Job Vacancies in Jewish Schools

Head of Faculty: Jewish Education

Contract Type: Full Time
Start Date: September 2024
Education Setting: Secondary School
Salary: TLR1b, MPS / UPS to reflect current level and experience
Job Category: Head of Department
Location: New Barnet

There is no school like JCoSS.  Our unique atmosphere and ethos permeate our magnificent state of the art building.  Our students are passionate, our staff are happy and our parents are proud to be JCoSS parents.  Our latest Ofsted report summarised the school perfectly

  • Pupils treat others as equals, showing kindness and respect.
  • Very little learning time is lost to poor behaviour.
  • Pupils enjoy attending this ambitious, supportive and inspiring school.
  • Leaders have embedded an ethos that promotes tolerance and inclusion.
  • Pupils are encouraged to develop their own identity while learning to understand and celebrate that of others.

We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for you to join our exciting and innovative Jewish Education Faculty and we look forward to hearing from you.

Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes. 

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again.  Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition.  The staff and leadership team includes different faiths and none at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of outstanding results. Students achieve excellent outcomes and make great progress. In 2023 46% of A level grades were at A*or A and more than 79% of Cambridge Technical grades were Distinction* or Distinction. 45% of GCSE grades were grade 7 or higher, with more than a quarter of the cohort achieving at least 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or better.  Our ALPS grade has been consistently 2 at both A level and GCSE, and our ‘Progress 8’ score is consistently significantly above national average.  Supported by a strong programme, students every year gain places at Oxbridge and for Medical and Veterinary Study, as well as for a wide range of specialisms and competitive courses at prestigious institutions.

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development.  Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new teaching staff including ECTs, NPQ programmes, and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities.  Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer ECTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term.  Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff*. Our website details a huge number and variety of staff wellbeing initiatives.

* (Children, Jewish and non-Jewish, of JCoSS staff who have a permanent contract of employment and have completed two years of service on the last day of the summer term of the academic year prior to application)

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful £50m buildings overlooking the Green Belt.  It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links, public buses run past the entrance and a school coach service (available to staff) serves our whole catchment area.  We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire.

This Role: The Jewish Education Faculty sits at the heart of the school, and includes the Ivrit Department. Informal Jewish Education is also closely integrated with the Faculty, but is managed separately. The Faculty currently comprises 11 members of staff. Jewish Education is part of the core curriculum for all students at JCoSS and provision is outstanding: students enjoy Jewish Education at KS3 and 4 where all take the subject at GCSE, and Religious Studies is a popular choice at A level. The Department also boasts a Beit Midrash programme at KS3 and an HPQ enrichment programme at KS4.

In 2023 JCoSS received an Outstanding judgment from Pikuach, with the report stating that ‘The school’s Jewish curriculum intent together with its implementation and impact is outstanding. It provides memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning for all students, including those with additional needs, and those from different religious backgrounds.’  The report also reflected that Jewish learning goes way beyond the curriculum and the classroom; ‘The way the school goes about developing students’ Jewish character and values is exemplary and is worthy of being disseminated widely as an example to other schools.’

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

For information, including an application pack, please visit our website  and complete the Teaching Application Form (please use a PC, not a Mac) or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on or 020 8344 2220

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.

Closing date 9am on Monday 11 March

Interview date: Friday 15th March 2024
Closing date: 11 March 2024
Castlewood Road
New Barnet
Tel: 020 8344 2220
Headteacher: Dr Melanie Lee, BSc (Hons) PhD