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Head of Art (Permanent)

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Required from September 2022


NOR 1,600

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an Art department with a rich history of nurturing exceptional and inclusive artists and fostering a lifelong love of art for students. This is a post for a real enthusiast who holds very high expectations of what the role of art should be in students' lives. You will be given the opportunity to oversee excellent facilities, and lead a team of talented staff, in a school that wants to deliver excellent art and photography teaching to all students. You will also have the support of a school that values the arts, and encourages all students to study practical subjects through to GCSE.

We are an ambitious school and we believe that every child can succeed. If you are a great classroom teacher, a self-reflective practitioner, a highly effective communicator and have ambition to develop your career, then please apply to join us in creating an ‘ethic of excellence’ for all our students.

Blatchington Mill is a ‘Good’ school, with ‘Outstanding’ behaviour and safety. We achieve positive value-added in our exam results, stretch our most able, and support our most vulnerable. We innovate in the classroom, placing huge value on teacher-led action research and professional development. We work in partnership with schools locally and nationally and believe in collaboration and school-led improvement. We are also a designated Stonewall Training School.

Our most recent reviews of the school have commented that:

“The energy, enthusiasm and personal interest shown by leaders are highly motivational, creating a culture of initiative, innovation and success.”

“Staff work collaboratively to learn from each other, strong teams are built and so teachers guide and support each other. This has developed a culture in which staff are confident and eager to improve; where they view challenges positively.”

“There is a high level of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students and between students themselves; contributing successfully to students’ moral and social development. It is rare to see students not engaged with their learning.”

“Students are well behaved, courteous and polite. They show positive attitudes to the teacher, their learning and each other. This makes a strong contribution to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that pervades the school.”

“The school is very inclusive, and students show respect and consideration for one another in their behaviour in classrooms and around the school.”

If you would like to join us, and feel you could thrive in a collegiate and positive atmosphere then please read the accompanying person specification and job description and consider if you possess:

If you are interested in applying for this role please complete and return an application form before the closing date:

Closing date: Friday, 29th April 2022 – 12.00 noon

Interview date: w.c. 9th May 2022

Please return your completed application form to Amanda Brasington, PA to Head Teacher, via email to

The school reserves the right to interview suitable candidates in advance of interview dates where appropriate. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received, with a view to an early interview.

Blatchington Mill School is committed to safeguarding our students; we expect all staff and volunteers to support this commitment. Criminal record checks will be carried out and a full, enhanced DBS clearance is required for all positions.
Applications are encouraged from black and ethnic minority candidates, as these groups are under-represented on the school's staff.
(Race Relations Act sections 35-38 apply).