Head of PRE

Recruitment Information

Date Posted26 February 2024
Type of RoleFull or Part Time
SalaryMPS/UPS plus TLR2A
Closing date for applications10 March 2024, 5pm

Thank you for your interest in the post of Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. This is an opportunity for a talented and ambitious teacher to oversee a department and a curriculum that speaks to every student in the school. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you would like to visit our school.

Please click here for information about Philosophy, Religion & Ethics at Ashlyns School

At Ashlyns, we strive to provide an engaging, diverse and dynamic educational experience for students of all faiths and none through the study of philosophical, religious and ethical concepts. Our PRE curriculum allows our students to explore challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, belief in God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In doing so, it enhances their awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, practices and forms of expression, as well as the influence of faith on individuals, communities, families and cultures.

All students at Ashlyns are entered for the fully Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies at the beginning of Year 9, where they will take two examination papers at the end of Year 11. The course is based upon the study of Christianity (Paper 1) and Islam (Paper 2).

At KS5, those who choose to enrol in our OCR Philosophy and Ethics A level course will gain a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the fascinating issues, concepts and dilemmas that have occupied great thinkers for hundreds – if not thousands of years! This academic and rigorous course promotes a true understanding of the philosophical and moral influence of Christian thought, as well as the finest contributions of secular thinkers throughout Western history.

Ashlyns is a popular and oversubscribed school with in excess of 1500 students including a growing and successful Sixth Form.  The school was confirmed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in September 2023 with an ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form provision.  View our Ofsted report here

We are a thriving school with a rich heritage. Originally established for the most vulnerable in society, our focus on helping all students to be the very best versions of themselves is central to all we do. It’s our aim that work and study should be joyful; the staff and students at Ashlyns help to create the atmosphere for this to happen. There is a palpable sense of community, professionalism and a culture of high expectations, all of which are underpinned by ethical leadership. 

We hope the information included on our recruitment pages below will give you an insight into our school – the high aspirations,  excellent support and opportunities for our students and staff, the scope of the role and the kind of person we are looking for.

If you want to provide outstanding learning opportunities and exceptional pastoral care for students within a forward-thinking, hard-working school community, we would like to hear from you. 

We welcome visits from prospective candidates prior to application; please see contact details on the application guidance page.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our school.

Yours faithfully

James Shapland

Julie Laws
Chair of Governors