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Head of Art and Design

Rye St Antony SchoolOxfordshire

We are seeking to appoint a highly talented individual who shares our Christian Catholic ethos which puts the development of children’s talents at the centre of all we do.  We are looking for a Head of Art and Design who enjoys working collaboratively and who has the passion to contribute to the development of our flourishing school.

In our 90th year of educating the individual at Rye, we are continuing to build a diverse, enthusiastic and highly supportive community of teachers with a commitment to academic excellence.  We look for academic staff who are fully committed to the teaching experience and who want to make a real difference to children's lives.  Every teacher has both academic and pastoral responsibilities and will be expected to contribute actively to the extra-curricular programme.  We are fully committed to the professional development of all members of our school community.

This is an exciting role and there is scope to build creative arts further in school.  The department teaches Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Communication and Photography.  Preparation for completion of the Arts Mark Award is underway and the successful candidate will be asked to continue this work.

The Head of Art and Design is accountable to the Deputy Head.

The role of the Head of Art and Design includes:

Leadership and Management

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of a strong and dynamic Art and Design curriculum throughout the school from Year 1 through to Year 13 inclusive.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum is rich, relevant, inspirational and aspirational and that it contributes to the first-rate educational and whole person outcomes.
  • Managing and organising the Art and Design department efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
  • Ensuring that the classrooms provide a positive learning environment that promotes the highest achievement for all pupils.
  • Inspiring a passion for Art and Design in all members of the school community.
  • Providing a model of outstanding practice to all staff in teaching and department leadership.
  • Securing and sustaining effective teaching and learning throughout the department by monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and standards of pupils’ achievement with support from the Deputy Head, Academic.
  • Leading and managing colleagues who teach Art and Design, ensuring that they have clear expectations of their work, and monitoring teaching to ensure first-rate performance standards are achieved and maintained.
  • Empowering colleagues to develop their leadership potential to ensure continuous improvement of skills and development of knowledge.
  • Ensuring the professional development of all members of the department and the effective induction for new staff.
  • Ensuring creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve excellence in Art and Design.
  • Keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice in Arts and Design to introduce and disseminate appropriate innovation and to develop the department further.
  • Collaborating with other Heads of Department and the Deputy Head Academic to exploit wider curriculum application opportunities.
  • Assigning staff to teach an appropriate allocation of groups and subjects within the department.
  • Managing departmental budget and resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Writing, implementing and reviewing departmental policy statements to ensure the department is progressing and exceeding expectations.
  • Leading weekly meetings with teachers in the department to review provision, pupil progress, initiate new ideas and bring innovation to the Art and Design provision.

Policy/Strategic direction and development

  • Reviewing and updating the three year Art and Design development plan, ensuring that the department meets its targets and is ambitious in its future planning
  • Contributing to relevant school policies and strategic planning as required by the Head to ensure the school is compliant with ISI standards and regulations
  • Taking the lead in ensuring that school policies and strategies are embedded in schemes of work and departmental plans.
  • Reviewing and updating the performance and development of the department annually and presenting the department to the Governors’ Education Committee as required.

Teaching and learning

  • Promoting excellence in teaching and learning, embedding The Rye Way in all lessons and ensuring that pupils develop their potential, are ambitious in their learning and are equipped for life beyond school.
  • Exemplifying in own practice outstanding skills of teaching and learning which enable pupils to make excellent progress and ensure that good practice is shared with colleagues.
  • Ensuring that schemes of work are used, reviewed and modified to enable the continued development of high standards of teaching and learning.
  • Monitoring pupils’ work and the classroom practice of those teaching Art and Design through regular work scrutiny to ensure high standards are maintained.
  • Keeping up-to-date with developments in Art and Design and other related subject areas in education to ensure that best practice is adopted within the department.
  • Contributing to the broader life of the school by supporting and leading curricular and extra-curricular events such as school productions and activity days.

Extra-Curricular Activities

All staff play an active role in extra-curricular activities and are responsible for:

  • Leading two clubs a year.
  • The administration of the activity including co-ordination of dates with the Deputy Heads.
  • Ensuring that all safety requirements are met and proper procedures are followed in conjunction with the EVC and the Bursar.
  • Ensuring that all pupils are able to contribute to and benefit from the activity.
  • Attending training sessions as and when required to ensure compliance with Health and Safety, Child Protection, School Policies and procedures or other training programmes as directed.

Marketing and external links, including public occasions

  • All staff are expected to contribute to the positive promotion and marketing of the school in the local and wider community, where possible, by:
  • Actively participating in educational outreach and promoting the key stage, phase or  department within the school community to encourage pupils’ interest in the subject area or school
  • Promoting the whole school in a variety of different contexts, including attending marketing events where appropriate, and in interactions with parents and prospective parents and pupils

Please see the full job description for further details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification.

How to apply

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be addressed to the Head, Miss Joanne Croft, and sent by email to the  Human Resources Manager, Ms Ellen Phelips (; 01865 229227).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 2 March 2021 and interviews will be held on  Thursday 11 March 2021.

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