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Head of Music

Heartlands High SchoolHaringey

Heartlands High School, part of the Heartlands Community Trust, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and young people. The successful applicant will therefore be required to complete checks in line with the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education with regard to DBS and other pre-employment checks.

We encourage applications from all sectors of the community to reflect our diverse student population.

Head of Music

Closing Date: 10 a.m. on Monday 19th April 2021

Salary: MPS + TLR2B (Inner London rate)

Location: Haringey

Contract type: Full time

Contract term: 1-year Maternity contract

Start date: 1st September 2021

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic teacher to lead our Music Department for this 1-year maternity cover. This would be an ideal post for a teacher with several years’ experience who is looking to gain experience of leading a department, or for someone who has existing leadership experience who wants to contribute to the ongoing development of Music at Heartlands High School.

Heartlands High School is a great place to work. We aim to cultivate teachers that are passionate about their subjects and seek to teach exciting lessons which engage learners. We encourage teaching that is innovative. We support our staff with an appraisal model that encourages development rather than a rigid approach to graded lessons. Our continuing professional development ensures that staff work together to improve their practice. We empower staff to deliver great lessons through a high expectations culture within the school that supports them in managing behaviour effectively through strong systems.

We have a strong tradition of Music at Heartlands High School. Widening opportunities for all students no matter what their background sits at the heart of our ethos. As such, we have recently established a Year 7 Music Scholarship Programme and invested in a full set of Steel Pans to expand our range of enrichment activities in music. We are looking for a candidate who will continue to nurture and develop our extra curricular offer for students in partnership with Haringey Music Service alongside outstanding classroom provision. In the Academic Year 2021-22 we will be focusing on a recovery curriculum with our students, ensuring that they are given the opportunities to catch up on learning that was disrupted over the course of the pandemic, particularly with regard to practical music making in the classroom.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that our teachers gain the right development to ensure a successful career. We have a strong record in securing promotion. Our recent Ofsted quoted; ’Leaders have been able to cultivate an ethos of focusing on the needs of individual pupils. Pupils irrespective of their starting points, receive a range of support. Many pupils make very good progress…’ (Ofsted 2016)

The School is in the heart of Wood Green close to shops, over ground, underground and bus links. You will be joining an energetic and dedicated team of teachers working to provide an excellent education to a group of diverse and rewarding young people.


With support from the Head of Arts the successful candidate will be required to:

● lead the development of the subject area as outlined below, ensuring that Music teaching in the school is inspiring, engaging and inclusive

● design SEARCH days as required

● contribute to our pathways curriculum by creating relevant and personalised routes of study

● set up and develop highly engaging enrichment within Music including running the Year 7 Music Scholarship programme, inspiring school trips and regular performances

● work within and contribute to the larger Arts faculty

● contribute to whole school learning and support the whole school literacy programme

● play an active role as a tutor within a vertical structure as outlined below

● ensure the behaviour management system is implemented in the subject area so that effective learning can take place.


For further information, please contact our HR department at HR@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk

Unfortunately, we are unable to show candidates around during this time but we are happy to answer any questions that you may have or have a Zoom conversation with you. You can access some virtual tours and our prospectus on our website at www.heartlands.haringey.sch.uk

Applications should be completed by 10 a.m. on Monday 19th April 2021. Interview date TBC.

NB:  Please note that CV's or incomplete application forms will not be considered. Only those that are shortlisted will be contacted by the school. Applications may be considered whilst the posts are being advertised. Heartlands Community Trust reserves the right to close adverts earlier than the stated deadline. We advise early applications are submitted.

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