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  • Start date details

    January 2023 or earlier if available

  • Closing date

    5 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    20 September 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

MPS/UPS plus TLR2b (£4,781) plus £1,000 bursary for direct applications

Head of Performing Arts job summary

The Role

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 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.

About Us

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 achieve’”.

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 community together.

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.

In Return

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 encouraged.

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

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.
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About The Highcrest Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1030 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

All Ability Academy

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