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SUBJECT LEADER, Art

Full-time                                   MPS / UPS (Outer London)

“An OUTSTANDING school demonstrating strong practice in Behaviour, Safety, Leadership and Management.”                          Ofsted

An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a dynamic new Subject Leader, Art to lead this core department in this high performing school.  We are looking for an inspirational, innovative and experienced middle leader who has a passion for their subject and is capable of teaching across all Key Stages.  The post would equally suit a teacher who is looking for their first leadership role or an experienced middle leader.   The successful applicant will be given frequent opportunities to work with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), contributing to whole school development.

The Art Department at Vyners is highly successful, both within the school and in a national context. The department was featured in leading edge directory 2018 with “established practise” due to its consistently high results. Our students are highly creative and capable of an exceptionally high standard of work.  Art and Photography are popular options at GCSE and A Level, and a good proportion of students opt to take these subjects.  The department has a proven track record of examination success at Key Stages 4 and 5, and in 2023, results were outstanding. In A Level Art, 50% of pupils achieved A*-A and 100% achieved A*-C.  In A level Photography, 50% of pupils achieved A*- A and 100% achieved A*-C. Art and Photography are both taught by highly qualified, specialist teachers, within five dedicated art rooms.  The department is well equipped with IT facilities, two printing presses, a darkroom for A level Photography plus a fixed frame studio set up with three adjustable pentagram lights.  

Vyners is a very popular and oversubscribed mixed eight form entry, 11-18 comprehensive school, situated in a pleasant residential area in North West London, bordering Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.    We have a track record of real success at all Key Stages.  In 2023 , 82% of students achieved grades 9-4 in both English and Maths at GCSE and we are consistently ranked in the top 10% of all schools nationally for progress measures and attainment.   At A-Level 29% of all grades were A* - A and 54% A* - B.   The school converted to academy status on 1 November 2011 and is part of the Vanguard Learning Trust which also includes one other secondary and three primary schools.

We are well known for high academic standards, good behaviour, and our strong community spirit including a strong house system with students leading their peers.  “Pupils have a positive attitude towards their work and enjoy learning” (Ofsted 2019).  Many students are involved in extracurricular sport, music and drama, performing at a high level including prestigious public events and performing in our own school productions. 

We offer you:

  • A well established and well respected Continual Professional Development program.
  • Creative opportunities and mentoring for continual career progression.
  • A friendly, innovative and exciting community in which to work.
  • A lively and supportive team of specialist Art / Photography teachers achieving excellent results.
  • A comprehensive and first class new employee induction programme.
  • An annual two day Staff Conference with excellent keynote speakers.
  • Excellent facilities including Interactive whiteboards, onsite gym, ample car parking and access to local transport.
    • Start Date:                                      1 September 2024
    • Closing date for Applications:    9.00am Monday 15 April 2024

Vyners School is committed to safeguarding all of its students.  All staff are required to adhere to our safeguarding policies and procedures and undertake a full enhanced DBS and social media checks.                                        

For full details of this post, an application form and further information please refer to the attached documents.    Applications via email to: recruitment@vynersschool.org.uk  (Frances Webb, HR Manager, Tel: 01895-234342).