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Head of Performing Arts, Junior School

Head of Performing Arts, Junior School

The Portsmouth Grammar School


  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
19 February 2018

Job overview

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and experienced individual to this exciting new role in our Junior School. 

Performing Arts is a significant and much loved aspect of our provision and will require a leader with great energy and vision to further enhance our excellent programme. 

The successful applicant will also assume responsibility for the Drama curriculum and be a Form Teacher.

Overview -  Performing Arts 

Performing Arts (PA) is a very well established and much loved aspect of the Junior School curriculum, where music, dance and drama combine to provide unique opportunities for our children to develop personal and subject specific skills.  Our Junior pupils (Years 3-6) have two PA session every week as part of their taught curriculum, rotating around the three disciplines. In these lessons the children learn the skills and craft associated to each element via fun and stimulating activities and lessons.  Through their annual year group musical productions, staged in our own 300 seat theatre, the children also learn how the disciplines combine. Performance is the key element of our provision and every child is involved in our spectacular and ambitious productions. Regular assemblies and services at Portsmouth Cathedral also provide an opportunity for the PA programme to be given centre stage. 

Head of Performing Arts - The Role 

The successful applicant will head up the PA team overseeing the curriculum provision; its planning, review and development, as well as the four annual year group productions, Cathedral assemblies and services and any other associated outreach, co-curricular or community events. The Head of PA will liaise closely with the Junior School’s Senior Leadership Team, providing strategic vision and planning to ensure the programme develops and embracing new opportunities. They will also work closely with the Deputy Head on logistics. As PA will be receiving a major boost school wide with a new and exciting music facility due to be built, the Junior School Head of PA will be expected to liaise with Senior School colleagues on a whole school programme of opportunity and learning.  Historically, the PA team has worked closely together so the Head of PA will be expected to maintain this approach and also provide inspiration, support and leadership to those involved.

Additional Information 

The Head of PA will also assume responsibility for the planning and delivery of the drama element of the PA programme (see Head of PA Job Description), making the most of the dedicated Drama Studio facility. They will also assume a Form Teacher role (see Form Teacher Job Description) teaching Mathematics and English and being responsible for their Form group’s pastoral care (Years 3-6). There may also be an opportunity to become a Junior Housemaster/mistress in our House system.

PGS is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure DBS check.

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About The Portsmouth Grammar School

Founded in 1732, The Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) is a co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 2½ - 18 years, situated in the heart of Portsmouth, Hampshire.  This thriving school is just a stone’s throw from the Solent and comprises of a Pre-School, Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form, providing the very best education to 1,348 pupils.

Aims and Values

The school aims for member of its community to be both happy and successful, with the purpose of the school to offer an outstanding education that prepares each individual to lead a fulfilled and purposeful life. At the heart of everything is the PGS Core. By being part of the school community, each person aspires to the attributes of curiosity, creativity, courage, commitment, compassion and collaboration.

ISI Report 2022

During an ISI Inspection in late 2022 both the achievement of the pupils, including their academic development and the personal development of the pupils were found to be excellent - the highest possible classification. The Inspection also looked at the School’s compliance with the regulatory standards and requirements. PGS met all the standards required.


Mr David Wickes

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