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.

Maths - UCAS Code 2J4X

The maths department at Queensbridge has grown in success and strength over the last 5 years.  This fully-staffed and qualified department form an energetic and hardworking team, who are fully dedicated in helping pupils fulfil their potential in mathematics.  All staff have high expectations of students and as a core department, maths is taught in 4 lessons a week in years 7-11. 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 as well as working with the Teach First and Schools Direct training programmes. 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 our 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.

Physical Education UCAS Code 379J

Queensbridge Physical Education Department has undergone rapid development over the last three years. The department has a highly popular and rapidly expanding extra-curricular programme covering a wide variety of sports. All year groups have representative teams in Sports ranging from Netball, Football and Basketball to Hockey, Athletics and Cricket, to name but a few. All sports are undertaken by both girls and boys as the department prides itself on inclusivity in all aspects of its school life.  The department is proud to play host to the annual Ski Trip to Switzerland as well as a bi-annual Netball and Football tour to Valkenburg in The Netherlands.  During KS3 pupils are part of the department’s innovative life without levels programme, working to achieve progress points in every lesson as they develop their skills, tactical knowledge and awareness of leading a Healthy, Active Lifestyle. KS4 pupils follow a specific option, they can select to follow either BTEC Sport, Duke of Edinburgh Award or they can move into the Core Physical Education offer.  The department is able to offer such variety due to its highly skilled staff that hold specialisms in a variety of areas with an excellent track record of transforming PE graduates into PE teachers fully prepared to join this demanding profession. 

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. 

Design Technology UCAS Code 379M

Our Design Technology department is made up of Food, Textiles and Product Design. In year 8 and 9 Design Technology is taught through 9 week rotations and this allows pupils to experience a range of subjects that make up the Design Technology curriculum at Queensbridge. In year 9 we collaborate with the IT department and offer a year 9 rotation in i Media.  We are ably supported by two dedicated technicians.  As a department we aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and transferable skills to use beyond school.  We enjoy using our lessons to impact on our local community such as hosting afternoon tea and creating retail products for our unique pop up market during our innovative i Week. The successful applicant will join a small team of supportive subject specialists with a range of teaching experiences.