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Teacher of Art & Design - Full-time/Part-time

St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-5432-141T
  • Posted:18/03/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS
  • Start Date:Term 6 - June 2024/September 2024
  • App Close Date:16/04/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:week commencing 22 April 2024


TEACHER OF ART & DESIGN from Term 6 - June 2024/September 2024

1 FTE/Part time 0.8 considered

We believe students should have an opportunity to be nurtured and excel in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to. 

We aim to

  • foster independent, adventurous creativity.
  • enable our pupils to create ambitious, personal and exciting work. 

We would like to appoint an inspirational teacher who has the ability to build positive relationships with students, alongside a determination to maintain a high standard of exam results, all whilst showing a genuine intention to get things done.  This is a great opportunity to make your mark teaching Art & Design within a receptive, supportive and calm environment. It is an exciting time to join our growing department. You may be an established teacher looking for a new challenge or seeking your first teaching role (ECTs). 

Our vision is for the successful candidate to build upon the foundations in place, further developing a subject that is popular at GCSE. Our recent success at the John Downton awards, shows students here are capable of achieving at a high level. Class sizes are no bigger than 24 in Art - across both KS3 & KS4.

The Art Department has a generous space in which to work: three rooms with plenty of smaller spaces in and around them, a large studio exclusively for the 6th form, a small ICT suite and a digital photography studio.  At GCSE we offer the AQA Art, Craft and Design specification. Students can work in a number of different areas e.g., fine art, drawing, painting, collage, 3D studies, film making, graphic design, photography, stop-motion and fashion. This makes it a more interesting course and gives a broader preparation for A Level. 

Our strength is in encouraging students to respond in different ways. This personalised approach is more challenging to deliver so staff confidence and expertise in doing so is crucial. The successful candidate should have practical knowledge of working with a range of art materials. Any prior experience with digital art and photography would be helpful.

Benefits of working at St Simon Stock Catholic School:

  • A supportive and caring working environment for staff and students
  • A school wide focus on wellbeing
  • Staff laptop provided
  • Dedicated and bespoke CPD time for all staff
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Access to Kent Rewards Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme which offers counselling, financial guidance, legal enquiries and access to online health and wellbeing resources

You are welcome to contact HR at HR@ssscs.co.uk if you would like to visit the school before submitting an application. 

For ease of applying, we are happy to accept applications directly from Kent Teach  

Should you be shortlisted for interview, additional information may be requested at that time.

Closing date for applications: 16 April 2024

Interviews to be held: w/c 22 April 2024

Start date:  Term 6 - June 2024/September 2024

All applicants need to have the Right to Work in the UK to be considered for this role.  This vacancy may close on or before the specified closing date depending on the volume of suitable applicants. If you are unsuccessful, we will contact you accordingly.



Information about the school

St Simon Stock Catholic School is a Catholic secondary school located in Maidstone, Kent and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP). This multi-academy trust (MAT), established by the Archdiocese of Southwark for Catholic education across Kent, currently comprises of 26 academies (21 primary and 5 secondary schools).

St Simon Stock is an over-subscribed, co-educational, high achieving school with a long tradition of academic success. We have over 1100 students on roll, including over 200 in Sixth Form and a staff of almost 100.

We value all our students equally and welcome the wide variety of cultures and experiences they bring to our school.

By modelling exemplary behaviour towards each other, carrying out service to others in school, at home and in the wider community, students develop a strong work ethic and sense of personal achievement helping them to take their place in the wider world.

Our students are a credit to the values of our school, and all visitors to our school comment positively on the excellent standards of behaviour, courtesy and good nature of the students they encounter whilst spending time here at St Simon Stock Catholic School.

We are rated by Ofsted as a Good Provider and in our last denominational inspection we were graded as Outstanding.

Our Offer: We create an environment where our staff can thrive and enjoy the work that they do which enables our young people to flourish, gain confidence, achieve and be happy. We have a reputation for fostering a very caring environment and a great record for investing in staff training and development.

All applicants need to have the Right to Work in the UK to be considered for these roles.

St Simon Stock Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and this position is subject to satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Susan Smith - HR Hub
  • Address:Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0JP
  • Telephone: 01622 754551 x 1148
  • Email: hr@ssscs.co.uk

Fax: (01622) 691439


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.