Art Technician

Recruiter
ST MARY'S CALNE
Location
Calne
Salary
Competitive
Posted
21 Jul 2021
Closes
18 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and experienced individual who has excellent communication skills from the start of September 2021. They would have full technician responsibilities that include managing and maintaining a variety of systems and processes in place to support the running of this busy department. Having basic DIY skills would be advantageous, but most importantly, having the ability to engage with, and provide technical and creative support to students is essential. This position would suit an individual who would like to be part of a creative, happy and dynamic team.

The Art Technician works 35 hours per week Monday-Friday in school term time (35 weeks per year). Immersed in the activities of the department, the Technician will prepare lesson equipment and support teaching staff with day to day tasks and exciting annual projects.

The St Mary's School campus is home to St Mary's Calne, St Margaret's Preparatory School and the St Mary's School Sports Centre. Both schools are recognised leaders in the field independent education, and the Sport Centre is open to students, staff and the wider community on a membership basis.

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and experienced individual who has excellent communication skills from the start of September 2021. They would have full technician responsibilities that include managing and maintaining a variety of systems and processes in place to support the running of this busy department. Having basic DIY skills would be advantageous, but most importantly, having the ability to engage with, and provide technical and creative support to students is essential. This position would suit an individual who would like to be part of a creative, happy and dynamic team.

Position: Art Technician

Salary Range: S10, FTE GBP20,750 (GBP9.98 per hour from September 2021) GBP13,966 pro-rated salary

Normal Hours: 35 hours per week over 5 days, Monday-Friday

Overtime: If required for events, time can be taken back in lieu or paid as overtime at flat rate if TOIL is not possible.

Pension: Scottish Widows scheme with generous employer contributions.

Holidays: 5 weeks paid holiday calculated as part of salary. Term time only staff work 35 full weeks per year and cannot take holiday in term time.

The School: Its Ethos and Aims

St Mary's Calne believes in excellence in all respects. As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance. The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Whilst the achievement of top quality examination results is a central tenet, since these will be a key passport for the girls in the path to their future careers in the modern world, we seek to encourage everyone (students and colleagues) to strive for excellence in a wide range of spheres. We aim to inculcate habits for life, enabling the girls to relish the prospect of hard work; to develop and deploy the necessary qualities of perseverance and determination; to learn how to do well; to acquire the belief and self-confidence that they are capable of high performance and success - both in the short term and in the future; to instil a sense of desire and an appreciation that the future, indeed their future, lies within the grasp of their own efforts.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary's Calne. They are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.

The Art Department

St Mary's Calne pupils are intelligent, good-humoured and conscientious.

The nationally recognised Art Department follows a traditional Fine Art curriculum that embraces modern technology, without losing sight of the essential skills and disciplines that create confidence and build success.

This dynamic sector leading department concentrates on nurturing the skills of drawing in all its guises, as an integral response to the development of an idea from concept to realisation of intentions. Painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography are the building blocks for a strong foundation in which to explore and develop a personal response to the visual world. Critical-study also plays a huge part in understanding the cultural heritage and contextual tradition of the pupils' work. It is our role to inspire, challenge and support every girl.

Fourth Form

During these formative years, the Art Department aims to develop each pupil's confidence in their ability to use a variety of media, explore an idea and take pride in their achievement. Pupils learn how to draw, paint and develop pieces of sculpture or print. It is important to instil a sense of value and pride in the enterprise taken by the individual, and to encourage them to enjoy the sense of wonder at learning a new skill or discovery. All work is project-based, so that pupils understand that a painting or drawing is not necessarily an end in itself but could lead to other avenues of research. Pupils are taught how to develop an idea and to think laterally.

GCSE

Art is a popular option at GCSE and, by any measure, our students enjoy a great deal of success, as they build upon their previous experience of this subject. Girls study the OCR specification and last year students achieved 100% Grade 9-7. We aim to introduce new media and working processes to expand the students' visual vocabulary.

They are taught how to develop a coursework project based on a broad theme initiated with their teacher. They become familiar with the requirements of the specification.

A LEVEL

Girls study the OCR Fine Art A Level and last year more than 80% of all grades were A*/A, and a number of students increasingly achieve 100% in the one or more elements of their A Level. This is essentially a practical subject designed to develop the visual, analytical and cognitive skills of a young developing artist.

It builds on the experience of GCSE Art but dramatically expands understanding and scope of the students' work. They will explore a personal open-ended brief through the three main Fine Art disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. More advanced methods of recording through digital photography and visual IT packages are also explored.

Pupils are also encouraged to take part in workshops with visiting practitioners and independently visit museums and galleries in addition to the trips that are on offer locally, nationally and internationally each year.

Exhibitions take place at the end of each year, an annual display around the School on Founders Day. Pop up shows also take place during the school year. We also have a triennial London Exhibition, where in recent years Anthony Gormley, Endellion Lycett-Green and the Head of Sotheby's worldwide have been our guest speaker and awarded prizes.