Subject Leader: Creative Subjects, Thurrock

Closing date:Expiring soon

Harris Academy RiversideThurrock

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS + TLR + £1,500 Harris Allowance/Leadership Scale (London Fringe) based on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are seeking to appoint a qualified teacher of art, drama or music to join our academy in September 2019 as Leader of Creative Subjects. 

Your opportunity

As the lead in a crucial team, the successful candidate will help to shape the future of the subjects, the department and the academy as a whole and therefore to progress rapidly both as an educator and a leader.

The post will involve ensuring quality of delivery, assessment, achievement and progress in creative subjects at Harris Academy Riverside in years 7 to 11. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to create an engaging and immersive cultural and creative experience for all students at Harris Academy Riverside.

Planning and delivery of creative subjects and the personal and professional development of leaders is supported at our academy by expert consultants from The Harris Federation.

We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly. 

What we are looking for:

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. Applications are welcome from experienced teachers of Art, Drama or Music with a track record of impact, lead practitioners and Heads of Department (or aspiring to these positions) who are committed and passionate about creative subjects and their impact on the overall development of students and who share our belief that every student can and should achieve. 

Applicants should have an engaging love of creative subjects and an unwavering belief in the ability of pupils to exceed expectations. Candidates should have a drive to understand the thinking processes and drivers necessary for success and engagement in creative subjects in addition to the intellectual and psychological barriers to the participation in and learning of creative subjects and be prepared to research and strategize to ensure that students make the best possible progress.

As a leader, the successful candidate should recognise the need for students to develop outstanding habits of behaviour and learning and therefore be prepared to think outside of the creative disciplines in order to achieve these aims.

You must hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree to be considered for this post.

Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

Harris Benefits

As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:

  • Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups
  • Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education
  • An Outer London Harris Allowance, plus a performance and loyalty bonus
  • Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
  • The opportunity to work with our amazing students!

About Harris Academy Riverside

Harris Academy Riverside is an oversubscribed, recently opened academy which will cater for years 7 and 8 in 2018/19. Run by the same experienced leaders as Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, the school's permanent site will be at the heart of the regeneration of Purfleet town centre. For the first two years, the school will have a self-contained area on the top floor of the newly built Harris Primary Academy Mayflower in Chafford Hundred.

Why work at Harris Academy Riverside?

At Harris Academy Riverside we can offer a rare opportunity to:

  • Be a founding leader who influences the development of a new and ambitious ethos
  • Influence the direction of your subject and the academy
  • Develop leadership and whole academy experience as the academy grows year on year
  • Work with well behaved, enthusiastic and well-motivated students in a new building with the latest resources
  • Lead in a system which values your subject and which backs this up with innovative timetable design
  • Enjoy an innovative working week

Come and see us in action: visits to Harris Academy Riverside are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 01375 802060 or email to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

The Harris Federation

Our academy is part of the Harris Federation, the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. Harris has an unrivalled track record in raising standards and achieving success for the children in our academies.

Professional development and sharing best practice are a key part of the Harris Federation success, and we can draw on this to offer you top quality training at every stage of your career path, from Beginner Teacher to Middle Leader. We will invest in you with coaching, mentoring, and can offer a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance.

We look for talented teachers who are passionate about their subject and making a difference. You can help us transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.

Please note: academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you will not be able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement. Harris Federation is fully committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education. 

Job location

More about Harris Academy Riverside
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: London Road, Purfleet, RM19 1QY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1375 802060
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