognise the importance of creative and challenging teaching and high professional standards. All staff and students are greatly valued and emphasis on student and staff wellbeing is central to our culture.

We offer a welcoming and supportive environment for students and staff alike. Our students are courteous and have a high degree of respect for others.

The Cottesloe School is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and offers of employment will be subject to Enhanced DBS clearance, and satisfactory teacher status, qualification, reference and health checks as part of the safer recruitment process. All employees are expected to share this commitment, to follow safeguarding policies and procedures and to behave appropriately towards children at all times whilst undertaking school activities and in their personal lives. It is an offence to apply for a role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. Shortlisted applicants will be ask to complete a self-declaration form. The school's policy is to renew DBS checks for all staff, volunteers and governors every five years. Staff have a duty to inform the Headteacher of any change in their DBS status and to make the Headteacher aware of any incidents that may impact on their ability to work with children and young people.

For further information about our school please see our website www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk

Arranging a visit to The Cottesloe School

Please contact Miriam Lay (Ethics and Philosophy Leader) on mlay@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk to discuss this role further.

School location

Aylesbury Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 0NY

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