**We are now recruiting for a September 2017 start**

English - UCAS Code 2J4W

Queensbridge School firmly believes that English is for life. It’s the backbone of every other subject studied at Queensbridge. As such, English lessons take learners through themes and topics that are relevant to life and to the wider world.  English at Queensbridge feeds their creativity and imagination. The department is fully staffed by a diverse range of subject specialists that guarantee that pupils will encounter big and exciting experiences and also to have those quiet moments to allow their thoughts to hit the page. Due to the strength of the curriculum and the commitment of the English staff, our pupils achieve consistently impressive grades in both English Language and English Literature. Our pupils make outstanding progress and genuinely enjoy their lessons. We are a supportive, experienced and rigorous English department with an excellent track record in transforming English graduates into English teachers, fully prepared to join this demanding profession.

Geography - UCAS Code 2J4T

The Geography Department at Queensbridge School has three subject-specialist teachers, teaching to all pupils in KS3 and two classes in each year group at KS4, and has its own dedicated computer facilities.  Geography is included in the year seven Enterprise curriculum, six hours a week for twelve weeks in the year eight Innov8 curriculum, and for two hours each week in year nine.  We complement our KS3 and GCSE curricula with numerous visits to make our scheme of work relevant and real to our pupils: land-use surveys on our local High Street, Birmingham city centre visit to investigate the impact of the HS2 line and station, River Rea flood protection measures, a day at the Earth Trust and River Thames in Oxfordshire, KS4 day at the Olympic Park and 'The Crystal' sustainable living centre in London, and a three-day KS4 residential to Snowdonia.  Our 2013/14 GCSE results were the best yet and we are looking forward to the new academic year. Trainees joining the Geography department at Queensbridge will be encouraged to develop inclusive, inspiring and engaging lessons within the curriculum, with the full support of the team, but they will also be rewarded by a departmental and whole school ethos that is dedicated in improving the life chances of all our pupils.

History - UCAS Code 2J4S

The applicant will join one of the most successful and popular departments at Queensbridge School that year-on-year performs significantly above the national average in terms History attainment.  All History at Queensbridge is taught by subject specialists that hold additional Teaching and Learning responsibilities at whole school level.  Year 8 curriculum content is delivered via the Innov8 programme and Year 9 content is delivered through two lessons per week for the whole academic year.   There are two GCSE groups in Year 10 and Year 11; each class receives three hours of teaching per week.  At Queensbridge we follow the OCR exam board and focus on modern world content.  We complement our KS3 and KS4 curricula with numerous visits to further engage learners, visiting a range of locations such as the Commandery in Worcester, Parliament, French and Belgian Battlefields of WW1 and the Beaches of Normandy.  Trainees will be supported, challenged and intellectually stretched as they achieve their full potential at the outset of their teaching career.

Maths - UCAS Code 2J4X

The maths department at Queensbridge has grown in success and strength over the last 4 years. GCSE results have doubled to 74% in 2013, and the 3 levels and 4 levels of progress are above national levels. A number of high-ability students have also studied and sat the OCR Level 3 FSMQ ‘Additional Maths’ qualification in preparation for A level at post-16. This fully-staffed and qualified department enjoy a huge and harmonious work ethic based on high expectation of all students. As a core department, maths is taught in 3 lessons a week in all years except year 10 where it gets 4 lessons. The department engaged in a subject-specific  OFSTED inspection in May 2012 and received a glowing report. We also mentor  PGCE and SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) students from local universities. Trainees joining the Maths department at Queensbridge School will be encouraged to develop inclusive, inspiring and engaging lessons within the curriculum, with the full support of the team, but they will also be rewarded by a departmental and whole school ethos that is dedicated in improving the life chances of all our pupils.

Biology - UCAS Code 2T42

The science department at Queensbridge School is an extremely successful team of subject specialists with a range of teaching experiences, which will be invaluable for sharing with the successful applicant. Our ethos is to develop students who are naturally curious to explore the world around them and discover science for themselves, both inside and outside of school. As a core subject we teach a key stage 3 curriculum with three hours every week, and we teach 5 hours a week to our Key Stage 4 classes, all Key Stage 4 students are entered for either triple or double GCSE science. Our students consistently achieve above the national average in external qualifications. We are ably supported by two dedicated science technicians. The successful applicant will be joining a strong team who will always offer input when it is asked for in the knowledge that it will be supportive, not judgemental. As a department we also have strong CPD links with the University of Birmingham Education School. The department is dedicated to delivering a differentiated, real-life curriculum to all students, improving the life chances of all our students, irrespective of their background.

Art and Design - UCAS Code 2J4H

As a department, our vision is to equip students with imaginative ways of seeing the world around them thus allowing them to express their ideas in a creative learning environment.  Our aim is for students to leave lessons with far more than technical skills.  We hope that they feel inspired to develop their imagination to produce thoughtful, meaningful pieces of work; whilst improving their knowledge, by means of contextual study and research.  We encourage all students to use their work as a vehicle to express their personality, beliefs and ideas in a positive environment.

We are committed to exhibiting pupils’ work around school and in different contexts such as the prestigious South Network Gifted and Talented Exhibition which is held annually at Birmingham City University and showcases the very best of our talent across school.

The art department consists of two full time teachers who have over ten years teaching experience and hold a diverse set of specialisms along with a highly skilled technician who is a practising Textile artist.  

Drama - UCAS Code 32DQ

Queensbridge School is utterly convinced about the ability of an arts-rich curriculum to drive and transform the ethos and character of a school. As such we ensure that our teaching supports the whole school aims thus enabling pupils to have relevant and meaningful drama experiences. As a department we look to equip pupils with knowledge of a full range of narrative arts, including an awareness of theatre craft and its value. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to engage and perform a variety of drama conventions. Trainees joining the Drama department at Queensbridge will be encouraged to develop inclusive, inspiring and engaging lessons within the curriculum, with the full support of the team, but they will also be rewarded by a departmental and whole school ethos that is dedicated to improving the life chances of all pupils

MFL (French) UCAS Code 2J4R

The languages department at Queensbridge School welcomes candidates who are willing to work collaboratively to instil interest and motivation amongst a growing, and highly diverse, group of learners. We have an increasingly able cohort, and so will be looking for colleagues who can develop student’s language skills and enable them to achieve mastery. As a small department, our curriculum language is French. However, we are keen to work with anyone who can offer Spanish or German too.  At the same time, the department seeks colleagues who can help us develop our highly innovative Enterprise curriculum, and support rapid progress as we move students towards the first GCSE topics that all students will start to encounter in year 9. We have run highly successful day trips to France in the past, and in recent years have developed a hugely successful residential trip to the Normandy coast, where the whole year group attends. We have welcomed partner schools from France to stay at Queensbridge, and take part in events organised by local universities and other South Birmingham schools. The department plays a full part in the wider commitment to teaching and learning development in this outstanding school.

Computing - UCAS Code 32DT

At Queensbridge School we offer a robust and innovative curriculum in Computer Science from Year 7 to 11.  Our students have dedicated computer science lessons throughout their time at our school. Our curriculum encompasses a wide range of different skills and techniques that are required for a modern computational scientist including wearable technology, programming and creative media. Our KS3 curriculum includes different programming techniques including: blockly, touch develop, python and command line scripting. At KS4 we offer GCSE Computer Science which develops students understanding in the fundamentals of modern computing. Our department is fond of innovation and experimentation with latest technologies. We have a skilled team of computational scientists with experience in many other fields. This allows us to enrich our curriculum and prepare our students for a highly technological society. 

Chemistry -UCAS Code 2J4Q

The Science Department at Queensbridge School is an extremely successful team of subject specialists with a range of teaching experiences, which will be invaluable for sharing with the successful applicant.  Our ethos is to develop students who are naturally curious to explore the world around them and discover science for themselves, both inside and outside of school.  As a core subject we teach a Key Stage 3 curriculum with three lessons every week in years 7 and 8. We begin our GCSE Science course in year 9 (with 4 lessons per week) and we teach 5 lessons a week to our year 10 and 11 classes. All Key Stage 4 students are entered for either Triple or Combined GCSE Science (AQA specification).  Our students consistently achieve above the national average in external qualifications.  We are ably supported by two dedicated science technicians.  The successful applicant will be joining a strong team who will always offer input when it is asked for in the knowledge that it will be supportive, not judgmental.  As a department we also have strong CPD links with the University of Birmingham School of Education.  The department is dedicated to delivering a differentiated, real-life curriculum to all students, improving the life chances of all our students, irrespective of their background. 

Physics - UCAS Code 2J4P

The Science Department at Queensbridge School is an extremely successful team of subject specialists with a range of teaching experiences, which will be invaluable for sharing with the successful applicant.  Our ethos is to develop students who are naturally curious to explore the world around them and discover science for themselves, both inside and outside of school.  As a core subject we teach a Key Stage 3 curriculum with three lessons every week in years 7 and 8. We begin our GCSE Science course in year 9 (with 4 lessons per week) and we teach 5 lessons a week to our year 10 and 11 classes. All Key Stage 4 students are entered for either Triple or Combined GCSE Science (AQA specification).  Our students consistently achieve above the national average in external qualifications.  We are ably supported by two dedicated science technicians.  The successful applicant will be joining a strong team who will always offer input when it is asked for in the knowledge that it will be supportive, not judgmental.  As a department we also have strong CPD links with the University of Birmingham School of Education.  The department is dedicated to delivering a differentiated, real-life curriculum to all students, improving the life chances of all our students, irrespective of their background.