Art Teacher, Harrow

Closing date:

Park High SchoolHarrow

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Outer London payscale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Park High School is a fantastic place to work and develop as a teacher.  We’d love you to come and join us! 

We are now seeking to appoint a colleague who shares our passion for learning and our determination to change lives through the education we provide.

Applications from both experienced and Newly Qualified Teachers would be warmly welcomed.  NQTs can join us for two weeks’ paid induction in July.

“Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and use imaginative and stimulating resources. They are very skilful at showing students how to work independently and think for themselves and at giving them time to work together and share their understanding.” Ofsted 

Outer London payscale

Appointment for September 2019

Closing date:  Tuesday 23 April 2019

Details and application forms may be downloaded from the school's website or may be made online.

1. Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who wants to join an excellent department.  This post is suitable either for a teacher who is currently in training (NQT) or someone who would like to widen their experience, someone who will embrace the opportunities of working in a leading edge school.  This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

Park High is an 11-18 mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive school of almost 1600 students, situated in the London Borough of Harrow. There are very high achievement levels and excellent facilities.  Ofsted (2013) judged the school outstanding in all areas and in early 2014 we were designated a National Teaching School.

We can offer:

• An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do. 

• An award winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.

• A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.

• Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.

• Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.

• A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring within which team to grow and develop.

• An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across three Key Stages.

2. Curriculum, staffing and resources

This is a dynamic Art Department which welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject of art and design. Creative risk taking and managing the challenge of new concepts in art and design are department strengths. An ability to teach (or experience with) Ceramics and Photography is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate must be willing to develop teaching skills in these areas. 

Art is taught in three subject specific rooms, two of which have full computer suites with Photoshop and Premier Pro. The department has a part time Art Technician. There are facilities for ceramics and clay work, with two kilns. The department also has a photographic darkroom. 

Currently Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups. They follow schemes of learning devised in a collaborative manner with the whole department. The schemes of learning are flexible and address the formal elements of Art and Design. Staff teach them in a variety of ways, allowing for a range of high quality outcomes in various media. KS3 Assessment provides accurate and informative feedback to students. Working with the Crafts Council the Art Department have secured an Artist in Residence in the Summer Term. 

At KS4 students follow the AQA GCSE specification in both Fine Art and Photography. The courses are popular with good uptake. Students are encouraged to take independent directions and each project resulting in meaningful personal outcomes. A Level students follow a linear programme and selected students benefit from our well established programme with The Royal Academy of Art Attract Programme. The students are encouraged to visit relevant art exhibitions and develop an understanding of current issues within Art and Design. Students are successful on entering degree level studies for Art and Design.

3. Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School.   Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is widely regarded as “leading edge”: we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions and we actively support our staff in pursuing Masters and other higher qualifications.

“Park High School has an incredibly strong developmental culture, with a real focus on investing in staff to better student outcomes. It is highly valued by staff and brilliantly led, with positive support from the Headteacher and senior leadership who are also quick to advocate its importance within school.”  TDT Audit 2018

4. Tutor role

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive both as individuals and members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally. 

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.  

5. Person specification

We will be looking for the following:

1. Appropriate academic qualifications (to degree level), QTS and the ability to teach Art throughout the school.

2. Successful experience as a teacher of Art in a current post or during teaching practices (NQT) and both the ability and drive to develop further. 

3. Ability to work and learn in a collaborative, innovative team with high standards committed to raising expectations and achievement of all students.

4. Evidence of excellent communication and organisational skills.

5. A good understanding of the Art curriculum and the changes in GCSE assessment.

6. The willingness to teach a second subject if required. 

7. Evidence of being able to build and sustain effective working relationships with staff, Governors, parents and the wider community.

8. The ability to contribute to the wider work of the school, including our work as tutors and other   activities. 

9. Flexibility and adaptability in order to be able to mix and work with a wide range of people and a commitment to equality and diversity.

10. A commitment to professional development.

11. To be alert and active on issues relating to student welfare and child protection

If you are a genuinely passionate and committed teacher who wants to work in a school where teaching is a pleasure, and in a school that puts learning at the heart of all it does, then we look forward to receiving your application.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the successful applicant must provide satisfactory references and will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 



More about Park High School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 1PL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8952 2803
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