Teacher of Product Design & Graphics, Dorset

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Highcliffe SchoolDorset

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Start date: 1/1/2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £24,130 - £40,488
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are seeking a creative, inspirational and well-qualified teacher from January 2020, who can teach Product Design and Graphics. 

Experience of teaching GCSE and A Level through the AQA specification would be desirable. 

The curriculum area of Art, Design & Technology consists of 12 teachers and 3 support staff.

Art, Design and Technology are housed in the exceptional Da Vinci building purpose built about 10 years ago.  Facilities for staff and students in Da Vinci are superb and they underpin the mature, independent and aspirational learning ethos created by the ADT team. A building of exciting concept, designed to embrace Highcliffe schools commitment to an integrated approach to this area of the curriculum. Particular features of the Da Vinci Centre include:

• A high & spacious atrium for exhibiting and celebrating student outcomes.

• Glazed and illuminated display provision along both sides of the corridors.

• Separate, yet interconnected, studios / workshops for Product Design, Graphics, Textiles / Printing, 2D & 3D Art, together with Food and Catering areas.

• Floor to ceiling glazed Key Stage 5 Art studio space.

• Bespoke ceramic teaching space housed within one of three spacious Art classrooms.

• Excellent Textiles Design equipment is housed adjacent to the Textiles Technology and Art spaces.

• Traditional dark room facility accommodated adjacent to the Art Studio.

• A spacious Computer Aided Manufacturing area complete with Laser Cutter, CNC Lathe, CNC Mill, 3D printer and CNC Vertical Router.

• Excellent provision for IT. There are three fully equipped computer spaces supporting Adobe software, Solidworks and numerous other subject specific packages. Additionally, there is discrete access to computers across the curriculum area.


In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed gender and ability groupings for Design Technology and gain contact time for 5 hours a cycle. Art is taught in single hour lessons per week and students are taught in tutor groups.  A significant number of Students achieve high levels of attainment throughout key stage 3 and may opt to follow GCSE courses in Art, Design & Technology starting in Year 10. GCSE courses in Art & Design - Fine Art, - Graphic Communication, - Textiles Design, Food and Nutrition and Product Design are currently offered. Results are often far exceeding the national average. Last year saw students attain the following:  Fine Art (83% 9-4) Textiles Design (95% 9-4).

Sixth Form Curriculum

Curriculum developments continue post 16 as new specifications are embraced and

their popularity increases. Currently followed are A-levels in Fine Art, Textiles Design, Graphic Communication, Photography and Product Design. Results are consistently strong with large numbers of students opting for courses in ADT and also extending their study within the Da Vinci building in non-contact sessions.

Staff are highly motivated and passionately believe Art, Design & Technology should be enjoyable and play a prominent role in the life of the school. This is reflected in their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the subject as well as the outcomes produced by their students.  A wide variety of outcomes are generated by our Art students; they employ a variety of media to record their studies.  These outcomes are well founded in reason and judgement and their development is rigorously recorded in sketchbook form.  Being within an Art, Design and Technology curriculum area affords our students the ability to more easily extend the materials and methods with which they respond.  We believe that creativity needs nurturing and Art, Design Technology aims to provide an environment in which students feel secure and reassured to take creative risks.

Recent extra-curricular activities include:

• Students are encouraged to exhibit their work in public exhibitions including Highcliffe Castle and Spudworks in Sway and the end of year annual summer exhibition hosted in the Da Vinci building.

• STEM extra-curricular programme raising student awareness of Science and Engineering.

• Curriculum booster sessions

• London gallery & exhibition visits as well as visits to the local Arts University.

• GCSE and A Level students contribute to an end of year exhibition hosted within the curriculum area.

• Catering celebrates the ‘Best of British’ food and traditions with Highcliffe’s Indian and Japanese ‘partner’ schools and is involved annually in the Christchurch Partnership Food festival as well as hosting a Rotarian meal annually.

Highcliffe School is situated minutes from Highcliffe and Avon beaches, Mudeford Quay and Christchurch .  A few minutes’ drive or cycle away are the beaches of Bournemouth while Poole Harbour,  is approximately 12 miles away.  As a result, sailing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and beach life are prominent parts of life in the area.  

Highcliffe is also on the doorstep of the New Forest, meaning that equestrian sports, cycling, walking and running are also prominent features of local life.  There is an extensive range of top-class pubs, cafes, clubs, theatres and cinemas throughout the area catering for people of all ages and tastes.  

Highcliffe School is easily accessible from the urban centre of Bournemouth and Poole.  With its large student population Bournemouth uniquely offers a multicultural city buzz combined with the relaxed South Coast surfing and holiday culture.  London, the South East and the South West are easily reached by road or rail links.  The European mainland is easily reached by ferry from Weymouth, Poole, and Portsmouth, while Bournemouth and Southampton airports offer continental and worldwide flights.        

Information about the School

We encourage potential applicants to explore in depth the School’s website which includes recent publications and a prospectus.  Potential applicants are also encouraged to read both the most recent Ofsted reports which are available via the school website or directly from www.ofsted.gov.uk and the published performance data available on the DfE performance tables site. www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance

More about Highcliffe School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Parkside, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4QD, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1425 273381
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