As Head of Art you will be responsible for the smooth running and creative flourishing of a large, dynamic and diverse department. We are looking for a dedicated practitioner who will oversee both the continued success of curricular art and the expansion of co-curricular art at Eton.
Ideally, the new appointment will be a two-dimensional fine art specialist with excellent knowledge and understanding of drawing, painting, printmaking and art history. This will complement the existing three-dimensional expertise within the department.
- Articulate a clear vision of the role of art in the future of Eton College.
- Oversee the department’s approach to A-level and GCSE as well as art in the co-curricular programme.
- Within curricular art, direct and support students in their understanding of both contemporary and historical contexts.
- Recruit Artists-in-Residence whose practice will enrich and complement the existing skills of permanent staff.
- Engage as many pupils as possible with the visual arts, providing them with opportunities both to look at art and to explore and express their own creativity.
- Make sure that every pupil can enjoy art as a leisure activity beyond the pressure of academic subjects.
- Foster your own connections with the outside art world and top art institutions, running a diverse programme of gallery exhibitions.
- Manage the assessment and marking of examination coursework.
- Make sure Health and Safety risk assessments are up to date and observed to protect both staff and pupils.
- Assist students with the development and presentation of interview portfolios.
- Develop the role of Eton’s Art Department within our significant partnership programme.
- Facilitate teacher training and continuous professional development within the department.
- Liaise with partner schools to facilitate workshops for teachers and students.
- Demonstrate a solid understanding and commitment to working within the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Encourage the development of new teaching approaches.
- Ensure that the work displayed in the department is current and well presented.
The Ideal Candidate
- You will be a reflective classroom teacher who:
- Has a good honours degree (2:1 or above) and/or a further degree in a directly related subject;
- Has previous experience leading and managing a team;
- Is passionate about their subject and can demonstrate the subject knowledge required to deliver engaging lessons across the age and ability range of students at the school;
- Shares Eton’s holistic vision of education and is excited to contribute to the co-curricular and pastoral aspects of boarding school life;
- Demonstrates a solid understanding of, and commitment to working within the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion;
- Has strong interpersonal skills and can build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people;
- Has prior experience of managing a budget and working to agreed deadlines;
- Has a proven track record as a director of productions of the highest quality;
- Has strong people management skills, including the ability to lead and inspire both teaching and non-teaching staff and the desire to bring together and develop a team;
- Is an experienced and skilled teacher with a demonstrably successful track record helping students to achieve the highest grades of which they are capable.
- Is committed to their ongoing professional development;
- Embraces developments and innovations in teaching and learning and is open to a range of approaches to assessment and differentiation in the classroom;
- Can demonstrate good ICT competence and willingness to use new technologies for teaching and learning;
- Is an inspirational educator with a clear artistic vision;
- Is interested in the welfare and pastoral wellbeing of young people;
- Has excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Has a positive attitude, an optimistic approach to change and development, a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour.
Windsor and Maidenhead
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Secondary School
- Boys school with students of age 13 - 18 years
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