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Music Lead

Isaac Newton AcademyRedbridge

The opportunity 

We are delighted to announce that INA has just been named the “Outstanding School Music Department” at the national Music and Drama Education Awards 2021.  Last year we were identified by OFSTED and the DFE as being “clearly in the top 5 comprehensives nationally for quality and consistency of music GCSE results.” External recognition like this is nice, but what truly sets us apart is our vision for a truly inclusive music education.

We are excited to offer the new post of Music Lead.  We are looking for an experienced and inspirational teacher of music to work alongside the Director of Music & Big Band to lead and develop one of the most successful music departments in the country.  

Our Key Stage 3 students receive two hours of music teaching per week, one hour of core music and one hour of group instrumental tuition. 

Music is exceptionally well resourced: We have two Mac Suites, a large set of practice rooms, a recording studio, three full-sized classrooms and a large department of seven teachers.

During KS3 core music lessons we workshop a variety of styles of music from all over the world.  We perform and compose as a whole class through singing, drumming and using a range of other instruments as authentically as possible. At KS3, classes become a beat-boxing troop, a choir, music technicians, African drummers, dhol groups, film composers, protest song-writers, Romantic Orchestras, band members and much more.  This curriculum is also geared towards developing students’ musical identity in one or more areas along well-planned and well-trodden roots of progression from absolute beginner to expert A level proficiency without the requirement for additional peripatetic support.

Our GCSE uptake and results place us in the top 5 comprehensive schools in the country.  This year we have over 100 GCSE music students, an incredible number for a school with a cohort like ours, and we are always aiming to attract more. 

We have a large A level class this year in which all students relying on instrumental skills developed free-of-charge within classroom music lessons.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a growth mindset and deeply believe in the capacity of all children to develop musically. They would be expected to line manage, develop and support multiple music teachers. They must be able to teach exemplary KS3, GCSE and A Level music lessons.  It would be desirable for the candidate to be a confident vocal performer and inspiring choir leader.  

To get a better flavour of music at INA watch these videos: 


The successful candidate will:

• be an outstanding teacher with a proven track record of securing excellent outcomes 

• have up-to-date knowledge of subject curricula and assessment requirements for English

• be passionate about English education and the development of our students’ literacy

• have some experience of leadership within a secondary school

• have the potential to move into senior leadership in the future

To apply 

For further information on this brilliant opportunity as well as the fantastic benefits available, please see the job description and person specification below. 

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