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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 April 2024 at 10am

  • Date listed

    8 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Arts & Culture Lead job summary

Do you put children’s interests at the heart of everything you do?

Do you actively seek opportunities to broaden children’s learning and experiences?

Do you want to work in a school where a broad and rich curriculum is highly valued?

Are you driven and ambitious, creative and able to use your own initiative?

Are you committed to ongoing school improvement?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then Sidegate could be the school for you! Join our exceptional team of pupils, staff and families as we continue on our journey to provide a curriculum that values creativity, self-improvement and equity of opportunity.

Due to the retirement of the current post-holder, we are keen to appoint a highly motivated class teacher to join our Middle Leadership Team as the Arts and Culture Lead from September 2024. The post-holder will have responsibility for:

  • leading a team consisting of the arts subject leads (Art & Design, Design & Technology, Music, Drama);

  • leading on embedding curriculum learning through arts and culture;

  • enriching pupils’ experiences through high quality extracurricular provision; and

  • maintaining our Platinum Artsmark status.

Half a day release time will be allocated most weeks to ensure that the post-holder has the capacity to lead this area effectively.

Sidegate is a 3-form-entry primary school in the north of Ipswich with 660 pupils on roll. The school serves a large catchment area with a wide demographic. The school has two Local Authority Specialist Education Units for pupils with a complexity of needs. These units and mainstream combined mean that the school has a higher than average number of pupils on the SEND register.

The school boasts large grounds, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and good ICT provision. We pride ourselves on the broad and rich curriculum that we offer to our pupils and our extensive extracurricular activities, which include residential visits in all KS2 year groups. Sidegate is a Platinum Artsmark school and annually achieves the Suffolk School Sports Gold Award. The school received a “Good” Ofsted rating in October 2022. The work of the Arts and Culture Lead will be integral to ensuring that the teaching and learning of the curriculum is of a high standard and that opportunities are maintained and extended even further.

Applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status; an NPQ or equivalent qualification is desirable.

Please find out more about our school by visiting: www.sidegate.net and https://www.facebook.com/SidegatePrimary

Applicants are invited to visit the school prior to application/interview. Please email toni.morris@sidegate.net to request an appointment.

We only accept applications submitted online via MyNewTerm, our chosen applicant tracking system, and which are completed before the closing deadline. Active Learning Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the advert closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.​

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Sidegate Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
655 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Sidegate is a vibrant three-form entry primary school in the north of Ipswich. The school hosts a 25 place Specialist Education Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, giving approximately 655 pupils on roll. The school boasts large grounds, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and good ICT provision. We pride ourselves in the broad and engaging curriculum we offer our pupils; sport and culture

feature highly and are used to enhance the curriculum in all areas. The school received a “Good” Ofsted rating in October 2022. We were the first primary school in Suffolk to be awarded the prestigious Platinum Artsmark in November 2019; we also hold quality marks in RE, Science and Sport.

Sidegate became an academy in May 2014 with The Active Learning Trust (ALT). ALT encourages each of their schools to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the pupils in the school. They work closely with the school, providing specialist advisory support as necessary. We work closely with other schools in the ALT Ipswich Hub and the Northgate Pyramid of Schools. ALT offers a comprehensive package of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, to support career progression

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