Required from September 2019, a committed theatre practitioner and excellent teacher with the energy, commitment, experience and vision to develop Drama and Oracy within the School, both in and outside the classroom. The current range and standard of drama productions, both in the Girls’ Division and jointly with the Boys’ Division, is superb and has the potential for even further development. The new Director of Theatre Studies, Speech and Drama will be expected to take a leading role in at least two productions every academic year. This is a significant and prestigious role which would suit an ambitious, suitably qualified individual with the ability and desire to make a significant impact on the success of the Girls’ Division and the Bolton School Foundation as a whole.
The successful applicant will have a proven track record in terms of directing creative, innovative productions as well as in helping students achieve examination success. The new Director of Theatre Studies, Speech and Drama will be the public face of the department and will have the ability to share his/her passion for Drama with children, parents and colleagues. S/he will be prepared to play a significant role in the wider life of the school, by promoting and developing extracurricular and enrichment activities and taking a lead in whole-school and Foundation events. S/he will be expected to demonstrate a full commitment to school improvement in terms of both curricular and extra-curricular development. S/he will play a major role in developing the girls’ speaking skills, including through debating and public speaking competitions. S/he will oversee the delivery of Theatre Studies at A Level and of Drama within the current English curriculum at Key Stage 3. S/he will also contribute to the teaching of English at a level appropriate to his/her skill set.
S/he will possess the flair and academic, educational and organisational experience to succeed in a post of this standing. S/he will have the talent and drive to initiate and develop innovative ideas and to deal effectively with the administrative and technical detail of the job, including all aspects of health and safety. S/he will be committed to the welfare and individual development of all pupils in his/her care.
Key Stage 3 Drama is currently taught within the English Department in a fortnightly fifty minute lesson held in the Theatre or the Sutcliffe Drama Studio. Girls follow a programme of study which introduces them to both theatre history and performance and rehearsal techniques. Each unit focuses on vocal and practical skill as well as introducing students to design aspects of theatre: the programme supports personal development as well as subject specific learning. Year 8 pupils also take the ESB Speaking Examination as part of their English course.
Theatre Studies is offered at Key Stage 5 and the Eduquas course is currently taught by the Girls’ Division to both girls and boys. In most years there is a viable cohort of students wishing to study the subject and we hope that this number will increase with the appointment of a new Director of Drama and the increase of girls in the Sixth Form from September 2020.
For further details, including information about the school’s last inspection report please visit the School’s website (www.boltonschool.org) or contact the Headmistress’s PA, Miss Hannah Caulfield, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on 01204 840201. Applications must be made online at
Prospective candidates are welcome to speak to the Headmistress or a member of the Senior Leadership Team in advance of their application. They are also welcome to visit the School on a working day or out of hours.
Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 27th February. If candidates are called for interview, they will be notified by email no later than Thursday 28th February. Interviews will be held on either Tuesday 5th March, Monday 11th March, or Thursday 14th March.
Bolton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to equality and diversity in all aspects of employment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Check for Regulated Activity.