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Dear Applicant


Thank you for your interest in this temporary post as full-time teacher of Art at Archbishop Tenison’s. This post, will be to teach pupils and students in all years in a small and vibrant department. The teaching will include both GCSE and A Level classes, as well as groups at Key Stage 3. This post is to cover maternity leave from January 2023 until May 2023 and would suit a more experienced teacher.


This is an exciting department in which to work. The standard of work created by pupils and students is incredibly high, as can be seen in displays of art around the school. One of the two classrooms has the latest technology. The take-up at GCSE is good and the A Level groups are very committed. The curriculum is increasingly varied, including Photography in the Sixth Form which is a popular subject. GCSE photography is being introduced to the curriculum this Autumn.


We are looking for an able, effective teacher to be part of this team, who can teach to a high standard and make a wider contribution to the school. Sufficient knowledge and experience to teach up to A Level is important.


Archbishop Tenison’s is a lively, friendly and high achieving school, where pupils and students take their studies seriously. As a Church of England school we are always pleased to receive applications from colleagues who are keen to help us develop our Christian ethos and educational vision.


We look forward to receiving your application and to meeting with you to talk about the opportunities here. In your supporting statement please include the following:


Why you would like to take up this post at this time;

which experience and qualities make you particularly suitable for the post;

examples of how you would contribute effectively to the department and school, if appointed.


We hope that you will find your questions answered by the attached details, but, if not, please contact us through them or come to see us for a visit.


Yours sincerely


Richard Parrish


The Art Department

The Art Department in this popular and successful 11-18 mixed comprehensive school, currently consists of two full time members of staff and one Art Technician who is shared with Design and Technology.


Teaching of Art is accommodated in a purpose-built suite with two studios. The studios are very well resourced with facilities for large-scale painting, print making, 3D construction and graphical digital work. Art and Photography are both popular examination choices and the curriculum time available is good. At GCSE students study Art and Design through Eduqas examination board and the department has introduced GCSE Photography this year also through the Eduqas examination board.

The Eduqas Art and Design course specification is also used in both A Level Art and Design and A Level Photography. Both subjects are very popular courses. Students are successful in progressing to study further in Art colleges around the country, including UAL Art Colleges.


At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in mixed ability practical groups of 26 – 30 pupils. Pupils follow diverse schemes of work focusing on issue-based learning. The department has a strong tradition exploring drawing and painting, students also experience printmaking, ICT projects, 3D artwork and a range of contemporary and traditional art from different times and cultures.


Visits to Major London collections are popular amongst pupils and students. During the Summer term of 2022 there was a wide variety of successful trips. These included a visit to The National Gallery to see the Kehinde Wiley exhibition, Tate Britain to see the ‘Life between Islands’ exhibition, Tate Modern to see the ‘Surrealism Beyond Borders’ exhibition and to The Photographers’ Gallery to see the exhibit ‘For the Record: Photography and the Art of the Album Cover.’ Most recently, our GCSE Art group visited ‘The EY Exhibition: Cezanne’ exhibition that has just opened at Tate Modern.

The Royal Academy Outreach program has also visited the school on several occasions. Our department, has external links to professional artists and creatives within the United Kingdom who have shared their knowledge and wealth of experience through work experience, talks and workshops. In previous years, we have had visits from luminaries and experts in the field of Art and Photography, including the Chief Sports photographer for The Times Newspaper, lecturers from London College of Fashion and former students who are now enjoying careers within the creative industry.


Student and pupil work has been successfully entered and won local and regional competitions. In more recent competitions one of our Year 8 pupils became a finalist in the BioMedia Meltdown and will be having her work featured in their book. Also, one of our A Level Photography students won the ‘David Sims Photography Award’ and will get to work in his studio with both Sims and his team.


In the summer term each year the school holds the annual Art Exhibition, which includes the work of the A Level students and GCSE pupils. Pupils and student artwork is regularly exhibited and has a strong presence around the school.


The Art department is well resourced and well organized, which ensures rapid progress irrespective of pupil and students’ individual starting points. There is outstanding quality of teaching that result in productive learning, above average standards and good achievement of pupils and students. The Art department operates as a close-knit, friendly team, with all staff agreeing to their contribution towards formulating policy and supporting the important place of Art in the curriculum.

Miss Wren – Head of Art

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Location: Croydon, Surrey

Required for: February 2023

Contract: Temporary (Maternity Cover)

Salary: MPS including Outer London Allowance

Closing Date 12th December 2022

Interviews: tbc


· Teach Art from Year 7 to A Level

· Could teach A Level Photography

· Join a strong, small, successful department with high standards

· Work alongside knowledgeable and experienced colleagues

· Be part of a school that has been in Croydon for over 300 years, with strong traditions and wide-ranging extra-curricular activities

· Develop professionally and personally in a secure, but lively atmosphere

· Contribute to our pastoral care and our Christian ethos


Archbishop Tenison’s is a 308-year-old Church of England, mixed 11-18 comprehensive school with an excellent track record at both GCSE and A Level. Most importantly, it is a community where the people who work believe they can make a difference to the young people they teach. Our school motto is “Academic excellence for each person in a Christian community”.

The school is situated near East Croydon Station which has excellent fast rail links to London and the South Coast. There is staff parking on-site at the school.

Archbishop Tenison’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and any appointment will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure as well as any other pre-employment checks.

For any further information, please contact Joan Andrew, Headteacher’s PA via

Visits to the school prior to the application are also welcome.

The Art Department

Please see attached Standard Teacher Job Description

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