Kent College Pembury excels in adding value to its pupils both academically and pastorally. We are seeking for a well-qualified, forward-looking music graduate to cover Maternity Leave with all-round musical interests to share teaching from Year 7 to A level, for one year.
The department comprises the Director of Music, a Second in Department, plus an assistant teacher. Currently they all teach GCSE and A-level students. There are currently 16 peripatetic music teachers (instrumental and singing), some of whom are common to both the Preparatory and Senior Schools. The music department is housed in a purpose-built facility, with 11 rooms.
There is a wide range of choirs and orchestras, including Senior Choir, Lower School Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, String Chamber groups, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Soul Band, Senior Flute, Intermediate Flute and Junior Flute Choirs and Boarders’ Band.
There are many opportunities for performances including large-scale works (Chichester Psalms last year, Messiah in March) as well as less formal concerts in the Organ Room or Music Centre.
There has been a close association with the Drama department for many years working towards the production of musicals (eg Carousel, Evita, Carmen and Phantom of the Opera), and in providing incidental music for other drama productions.
The department is committed to music within our local community. Kent College is a venue for the annual Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival. The school is used for the Associated Board Centre examinations for external candidates as well as our own students. Examination results are consistently high, with pupils regularly achieving Grades 6, 7 and 8. Music scholarships are offered at 11+, 13+ and ‘A’ level. Public results have been particularly pleasing with 100% A-C grades at both GCSE and A-level, and a number of students going to university to read music.