Commencing September 2017 or sooner depending on availabilityDean Close St John’s is a thriving independent, co-educational day and boarding school situated in beautiful surroundings overlooking the castle in Chepstow. The School is divided into two sections; Pre-Prep and Preparatory School, with children ranging from 4 years to 13 years. There are three other nurseries based in St Arvans and Newport and on the St John’s site.Dean Close St John’s promotes family values in a relaxed atmosphere where parents are positively encouraged to get involved in the community. Facilities include a sports hall, an astro-turf, indoor pool and two off-site cricket pitches. It is well known for its music and performing arts, and has a strong tradition of academic and sporting success. In June 2015 the School and Nurseries were acquired by the Dean Close Foundation which has given Dean Close St John’s a secure financial future. The Dean Close Foundation consists of Dean Close Senior, Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools based in Cheltenham, St John’s Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools in Chepstow, Dean Close Services Ltd which is the commercial arm of the group and Dean Close Nurseries Ltd which operates three (52 week care) separate Nursery businesses. The nurseries are base in Chepstow, St Arvan’s and Newport. There are approximately 630 members of staff in the Foundation. During the summer of 2015, a number of improvements were carried out to the buildings with more developments in the pipeline. This is a very exciting time for Dean Close St John’s and it is felt that this brand new post will offer lots of challenges and enjoyment. The School is seeking to raise its profile in the area of Art with Computer Science and E-Learning. This is a very exciting new role which is wide ranging in its remit. The position is a full time role and reports to the Deputy Head (Academic)/Director of Studies. The post holder will be a member of Faculty, our Heads of Department forum. The Head of Art (with ICT skills) role will have its own classroom and working area, but, by the nature of the ICT skills role, the position will also have ‘access to all areas’ in so far as we wish to spread and develop our technology culture throughout the school from the Pre-Prep to the Prep School (ages 4 to 13).Whilst the teaching component of the role commences in September 2017, we would like the successful candidate to commence employment as soon as possible (ideally January/February 2017) to allow time to set everything up and to help us with our digital strategy.Teaching• To be able to teach Art and ICT to Years 3-8 • To support those teaching Art to Reception-Year 2• To deliver differentiated and appropriately planned lessons, using a range of stimulating methods• To extend and challenge academically able pupils and to be able to teach and prepare Year 8 children to Scholarship level• To support and encourage less able pupils and those with particular learning support needs • To support, encourage and inspire pupils in their learning and to discuss any pupils causing concern with the Director of Studies, the Head of Learning Support and other members of staff where necessary.• To assist the introduction and teaching of ICT to Common Entrance. The successful candidate should therefore be an inspirational teacher who is creative and innovative.• Create, develop and facilitate our future educational plans for technology by introducing new software applications. This could include VLEs, MOOCs and the flipped classroom approach to learning. The successful candidate should therefore be an education software expert who will help pupils become more engaged in learning.Leadership• To encourage a love of Art and ICT throughout the school• To maintain and develop the Art and the Art Department Handbook• To implement Art and ICT teaching, as set out by the Art and ICT schemes of work• To inspire all staff who teach Art • To promote the practice of peer observations between members of the department• To provide support and advice to other members of the department, including Junior forms• To run department meetings, ensuring minutes are kept• To organise relevant INSET sessions on key areas of development for Art • To keep the professional development of staff and self as an ongoing priority• To monitor the teaching of all staff who teach Art and liaise findings with the Director of Studies • To be a member of the Heads of Department group and attend relevant meetings• To liaise with staff at the Pre-Prep to ensure good progression between the Pre-Prep and the Prep• To be responsible for the budget allocation for Art at DCSJS, managing and developing the resources of the department, including books and materials.• To organise Art tripsAssessment and Report-writing• To follow the school policies on marking, assessments and report writing• To monitor the progress of individual pupils carefully and use this information for planning future work• To write subject reports on pupils, usually twice a year, and assessment cards as requiredPastoral and Duties• To perform playground or lunch duties, changing room duties and weekend boarding duties, as part of a whole staff schedule• To ensure pastoral care for all pupils through the affiliated day or boarding house• To contribute to the extra-curriculum programme with a weekly club• To be a Form Tutor and to carry out the necessary responsibilities associated with this roleSport• To take an active part in the school sporting programme, as appropriate to the interest and skill of the candidateThis job description outlines the key elements of this appointment. However, as with all teaching jobs, there needs to be flexibility, as there may be elements which will change.Person SpecificationWe are looking for someone who:• is passionate about Art and has the ability to engender a life-long love of it to pupils• has the commitment to see all pupils are encouraged to reach their potential irrespective of their ability• can motivate the Art staff and pupils by way of example and encouragement• possesses the ability to liaise successfully with parents and to work effectively with the other members of Common Room Staff, as well as our Pre-Prep and Senior Schools• is well organised, punctual and expects high standards from those involved in Art and ICT, whilst maintaining a positive and affirming culture• is fully committed to and supportive the Christian ethos of the School • will be supportive of and contribute to the life of the school beyond the Art Department• will promote the school generally, and Art and ICT in particular, at every opportunity within and beyond school• The successful applicant should be a graduate with appropriate Art qualifications and teaching experience, alongside Computer Science skills
St John's on the Hill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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St. John's, Dean Close
Castleford HillTutshillChepstowMonmouthshireNP16 7LE
Phase: Independent Preparatory & Senior
No. of Pupils: 450
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