Head of Art, Waltham Forest

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Forest SchoolWaltham Forest

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019 or January 2020 start for the right candidate
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Would you like to work in a well-established Independent School with ambitious plans for the future?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to join Forest School in the role of Head of Art. 

The Head of Art is required to be an outstanding teacher, leading by example, and also to manage and monitor the delivery of an appropriate curriculum which is challenging, differentiated and well resourced. Heads of Department at Forest are expected to develop their subjects, be innovative and inventive, and drive forward exciting educational initiatives that improve pupils’ learning experiences through inspiring their teams.

This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the drive and desire to make their mark on this highly important area of Forest School’s academic provision.

The Forest School Ethos

Forest is a humane, open-minded school with both feet on the ground, in which the pupils’ all-round personal development is outstanding and academic attainment is high.  It is, above all, a happy school which understands the rich inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral.  There is boldness in the School’s character, a readiness to be forward-thinking and adaptable, with pride in what we are and excitement for what lies ahead.

Our Values

Excellence, Diversity, Community, Heritage

About Forest

Forest School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18yrs established in 1834; benefiting from a tremendous location on the edge of North-East London. London’s only diamond structure school, Forest combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching on a single site as pupils move up the school. Our 1,395 boys and girls are taught together until the age of seven, separately from seven to 16, before coming back together again in a joint Sixth Form. This diamond structure offers all the academic benefits of single-sex teaching with all the social benefits of a co-educational school. The best of both worlds.

Location

Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station. 

Why work at Forest? 

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset. Key benefits include:

• Generous CPD budget

• Comprehensive Professional Development Review system

• Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme

• 18 weeks holiday and our own salary scale with salaries above those paid in the maintained sector

• Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day

• All teaching staff currently enrolled in the national Teachers’ Pension Scheme

• 50% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13

• Free membership of the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre during school hours and heavily subsidised membership outside those hours

• Free death in service cover and subsidised AXA PPP healthcare insurance

Don’t just take our word for it

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Key Findings (November 2017):

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent…The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent”

For more information on our CPD, training and ethos please visit our career site. 

Applications close Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 8.00am 

Interviews will take place Thursday 2 May 2019

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Snaresbrook, London, E17 3PY, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 85201744
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Situated on a beautiful site on the edge of Epping Forest in North East London with outstanding facilities, Forest School is one of the few diamond structure schools in the country where pupils are taught in single-sex classes between the ages of 7 a...