Head of Art, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

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South Island School - ESFAberdeen, Hong Kong

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Basic salary including Cash Allowance ranges from GBP 55,600 to GBP 90,200 p.a.
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: No

South Island School seeks to appoint an outstanding Head of Art. For the right applicant, this role may be combined with the role of Head of Creative Arts as also currently advertised, so applicants may wish to put in a simultaneous application for both roles. However, we equally welcome both external and internal applicants who wish to apply only for the role of Head of Art.

As Head of Art, your role will be to coordinate the team within the department, ensuring that planning, delivery and evaluation of the Art curricula are carried out effectively. You will report to the Head of Creative Arts (or to a member of the South Island School Leadership Team if the two roles are combined). As a Head of Department, you will be a member of the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), and your role will include ensuring that each of these subject areas is fully represented in whole school academic decisions.

The successful applicant will be a highly skilled teacher, with the ability to motivate, inspire and engage with students in creative and innovate ways, both within and outside the classroom. You will be a skilled manager and leader, as you work with Art Department staff towards our overall goal of ensuring excellent educational outcomes for all of our students. Like all staff, you will also be a tutor within our Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC), and will be expected to contribute regularly to our Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes.

Previous experience of IBMYP, (I)GCSE and IBDP/IBCP would be a definite advantage. The role will include collaborating with the Head of Creative Arts and other heads of department to plan the Visual Arts components within the MYP, ensuring appropriate representation for Visual Arts within the overall MYP programme. You will also be the lead teacher for Art & Design at IGCSE level and for Visual Arts within the IBDP, also liaising with the IBCP Team regarding Art-related elements.

The position will be a full-time renewable contract for an initial two year period from August 2019.

The Role

The Head of Art at SIS is expected to be committed and flexible. Regular duties include:

• Leading the Art Department, to develop and sustain high standards and a culture of collaboration and learning, line-managing teachers within the department;

• Line-managing Technical and Support Staff within the Art Department, in liaison with the Heads of Creative Arts;

• Representing the Art Department within the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), attending meetings and cascading whole school initiatives to department members as required;

• Planning, developing and evaluating schemes of learning for all Art courses to maximise positive outcomes, in liaison with the Art Department as a whole;

• Maintaining a learning climate within Art lessons that is inclusive and safe, yet challenging and innovative, ensuring appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of students with all learning profiles;

• In liaison with the Head of Creative Arts:

o Leading and managing the development of learning and teaching strategies within the Art Department;

o Ensuring appropriate assessment practices within the Art Department, to support student progress and attainment;

o Ensuring that resources are managed effectively within the Art Department, in compliance with school-wide and foundation-wide requirements relating to budgets, procurement processes and facilities management;

o Ensuring regular celebration of achievements within the Art Department, in liaison with the communications team;

• Working as a tutor for a group of students, within the Pastoral Learning Curriculum;

• Engaging actively with the Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes, ensuring that the Art Department is well represented within these curricula.


• A relevant degree and postgraduate qualification, including internationally recognised teaching qualifications;

• A strong commitment to taking an inclusive approach to meet the needs of all students;

• The ability to lead and inspire others and to manage a team effectively, showing excellent leadership, management and administrative skills;

• The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with teachers and other relevant professionals, parents and students;

• An understanding of current developments in teaching;

• Experience of a range of assessment strategies for identifying students’ needs and supporting learning;

• A commitment to pastoral care within the school;

• A commitment to developing students’ skills through extra-curricular opportunities.

Further Information

Further information can be found in the following locations:

• South Island School website: https://www.sis.edu.hk

• English Schools Foundation website: https://www.esf.edu.hk/

Thank you again for your interest in this role.

Application Closing Date: 8 am HK time, Monday, 14 January 2019

Closing Date: 14 Jan 2019

For enquiries, please contact Angelie Higgs at ahiggs@sis.edu.hk.

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More about South Island School - ESF
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 25559313
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