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Teacher of Art & Design

Woolwich Polytechnic School For GirlsGreenwich

Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls, part of the PolyMAT multi academy trust, is an all-inclusive girls’ school, the latest addition to the Trust and sister school to Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys. The two schools work in close collaboration and both adhere to the Trust’s motto of “stronger together.” All staff in the Trust have an innate passion and drive to empower and educate our students, to help them become the leaders of tomorrow. 

The Trust recognises the importance that each of its schools also has a strong individual identity and this why Woolwich Poly Girls has its own values of: Leadership, Excellence and Resilience.

Woolwich Poly Girls is a school that prides itself on staff wellbeing, innovation and research. A recent wellbeing survey showed that a resounding 98% of staff felt that WPSfGs has a supportive culture and ethos in which they flourish.

Our students strive for excellence and deepen their resilience and stoical behaviours at every step. They are driven by their teachers’ high expectations and their exceptional skills. Our thorough behaviour systems are consistently well-managed so that you no longer have to worry about low-level disruption. The relationships you can build with students, and the learning you can foster in your classroom, are remarkable.

We teach a mastery curriculum, covering fewer topics each year, and do so in real depth. Research shows that lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life. That is why our dedicated staff promote a strong culture of reading and provide children with opportunities and the key to enjoying reading, as ultimately students who read for pleasure are proven to achieve greater success. This is why all our lessons start with a read now task and students are studying academically demanding texts in all subjects.

We seek a professional who is driven by self-improvement and has an intellectual approach to their own pedagogy. We want someone who is passionate about their subject, welcoming and with a lot of personality.  But most of all, we want someone who loves to see students succeed. 

We are looking for a creative, passionate, innovative and outstanding teacher of Art & Design to join our growing department. This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative, friendly and supportive team of Art specialists.  The Art Department believes that each of our girls should leave school with a creative spark, the ability to contribute to the arts community, the belief that they can achieve any artistic endeavour with hard work and practice, and the knowledge and passion which inspires them to discuss artworks, visit galleries and continue their interest in art throughout their lives. Most importantly, our girls will develop the ability to express themselves in a creative, imaginative and confident way. 

 As a member of our Art team, you will be supported by a committed, passionate head of department and a skilled technician to ensure a high standard of teaching, learning and achievement. You will have your own teaching space with access to new and varied artistic equipment.  

 The successful candidate will demonstrate: 

• Excellent pedagogical and subject specific knowledge 

• Confident practical skill across a variety of artistic media 

• The ability to deliver engaging, challenging lessons which foster creativity to build both knowledge and skills 

• Experience in teaching and assessing Art & Design to at least KS4  

• The ability and willingness to draw upon the latest artistic resources, knowledge, news and pedagogy including a confident understanding of digital technology  

• An enthusiasm and willingness to collaborate and participate in building and refining an outstanding curriculum 

• A commitment to implement and run various extra-curricular opportunities for students such as clubs and trips.  

 If selected for interview, you will be expected to bring a portfolio of your work and work created by students you have taught to discuss. This portfolio can be digital or physical. 

NQTs are most welcome to apply, we are experienced in offering support in conjunction with local partnerships.

As a member of staff at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls we can offer you:

· Opportunities for career progression

· Excellent professional development

· A contributory pension scheme

· Opportunities to collaborate with outstanding and dynamic teaching professionals

· Access to various discounts for a small monthly fee

· An employee assistance programme

· Season ticket loans

· Finders fees for personal introductions of staff that we employ

· Excellent catering facilities

· Secure on-site parking

PolyMAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, along with other relevant employment checks, including overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training on induction, which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance.

The school is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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.

Previous applicants need not apply.

To apply please go to our website .  For further information, a confidential discussion or any other queries please contact Ms Ann Cherry, PolyMAT HR Manager at

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