Head of Art, Key stages 3 and 4, Oxfordshire

Closing date:Expiring soon


Date posted:
Start date: 01/09/2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The school has its own salary scale (above the national scale) and pension scheme.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

This is an opportunity to lead a successful and thriving Art department in d’Overbroeck’s Years 7-11 section. Art is part of the core curriculum at key stage 3 and an option for GCSE at key stage 4. 


The post will involve teaching approximately 80% of a full timetable, alongside departmental leadership responsibilities. Teaching will be predominantly in key stages 3 and 4, although for a suitably qualified candidate, a smaller amount of sixth form teaching may be available. However, as Head of Art in Years 7-11, you will be predominantly based at our 7-11 site in Leckford Road. Classes are small - a maximum size of 15 - which allows for a highly interactive and engaged style of teaching. Small class sizes enable teachers to gain a detailed understanding of each individual student’s strengths and needs and teachers offer a high level of support, both within and beyond the classroom. We value independence of thought and creativity above mere acquisition of skills, and although we seek to provide the best possible preparation for public exams we aim to do so in such a way as to foster real understanding and enjoyment of the material being studied. 

Key Responsibilities:

• To update the Y7-11 Art Department development plan with a clear vision for future plans for the Department.

• To design and implement departmental policies that complement School procedures.

• To regularly review the performance of the Department to ensure the highest standards are being maintained in all areas so that the Department is inspection-ready at all times and that the Department self-evaluates on a regular basis.

• To run and record regular departmental meetings and manage the administration of the Department. 

• To ensure that documents such as a departmental handbook and GCSE options information are kept up to date and in line with whole School policies.

• To ensure that students and staff are safe in lessons and preparation areas by adhering to Health and Safety guidelines and keeping up to date with changes in this area and to work with the Art technician to ensure the safe delivery of practical work.

• To enter students for public exams and analyse results. To report on student performance and plan effective interventions as required in all year groups.

• To manage the Departmental budget and ensure appropriate resources are available to all staff that will enhance student learning and their experience of Art. 

• To oversee Schemes of Work and develop exciting and innovative extra-curricular activities to engage all students so as to offer a progressive curriculum that meets the needs of all students. 

The Person:

We are looking for a talented and passionate artist, with experience of teaching at least to key stage 4. We place a high degree of importance on strong artistic skills and teaching excellence, as well as the ability to convey enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject to students across the ability and age range.  Flexibility of approach, a sense of fun, a readiness to respond to students’ individual needs and an enthusiastic, open approach to teaching are among the qualities we value. All staff are expected to participate in the school’s extra-curricular activities programme, according to their expertise and interests. 

Further information

If you would like any further information at this stage, please feel free to telephone Alastair Barnett, Senior Vice Principal, on the main school number 01865 688600.


Applicants should complete the Form entitled Application for a Teaching Post which can be downloaded from www.doverbroecks.com/posts. 

The Application Form, full Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter should be emailed to HR@doverbroecks.com and a signed copy sent to:

Human Resources


333 Banbury Road


OX2 7PL 

The final date for submission of applications is

Monday 24 February

More about d’Overbroeck’s
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Independent Sixth Form, The Swan Building, 333 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7PL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1865 688600
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Founded in 1977, d'Overbroeck's is a co-educational independent school for students from age 11 through to the Sixth Form. The school is based in central and north Oxford. Current student numbers stand at around 485.

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