Art Teacher, Dorset

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Highcliffe SchoolDorset
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Start date: 1/9/2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £23,486-£34,325 M1- M6
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Full Time, Permanent Art Teacher required.  We seek a full time well-qualified, enthusiastic and motivated experience teacher or NQT who can teach Art across the full age and ability range up to and including Sixth Form in this highly successful Academy. The ability to teach Fine Art is essential.

The successful candidate would be willing to positively contribute to the life and energy of our school community.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced, knowledgeable professionals who work together superbly.  Our SEN, pastoral, clerical, financial, technical and site staff are also extremely good at their jobs and committed to the school’s success, and form a great team. We are a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment in which to work or learn, located in a great part of the country.

Our Ofsted in October 2017 confirmed the school as Good and identified the Sixth Form as a particular strength. Our strategic plan aims to improve examination results still further by developing more effective ways of tracking and intervening on student progress (including our new assessment system at Key Stage 3); by further developing our teachers’ professional skills through our extensive in-house staff CPD programme; and by deepening our distinctive Highcliffe teaching and learning pedagogy.  

The curriculum area of Art, Design & Technology consists of 10 teachers and 3 support staff.

Art and Design & Technology are taught in the purpose built Da Vinci Centre. A building of exciting concept, designed to embrace Highcliffe schools commitment to an integrated approach to this area of the curriculum. Particular features of the Da Vinci Centre include:

• A spacious atrium for exhibiting and celebrating student outcomes.

• Glazed and illuminated display provision along both sides of the corridors.

• Separate, yet interconnected, studios / workshops for Product Design, Electronics, Graphics, Textiles / Printing, 2D & 3D Art, together with Food and Catering areas.

• Floor to ceiling glazed Key Stage 5 Art studio space.

• Bespoke ceramic teaching space housed within one of three spacious Art classrooms.

• Excellent Design equipment such as screen printing and sublimation printing is housed adjacent to each Technology and Art spaces.

• Traditional dark room facility accommodated adjacent to the Art Studio.

• A spacious Computer Aided Manufacturing area complete with two Laser Cutters, CNC Lathe, CNC Mill, 3D printer and CNC Vertical Router.

• Excellent provision for ICT. There are two fully equipped computer spaces supporting Adobe software Creative Suite, Solidworks and numerous other subject specific packages. Additionally, there is discrete access to computers across the curriculum area.


In Years 7, 8 and 9, students are taught in mixed gender and ability groupings for Design Technology and gain contact time for 5 hours a cycle.  Art is taught in single hour lessons per week and students are taught in tutor groups.   A significant number of Secure & Excellence are secured in end of KS3 assessments by the end of Year 9. 

Students may opt to follow GCSE courses in Art, Design & Technology starting in Year 10. GCSE courses in Art & Design - Fine Art, Art & Design - Graphics, Art & Design - Textiles Design, Catering and Product Design are currently offered. Results are often far exceeding the national average. 

Sixth Form Curriculum

Curriculum developments continue post 16 as new specifications are embraced and their popularity increases. Currently followed are A-levels in Fine Art, Textiles Design, Graphics, Photography and Product Design. Results are consistently strong with large numbers of students opting for courses in ADT and also extending their study within the Da Vinci building in non-contact sessions.

Staff are highly motivated and passionately believe Art, Design & Technology should be enjoyable and play a prominent role in the life of the school. This is reflected in their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the subject as well as the outcomes produced by their students.  A wide variety of outcomes are generated by our Art students; they employ a variety of media to record their studies.  These outcomes are well founded in reason and judgement and their development is rigorously recorded in sketchbook form.  Being within an Art, Design and Technology curriculum area affords our students the ability to more easily extend the materials and methods with which they respond.  We believe that creativity needs nurturing and Art, Design Technology aims to provide an environment in which students feel secure and reassured to take creative risks.

Recent extra-curricular activities include:

• Art together with the Modern Languages, host a Japanese ‘Artists in Residence’ student workshop.

• ‘A’ level artists have designed and completed murals now displayed in Christchurch Railway Station and prepared ‘banners’ for display in Bournemouth Hospital.

• Students are encouraged to exhibit their work in public exhibitions including Highcliffe Castle, The Redhouse Museum, Bournemouth Hospital and the end of year annual summer exhibition hosted in the Da Vinci building.

• Curriculum booster sessions.

• Runners up in the Rotary Club STEM competition.

• Entry for Greenpower 2019 

• Entry for Airgineers 2019 

• London gallery & exhibition visits as well as visits to the local Arts University.

• GCSE and A Level students contribute to an end of year exhibition hosted within the curriculum area.

• Catering celebrates the ‘Best of British’ food and traditions with Highcliffe’s Indian and Japanese ‘partner’ schools and is involved annually in the Christchurch Partnership Food festival as well as hosting a Rotarian meal annually.

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More about Highcliffe School
Address: Parkside, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4QD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1425 273381