Vice Principal, Manchester

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Chetham's School of MusicManchester

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
Contract term: Permanent

Based in central Manchester, Chetham’s is not only the largest specialist music school for students aged 8-18 in the UK, but is also recognised as a national and international resource for music education.

The recent appointment of Alun Jones as Principal has been heralded as a really positive and forward looking move for the School. Alun is focused and committing himself to the School’s continued strategic development, its future proofing and developing the brand internationally. To allow this to happen, Alun is restructuring the leadership of the School and as a consequence has created the new and crucial role of Vice Principal.

Fundamentally, the Vice Principal role is all about supporting the Principal with the day-to-day running of the school. A remit that encompasses all aspects of staff performance and motivation, teaching and learning, providing vision and direction with the aim of delivering a balance between academic success and musical excellence. Equally you will be responsible for student development, wellbeing and welfare; and as a member of the School’s Leadership Group together with the Bursar and Director of Music, policy and procedures, budgets and financial planning and governance.

For the right person this an exciting opportunity, a chance to shape the role and really make it your own. The right person being someone who aspires to being a Head, but views this role as a crucial next step in their professional development.

So in addition to your ambition, you will already have a track record of experience and success in the classroom and more importantly proven leadership and management skills either as a Deputy Head or Head or Department. It’s important that your style is collaborative, collegiate and about building positive and effective working relationships at all levels, based on mutual respect. Equally, you’re someone who can operate successfully in a creative and vibrant learning environment, and with such a unique student community.

For a full job description, further information and to apply, please go to

Closing date: 20 April 2018.
First interview: 14 May 2018.
Second interview: 17 May 2018.

Chetham’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Registered Charity No. 526702.

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More about Chetham's School of Music
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 8 - 18 years
Address: Long Millgate, Manchester, Lancashire, M3 1SB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 161 8349644
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Chetham’s School of Music is an independent, mainstream school with a sixth form, for children between the ages of eight and 18. The co-educational establishment, based in Long Millgate, Manchester, currently teaches 298 musically gifted pupils, 144 ...