This job expired on 19 May 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    29 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5


Art and design

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Scale

What skills and experience we're looking for

Director of Learning for Creative and Expressive Arts

To start September 2024 - Permanent Position

To be paid on Leadership Scale (SCP to be determined by experience of candidate)

Opportunity for the right candidate to sit on SLT or to receive the development to then sit upon SLT

For September 2024, we are seeking to appoint a Director of Learning for Creative and Expressive Arts who can deliver high-quality learning opportunities for our students in this curriculum area. As Director of Learning you will lead a range of departments to ensure the highest possible outcomes for our students. We are seeking a Fine Art specialist who will oversee the teaching and learning of the full range of creative and expressive arts subjects - Art, Photography, Textiles, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition, Drama and Music.

Our team achieves excellent attainment and progress and a large proportion of students choose to continue the subject at A Level and beyond. The courses we are currently delivering include;

  • AQA GCSE Art & Design- Fine Art, Textiles and Photography
  • AQA A Level Art & Design- Fine Art, Textiles and Photography
  • Edexcel Level 4 Btec Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Studies
  • AQA GCSE Design & Technology
  • AQA A Level Design & Technology- Product Design
  • OCR GCSE Food and Nutrition
  • AQA GCSE Drama
  • AQA A Level Theatre Studies
  • Eduqas GCSE Music
  • Edexcel A Level Music

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious teacher to join our excellent and successful Creative Arts Team.

Ferndown Upper School is a very special place to work because we have well behaved students, who allow their teachers to teach. We also focus on work life balance to ensure that staff spend their time on the activities that actually make a difference and we have a friendly and supportive staff body.

What the school offers its staff

What Ferndown Can Offer You:

  • Great students who behave – you can make a difference to their learning.
  • The opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues.
  • Tight, robust behaviour systems.
  • Centralised detentions, including homework detentions (you do not need to organise/run/chase), helping to underpin our excellent behaviour, so you are free to teach.
  • Ongoing ‘no-stakes’ feedback, helping you to continuously develop.
  • We believe that trusting our staff with autonomy helps to develop a strong staff culture.
  • Centralised, shared units of work and resources.
  • Excellent, ongoing CPD, career development and promotion opportunities.
  • A well-kept site and a very pleasant location in beautiful Dorset.
  • A tax efficient Childcare or Car Lease Scheme through salary sacrifice.
  • Private Healthcare Plan including 24/7 access to a GP by phone, gym discounts and cashback for optical, dental and other appointment expenses for employees and their children.
  • Access to the staff benefits and discounts portal through Dorset Council.

Commitment to safeguarding

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.
Ferndown Upper School values the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.
The school will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates.

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About Ferndown Upper School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 13 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1030 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 19
Phone number
01202 871243

Arranging a visit to Ferndown Upper School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email andreabaxter@fernup.dorset.sch.uk.

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