Teacher of Art Information for Applicants Housed in a £3.5M purpose built Art Centre, officially opened by sculptor Peter Randall-Page in 2007, the Art department of The Ilfracombe Academy is made up of 4 teaching staff and a full time technician. The facilities include four spacious and well-appointed specialist art rooms overlooking the sea, along with a dedicated Sixth Form studio and access to ICT and digital editing facilities. Permanent display areas have been included in the design of the building which forms one of the largest new build Art Departments in the county. There is a long history of involvement across the full range of Creative and Performing Arts at our Academy. This was recognised in our recent Ofsted report which states “The school uses its specialist status effectively to extend the curriculum, enhance students’ opportunities and build effective links with the community through, for example, the Ilfracombe Arts Festival. The broad range of good-quality art work throughout the academy considerably enhances the accommodation.” The Academy was re-designated with Specialist Arts status in 2009 and re-awarded ‘Artsmark Gold’ in 2010. This is recognition of the commitment of the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team to providing a balanced Arts curriculum across all Key Stages. Art has an above average allocation of curriculum time in KS3 and is a popular choice at KS4 with typically 55% of a year group choosing to take GCSE Art or GCSE Photography. In the Sixth Form A Level Art and A Level Photography are amongst the most popular subjects, on occasions leading to two classes of each in Year 12 and Year 13. Many of our students continue their studies at university and gain employment in one of the many Arts based industries. The department has a strong reputation within the community and regularly involves itself in national, county and local initiatives. We have participated in a number of county wide projects including decorating six life size fibre glass sheep that formed part of the “Flock” exhibition mounted on the Exeter Cathedral Lawns. For the last four years we have co-ordinated and hosted a major exhibition of schools’ artwork as part of the North Devon Festival. Previously we have extended the celebration to include all forms of the arts practised within the local community with performances and exhibitions taking place over a three day period. We are always looking for opportunities to work with groups and individuals which will enhance the experiences of our students. The National Trust is a major land and property owner within our catchment area and we frequently work with them, producing artwork based on our varied and beautiful surrounding countryside. Recently our students produced 100 canvases to celebrate 100 years of National Trust ownership of Morte Point and Woolacombe, and we designed the “Toposcope”, a work of art cast in bronze and sited on top of Torrs Hills, Ilfracombe.
The Ilfracombe Academy also organises annual enrichment courses for gifted and talented students from secondary and junior partner schools in North Devon. Study visits are organised for KS4 and Sixth Form students to major city galleries. The Department mounts a range of exhibitions throughout the year including an annual exhibition of exam work with invitations being extended to governors, staff, parents and local newspapers. The Ilfracombe Academy is also involved in “Artists in Residence” initiatives and the resulting work can be seen around the Academy and its site. The most recent is a large sculpture which runs up the front elevation of the Academy. This stainless steel sculpture based on the many varieties of fish found off our shores was produced by artist Jonathon Rodney-Jones, working with a group of twenty students. The successful applicant will join and lead a team of very able and committed individuals in a school and a community where Art and creativity in all its forms is cherished and celebrated. Jeff Lawton Head of Art, March 2014
Image 1: Year 12 AS level pastel study, Image 2: Year 9 work exhibited at Sea Ilfracombe 2013, Image 3: Key Stage 5 workbook, Image 4: AS level Photography project work, Images 6-7: Year 12 and 13 coursework, Image 8: Gifted and talented students working with an Artist in residence for Sea Ilfracombe 2013