Subject Leader for Art and Design

Waingels, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 4RF

This job expired on 31 May 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    31 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    19 May 2022

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Subject Leader for Art and Design job summary

Subject Leader for Art and Design
TLR 1.1 (equivalent £8,291)
For September 2022

Waingels is a very successful 11 to 18 Comprehensive school serving its local community. The whole staff work to ensure ‘Better Never Stops’ and our students leave us as Waingels Ready epitomising our values of: Kindness, Resilience, Pride and Respect. Students achieve outcomes that prepare them to take their place successfully in the global 21st Century, whichever path they choose to follow.

We are seeking to appoint an experience teacher of Art and Design to lead the department. At Waingels we see Art and Design as an integral part of our students’ curriculum; this is supported and endorsed by our Leadership Team and Governors. Students are able to engage with a number of Art and Design techniques throughout the key stages, such as textiles, ceramics, graphics, painting, photography and printmaking. We offer Photography, Textiles, Graphics and Fine Art and 3D Design as separate endorsements at Key Stage 4 and Art, Craft and Design at Key Stage 5. Students’ enjoyment of these specialisms is reflected in the popularity of our extra-curricular activities, competitions and numbers of students choosing to study Art and Design beyond Year 9.

The department is well resourced, with interactive Smart Boards, a dedicated Apple Mac suite, printing press, small dark room, kiln, screen-printing facilities, and specialist Graphics and Textiles studios. The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 support students in accessing a wide range of projects across specialist areas. In Year 9 students choose three of the ‘Arts’ to study in more depth. Art and Design teachers are encouraged to interpret the requirements of each project with their own specialist knowledge and interests.

We feel it is important that students observe the work of others first hand and work with a range of practitioners. Annually we organise trips to London galleries for Year Eleven and Eight, and invite the Royal Academy in for a day of life drawing tuition for A level students. We run residential trips to the Venice International Art Exhibition and St Ives.

Our aim is that every student at Waingels has a positive experience of Art and Design and can find at least one visual area that they feel confident in. We enjoy sharing students’ work in our dedicated gallery space which our full time technician curates.

Our students follow an academic core curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This includes the study of History, Geography and a Language as well as English, Maths and Science. But our students also have the opportunity to do a range of practical and vocational subjects including a wide range of creative and performing arts, physical education and other humanities like Business studies, Psychology and Economics.

Outside the formal curriculum we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Our students travel the world – recent trips have been to China, Poland, Berlin, skiing in Utah, and Barcelona, along with many opportunities to attend fieldwork, theatres and museums more locally. Our students are also very active in the community working alongside local and overseas charities to raise money for good causes.

If you feel your values and ethos align with ours, this is an exciting opportunity for you! We are looking for someone with energy and vision that is ambitious for themselves and the young people of the school. You will have a growth mindset and believe in offering dynamic learning across the Key Stages.

Working with us offers you the opportunity to;
• Join a positive school where effort and success is celebrated
• Engage in excellent and personalised professional development opportunities
• Have the support of a dynamic leadership team to ‘take risks’ in a supportive environment

Our staff and students are proud of our school and we would be happy to welcome you if you would like to come and have a closer look. Please feel free to contact us for an informal conversation about this exciting role. Please telephone the college on 0118 969 0336 or email the Principal’s Personal Assistant, Karen Tagg, on Tagktg@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk
Download an application pack from our website www.waingels.wokingham.sch.uk

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews arranged accordingly.

The college is committed to safeguarding, equal opportunities and to promoting the welfare of all staff and students

Additional allowances

TLR 1.1 (equivalent £8,291)

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About Waingels

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Academy, ages 11 to 18
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1280 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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Waingels is a very successful 11 to 18 Comprehensive school serving its local community. Our successes and achievements can be attributed to our commitment to establish and grow a Better Never Stops culture, providing a safe, inclusive and rich learning environment where students feel safe and valued, founded on respectful relationships for all. Our ethos and culture are values based. We set high standards and expect all our students and staff to be respectful, kind, resilient and proud of our school, our achievements and our community.

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