Director of Art and Technology

Ark Charter Academy

  • £52,842 - £58,330
  • Permanent
  • Full Time
Posted 2 weeks ago

Ark Charter Academy

Director of Art and Technology (Specialising in Art)


Location: Southsea, Portsmouth
L5 – L9 (£52,842 – £58,330) + potential relocation allowance up to £3000

Contract: Permanent

Working pattern: Full-time (Flexible/part time can be considered)

Start date: 1st September 2024

Closing date: Thursday, 23rd May

Interview date: As soon as suitable candidates apply

Are you an aspiring leader who wants to make a difference?


About the role:

Are you looking to lead in a school where teachers are free to teach in disruption-free classrooms?

Do you want to receive the full support of a highly visible Senior Leadership team?

Does the following matter to you?

  • Having the freedom to develop a high performing team
  • Having access and support from a high performing academy trust
  • Working in an academy that is committed to clear routines and a simple (non-negotiable) behaviour system


The Director of Art and Technology role is a great opportunity for an aspiring leader to lead the Technology department consisting of Art, Photography, Food Tech and Resistant Materials.  Regardless of where you are at in your career, we will provide you with the necessary professional development and support to enable you to be a great leader at Ark Charter Academy. As our reputation grows and improves in the local community, we are looking for the leaders of the future to be part of our exciting journey.


Charter is a special place in the heart of the city. We are an academy with ambition, with heritage and most importantly an academy where faith is important. We are on a tremendous journey, growing exponentially, and bursting with opportunities.


At Charter we understand that to be successful, we must provide our students with the highest level of challenge and the highest expectations of behaviour. Our academy is disciplined, never shying away from being responsible for our actions. At Charter our vision is that our students grow to be confident, articulate and resilient young people, assured in their strength of courage, value of justice and necessity of respect.


This role is not suitable for Early Career Teachers.


Our ideal candidate will be:

·         An experienced teacher of Art with a track record of contributing to excellent student progress and outcomes

·         An aspiring leader looking to make a difference and contributing to the exciting journey the academy is on

·         Organised and have an eye for detail

·         A team player who can both lead and be led

·         Committed to ongoing professional development for oneself and the Technology team


View the full job description and person specification here.


About our school:

Ark Charter Academy is a happy and vibrant school located minutes away from the seafront. We believe that every young person should feel a sense of belonging to our school community and enjoy their learning.


We inspire and support our students so they can become the very best they can in every single way. With love and care, we develop motivation both inside and outside the classroom, encouraging an appetite for learning in a safe and stimulating Christian environment. We want our students to become the leaders and game-changers of the future. To achieve this, we offer an academic curriculum that strives to expose all pupils to the richness of education, allowing them to experience a diversity of subjects during their time with us. We believe every child is entitled to disruption-free learning and pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that is calm and focused. 


Our teachers and support staff work hard every day to inspire each and every student to develop skills which will help them to achieve their full potential. We pride ourselves in recognising hard work and rewarding it accordingly, providing opportunities for professional and personal growth in the academy and across the wider Ark network.


Find out more about us on


We offer:

  • Salaries 2.5% higher than main pay scale
  • 10 Inset days (of which at least one is dedicated to staff wellbeing)
  • A behaviour policy that ensures disruption-free learning
  • Development opportunities for future leaders
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Up to £3000 relocation costs to move to the south coast
  • Access to Ark rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers
  • Interest-free loans – up to £5,000 available for season ticket or to buy a bicycle
  • Gym discounts – offering up to 40%
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme – providing free confidential counselling, legal advice and a range of different support


Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer.


How to apply:

To apply for this vacancy, please click “Apply” on the website you are visiting from.  We will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Early application is strongly advised.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity or for any questions, please contact Arlene Gajdus, Business and Community Manager, on


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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 which will include questions about safeguarding. 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. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.  


We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone – staff and students – can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link.

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