Teacher of Music, Westminster

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King Solomon AcademyWestminster

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

This is a unique opportunity to play a vital role in the development of our Orchestra Programme and contribute to the life of our outstanding music specialist all-through school, which seeks to redefine what is possible in education.

We seek an enthusiastic and talented teacher, ready to deliver great learning within and beyond the curriculum and in our specialist subject and by doing so, to have a huge impact on the futures of our pupils.

We are looking for a teacher to join our music department to contribute to the school’s ground-breaking orchestra programme where all pupils learn a string instrument. We need an exceptional and inspirational music teacher to serve as a role model to our pupils by teaching them in the development of their musical ability, self-confidence and aspirations.

Our ambitious goal is for all of our pupils to become highly accomplished and successful musicians in our string orchestra. We believe all pupils, with the right role models, expectations and teaching can learn to love and excel at playing a string instrument, irrespective of their starting point.

King Solomon Academy aims to transform the lives of its pupils, 65% of whom come from the 1% most deprived communities in the country. Our mission is to provide a rigorous education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond, irrespective of their starting point. Our teachers do whatever it takes to make this vision a reality. The staff culture of KSA is one of mission aligned teamwork and shared professional development so that as individuals and as a school we can provide the very best education for the children we serve.

We are looking for an inspiring teacher and leader who is passionate about inclusive, joyful and high-quality music-making. Music is at the heart of our school community. Students have four hours of music at week at Key Stage 3 and two hours a week at Key Stage 2. We believe every child is a musician, but only engaging teachers with a growth mindset can help them develop to their full potential. Our goal is for all of our pupils to become expressive, confident and technically accomplished singers, African drummers, string players, composers and keyboard players, irrespective of their starting point. We want a teacher who values these different musical voices, but is also passionate about the potential of our core strings programme.

Alongside teaching a rich and varied music curriculum, you will also contribute to the school’s ground-breaking and transformational KS2 & KS3 instrumental programme where all pupils learn a string instrument from the age of 8. Our instrumental programme replaces a traditional peripatetic model with an inclusive one and helps students to develop, not only a new musical voice, but also a practise ethic and the skills to become lifelong learners. Our vibrant whole year-group string rehearsals are the highlight of the week and our students have toured Austria, Spain and nationally.

King Solomon Academy is achieving remarkable things. In our first four years of GCSE results we have regularly achieved nationally ground-breaking outcomes, including being the top 1% for pupil progress every year, and in three of the last four years we have been in the top 10 schools in the country.

KSA is rare in that it is a genuine all-through school. Our pupils join at 3 years old and stay with us until they are 18. By joining KSA you play a part in showing what is possible when children’s education is seen as a long term commitment.

Professionally, it also provides teachers and leaders with a unique opportunity to have impact across all phases of learning.

In this role you will:

  • Have the opportunity to teach across age ranges within all-through experience of musicianship for our pupils
  • Be part of nationally ground-breaking music practices
  • Join an already talented team of music teachers who you can learn from
  • Be developed as an exceptional teacher capable of driving ground-breaking educational outcomes for pupils from an economically deprived background
  • Have the opportunity to take on additional leadership responsibilities as you develop, including senior leadership
  • Join the Ark network, accessing comprehensive development opportunities

To apply, follow the link at http://kingsolomonacademy.org/current-vacancies by 11am on Friday 28th June 2018. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the PA to the Principal, Shaheen Riaz, at s.riaz@kingsolomonacademy.org and 0207 563 6901.

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More about King Solomon Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Penfold Street, London, NW1 6RX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7563 6900
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