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Art & Design Technician

Wetherby Preparatory SchoolWestminster

WETHERBY PREPARATORY SCHOOL

MARYLEBONE – W1

Boys’ School (7 – 13 years, 400 on roll). Independent Preparatory (IAPS)

ART & DESIGN TECHNICIAN

We are looking for a well-qualified and enthusiastic graduate to support our Art & Design department in this busy Prep School for boys. The Art Department has recently expanded to include 3 new Art Rooms. This includes a ceramics studio and a range of digital DT equipment and machinery. A specialism in ceramics, and an ability to demonstrate making skills and participate in the delivery of lessons are desirable. This role would suit someone who has a thorough practical and theoretical Art & Design knowledge and who has an interest in working with children. 

Remuneration: Alpha Plus Group Salary Scale

Employment start:  From Autumn Term Half Term (or earlier if convenient on both sides)

www.wetherbyprep.co.uk/contact/working-at-wetherby-prep/

Please email applications admin@wetherbyprep.co.uk  or post to:

Wetherby Preparatory School, Bryanston Square, London W1H 2EA – 020 7535 3520

www.wetherbyprep.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 24 September 2021

Only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be responded to.

Wetherby Preparatory School  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. All staff are trained in child protection and understand to report concerns by following the safeguarding policies. We ensure all candidates are properly police-checked, and the successful candidate will need to obtain an enhanced disclosure via the DBS.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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Wetherby Preparatory School

Job Specification

Art & Design Technician

Reporting to the Head of Art & Design at Wetherby Preparatory School.

We are looking for a well-qualified and enthusiastic graduate to support our Art & Design department in this busy Prep School for boys. The Art Department has recently expanded to include 3 new Art Rooms. This includes a ceramics studio and a range of digital DT equipment and machinery. A specialism in ceramics, and an ability to demonstrate making skills and participate in the delivery of lessons are desirable. This role would suit someone who has a thorough practical and theoretical Art & Design knowledge and who has an interest in working with children. 

The selection process will include a lesson, during which you will support the Head of Art during a classroom lesson, tour of the building and an interview with the Head of Art and Headmaster. You are asked to bring a portfolio demonstrating practical skills and artwork.

The Art Technician will be required to provide general assistance to the Art Department. This will include (but not limited to):

1) Providing practical assistance to pupils during Art & Design lessons;

2) Assisting with the supervision of pupils as they use Design and Technology equipment and providing demonstrations of safe practice.

3) Setting up and clearing away lessons and creative clubs;

4) Monitoring and maintaining stock, equipment, resources, and art storage spaces; including the Art Vault, Kiln, and Drying Room. 

5) Making prototypes to use in lessons. There will be opportunity to develop projects to be included in the curriculum.

6) General administration work for the classwork including, but not limited to,  printing, photocopying, and laminating;

7) Preparing clay, stretching screens and canvases; 

8) Keeping tools and equipment serviced and in good working order;

9) Risk Assessments for the Art Department. 

10) Attending training as required. 

11) Managing safe storage of all equipment to ensure that children do not have access to any hazardous items. This includes making sure all sharps and power tools are locked away and isolator switches are working and used.

12) Arranging servicing as required. Responsibility for safe running of the kiln and pottery wheels. 

13) Mounting art work for displays and exhibitions; Managing Art Department displays around the school. Support colleagues with display work in school and provide assistance, resources and tools when requested. Including photography of works for the Creative Arts Catalogue.

14) Preparing audit sheets for marking and naming work, organising storage areas;

15) Assisting with, and creating, staging and props for school productions;

16) Contribute to the life of the school through effective participation in meetings and school events.

17) Ad hoc duties around the school 

18) Lunch duties/break duties 

19) Attending occasional school events outside of school hours.

Working hours 8-5 

Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess the following experience, qualifications and qualities:

a) Art Degree or equivalent;

b) Experience of display work and using DT machinery

c) Knowledge of ceramics spaces and kilns. 

d) Energy and commitment for the post and the ability to work in harmony with colleagues and desire to work with children;

e) Excellent organisational skills;

f) Sympathy with, and a readiness to support, the school’s educational ethos;

g) Good level of ICT skills. 

h) A good sense of humour.

You will have responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom you are responsible, or with whom you come into contact in the school.  It is your responsibility to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at all times.  If at any time you identify any instance that a child or young person is at risk you must report your concerns immediately to the Designated Safety Officer, DSO or the Head.

Note: This job description is indicative of the duties and responsibilities of the post but does not form part of any contract of employment. All jobs within the school evolve over time and their features vary from year to year.

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