Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The ambition of our vibrant and energetic team is to transform the lives of all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world by showing that a child’s home circumstances don’t have to be a barrier to success.
We are looking for an Art teacher with personality, someone who wants to own their classroom and have vibrant and authentic relationships with their pupils. We want teachers who are conscientious, enjoy being with children and love to see pupils’ success. Our tight behaviour systems allow teachers to be themselves, and be as innovative as they like. The Art department is open-minded and driven, and always looking for ways to improve.
At Michaela, staff work together in departments to create shared resources. It makes last-minute planning a thing of the past. Your ideas on curriculum will have impact across your department because everyone shares their resourcing.
At KS3, pupils are taught the traditional techniques of drawing and painting and Art history. Lessons are ‘teacher-led’ as we believe it is the only way pupils can learn the appropriate skills to an expert level. Teachers show pupils exactly how to use each media in-depth step-by-step using the visualizer. There is no ‘guess work’ at Michaela. Pupils get to practice using the same media over and over again until the technique is mastered and perfected.
Pupil outcomes are therefore very high, with our Year 7, 8 and 9 already producing outcomes to a GCSE quality. Our curriculum fosters a real love for art and art history. Pupils are proud of their achievements and are able to understand and properly discuss artwork when visiting the National Gallery, London. We offer Art and Photography GCSE. We were very pleased with our first set of GCSE results of 90% grade 4-9 last year (with 55% achieving grade 6-9), and hope to build on the results this year.
Experience of teaching Photography and Photoshop is preferred but not essential.
If you love art and know how to teach drawing, do apply! We invest in the development of our people. If you have heard of Michaela and feel a little intimidated, don’t be! There are a variety of people who teach here, all of them friendly and welcoming. We would love to hear from you.
The Head of Art has written some blogs about teaching Art at Michaela, which you can read here:
There is no other school like Michaela in the country. Check out our website and see what we are all about! www.mcsbrent.co.uk
You are also very welcome to visit the school – and we would recommend it. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Visitors often say seeing the school in action changed their minds on a variety of topics and allowed them to see the school as it really is.
To register your interest, please send a covering letter along with the TES application form.
Suitable candidates will be interviewed promptly upon receipt of application. The closing date will be brought forward in the event that the post is filled.
At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales. If you would like to discuss the position with one of our teachers, please email Head of Art, Lizzie, at email@example.com.
Michaela Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS and/or provide police checks from other countries, where appropriate. Michaela Community School is an equal opportunities employer.