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Head of Department – Arts & Design

Christ Church - Church of England Secondary AcademyBirmingham

A unique opportunity for an outstanding secondary school leader. Be part of the founding team that will create a truly exceptional new secondary school and sixth form!

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” - 1 Peter 4:10

Closing date: 27th January 2021

We are looking for an experienced or aspiring head of department to join our growing team to lead the art and design technology curricula, and lead  the art, design technology and music teaching teams. This enthusiastic and inspiring middle leader would support the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in leading Christ Church, Church of England Secondary Academy (CCSA) from the point of opening in September 2021. We are seeking to appoint a person who can support the development of a strong Christian vision and who understands the Christian distinctiveness of a Church of England school.

As a school in development, we are in an ideal position to ensure that our founding staff body is best placed to effectively serve our students, their families, and the local community. In recruiting to this post we are looking for candidates who are motivated to realise the talent in each and every student, and has the potential to grow and develop in their leadership experience, knowledge and skillset, as part of a growing team.

The 11 – 19 secondary school and sixth form is being established by the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust (BDMAT) to help meet the need for additional high-quality secondary places in the Yardley Wood area of Birmingham. CCSA is a Free School, funded by the Department for Education. Planning permission has been granted and construction is well under way; we plan to have the building ready for occupation by the end of the summer term 2021. The school will initially open in 2021 with just Year 7 pupils and then grow by one year group each year, with the launch of a Sixth Form in 2023. This will be a six form entry school with 180 pupils per year group.

We believe that success is found in who you are as well as what you do, and at Christ Church we aim to provide an outstanding education, supported by excellent pastoral care and high standards of behaviour, set within a distinctive Christian ethos. We want to equip our students with the qualifications, experiences and personal attributes to enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education or employment.

Middle leaders of CCSA will support the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in areas such as:

  • Embedding the ethos of the school as a Church of England school with an inclusive and supportive Christian ethos which welcomes, values and nurtures all students regardless of background and of faith / no faith;
  • Providing a balanced and broadly-based education designed to enable all students to discover their strengths and to make the most of their talents;
  • Ensuring that academic standards are high throughout the school, through developing the highest quality teaching and learning;
  • Engendering respect for individuality, difference, the importance of teamwork and the contribution that each student makes to the life of the school and local community;
  • Securing and sustaining excellence in safeguarding students’ health and well-being;
  • Achieving Ofsted and SIAMS inspection judgements of ‘outstanding’ / ‘excellent’; and
  • Establishing the school as a community hub, including through appropriate use of school facilities by community groups, and promoting community cohesion.

Interviews commencing early February 2021.

To arrange an informal enquiry, please contact Mark Bowman Dalton or Elizabeth Ford through Khadija Bibi who can be contacted at or telephone 0121 426 0403. Further details of the school, trust and post can be found at and

Applications should be made electronically by completing our online application form through TES. All completed applications must be submitted by 12noon 27th January 2021.

Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust (BDMAT) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. BDMAT is a Disability Confident employer.

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