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Job details
Employer Bishopsgate School
Location Surrey
Salary The school operates its own generous pay structure which reflects the level of responsibility of the post, but also the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent Suitable for NQTs
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts Sept 17 - Jan 18 according to contractual obligation

Director of Music

Bishopsgate is a happy and successful school with 360 delightful children, aged 3 - 13. The school has a strong sense of community and our parents are extremely supportive of their children and of the school. Set in beautiful woodland, Bishopsgate is blessed with an absolutely glorious learning environment, bordering Windsor Great Park and yet only 30 minutes by train from London. 

We think Bishopsgate is a magical and special place, a happy and busy place of learning. It is a co-educational day Prep School and is divided into three sections: Upper School (Years 5 to 8), Middle School (Years 3 and 4) and Lower School (Nursery to Year 2) There are two classes in each year with a third class every other year from Year 3 upwards. It is a school with a long and distinguished record; we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of a school on this site during 2006. 

The school is superbly equipped with new classroom blocks for Lower and Upper School, Science Laboratory, ICT Suite, Library, Performing Arts Studio, Art and Design Technology Studios, a multi-purpose Sports Hall, Astroturf Pitch, new Indoor 25-metre Swimming Pool, and extensive Playing Fields. Of particular interest will be the newly extended and extremely well resourced Music House.

We are seeking a well-qualified and enthusiastic teacher to take up the role of Director of Music. The department is vibrant and extremely busy with a high percentage of pupils learning instruments, a very large choir, and formal and informal performances taking place throughout the year both within the school and at external venues. Examination results are excellent and the school places an extremely high emphasis on music in the curriculum and in the wider life of the school.

This role commences in September 17, but we appreciate that, due to the timing of recruitment, contractual obligations may mean that the successful candidate is unable to take up post until Jan 18.

The role broadly divides into three areas:

Delivery of the Music Curriculum

Each class in the School, from Nursery upwards, has two music lessons per week. They vary in length from twenty minutes to an hour. The curriculum follows the National Curriculum guidance and offers a wide variety of opportunities to create, learn about and enjoy Music – from classical to rock, from traditional European to African. At present, the Director of Music delivers the curriculum from Year 3 to Year 8.

Instrumental Lessons

The Director of Music oversees a Department which offers tuition in brass, woodwind, keyboard, piano, voice, strings and percussion. This involves creating the timetables for fourteen peripatetic staff and administering the regular Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams programme which our pupils are encouraged to follow.

Concerts and Events

There are two major musical events each year – a Summer Concert and our Carol Service. In addition, there are informal concerts and the musical element of our termly productions. The Director of Music prepares the pupils for these events as well as accompanying many of their performances. The School also has a range of small-group instrumentalists – string groups, brass groups, flute groups and an orchestra, as well as a Junior and Senior Choir. The Director of Music is also involved in assemblies and hymn practices both as an accompanist and in preparing the pupils to perform informally in assembly.

The successful candidate will fulfil these criteria:

· Excellent teaching skills and total commitment to the life of the school

· Highly talented musician

· Ability to inspire pupils; a firm but kind disciplinarian

· Experienced teacher with a firm grasp of current educational thinking

· Articulate and confident with a flair for communication and promotion of the school

· In good health with the energy and drive to cope with a demanding and key role in the school community

· Excellent leadership skills; the ability to lead and to stimulate loyalty in a team of peripatetic teachers 

The rate of pay is considerably higher than national pay scales and salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s level of experience. 

Job description, person specification and an application form are available to download from 

Closing Date: 16.00 Friday 21st April 2017

Due to the timing of this opportunity, some interviews may take place before the closing date.

Please return completed application forms to or by post to Recruitment Administrator, Bishopsgate School, Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, Surrey TW20 0YJ. 

Bishopsgate School is committed to providing a safe environment for its pupils and staff. Applicants for this post will be required to provide proof of identity at interview and undergo an enhanced DBS check before starting work. 

About the employer

Locations and contacts

Bishopsgate Road
Englefield Green
TW20 0YJ
United Kingdom
+44 1784 430460