Head of Instrument (Woodwind & Percussion), Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Oundle SchoolPeterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Following the retirement of our Head of Woodwind and Percussion, we are looking for an outstanding successor.

Oundle School is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools, with 860 boarding and 250 day pupils. A further 250 day pupils attend Laxton Junior School.  

Oundle School enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence as the core of an all-round education supported by outstanding pastoral care and is renowned for the quality of its teaching of music. Developments over recent years have sought among other things to support the love of learning in all pupils by developing the non-examined curriculum. 

The Music Department presently consists of the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music and School Organist, four Heads of Instruments specialising in Wind, Brass, String and Piano, a Music Technician, Academic Music Teacher and Music Fellow. It is supported by a team of part-time visiting instrumental teachers and a full-time secretary.

Music is taught in classes to all First and Second Forms (11 – 13 years). Pupils in the Third Form choose to study the subject as one of three practical choices out of six. GCSE, A Level and Music Technology A Levels are courses offered, along with a 6th form Diploma course option. The Music School has good facilities for technology in music and these play an important part in studio work, the music tech academic options and compositional work for GCSE/A level. There are weekly classes in theory and aural training. 

To start September 2018, we are seeking a Head of Instrument for Woodwind & Percussion to be responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority and that the highest possible standards in work and conduct are achieved throughout the department. They will demonstrate a positive working style with enthusiasm and commitment, leading their team by example. The Head of Instrument will advise the Director of Music on specialist issues and developments relating to the teaching of lessons in their department(s), including the suitability of music for concerts, conservatoire entrance, Music Scholars, and any other matters in which the Director of Music may seek assistance.

Applicants must have a Performance Diploma or Music degree and display evidence of continuing professional development. Multi-instrument skills to a high performance standard is essential, as is specialism in the field of Woodwind playing and professional playing experience. You must have Previous Teaching experience of 1:1 and larger ensembles of all ages and standards and be able to teach beginners through to Diploma standard. 

All members of the academic staff contribute to the School’s extensive co-curricular provision and are expected to fully participate in the boarding school life that encompasses some evening and weekend duties. 

An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website www.oundleschool.org.uk/Employment-Opportunities. 

Application closing date: 5th March 2018 (9am)

Interview dates: 13th and 19th March 2018

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Oundle, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 4GH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1832 277112
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Oundle School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school based in Northamptonshire for students aged 11-18. 

Oundle School was established in 1556. It is run as a charitable trust and is administered by a governing body, which inclu...