Head of Department - Art, Rickmansworth

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Rickmansworth SchoolRickmansworth

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Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS + Fringe +TLR2b
Contract term: Permanent

Head of Department - Art

Salary: MPS + Fringe + TLR

Full Time, Permanent

With the potential for Head of Arts Faculty role (TLR1a) – see separate advert

Required for January 2019

Rickmansworth School is an 11-19 heavily oversubscribed co-educational partially (35%) selective converter academy with 1260 on roll, expanding to 1450 over the next five years. Judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted (November 2017). Staff Development recognised as an area of excellence by Challenge Partners (March 2018), with 3 staff achieving national finals in last 2 years. Academic results are strong with GCSE Progress 8 +0.25 (sig +ve), EBacc 39% and A level almost 50% A*-B grades, with 100% students securing first choice destinations. 

The School is in a strong, stable financial position. £3.5m school expansion completed September 2018 which included New Sixth-form centre, ten classrooms, drama theatres and film editing suite. Outstanding staff well-being programme includes fortnightly well-being period, Childcare vouchers, Flu jabs, Access to the Fitness Suite and swimming pool, Pilates classes, Yoga class, and Free eye tests.

Our students enjoy learning and are a pleasure to teach. We believe every child deserves the best and we aim to achieve excellence in all aspects of school life.

About the Art Department

Currently Art & Design is taught at KS3 to all pupils in year 7, 8 & 9 (one hour per week). Art & Design is a popular subject at KS4 & we follow the AQA Art & Design (Fine Art) syllabus (five hours per fortnight). The department offers a range of disciplines at KS4, focusing on drawing & painting but also including photography, ceramics and printmaking. 

Art & Design is also very popular at KS5 & we follow the AQA Art & Design–Fine Art syllabus (eight to nine hours per fortnight). There is a focus on drawing & painting at KS5 and students use photography to support the development of their ideas. They are also encouraged to explore other disciplines which include 3D / Ceramics and printmaking. 

The department prides itself on its high standards and excellent results (ALPS 2)at both KS4 and KS5.

The following values and principles are an integral part of the Teaching and Learning in the Art Department:

• High Expectations with all students being pushed to improve on existing skills and achieve their true potential.

• Raising standards is a constant aim and regular curriculum review and development takes place in order to achieve this goal.

• Art studios provide a calm working environment with all students engaged in set tasks

• Maintaining a stimulating visual environment in and outside all studios and around school.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and are an equal opportunities employer. Applicants must declare any criminal convictions and submit to a check with the Disclosing and Barring Service as the post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Application forms and details can be obtained from the website www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk, by calling the School on 01923 773296 or by email to khughes@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

Click here for application form

Deadline for applications: 8.00am Monday 15 October 2018

Interview date: Thursday 18 October 2018

Suitable applicants will be interviewed upon receipt of an application



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Scots Hill, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3AQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1923 773 296
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