Director of Drama, Caterham, Surrey

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Woldingham SchoolCaterham, Surrey

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Start date: Required from September 2018 or January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

We are looking for an excellent Director of Drama with a passion for education. The post will suit a well-qualified individual, committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for every pupil. Drama is a popular and successful subject at Woldingham. The department consists of a team of four highly committed Drama Teachers who work with a focus on independent learning. There is a culture of sharing resources and ideas. 

Woldingham students are passionate about Drama and achieve an extremely high standard of performance. Drama is a popular GCSE and A Level option and students currently follow the AQA GCSE Drama and AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies courses. Girls’ commitment is extremely high and extra-curricular Drama has an important role in the life of the school. A minimum of three major productions are staged in the auditorium each year, in addition to the evening performance of examination work and other Drama Studio performances reflecting the interests and talents of the students. A busy programme of weekly Drama clubs and rehearsals operates after school and on some Saturday mornings, and some whole-weekends, throughout the school year. The Millennium Centre provides outstanding facilities for the performance of Drama comprising a well-equipped main auditorium with industry standard sound and lighting control rooms large enough to accommodate small teaching groups. There are also two specialist teaching rooms, a fully equipped studio theatre with its own lighting and sound system, a sewing room and wardrobe area, two dressing rooms, a scenery dock and a number of costume and props stores. The department receives support from the Theatre Team. 

The ability to teach Drama across all Key Stages and up to A Level is essential, combined with first-rate organisational, team working and ICT skills. 

Woldingham is a happy and successful Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 and is firmly established as one of the top girls’ independent schools in the UK, outperforming many schools that are far more selective in their admissions process. Central to this achievement is Woldingham’s academic enrichment and extra-curricular programmes, pastoral support and caring community. Close to London, yet in an outstandingly beautiful rural setting, Woldingham has a strong community and culture building on a proud heritage that stretches back 175 years. We are committed to an exciting future that is underpinned by fresh ideas, an innovative spirit and state-of-the-art facilities.

Salary: Competitive. All staff receive free lunches and refreshments. 

Please visit our website to download an application form. Once completed, return it to with a supporting letter no later than 9am on Monday 16 April 2018. Interviews will be held on w/c 23 April 2018.

Please note applications will be considered on receipt. We reserve the right to appoint before the closing date should a suitable application be received.

Woldingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS report will be required for the successful candidate. 

Professional development and staff welfare

Our professional team of staff is Woldingham’s greatest asset, and we want to ensure that everyone is supported to work in an effective, enjoyable and fulfilling way. Staff Development is a high priority, with induction and mentoring programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers and new colleagues, plus an annual cycle of Personal Professional Development planning for all colleagues.

Staff are welcome to use our range of outstanding facilities including the gym, squash and tennis courts and the swimming pool. Our Staffroom Committee organises regular social events, and individual members of staff have organised yoga classes and reflexology on site. 

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More about Woldingham School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Marden Park, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7YA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1883 349431
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Woldingham School is a school with history, a legacy of Sacred Heart principles and values. These values refer to educating girls considering: respect for oneself and others, social awareness, a sense of community, and self-realisation, through the C...