Head of Art

  • Teaching
  • Cobham

Head of Art

Job advert

Head of Art

Required January 2020

The School   


Set in 26 acres of beautiful parkland in Cobham, Notre Dame School nestles in a picturesque 18th century mansion beside the River Mole. Notre Dame is a Catholic School and is a Foundation of the Company of Mary Our Lady with an ethos shaped by the life and work of St Jeanne de Lestonnac.  Despite the tranquil setting Notre Dame School is a hive of activity, with over 600 children and teachers working hard in the important business of education. The school has an enviable reputation for the highest academic standards and a progressive, holistic, academic education that is underpinned by over 400 years of international educational tradition in 30 countries. Established in England in 1937, the school has always had the philosophy that the greatest success comes from knowing how to learn and how to ask the right questions; training pupils to take an active role in reaching and exceeding early expectations. From the vibrant Nursery to the exciting Sixth Form, tomorrow's professionals acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications that give them the best possible start in life.


The Role


Notre Dame School are seeking an outstanding Head of Art, experienced or newly qualified, who has a strong tradition of academic success, innovation and enrichment.


We are looking foremost for a dynamic, talented practitioner.  You will be a good Art/Textiles Honours Graduate (or closely allied subject) and have experience of A Level teaching.


You should be innovative, enthusiastic and highly committed with the ability to translate this into a real learning experience for the pupils.  You will have the capacity to inspire them, and to provide a lively, stimulating, tolerant, and supportive environment that can engender the highest levels of achievement through clear leadership and efficient administration.


You will communicate your love of the subject beyond the confines of the timetable.


The represents an outstanding opportunity for you to work in a school where teachers have a strong sense of community and enthusiasm and in which, involvement, pastorally, and in the broader curriculum, is the expected norm.




  • Ability to teach and motivate pupils
  • Ability to communicate passion and enthusiasm for his/her subject
  • Excellent knowledge of Art and Textiles
  • Good knowledge and understanding of subject related issues such as assessment, target setting etc.
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to use ICT
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Capacity for sustained hard work – able to work under pressure
  • Ability to solve problems, achievement driven
  • Passionate, conviction and a clear personal philosophy which supports the ethos of the Department/School
  • Creative, imaginative and resourceful
  • Ability to make good professional relationships – with staff, students and parents
  • Ability to motivate and make strong, resilient relationships with young people
  • Integrity and loyalty

Closing Date: 9am on 23 September 2019
Interviews: week of 30 September 2019
Start date: January 2020


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by senior members of the School and take a tour of the school.


Candidate Pack

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.