St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Gretna Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7PX

Head of Religious Studies

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£47,735 - £52,723

This school has Academy status and you will be employed by the Board of Trustees

St Cuthbert's Catholic High School

Gretna Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 7PX

Required from 1st May 2022

Full time/permanent

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School is seeking to appoint an outstanding Head of Religious Education. Our extremely successful Religious Education department aims to mould spiritually self-aware aware young men who treat others with compassion and respect as well as academically critical Theologians who are philosophical in nature and do not shirk difficult tasks or questions. We deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum, ranging from studying the life of St Cuthbert to the death penalty, all of which is underpinned by excellent teaching. We achieve among the best GCSE results in the Diocese and most of our A Level students from the past three years have gone on to Russell Group universities; many studying theology and philosophy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop within an established and supportive team of colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have studied theology/religious studies at degree level and will be familiar with the Catholic GCSE and A Level specifications. The role will involve specific responsibilities for KS4, KS5 and Y13 General RE (working alongside the 2nd in RE for KS3), having a lead role on the school’s Chaplaincy Team and assisting with the planning, provision and continual development of our RSE programme.

Above all, we are looking for someone who will help our boys become better men and show them the difference that they can make in the world. The ability to extend pupils’ engagement beyond the school day, through co-curricular activities would be an advantage.

This is an opportunity to join a well-established and aspirational department in an all-boys Catholic School that has enjoyed a reputation as a centre of educational excellence for over one hundred years.

There will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to visit the school. Interested candidates should contact the Headmaster’s PA, Mrs Lynn Anderson at to arrange a visit.

Application forms and further information are available by following the link on our website for submission by 9.00am Monday 24th January 2022.

Applications may be sent electronically or in hard copy to:

Human Resources

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School

Gretna Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 7PX

or by email:

(forms will require a handwritten signature is shortlisted)

Applications will be acknowledged by email. Interviews will be held on Friday 4th February 2022.

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School and the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust are fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. The Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust does not discriminate on the grounds of sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or racial ethnic or national origin and applications are welcome from a diverse range of backgrounds. As a Catholic school and an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, those appointed to key posts within St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School are required to be ‘practising Catholics’ in accordance with the document ‘Catholic Schools and the Definition of a ‘Practising Catholic’ - 2009 Diocesan Education Service, Archdiocese of Birmingham. This document sets out in detail what it means to be a practising Catholic for the purpose of these appointments. The post of Head of Religious Education is a key post and therefore the post holder must be a practising Catholic.

If you do not hear from us you may assume that your application has not been successful.

The Governors of St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, the Trustees of the Bishop Bewick Trust and the Diocese are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons. The successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Closing date:

24 January 2022

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