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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 DBS check in line with the Government’s safer recruitment guidelines. Sturminster Newton High school values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.


Post: Head of Department – Art and Photography

Required: January 2018

Salary: Teacher Pay Scale plus TLR (to be discussed at interview)

Closing Date: 2nd October (midnight)

Interviews: Tuesday 10th October 2017

Employment type: Full Time/Permanent

Contact Name: Joanne Bruton – Head’s PA/Personnel

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, an innovative and dynamic teacher to lead our Art and Photography Department across this small rural comprehensive school.  An ability to teach Art at KS3, GCSE and KS5 is required together with experience of teaching a broad range of abilities. Art and Photography are currently very popular and highly successful subjects at both GCSE and A level and we are seeking the right candidate to further build on the success.

We are looking for someone who is:

·      An outstanding practitioner who is able to teach at all levels

·      Successful in raising standards of attainment and accelerating progress

·      An experienced and effective middle leader with a proven record of success

·      Committed to ensuring the curriculum offer meets the needs of all students

·      Able to inspire, engage and enthuse students, staff and parents

·      A leader with drive, enthusiasm, energy and determination

·      The ability to have an impact as part of the school’s middle leadership

The successful candidate will have high expectations and the ability to galvanise the interest and efforts of colleagues and students. Applications are welcomed from individuals who can demonstrate good interpersonal skills, the willingness to work in a team and who are supportive of the school’s ethos. As the school moves to a Faculty structure, further career development is a possibility.

NB: Please note that we cannot accept CV applications for the post.

School Direct Programme - Maths, PE, MFL, Biology

Sturminster Newton High School is situated on the outskirts of Sturminster Newton. The school is very small and welcoming with around 500 students in Key Stages 3 and 4. We share a very successful joint Sixth form with Shaftesbury school and regularly send students to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. We are part of the North Dorset Partnership, which comprised of The Gryphon School, Gillingham School, Shaftesbury School and Sturminster Newton High School working in conjunction with The University of Exeter and the Mid- Somerset Consortium (MSC) to train suitable candidates for the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). Both the University of Exeter and the MSC ITT programmes are classed as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Our staff are fully committed to enabling students to achieve their best and the pastoral support for our students helps to create a very supportive environment for academic and personal development. The students are a pleasure to teach and keen to do well. Visitors comment on the friendly atmosphere as soon as they enter the school and this is reflected in comments made by the many trainee teachers who visit us for classroom experience.

“The School appears as a very good environment to teach, and I was impressed by the good behaviour of the children and the authority of the teachers!”- Potential MFL teacher visit 6/14

“… the whole feel of the school is smart, yet laid back and friendly. All the teachers I met seemed enthusiastic and happy too, it's great to meet people so passionate within the profession I want to enter.” Potential DT teacher 2/14

“I have enjoyed every minute and have gained so much experience and ideas to take to my first teaching post.”  PGCE trainee 4/14

“Just to say thank you for letting me visit the school … I was very impressed with the students and the level of teaching within the RE department.” Potential RE teacher visit 3/14

“It was a great pleasure working with the staff and pupils. You have a wonderful school.” Potential MFL teacher visit 9/15