Head of Academic Music, Northamptonshire

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Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

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Start date: To start in September 2020 with an induction in the last week of August
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Salary on the generous Oundle pay scale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Oundle School is one of the country’s leading HMC co-educational boarding and day schools, and enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence supported by outstanding pastoral care.  

To start in September 2020 with an induction in the last week of August, we are seeking a Head of Academic Music to be responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority and that the highest possible standards in work and conduct are achieved throughout the department. You will be dynamic and committed as a classroom teacher and will contribute your own particular strengths and skills to the future development of the department.  

For the suitable candidate, the position of School Organist may also be available.  

The Music Department is housed in an old Georgian Rectory, now the Gascoigne Building, providing an attractive and well-equipped environment for music education near the centre of the School and the town.

The School has a deservedly formidable reputation for music and the department presently consists of the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music, School Organist, five Heads of Instrument specialising in Wind, Brass, String, Singing and Piano, a Music Technician and an academic Music Teacher. It is supported by a team of part-time visiting instrumental teachers and a full-time secretary.

Academic Music is taught in classes to all First and Second Form pupils (years 7 and 8).

Pupils in the Third Form choose to study the subject as one of three practical choices out of six. GCSE and A Level have good numbers of pupils in each year group (around 25 and 7 respectively) studying the Edexcel syllabus, along with a Sixth Form Diploma course option. We typically see around eight pupils a year taking diplomas, and one or two going on to study music at Conservatoire and University. The Music School has good facilities for music production and composition work for GCSE and A level. There are weekly classes in theory and aural training.

Oundle is a historic market town in Northamptonshire famous for its beautiful Georgian streets and impressive limestone buildings. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl Theatre. For those moving into the area, accommodation may be available at a discounted rate. Other benefits include a salary on the generous Oundle pay scale.

An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website www.oundleschool.org.uk/Employment-Opportunities.   

Closing date: Monday 24 February 2020 (9 am)

Interview date: Monday 2 March 2020

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 



More about Oundle School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Oundle, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 4GH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1832 277112
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Location and introduction 

Oundle School is one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools, situated in the charming market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. London is just an hour away by train via Peterborough and Cambridge i...