Curriculum Leader – Performing Arts with Music Specialism, Barnet

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Copthall SchoolBarnet

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Start date: MPR/UPR & TLR - Competitive subject to experience
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Curriculum Leader – Performing Arts with Music Specialism

MPR/UPR & TLR – (Salary open to negotiations for outstanding Candidates) 

Do you share our values of Respect, Equality for All, Support and Safety, Aspiration and Responsibility?  We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative person who has a specialism in music with an enthusiasm for Performing Arts.  The school promotes creative subjects and the successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Dance department to continue to build the profile of the performing arts.

The successful candidate will above all have excellent leadership and classroom skills and be able to play a full role in the development of Music, and  Drama and work collaboratively with Dance colleagues within the school. The detailed role will be subject to negotiation.

For the third year running, we celebrated another very successful year in our examination results.  Our P8 score is +0.89, which places us in the top 1% in the country for progress.  90% of English grades were 9-4 with increases in outcomes for both Maths and Science.   One of our students was the highest achieving history student in the whole country and gained a suite of grade 8s & 9s.   Our A-level results were equally impressive with our A*-C grades increasing from 61% in 2018 to 74%.  In addition to this, students who sat vocational subjects did equally well with the average grade a Merit+

Copthall School prides itself on educating 21st century women for successful careers in STEM, human, social and health sciences, performing arts and creative industries.  Our thriving Sixth Form, which is in the top 12% of schools for A Level results, offers both A-Level and Vocational pathways and we boast an excellent success rate in University applications. 

Copthall has seen rapid improvements in standards across the school. Following our Ofsted inspection in May 2018.  Copthall has been awarded ‘Good’ status “By implementing systems to raise staffs and pupils’ aspirations, leaders have established a culture of high expectations.  As a result, the school has secured marked improvements to learning and pupil’s progress”.  The full report can be accessed using the following link:

This role offers excellent opportunities for the right candidate to develop the department and build stronger links with the partnership we have with Mill Hill Foundation School and our Primary feeder schools. We are looking for a passionate teacher who shares our desire for celebrating creativity and nurturing a love of the performing arts.  The successful candidate will make a wide and varied contribution to overall life at our school while also raising the profile of the performing arts. 

Applications are welcome from both experienced teachers and those seeking progression to a middle leader appointment.

The successful candidate will:

• be capable of excellent quality teaching, working with others to develop Music, Dance and Drama within the school. 

• be an excellent leader with a passion for teaching, learning, and totally committed to quality education.

• play a strategic role and lead in the development and delivery of the Performing Arts curriculum.  

• be someone with an enthusiasm for Performing Arts, who is a creative thinker and has a clear vision and direction

• have the proven ability to think strategically and inspire and promote high expectations to raise standards

• be committed to our values and ethos of high expectations and no excuses with the belief that every child can succeed

• have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of pupils

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

• Join a supportive team that has a good track record for student outcomes

• Access to continuous staff development. All staff receive coaching as part of our Incremental Coaching Programme and we strongly support NPQML & NPQSL

• Benefit from our Employee Assistance Programme (Wellbeing)

Visits to the school are welcome and encouraged. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange this. 

Copthall School is committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.  

Appointment is subject to a clear enhanced DBS check.

Application forms must be completed and are available from the School website: or by phoning the school office on 020 8959 1937.   Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Completed forms should be returned directly to Copthall School at the above address or via email to

Closing date:  Monday 30th March 2020 (12 noon) - Applications will be assessed as they are received and interviews may occur at any stage via Skype during the recruitment process.

More about Copthall School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Pursley Road, Mill Hill, London, NW7 2EP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8959 1937
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Copthall School prides itself on educating 21st century women for successful careers in STEM, human, social and health sciences, performing arts and creative industries. We have approximately 1000 students on role, 120 of which are enrolled in our th...