ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER (VISUAL ARTS) Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Job description

For September 2019, we are seeking a highly qualified and creative teacher to teach Art and to lead our Art & Graphics provision at this 11-18 grammar school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form. This position is vacant as a result of the current incumbent’s decision to take well deserved retirement. Dr Challoner’s has 1350 students and was graded as ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted. It is regarded as one of the leading Grammar schools in the country. As the lead school in the Astra Teaching Alliance and SCITT (also judged outstanding by Ofsted) we provide an exciting range of professional development opportunities.
We also offer:
• engaging, able and well-motivated students
• an innovative approach to learning
• outstanding facilities in every subject
• a friendly working environment

This post offers an exciting opportunity for an aspirational teacher to secure a leadership role in an innovative and high achieving school.

Job Purpose

To support, hold accountable, develop and lead a team of focusing on a discrete curricular area to ensure high standards of teaching and learning and the wellbeing of staff and students.


a) To agree, monitor and evaluate progress targets for student progress within the Visual Arts subjects which make a measurable contribution to whole school targets.

b) To create a subject improvement plan which contributes positively to the achievement of the school improvement plan and which actively involves all subject teachers in its design and execution.

c) To provide regular feedback for subject colleagues in a way which recognises good practice and supports their progress against performance management objectives resulting in a tangible impact on student learning.

d) To assist the designated team leader/SLT manager in the annual review of the standards of leadership, teaching and learning in the subject area, consistent with the school’s self evaluation procedures.

e) To ensure all subject staff understand, and are actively implementing, the key aspects of the school’s behaviour and inclusion policies.

f) To oversee and evaluate the subject budget allocation to ensure the budget is spent in line with subject learning priorities and best value principles.

g) To engage all subject staff in the creation, consistent implementation and improvement of schemes of work which encapsulate key school learning strategies.

H) To support the Team Leader for Arts & Design in the discharge of their duties, standing in for them if appropriate.

Reporting to:
Team Leader for Arts & Design

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check.

Essential educational requirements

Degree level qualifications and Qualified Teacher Status.

Essential qualifications

Degree level qualifications and Qualified Teacher Status.

Essential skills and experience

Very strong classroom skills with the ability to inspire students to achieve at the highest levels.
A highly competent IT user, including subject specific software packages.
A good eye for detail and a determination to see tasks through to their conclusion.
Very good written and oral communication skills.

Highly effective communicator with students, staff and parents
An effective team player, working with collaboratively colleagues

The ability to lead and inspire a talented and diverse team of professionals.

Appropriate motivation for working in a school (one which values young people and shows concern for their personal safety & well-being)
Highly developed organising skills including time management
The ability to plan, monitor and evaluate effectively, including the capacity for self-criticism.

Employee benefits

TLR 2.1

About Dr Challoner's Grammar School

Boys' Grammar School with a co-educational Sixth Form, situated on the edge of the Chilterns a short walk from Amersham station. Aspirational staff and students, with an atmosphere that values resilience and kindness. Also a Teaching School and SCITT, so unparalleled opportunities for staff development

Chesham Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5HA
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