Eastbourne College seeks to appoint an inspirational and enthusiastic, full-time Teacher of Art (maternity cover) from December 2020. The right person will have a marvellous opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, where resources, buildings, colleagues and pupils all strengthen the process of teaching and learning.
The position would suit an experienced teacher wanting to put his or her experience to use in a different context, someone returning to teaching, or a high-calibre graduate without a formal teaching qualification but with the right skills and vision to inspire and motivate young people.
Eastbourne College is a co-educational HMC independent school of just over 640 pupils, of whom half are full-time boarders. It is a strong community with excellent links with local schools and the remarkable town in which it is located.
Academic standards are very high with an average of over 80% of A-level grades being awarded A*, A or B in the last ten years. At GCSE approximately two thirds of all grades awarded are 9 to 7, A* or A. The College recruits from a wide ability range and value added outcomes are exemplary. The majority of College leavers enter higher education in leading universities at home or abroad.
The College is run as a seven day week, full boarding school. Day pupils share the same wide curriculum as boarders and enjoy equal access to the physical and human resources of the school. Day pupils can complete their prep in Houses; buses run at both 18:00 and 20:00 on weekday evenings.
We are proud of our rich cultural and sporting traditions. The Birley Centre is a hub of music practice, performance, composition and recording. There is an established partnership with Glyndebourne and links with Ballet Rambert, local artists and musical ensembles. College artists exhibit in London, actors have starred in film and TV; the Design & Technology department wins an extraordinary number of Arkwright scholarships. We have an enviable reputation for sport both regionally and nationally. Eastbournians frequently represent the county in hockey, rugby, cricket and netball; several old Eastbournians have gone on to achieve international honours. There are also thriving CCF, D of E and service programmes.
As we celebrated our 150th year, the College completed the most ambitious development project in its history. Project 150 saw the delivery of over 30 state of the art classrooms, ICT suites, a new swimming pool, café, school shop, dance studio, sports hall, squash courts, dining hall and fitness suite. We believe that the College has some of the best facilities of any school in the UK.
Eastbourne College places great emphasis on the importance of developing a school in which education is built on core values and positive, supportive relationships. These central qualities will endure long after a student moves on from the College. The five key values of participation, the pursuit of excellence, integrity, courtesy and kindness are, it believes, the bedrock upon which every child’s education should stand, providing them with the wherewithal to flourish both at school and beyond.
The successful applicant will be expected to teach Art in this successful department to pupils of all abilities throughout the school. A specialism in painting with a strong interest in photography would be preferred. Applicants are expected to have good knowledge and genuine desire to extend their understanding across a range of media including sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and possess a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Year 11 and 13 students follow the Edexcel course. Art is a very popular subject for pupils in year 9, in which they develop the knowledge and skills to enable their further study. The successful applicant will be expected to share their passion for Art by offering enrichment opportunities to pupils outside of the taught specifications.
All members of Common Room are expected to play an additional part in the broader life of the College, by acting as a tutor in one of the day or boarding Houses and by offering their expertise, for example, in coaching team sports, or contributing to music, drama, debating etc.
The College has its own salary scale and the successful applicant will be placed on the scale at a level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Accommodation may be available for single or married applicants, including those with families. Teaching staff benefit from generous rates for the education of their own children both at the College and at St. Andrew’s preparatory school.
The art department is housed in the Casson Art School, named after Old Eastbournian Sir Hugh Casson. Within the department there are four full-time and one part-time highly qualified members of staff. Each member of the team has specialised in different forms of art and design. Through sharing ideas and processes we aim to offer a broad range of experiences and knowledge. We have particularly strong ceramic expertise within the department with two excellent teachers and two invaluable technicians with three-dimensional design degrees and freelance ceramics careers. The recent appointment of a teacher of photography has opened up new horizons for A level pupils who have interests in creative careers. Our expert technicians provide individual support for ambitious projects.
The department enjoys exceptional facilities and strives to stimulate, encourage and sustain pupils’ interest in the enjoyment of art. On the ground floor the ceramic studio is equipped with two large kilns, drying rooms, glaze room, plaster studio and outdoor sculpture area and a spraying room while the large computer room offers an Apple Mac suite with variety of photo-manipulation and editing programmes, a photographic classroom, studio and dark room, and a light box for silkscreens and polymer etchings. On the second floor there are three large painting studios together with a well-stocked storeroom and a resource room.
The department has an enviable record of examination success. At A-level in 2019 grades were 100% A*, A or B. At GCSE, 86% of grades were 9, 8 or 7 and 100% 9 to 6.