Head of Performing Arts

Leeds East Academy

Leadership 1 – 5 £39,965 - £44,106

Accountable to: Vice Principal - Behaviour, Attitude, Personal Development (BAPD) and Student Experience

Leeds East Academy is a diverse and vibrant school community which has recently been judged as ‘Good’ across all areas of the Ofsted framework. In the Ofsted report inspectors commented; 'Leaders' aspirations for the school are high. They are determined that all of their pupils, regardless of background, will achieve as highly as possible. Leaders have created an ambitious and optimistic culture across the school'. Over the three years the school has been on a rapid journey of improvement securing a Progress 8 score in 2018 in line with the national average. Housed within a state-of-the-art school building, Leeds East Academy is now the premier choice of school for families in the local area. Leeds East Academy is also a highly desirable and dynamic world-class establishment for ambitious education professionals, who will be joining one of the most productive, supportive and talented leadership teams in the country.


At Leeds East Academy we are committed to ensuring success for all by improving every student’s resilience, understanding and confidence through Performing Arts and Music. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a department dedicated to improving outcomes, aspirations and life chances of our young people. 



As part of an Academy committed to a shared vision for all pupils, the Head of Performing Arts will be responsible for working with and supporting colleagues to raise attainment for all pupils driving students to experience success and excellence in every subject.




  • Ensure schemes of work are produced, kept up to date, and adhered to by staff

  • Manage the Performing Arts team and the department budget to include bidding and forecasting future needs to ensure impact on student outcome

  • Identify underachieving students and ensuring all teachers use data to monitor progress and planning appropriate interventions

  • Implement agreed positive behaviour strategies including the organisation of subject strategies


General Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Ensure good and better progress for all students through the planning and preparation of high quality lessons which engage, motivate and support learners and adhere to the Academy Teaching and Learning Standards

  • Strive to deliver a consistently good standard of teaching

  • Report on Standards and Progress by tracking through the year and producing summative reports as require

  • Deploy staff effectively in order that they achieve a consistently good standard of teaching/support for learning

Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region - Leeds East Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of World Class.


We are securing our vision for Outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.


We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society.

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs almost 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College which, along with the White Rose Academies Trust, is part of the Luminate Education Group.  Other members of the group include Leeds College of Music, Keighley College and Harrogate College.   Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly outstanding Trust.


Closing Date:       24th February 2020 - 9am

Shortlisting Date:  W/C 24th February 2020

Interview Date:    26th February 2020

Start Date:            April 2020 or September 2020


For more information, please visit our website at .  To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date of 24th February 2020 at 9.00am. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.



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