Curriculum Leader - Art & Design

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Type of Position:Curriculum Leader
Subject:Art and Design
Start Date:ASAP or Easter 2024
Closing Date: Monday 11th December 2023 (12 noon)


Start date: ASAP

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic candidate to join and lead a highly creative and vibrant department, either from an existing Curriculum Leader role or alternatively for a candidate who may be looking for the opportunity to secure a promotion. Applications are welcome from an enthusiastic and student focused practitioner to lead our thriving Art & Design department. 

Art & Design is a very popular subject at Copthall and the department achieves excellent GCSE and A Level results. The uptake for all disciplines within the Art & Design department are good at Key Stage 4, and they include the teaching of GCSE: Art & Design and GCSE: Art Textiles.  At A Level, students are offered the choice to study A Level Art, Photography and Art Textiles. The department has good facilities with discrete rooms for teaching all of the creative courses.

The department actively encourages students to exhibit work in local and national exhibits and it has more recently exhibited work nationally, showcasing the work of the students, and celebrating diversity within the arts.

Copthall School prides itself on educating 21st century women for successful careers in the creative arts and industries, STEM, human, social and health sciences and the performing arts.   Our thriving Sixth-Form which is in the top 12% of schools for A Level results, offers both A-Level and Vocational pathways and we boast an excellent success rate in University applications.

Applications for flexible working are welcomed

Candidates will need to demonstrate:

  • the ability to enthuse students with a love of learning of Art, Textiles and Photography and be an expert practitioner in the classroom
  • have excellent interpersonal skills with pupils and adults in and out of the classroom
  • be able to lead and develop our strong team to continue to build an enthusiastic and thriving department, including a specialist technician
  • a commitment to, and be passionate about, maintaining and developing high standards of achievement for learners of all abilities across all Key stages
  • ability to think strategically and inspire and promote high expectations to raise standards further
  • to take a lead role in quality assurance within the Department, including lesson observation, work scrutiny, student voice and learning walks
  • to use assessment to track progress throughout KS3, 4 and 5
  • commitment to our ethos of high expectations and no excuses with the belief that every child can succeed
  • the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of students
  • committed to promoting and leading on extra-curricular trips and activities

We Offer:

  • An ethos of high expectations for students and staff
  • Excellent facilities and resources
  • A strong commitment to the professional development of all staff through our CPL Wednesday programme
  • A well-being package which includes a well-being day for every member of staff

Copthall is a beacon of success and has been featured regularly on a range of media platforms:  Our commitment to staff development and staff welfare is exceptionally strong and is evident in the calm and purposeful atmosphere you will find at our school.   We are looking for staff who are committed to developing confident and capable learners and who are prepared to work hard for every single student.

At Copthall, all staff, whether in teaching or support roles, are highly valued and their contribution to our students is appreciated by the whole school community. The school provides an environment for staff to thrive and develop professionally, whilst enhancing the experience of Copthall students.

Candidates are encouraged to visit the School’s Virtual tour accessible via:

Appointment is subject to a clear enhanced DBS check.

How to Apply: Application forms must be completed and are available from the school website:  or by phoning the school office on 020 8959 1937

We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.  Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Completed forms should be returned directly to Copthall School at the above address or via email to

Closing date: Monday 11th December 2023 (12 noon) – The school reserves the right to commence the interview process at any time prior to the closing date so early application is recommended.

Copthall School is committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to promoting safeguarding and the protection of children and vulnerable adults. 

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