Head of Academic Music, Wiltshire

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St Mary's CalneWiltshire

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Start date: April or September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £40 - £45Depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London

St Mary’s Calne is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education.   It has around 365 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form.   As well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community. 


St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects.  As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance.  The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne.  These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.


An exciting new role has been created within our outstanding Music Department.  The role of Head of Academic Music would suit an an experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational graduate, with outstanding inter-personal skills, who can lead and manage our excellent Music curriculum.  We would expect the successful candidate to be able to teach at all levels of the school, as well as taking the lead in overseeing and developing the broad ranging academic programme, which is a key element of the Music Department.

In addition, for the right aspirational candidate who would relish the prospect of further developing his/her experience, there is an opportunity to take on the role of Director of Music to cover a period of maternity leave.

The Music Department is based in a purpose built block which is well equipped with instruments, PCs, up to date teaching resources and a recording studio.  In addition to curriculum music, around 75% of pupils take individual instrument or singing lessons and there are currently around 30 Music and Choral Scholars.  

Music holds an important place at the heart of St Mary’s Calne featuring prominently in events such as Confirmation, Carol Service and Founders’ Day.  The department works to develop individual talents, while seeking to bring the whole community together through music.  Each year there is a vigorous programme of concerts and events and a number of collaborations with other prestigious institutions regularly feature.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to join us in April 2020, though a start date in September 2020 would also be an option.

What we want from you

• University Graduate in Music

• A well-qualified, experienced and inspiring Music teacher with a track record of success who is able to teach curriculum music from Year 7 to A Level  

• Willingness to collaborate effectively with other members of staff and Departments

• Excellent communication skills  

• Motivation to work with young people 

• Positive attitude and approach to change and development 

• Willingness to participate in and expectation of contribution to the wider life of a boarding school and extra-curricular life

• The ability to tutor girls and be pastorally aware of their needs 

• As part of the role of Director of Music (maternity cover) the ability to rehearse and direct the Chamber Choir and Orchestra to an exceptional standard is desirable

What we offer

• Excellent and tailored CPD within the department and across the school

• Highly motivated girls with lessons taught in small groups

• Competitive salaries and a contributory pension scheme 

• Discounted membership of the St Mary’s Calne Sports Centre 

• Fee remission for daughters educated at St Mary’s Calne and for sons and daughters educated at St Margaret’s Preparatory School 

• Complimentary meals in the Dining Hall during term time

• Free on-site parking

How to Apply 

For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website www.stmaryscalne.org   

Telephone 01249 857200 (Karen Turner) Email teacher.recruitment@stmaryscalne.org  

Closing date:            Midday, Monday 20th January 2020

More about St Mary's Calne
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1249 857200
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St Mary’s Calne is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, a happy, purposeful and flourishing community of around 365 pupils with a 80% to 20% boarding to day ratio. 

Founded in 1873, the school has been providing an outsta...