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Assistant Director of Music - Academic (KS3, 4 & 5)

Surbiton High Senior SchoolSurbiton, Greater London

Assistant Director of Music - Academic (KS3, 4 & 5)

Location: Surbiton, Surrey

Salary: United Learning Pay Structure

Start Date: September 2022

Closing Date: 8:00am, Friday 28 January 2022

Interviews to be held week commencing: 7 February 2022

The candidate would join a large and successful music department which prepares pupils to perform music at over sixty School events each academic year, and within which over four-hundred music lessons take place each week. The department achieves highly successful results at KS4 and 5 and is ambitious for the outcomes of its’ pupils. The Assistant Director of Music (Academic) works closely with the Director of Music and plays a key role in leadership and strategic planning of the department, which comprises eleven members of staff and over twenty-five visiting staff members. The candidate would take lead responsibility for the academic provision and outcomes of students in the Senior School at all Key Stages, under the guidance of the Director of Music.

Additional context:

  • The Music Department is anticipating its’ largest cohort of A Level pupils for September 2022
  • The Edexcel syllabus is taught at GCSE
  • The Eduqas syllabus is taught at A Level
  • Year-on-year we have pupils continue their music studies at degree level, including at institutions such as Oxbridge and conservatoire


Key Responsibilities:

  • To establish and lead the Academic branch of the Music Department’s vision: ‘Music: The New Generation’
  • To establish and lead a vision for Academic Mastery
  • Responsible for the curriculum content and academic progress of pupils in Years 7 to 13 in curricular music lessons. This includes the teaching of GCSE and A-level Music
  • Responsible for facilitating ‘good uptake’ of GCSE and A Level Music, and beyond
  • To establish, lead and facilitate the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 and from Year 9 to Year 10



  • Responsible for managing and monitoring the Senior School curricular teaching carried out by other Music Department staff, under the guidance of the Director of Music
  • Providing Senior School teaching staff with feedback on lesson observation and the quality of marking and progress made by their students, under the guidance of the Director of Music. This information, alongside the monitoring of co-curricular contributions by teaching staff, will be used to inform the completion of the yearly appraisals which are completed by the Director of Music



  • With the support of the Department Staff, the Assistant Director of Music (Academic) is responsible for compiling and updating key documents for the teaching, assessment and promotion of curricular music, including but not exclusively: Departmental schemes of work, a coursework recording and submission calendar, internal written exams and tests, exam entry sheets, mark sheets for recording and tracking pupil performance in internal assessments, and information for pupils and parents about the music curriculum
  • With the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music (Academic) is responsible for allocating classes [and teaching spaces] to Department staff across the Senior School
  • To represent the Music Department at Parents’ Evenings and other external events
  • Responsible for purchasing and maintaining the equipment and textbooks used in the music classrooms for curricular teaching, and for planning future spending on classroom equipment by contributing to the Department's budget request
  • Responsible for communicating with IT support staff and for putting strategies in place to maintain the Department's classroom equipment in working order
  • Tracking changes to the GCSE and A-level specifications, drawing these changes to the attention of Department colleagues, researching new resources, including software, which may enhance the Department's teaching. This may include proposing and assisting with specification changes, under the guidance of the Director of Music
  • To maintain accurate and up-to-date records which signals the outcomes of all pupils at Key Stages 3, 4, and 5
  • To facilitate intervention at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 as required, under the guidance of the Director of Music
  • To promote and facilitate up-to-date CPD for classroom staff across all Key Stages


Curricular Teaching

  • Leading the teaching of curricular music in the Department by modelling excellent practice in the teaching of Senior School pupils and by sharing and organising resources
  • Coordinating, and playing a key role in the recording, collection, marking and moderation of controlled assessment and GCSE/ A-level coursework
  • Coordinating, and playing a key role in the programme of support required by GCSE and A-level pupils outside lesson time, in the form of co-curricular clinics, rehearsals, detentions and communications with parents
  • Responsible for organising programmes of observation and feedback between Department colleagues.
  • To teach in the Prep Schools, as allocated by the Director of Music


Co-curricular Activities

  • The Assistant Director of Music (Academic) plays a full role in the co-curricular musical life of the School
  • Contributing not only to co-curricular activities of the Senior Girls’ School, but also to those of the Prep Schools, as allocated by the Director of Music
  • Directing ensembles (which may include choirs, bands and chamber groups): rehearsing and directing groups in weekly rehearsals and termly performances, selecting and preparing sheet music, preparing the rehearsal space, recruiting members, monitoring attendance and following up absences
  • Rehearsing with other groups and individuals in preparation for performances including the School's musical production and other platform events


Please see the attached job description for the person specification

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Closing date for Applications: 8.00am Friday 28 January 2022

Interviews to be held week commencing: 7 February 2022

Surbiton High School is culturally diverse and fully committed to celebrating, respecting and learning about inclusion and diversity throughout the community.

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process. If you are contracted to a full term’s notice and require an interview prior to 1 September in order to tender your notice before the start of the Autumn term, please do let us know asap via

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