2 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    2 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    12 April 2021 at 9:00 am

  • Date listed

    30 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Philosophy, Religious education
Working pattern
Part-time only
Contract type
£25,714 - £41,604

Job summary

We are seeking an inspirational and energetic teacher of Philosophy and Religion to join our school from 2 September 2021. The successful candidate will be able to teach Philosophy and Religion at Ks3, Ks4 and preferably Ks5.

Our Philosophy and Religion department are a friendly and approachable team of 5 lead by the Subject Leader within the Humanities Curriculum Area. Philosophy and Religion is offered at both GCSE and A Level, where take up is strong. History and Geography are both extremely popular subjects, with very cohorts at Ks4 and Ks5. Teachers of Philosophy and Religion should be comfortable teaching PSHE content including Sex and Relationships (SRE) and are also expected to teach Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education (SMSC) to Ks4 students.

Backwell School offers its staff a vibrant and stimulating teaching environment and there is a broad range of professional support available for new members of staff both within the department and in the wider school. At Backwell School we prioritise staff wellbeing; planning time is generous with part time teachers teaching a maximum of 51 lessons out of 60. Our induction programme is highly regarded and new teacher can expect to be assigned a mentor in addition to professional development support.

We also provide a fantastic benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking. As a Teaching School, we also offer support to staff looking for career progression.

Backwell School is a large comprehensive school with over 1700 students of which 350 are in the Sixth Form. Judged by Ofsted as Good in January 2020 the school has an excellent reputation in the local area and is oversubscribed in regards to student applications. Our latest Ofsted report can be read here.

Whilst we are delighted to be back in the classroom, and hope that periods of school closure will not be repeated, during lockdown, Backwell School staff offered a successful full time, live learning programme, for all students following the school timetable using Microsoft Teams. We are committed to providing a comprehensive education for all our young people and this ethos is summarised in the Backwell School Charter.

The school has thriving extracurricular activities particularly in sport, music and drama, and staff are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the school. Teachers are encouraged to run clubs for students around either personal interests or subject areas and the school has a wide range of these taking place.

All members of staff are expected to act as tutors within the pastoral unit system. Newly qualified teachers may be asked to assist rather than take sole responsibility for a group.

Applying for the job

Please go to our E-teach page to submit your application.

If you wish to gain further information regarding the role, please contact Mrs Stokes on 01275 463371.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1732 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Backwell School

Backwell School is a large, vibrant, very popular mixed comprehensive school situated in Backwell, North Somerset, about 6 miles south of Bristol. We have a long-standing reputation for combining academic success for students of all abilities with a fully rounded and enriching educational experience. In 2008 and again in 2013 both the school and the Sixth Form were rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted.

Backwell School became an academy in 2011 and joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) multi-academy trust in January 2018. The LSP currently consists of two other large local secondary school as well as many primary schools in the local area. We have strong links with colleagues in the Trust which allows us to create CPD, collaboration and information sharing opportunities. For many years, Backwell has placed great importance on providing high quality teacher training and professional development. It became a Training School in 2003 and a Teaching School in 2012, leading the North Somerset Teaching Alliance.

Backwell School is situated in an attractive semi-rural location to the south of Bristol. Backwell itself is a village with a strong sense of community and the school is located next door to the leisure centre with swimming pool. Other nearby towns include Nailsea, Yatton and Portishead (listed in the top 10 suburbs in the UK) and staff live in locations such as these or in Bristol itself. The South West is a beautiful part of the world with excellent links to London and the North. Devon, Cornwall and Wales are within easy reach and Bristol Airport is only 3 miles from Backwell.

School location

Station Road, Bristol, BS48 3BX

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