• Expected start date

    1 January 2021

  • Application deadline

    26 November 2020 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    9 November 2020

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Philosophy, Religious education
Working pattern
Part-time only
Outer London pay scale

Job summary

Teacher of Philosophy and Ethics (RE) – Maternity cover

Park High School is a fantastic place to work and develop as a teacher. We’d love you to come and join us!

We are now seeking to appoint a colleague who shares our passion for learning and our determination to change lives through the education we provide.

Applications from both experienced and Newly Qualified Teachers would be warmly welcomed.

“Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and use imaginative and stimulating resources. They are very skilful at showing students how to work independently and think for themselves and at giving them time to work together and share their understanding.” Ofsted

Part Time 0.6 – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, maternity cover

Outer London pay scale

Appointment for January 2020

Closing date: Thursday 26 November 2020 at 9 am

Information and an application form can be found on the school website. Please also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Applications should be returned to Sharon Malone, HR Officer s.malone@parkhighstanmore.org.uk.

1. Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who wants to join an excellent department. This post is suitable either for a teacher who is currently in training (NQT) or someone who would like to widen their experience, someone who will embrace the opportunities of working in a leading edge school. This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

Park High is an 11-18 mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive school of almost 1600 students, situated in the London Borough of Harrow. There are very high achievement levels and excellent facilities. Ofsted judged the school outstanding in all areas.

We can offer:

· An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do.

· An award winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.

· A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.

· Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.

· Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.

· A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring within which team to grow and develop.

· An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across three Key Stages.

2. Curriculum, staffing and resources

This is a strong Philosophy and Ethics Department which welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject. An ability to teach (or experience with) A Level is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate must be willing to develop teaching skills in this area.

Philosophy and Ethics is taught in three main rooms and currently has three full time members of staff and we are looking to part time teacher to complete our team. Students have a positive approach to the subject, and demonstrate high levels of engagement throughout all key stages.

Currently Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups. They follow schemes of learning devised to allow learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews and philosophical concepts. We encourage our learners and be able to confidently draw upon the ideas of various thinkers in order to support their own judgements.

At KS4, the subject is compulsory and students follow the EDUQAS GCSE specification, studying Sikhism as the second religion. A Level students follow a linear programme following the OCR Religious Studies specification. Outcomes for both courses are above the national average.

3. Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School. Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is widely regarded as “leading edge”: we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions and we actively support our staff in pursuing Master’s and other higher qualifications.

“Park High School has an incredibly strong developmental culture, with a real focus on investing in staff to better student outcomes. It is highly valued by staff and brilliantly led, with positive support from the Headteacher and senior leadership who are also quick to advocate its importance within school.” TDT Audit 2018

4. Tutor role

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive both as individuals and members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally.

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.

5. Person specification

We will be looking for the following:

1. Appropriate academic qualifications (to degree level), QTS and the ability to teach Philosophy & Ethics throughout the school.

2. Successful experience as a teacher of Philosophy & Ethics in a current post or during teaching practices (NQT) and both the ability and drive to develop further.

3. A good understanding of the Philosophy & Ethics curriculum and the changes in GCSE assessment.

4. The ability to work and learn in a collaborative, innovative team with high standards committed to raising expectations and achievement of all students.

5. Evidence of excellent communication and organizational skills.

6. The willingness to teach a second subject if required.

7. Evidence of being able to build and sustain effective working relationships with staff, Governors, parents and the wider community.

8. The ability to contribute to the wider work of the school, including our work as tutors and other activities.

9. Flexibility and adaptability in order to be able to mix and work with a wide range of people and a commitment to equality and diversity.

10. A commitment to professional development.

11. To be alert and active on issues relating to student welfare and child protection.

If you are a genuinely passionate and committed teacher who wants to work in a school where teaching is a pleasure, and in a school that puts learning at the heart of all it does, then we look forward to receiving your application.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the successful applicant must provide satisfactory references and will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1503 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About Park High School

Park High School

School location

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, HA7 1PL

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