Head of Art & Design
Ark Isaac Newton Academy


Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge

Interim Principal: Jo Spencer

Head of Art & Design
Start Date:   September 2019

Location:      Ilford, Redbridge 
Deadline:     11am 23rd April 2019
Salary:          Ark MPS (£28,286-£39,937) / UPR (£41,925-£45,086) plus TLR 2c (£6,646)


New, six form entry, mixed 4-18 comprehensive in Redbridge.


In September 2012 Isaac Newton Academy opened with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. The school will grow, year on year, to become an 11-18 academy of 1250 students with specialist status in mathematics and music. In 2014 the primary phase of the academy opened to 90 reception-aged children. This too will grow each year, until full in September 2020.

Job Description:  Head of Art and Design
This job description should be read in conjunction with the Isaac Newton Academy Vision and Expectations papers.


The Role – key responsibilities


·         To lead and manage the subject area

·         To be accountable for student progress and attainment levels within the subject area

·         To ensure that strategies are in place to maximise levels of attainment in art for all students

·         To develop and enhance the practice of other members of staff in the subject area including the Art and Design technician.

·         To contribute to the strategic leadership of the Academy, developing, implementing and evaluating systems, policies and procedures

·         To actively promote the academy and liaise with outside agencies as necessary, representing the Academy or ARK as appropriate

·         To maintain a presence around the school to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour and site-usage are upheld

·         To contribute to discussions and decisions at Extended Leadership Team meetings

·         To communicate and liaise with staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community as appropriate

·         To be active in issues of staff and student welfare and support

·         To maintain a teaching timetable, modelling outstanding practice in terms of classroom teaching, preparation, marking and assessment

·         To demonstrate a commitment to Equality of Opportunity for all members of the Academy’s community


Curriculum and Assessment


·         To lead the design of an engaging and challenging Art and Design curriculum that enables all students to enjoy the subject and achieve at the highest level, supported by detailed schemes of work which ensure consistency and coherence across Art and Design teaching

·         To teach and model the delivery of outstanding lessons that motivate and inspire students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve at the highest levels

·         To review and develop the curriculum, involving subject staff and students to ensure the students enjoy and develop their creative skillset.

·         To keep up to date with national developments in the subject area at each key stage and teaching practice and pedagogy

·         To organise professional and public displays of students’ work both in and beyond the Academy to raise the profile of art and design across the Academy and the wider community

·         To provide opportunities for students to reflect on and criticise the work of other artists, craft makers and designers

·         To provide rich first-hand experiences such as working with a creative practitioner and  visits to galleries, art and craft venues

·         To liaise with partner schools, feeder schools, universities and HE institutions, sharing and gleaning best practice and using it to inform the practice of the subject team

·         To actively monitor and respond to curriculum developments and initiatives at national, regional and local levels and to disseminate this knowledge to staff

·         To set, oversee and evaluate regular, relevant and diagnostic assessments for students ensuring that they are carried out consistently by all subject staff and standardised /moderated thoroughly

·         To ensure that all student data is understood, interpreted and utilised by all subject staff to modify planning and personalise support

·         To ensure that a comprehensive and rich programme of enrichment and extension activities and trips and visits are offered to and taken up by students

·         To play an active role in Art and Design teacher networks, e.g.  in Redbridge and at ARK

·         To ensure that statutory requirements are met

·         To ensure that all subject staff are marking, assessing and providing feedback in line with best practice and Academy policy at all times

·         To be a teacher of reading (along with all Academy staff) and to promote and encourage reading through the Art and Design curriculum


Monitoring and Evaluation


·         To monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning within the subject area, through regular lesson observations, book looks and other data collection methods

·         To ensure that all staff have short, medium and long term plans to deliver highly effective lessons and schemes of work

·         To regularly and forensically review the attainment and progress of all students, groups and subgroups with subject staff and plan, implement and oversee support and interventions

·         To produce reports as required on student attainment and progress

·         To liaise with all appropriate personnel regarding support for student progress, including SENCO, SLT and parents/carers

·         To ensure that all Academy policies are implemented consistently by subject staff


Strategic Leadership


·         To lead colleagues in the subject area in formulating aims, objectives and strategic plans for the team which support and complement those of the Academy

·         To produce an annual Subject Improvement Plan and monitor and evaluate its delivery and impact

·         To plan the deployment and development of staff expertise to achieve Subject Improvement Plan objectives


Staff Development


·         To support the development and training of subject staff (teaching and operational), ensuring that their CPD needs are met

·         To establish a structure for mentoring, coaching and line managing staff in the subject area, including NQTs and trainees as appropriate

·         To act as Performance Developer for members of the subject area, carrying out PD reviews in line with the Academy’s policy and setting challenging and appropriate targets

·         To support other members of the team in discharging their PD duties and to monitor the effectiveness of PD arrangements within the subject team

·         To participate in the recruitment process for members of the subject team

·         To ensure effective induction of new staff in line with Academy procedures

·         To promote teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure effective relations

·         To be responsible for the deployment of staff and the day to day management of subject colleagues, acting as a positive role model

·         To provide advice to colleagues on threshold progression, career development etc.

·         To support and challenge team members, including in circumstances when they are underperforming

·         To organise effective team meetings with relevant agendas centred on teaching and learning and raising attainment




·         To effectively manage and deploy teaching and operational staff in the subject area

·         To effectively manage the subject area’s budget in order to progress agreed team and Academy priorities, maximise attainment and ensure value for money

·         To effectively manage physical resources, stock and subject accommodation in order to maximise attainment levels and maintain an environment conducive to learning

·         To ensure that risk assessments and health and safety checks are carried out in line with Academy policy



·         To be a form tutor and deliver tutorial, BRIDGES and PSHE sessions to the form group

·         To undertake any other professional duties as set down in the ARK Schools pay and conditions of service document, and as directed by the Principal.

·         To undertake the main professional duties of a teacher as set out in the ARK Schools pay and conditions of service document

·         To meet the expectations of all INA staff as laid out in the Staff Expectations Policy

·         To uphold all Academy polices with consistency and diligence.

Person Specification: Head of Art and Design



·         Qualified to degree level

·         Qualified to teach ( and work ) in the united kingdom



·         In- depth knowledge of the Art and Design Curriculum and KS4 specifications

·         In- depth knowledge of the Art and design level 3 course KS5 GCSE

·         Up to date knowledge of Art and Design curriculum developments

·         Excellent subject knowledge

·         Having an understanding of art and design KS4 specifications would be an advantage.



·         Experience of having worked successfully in at least one school in an urban, multicultural setting, teaching students from all backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage

·         Experience of delivering consistently outstanding lessons to students of all ages and attainment levels

·         Experience of implementing behaviour management strategies consistently and effectively

·         Experience of supporting to students of all ages and attainment levels to make excellent progress and achieve impressive examination outcomes

·         Experience of having designed, implemented and evaluated effective, imaginative and stimulating Schemes of Learning.

·         Experience of having contributed to policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and review

·         Understanding the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour

·         Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment

·         Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject through schemes of work and extra-curricular activities



·         Passion for the subject

·         High expectations for accountability and consistency

·         Vision aligned with ARK’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others

·         A firm and constant belief in the unlimited potential of every student and a commitment to inclusive educational provision

·         Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence

·         Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students and providing equality of opportunity

·         The ability to enthuse and inspire others The ability to consistently deliver outstanding lessons

·         Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and recognition

·         Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills

·         Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement

·         Acts as a role model to staff and students

·         Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice

·         The ability to develop positive relations with students and adults

·         The ability to work effectively alone and as a part of a team

·         Excellent listening skills

·         Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and ICT skills

·         Strong organisational and time management skills

·         The ability to take personal responsibility, a readiness to reflect and self-evaluate, and the ability to change, develop and improve

·         Confidence and self-motivation

·         The ability to work well under pressure

·         High levels of honesty and integrity

·         A sense of humour and desire to have fun.



·         This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check

·         The post holder must be committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to providing equality of opportunity.


Dear colleague,


Thank you for your interest in the post of Head of Art and Design at Isaac Newton Academy, an ARK School. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself, to give some details about our school and to describe the kind of candidate we hope to appoint to the position.  


Isaac Newton Academy opened in September 2012 in Ilford, East London, in brand new, purpose-built accommodation. The Academy has been carefully designed with ARK’s philosophy in mind and has facilities and resources to support a rich and diverse 21st century curriculum. It has an intake of 180 year 7 students each year. 2018 has seen the secondary school reach its full capacity, with 1,125 students (900 11 – 16 year olds and 225 sixth formers).  In 2014 the primary phase of the Academy opened to 90 reception-aged pupils. This too will grow year on year, until full in 2020. The Academy benefits from joining a number of successful secondary schools in the diverse Redbridge community as well as being part of the ARK Schools network.


I feel both privileged and excited to have been appointed as Isaac Newton Academy’s Interim Principal. I joined the academy as Vice Principal prior to it opening and helped shape its vision and ethos.  The chance to create a new and outstanding school from scratch, designing the curriculum, policies and procedures, structuring the school day and year and appointing the staff, is a rare and golden one.  I am committed to providing an inspirational and life-enhancing educational experience for all the young people who attend the academy.


In 2018 we had our second full OSTED inspection where we maintained our outstanding rating: “Teaching is consistently strong across the curriculum and key stages. Highly effective teaching was seen, for instance, in music, history, English, mathematics, art and physical education. In these lessons, pupils were genuinely inspired and strongly motivated to continue learning.”


The new Head of Art & Design at Isaac Newton Academy will be a key member of staff.   First and foremost, I am looking for an individual who is committed to ARK’s six pillars and feels as passionately as I do about the school’s vision (outlined in the prospectus found on the Academy website). You will read that at Isaac Newton Academy we have extremely high expectations of ourselves and of each and every student. It is important that the post holder believes unswervingly that, regardless of background or prior attainment, every student entering the school has the potential to leave with a set of qualifications that will enable them to pursue their education at a top university. We are setting ourselves very ambitious goals, and the post holder will play a central role in ensuring that Isaac Newton becomes a truly great school. They will require determination, resilience, optimism and creativity in order to ensure that effective and efficient systems are in place to support every student to achieve their target grades.


It is my vision that Isaac Newton Academy will be at the centre of the local community, with opportunities for the students’ parents, siblings and neighbours to attend classes and benefit from the amazing facilities.  I am looking to appoint a Head of Art and Design who shares this desire to enrich the lives of residents of Ilford and make the school a true community school.


And what you can expect from me as your Principal? I will be committed to providing you with the environment, support and resources necessary to carry out your role to an outstanding level. I will prioritise your professional development needs. I will ensure that you receive supportive and developmental line management and coaching.


Our vision for Art and Design at Isaac Newton Academy is that it should inspire students’ imaginations, ensure that they take risks, generate ideas, solve problems and develop innovative art and design skills.  We want the exciting world of art and design and to be reflected both in and beyond the classroom.  We are therefore looking for an energetic and dynamic leader who will design an inspiring curriculum and provide opportunities for students to create beautiful art, craft and design.  Our new Head of Art and Design Department will be an outstanding practitioner of art and design (he/she may have an art/textiles background and preferably some technology expertise); someone with a strong sense of purpose who will lead the department and help shape the future direction and structure of art and technology at INA.  


Art is a popular choice at Key stage 4, regularly securing two class groups each year following the EdExcel specification. Design and technology is also very popular at KS4 and we currently have two Year 10 GCSE Design and Technology groups studying the EdExcel 9-1 specification (specialist materials Paper and Boards).  We have fantastic specialist art, design  and technology accommodation including two large  art spaces, an outside art terrace, two workshops, graphics and textiles suites, all of which are equipped with brand new machinery and equipment. 


If what you have read about Isaac Newton Academy chimes with your personal educational philosophy, I very much hope that you will consider applying for the post. This is a key role in the Academy and a challenging yet highly rewarding opportunity. 


If you would like to discuss the role, or if you have any technical issues with the application form please contact Human Resources  on 020 8911 6656 or hr@isaacnewtonacademy.org.


To apply please go to: http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/vacancies. Please complete your application by 23rd April 2019.

Yours faithfully,


Jo Spencer

Interim Principal

We reserve the right to close this job vacancy prior to the advertised closing date, should we feel we have found a suitable candidate.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.