Director of Digital and Creative Studies

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 09/02/2023 12:00
£52,659 - £58,105 depending on relevant teaching experience
Hours per week:
Full time as in accordance with the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document
Job Category:
Schools - Leadership
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Employment Location:
Walker Riverside Academy, Waverdale Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4AW
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Number of posts:
Closing date:
9 Feb
Further Information
This school has Academy status and is part of a Multi Academy Trust; the employer will be the Multi Academy Trust.

Walker Riverside Academy
Waverdale Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne

From April 2023

Walker Riverside Academy are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, suitably experienced Director of Digital and Creative Studies.

This is an exciting opportunity to take on a leadership role across our Academy’s Digital and creative studies subjects. Reporting to a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the role will be to lead Digital and Creative Studies; with an already broad suite of successful subjects including I.T., Computer Science, Art, Photography, Music, Drama, and Media. These are becoming increasingly popular subjects in our Academy as we recognise the need to ensure our students have access to a high-quality, broad, balanced and creative curriculum at all key stages.

The Director of Digital and Creative Studies will be responsible for leading, developing, and managing the strategic vision for the Creative Digitals subjects across the Academy in line with our core values of being Ambitious, Collaborative, Compassionate, Resilient, and Responsible.

The main challenge in the role will be to build on the existing good practice in our well-equipped creative classrooms, bringing together colleagues across the creative Digitals disciplines to fulfil our shared vision for our students to be self, culturally, and globally aware as well as life ready with ambition. With creative industries now one of the UK’s economic success stories, growing at twice the rate of the wider economy, generating approximately £115.9 billion for the economy and providing more than two million jobs, we recognise the value of our Digitals curriculum in providing long term opportunities for our students.
We want an outstanding practitioner with a track record of improvement who can ensure consistency and a vision for long-term continuous improvement.

The role will suit:
- Anyone with a proven track record of outstanding teaching practice in Creative or Digital subjects.
- A candidate able to deliver upon the consistent implementation of a KS4 Digital qualification, suitable for all KS4 learners.
- A leader that ensures robust monitoring and evaluation of forementioned curriculum, ensuring timely interventions to support our student progress.
- Someone who can inspire, coach and develop our talented, creative and digitalistic colleagues to continually improve the quality of creative digital education for our students.
- A teacher who is already successful at leading a team; OR an effective main-scale teacher who can demonstrate the ability to drive, motivate, support and lead the Creative Digitals teams to deliver outstanding results.

We are committed to investing in our staff and you will receive a supportive induction programme, have access to high-quality CPD and access to undertake National Professional Qualifications. Opportunities are also available for Trust-wide working and career development opportunities. You will also receive consistent support from a dedicated Headteacher, SLT, Deputy CEO, Trust Central Team, Local Governing Body, and Trust Board.

If you share our vision, are passionate about raising educational attainment and standards for our highest attainers to our most vulnerable cohorts and ensure our diverse community of students reach their full potential, you can make a difference at Walker Riverside Academy.

If you would like a discussion about this post with Gareth Smith, Headteacher, please contact Sandra Willis by emailing sandra.willis@wra.tynecoast.academy

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday, 9 February 2023 and interviews will take place the week commencing, Monday, 13 February 2023. Please return completed applications to sandra.willis@wra.tynecoast.academy

Tyne Coast Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate checks including an enhanced DBS with barred list check.
In accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, an online search will be completed on all shortlisted applicants prior to interview. Any relevant information will be discussed further with the applicant during the interview process.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone who discloses a disability where their application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

Application packs and further information can be found on the Tyne Coast Academy Trust website https://www.tynecoastacademytrust.co.uk/join-our-team-current-vacancies/ or by contacting Melissa Dobrianski, Head of HR & Business Operations at mdobrianski@tynecoastacademytrust.co.uk

Closing date: 9 February 2023 12.00 noon
Please note
This job is closed for applications.