Artist Brief – Romilly Primary School – Barry
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Romilly Primary School is in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan local authority. There are just over 700 pupils on roll aged from 3 to 11 years. The school has 21 single-age classes with an additional 4 part-time nursery classes. There are 21 full-time and 8 part-time teachers.
Most pupils are white, British and come from homes where English is the main language. A very few pupils speak Welsh at home. The three-year rolling average of pupils eligible for free school meals is just over 11%. This is notably lower than the national figure of 21%. The school identifies about 10% of pupils as having additional learning needs. This is considerably lower than the national figure of 22%.
Romilly School is within walking distance of Porthkerry Park, Romilly Park, Cold Knap gardens and Barry Island beach.
Aims of the Project
To engage the children creatively using a creative artform.
Ensure the delivery of excellent learning opportunities in maths across the curriculum.
To develop practical maths skills and an ability to solve real life problems with their skills.
This creative project forms part of the Creative Schools Programme managed by the Arts Council of Wales. The school is keen to explore maths and numeracy in a creative and practical way that will inspire the children to engage with the subject. This very exciting opportunity exists for a creative thinker who can engage a lively group of students with the support of enthusiastic staff. Romilly school is a large school with three year 4 classes. The school has an ambitious plan to engage all 3 classes and is willing to support the project with eager staff that wish to support the Creative Practitioner in developing this project. The focus of the Creative Practitioner’s work will be with one year 4 class of 30 children, whilst offering support and guidance to two teachers of the other year 4 classes who will engage their classes in a similar way.
The theme of the project has been deliberately left open for discussion with applicants. The project focus is on exploring maths and numeracy and this could include looking at one or multiple areas such as measurement, time, multiplication tables or another practical maths application. Above all the school is eager to see a creative and novel approach that will practically engage the children in a creative way whilst complementing the curriculum for these young learners. The specific topic and direction that the project takes will be heavily influenced by the Creative Practitioner in collaboration with the school, Creative Agent and the learners. The project might involve a visual arts project, a group performance, music or an outdoor learning activity in which numeracy would be the focus.
The project will take place during the Spring 2017 term. It is envisaged that the project will commence mid February 2017 after the half term break with further evaluation in the Summer term
The applicant will be appointed in November 2016 (see ‘how to apply’ below)
Creative Practitioners fee is £250 per full day inc travel expenses. It is estimated that the Creative Practitioner will spend approximately 15 days planning, delivering and evaluating the project.
Additional funds for materials will also be available to the Creative Practitioner.
Who should apply
The school does not want to be prescriptive regarding the Creative Practitioner’s background and we welcome applicants from all creative disciplines with a creative outlook that can inspire young children.
Applicants should demonstrate the following:
• Experience of working in a school environment or conducting workshops with young children.
• A current DBS check
• An energetic, great communicator with children
• A creative outlook
How to apply
To apply, send the following information by e-mail:
• a current CV
• an expression of interest which highlights your experience, skills, and an outline of any ideas you
may have in approaching this project brief (maximum 400 words). Please write your expression
of interest in a child friendly way as the children will be involved in shortlisting.
• Details of two referee’s (one from a current or previous employer)
Please make your application to:
Creative Schools School Co-ordinator
Closing date for applications: 14th November 2016
Applicants will be shortlisted on 15th November 2016
Interviews will be held on 17/18th November 2016
(The interview will involve a 10 minute practical session with a year 4 class of pupils providing an
activity related to your project proposal with the class)
Creative Practitioners must attend, or have previously attended, the two-day LCS training session provided
by ACW prior to project commencement. Training sessions will take place on 16th and 17th November, and 21st and 22nd,November 2016.
Practitioners who have previously undergone Creative Agent Training only need to attend a one-day session on 18th November 2016.