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Art Teacher

Michaela Community School

Wembley, London

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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
January/April/September 2018
Apply by:
16 October 2017

Job overview

Do you want to be part of a team that will help inner-city children to do the seemingly impossible? 

Michaela Community School is an exciting new free school that opened in September 2014. A vibrant and energetic team, our intention is to transform the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of us are Teach First Ambassadors. Some of us are not. All of us want to change the world.

Currently, we have 480 pupils, years 7, 8, 9 and 10. As we are growing every year (840 pupils at full capacity including a Sixth Form), there will be a lot of opportunities for promotion and development. In September 2018, we will have 600 pupils. In 2020, we will have over 800 pupils, including our Sixth Form. You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school. 

At Michaela pupils benefit from two one-hour lessons per week. Because of the incredible behaviour, you really do get a whole 59 minutes to teach! 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 teach a knowledge-based curriculum built on cutting-edge insights from cognitive science. Our teaching approaches have been influenced by ground-breaking charter schools in the American inner cities and we are driven by a desire to get the best possible results for all our pupils. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. Senior Team run centralised detentions twice daily so that consequences are immediate and teachers are not chasing absent detainees. In October, we offer pupils and staff a two-week half term.

We don’t offer lessons in ICT, DT, Citizenship or take children out of lessons for intervention. All of our teachers see pupils at least twice per week so that a bond is built between teachers and pupils. Intervention happens in form time or after school. We believe in keeping marking to a minimum and so normal, decentralised written homework does not happen at Michaela.

If you love art and know how to teach drawing, come and visit us at Michaela.  If you are in two minds, it is worth seeing what can be achieved in art when using our teaching methods.

If you are the type of person who fits with our culture, you will really love working here. There is no other school like it in the country. 

You are also very welcome to visit the school. We are 30 seconds from Wembley Park tube, accessible by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.   

Our staff have written a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Teachers. Michaela teachers, from founders to classroom teachers to senior leaders, lead readers through different methods and aspects of what makes Michaela unique.

Some of our staff are on Twitter. Check them out!

To register your interest please send a covering letter (no more than 3 sides in Arial font, 12 point) together with your TES application. Please include answers to these questions:

1. Why teach Art at Michaela?

2. How would you fit in with our unique ethos?

Please also:

1. Provide examples of your work. These must include observational drawings, paintings and any other artworks (approx. 10)

2. Send examples of pupil outcomes from schemes of works/units you have taught from year 7 to GCSE/A Level. These outcomes should be what you consider to be the most successful and highly skilful outcomes (approx. 10). Must be pictures not written schemes of work.

These can be forwarded in the form of a Powerpoint, Publisher or as a PDF document to

At Michaela teachers are paid using the teacher inner London pay scales.

The closing date for this post is:  23rd October 2017

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.   

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. 

About Michaela Community School

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+44 20 8795 3183

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Michaela Community School is an exciting and successful free school that opened in September 2014 in Wembley, and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. You may have heard of us: our Headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, is often in the news saying things that others find controversial but that we think are common sense. In 2023, our Progress 8 at GCSE was 2.37, the highest Progress 8 in the country. Nearly three quarters of our GCSE papers achieved a 7 to 9 grade. We also got 94% grade 5s in English and Maths. Our A level results were equally impressive with three quarters of our A-Level exams graded A* or A, and 75% of students went on to Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, Imperial and LSE.

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 exceptional success.


Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh

Values and vision

Michaela Community School in Brent has a special focus on self-discipline and knowledge. Our tight behaviour systems ensure you can really teach. The school believes its task is to develop the whole child. Teachers encourage children to contribute to their wider community and to show compassion, consideration and kindness to all.

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