Director of Art (Maternity Cover), Surbiton, Greater London

Closing date:

Surbiton High Senior SchoolSurbiton, Greater London

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020 or Earlier Start
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scales
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No

Surbiton High School seeks an enthusiastic and outstanding Director of Art, who is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and empowering our pupils to achieve their very best in the subject of Art.

Reporting Line: Vice Principal – Learning and Teaching 

Tenure: Maternity Cover, Full-Time 

Key responsibilities:

  • To lead by example - model outstanding teaching and learning
  • To lead the Department in pursuit of continuous improvement through innovation, strategic planning, and sharing of best practice
  • To monitor the quality of teaching and learning through regular observations of department staff, work scrutiny and pupil feedback
  • To challenge teachers who underperform and use coaching strategies to help them improve, working closely with SLT line manager to ensure that correct support is provided
  • To coach and support members of the Department to quality assure skill/knowledge base along with willingness to improve/develop is high
  • To develop members of the team through clear and carefully planned distribution of suitable tasks – for example peer observation, methods for using AfL and other new initiatives. Identify strengths in the team to ensure the embracing of new teaching strategies, and pupils’ learning
  • To promote the use of Digital Learning Technologies to support pupil achievement
  • To ensure a smooth, efficient, supportive and rigorous running of Department policies, including the application of rewards and sanctions
  • To track and monitor pupil progress and achievement within the subject area across all Key Stages, using baseline data
  • To lead in taking appropriate action to intervene in pupils’ underachievement, which is likely to include communication with the appropriate Form Tutor/HOY/SLT member and parent/s.
  • To promote the use of target-setting and high quality pupil feedback to inform teaching and learning strategies
  • To ensure that teachers support pupil progress
  • To review, analyse and evaluate results throughout the year and for the examination analysis and subject review meetings, sharing the process with the Department so that all are aware of the development points
  • To ensure that reporting on pupil progress follows the School’s policies
  • To work collaboratively with the Department on continually developing and updating the Schemes of Work
  • To use areas of strength and expertise amongst the Team and beyond SHS to enhance curriculum delivery
  • To lead, with appropriate consultation, on changes in specifications and/or exam board
  • To ensure that students are advised on relevant university courses and maintain subject links with relevant industries, careers and higher education
  • To keep abreast of, and communicate to the Department, changes in policies, guidelines and other national initiatives
  • To ensure compliance with requirements for exam entries and arrangements
  • To ensure that written records are kept as appropriate and in accordance with current legislation
  • To work collectively as a team, identifying suitable co-curricular activities that enrich the curriculum and broaden the pupil learning experience
  • To delegate the organisation and administration of trips appropriately amongst the Team
  • To monitor and develop/support the contribution made by members of the Team to co-curricular activities
  • To ensure accurate and up-to-date information is maintained in relevant co-curricular documentation
  • To engage in on-going personal and professional development in order to provide high quality and innovative educational leadership
  • To effectively communicate whole School changes to the Team, coaching teachers to develop their understanding and skill base surrounding new learning strategies
  • To ensure Department compliance with agreed School policies for assessment, recording, contacts with parents etc
  • To promote the School’s ethos of May Love Always Lead Us and the Best in Everyone.
  • To promote the School and its training courses and activities, including participation in external and internal marketing activities
  • To uphold the good reputation of the School and of United Learning with pupils, parents and other stakeholders
  • To ensure that the principles and practices of the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy are promoted through the curriculum
  • All such other duties as the Principal may reasonably require
  • To demonstrate and role model constructive leadership behaviours

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification (QTS desirable but not essential)
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development would be an advantage
  • The ability to lead, inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
  • Ability to deliver inspiring lessons at KS3, GCSE and A-level
  • Ability teach both Art and Photography to A-level is essential
  • Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into  reality
  • The ability to work in a leadership team in a successful and dynamic school
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Experience of leading and collaborating with colleagues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audience
  • A reflective and flexible approach and the ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos and to representing the strategic vision for the School
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following: 

Closing date for Applications: 8:00am, Monday 23 September 2019 

Interviews to be held week commencing: 30 September 2019 

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

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More about Surbiton High Senior School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8546 5245
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