We are seeking a
well-qualified and enthusiastic Head of Performing Arts to join this
established, progressive and well-resourced department. The academy would like
to appoint someone who is passionate about Drama and Music and enjoys teaching.
Ideally, you will have a track record of improvement and some experience of
managing staff. You will have a clear strategy to further the development of
Academic Performing Arts to achieve excellence within the school.
The successful candidate
will need to be a Drama specialist and be able to lead, manage and develop the
subjects of Drama and Music across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.A key
responsibility will be to actively secure the commitment of Performing Arts to
the vision, direction, climate, culture and policies of the academy and lead by
example at all times.
As Head of Performing Arts,
you will promote participation and ensure that extra-curricular activities play
a part in the students' weekly routine. You will also ensure that the academy identifies
and supports Drama and Music excellence and provides opportunities for students
to develop in their specialist areas. You will lead the quality assurance of
educational provision by monitoring teaching and learning, observing lessons,
and evaluating the department’s performance, and you must be willing to
participate in extra-curricular activities, including leading on and overseeing
concerts, performances and school productions.
If you share our
aspirations to deliver a theatrical programme that is inclusive and flexible,
in which all our students can participate, enjoy and achieve, we would be
delighted to hear from you.
Our Ofsted Report February
2020 says, “The school has a warm and welcoming atmosphere” and “Pupils
at The Highcrest Academy happily live up to the school’s motto of ‘aspire and
Situated in the leafy
Chilterns and within easy reach of Central London, Highcrest is culturally and
academically diverse and is the only academy in Buckinghamshire that caters for
students of ‘all abilities’. Some of our students need all your support, whilst
others need to be challenged and stretched. Our inclusive and successful House
system, a wide range of clubs, visits and trips helps to bring our whole school
There are approximately
1,000 students on roll, including the Sixth Form. Recent additions to our site
include a gym and restaurant/coffee shop for both staff and students, as well
as a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre.
Highcrest offers a
comprehensive induction and an extensive personalised CPD plan for all staff.
HODs are expected to attend a leadership development programme designed to
prepare them emotionally and professionally for Senior Leadership. In addition,
we are an outward-facing school with regard to liaising with neighbouring
schools, having developed partnerships with PiXL and other networks to further
enhance the professional experiences of our HODs.
“Staff feel very well
supported by senior leaders. According to staff, they feel valued because
senior leaders are approachable…”.
Ofsted Report February 2020
A thriving and friendly
academy in the heart of the community, with staff recognition schemes and a
free gym and staff sports teams to counter the free breakfast, “Friday Treats”
and on-site coffee shop! We also offer the possibility of shared staff living
accommodation and on-site parking.
How to Apply
Are you a team player,
passionate about education and social mobility? Do you want to be a pivotal
part of improving opportunities for students and increasing their learning and
social experiences? Do you want to work in an environment which prioritises staff
and student health and well-being? Then please apply now!
Closing date: 8.00am on Wednesday
5 October 2022
Please note we will be
reviewing applications on an ongoing basis; therefore, early applications are
The Highcrest Academy is
fully committed to safeguarding children (policies on web). All members of
staff are in a “regulated” role under the Vetting & Barring Scheme and have
to be DBS cleared prior to employment.
For further information and to apply, please visit: https://www.highcrest.bucks.sch.uk/Recruitment/