Teacher of ​Religion, Ethics and Philosophy BCCS

Required from 9th April 2018 or 1st September 2018

CST Pay Spine - Main Scale 

Permanent, Full time 

Applications are welcome from charismatic, enthusiastic and suitably qualified teachers for this exciting and rewarding position.

The REP Department

REP is one of the most successful subjects within Bristol Cathedral Choir School in terms of results at both GCSE and A-level.

In 2017, 91% of students entered for GCSE RS achieved grade 4 or above, with 45% achieving grades 7-9. At A level the pass rate was 100% and 56% of students achieved the top grades of A*-B.


The students come from a large number of different primary schools and a wide variety of backgrounds.

The KS3 programme of Study across Years 7-9 includes a study of all six major world religions, as well as investigations in the Rastafari faith and ancient tribal beliefs. We aim to encourage students to become:

● Thoughtful
● Respectful of different ideas
● Understanding of why there are different world views
● Empathetic
● Analytical
● Curious
● Accepting of mystery
● Engaged with their life-story and that of others
● Celebrators of diversity 
● Excited and curious about the world
● Understanding of the impact of faith and other world views on different groups of people and themselves 


REP is a valuable element of the curriculum at KS4. All students follow a compulsory RS course and a full GCSE is available as an option. Take up of GCSE is high. The students study Edexcel Option B based on a study of Christianity and Islam. As part of the RS: Philosophy and Ethics course, they have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of philosophical questions such as: Is there a God? Where did the world come from? What happens after death?

The students debate ethical issues such as the use of animals in scientific research, the morality of war and human sexuality. In examining these issues, the students investigate many different viewpoints, as well as their own. This will include religious views, with a focus on the Muslim and Christian traditions.

A level RS

We follow the ​OCR Religious Studies A level, based on a study of Christianity. Students study three key areas: 1. Philosophy of Religion, 2. Religious Ethics, 3. Developments in Christian Thought. The students have have the chance to explore the thinking of philosophers and theologians throughout history, from Plato to Peter Singer, from Aristotle to Richard Dawkins. The students should be encouraged to develop the skills of critical thinking, leadership, discussion and essay technique, empathy and confidence.

The School

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is an academy that specialises in Mathematics and Music. The academy became part of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) in 2016. It serves students from all over Bristol and welcomes those of all faiths and none. We are proud of our diverse, tolerant and respectful community that is reflective of Bristol’s demographic.

“The ethos and culture of the academy are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well.”
​ Ofsted 2016.

The school received an overall judgement of “Outstanding” from Ofsted in January 2016 and is the most oversubscribed school in Bristol, with a trend of strong results in public examinations at both GCSE and A level.

As a Teaching School, we are able to offer a coherent, high quality programme of continuing professional development. In addition, there may be the opportunity to progress towards designation as a Specialist Leader of Education, depending on the individual career history of the candidate.

The Role

This is a full-time, permanent post suitable for a newly qualified teacher or a more experienced colleague.

The successful candidate will be an ​excellent classroom practitioner with creative ideas for developing effective pedagogy within the department and school. They will be required to teach at all Key Stages, therefore experience of teaching exam courses is an advantage. Ideally they will be able to teach another subject outside of the REP department. No specific subject is required; we will assess each candidate on their relative merits. The post includes responsibility for the academic and pastoral progress of a vertical tutor group. Teachers at BCCS are expected to contribute to co-curricular areas of BCCS life.  

The full Job Description and Person Specification can be found here.



Method of Application

To apply please visit our TES webpage https://www.tes.com/jobs/employer/-1001343

Further information about the school is available from our website www.bccs.bristol.sch.uk

Informal enquiries may be made t​o Mr Andy Steward, As​sistant Principal, asteward@br​istolcathedral.org.uk

Applications should be received by midnight on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Interviews will be held on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Please note that all posts at the School are subject to initial and periodic checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service as the school takes every measure possible to ensure the safeguarding of its students.