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Head of Music and Performing Arts

Bolingbroke AcademyWandsworth

Head of Music and Performing Arts 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dedicated teacher to develop their experience and lead an impressive team within our passionate and ever courageous community.

We are a courageous, compassionate community - empowering excellence. We are a value led organisation, being bold within every aspect of our lives at school.  

We want all staff to thrive and model leadership and determination to the students and pupils within our rich and diverse community. We opened in 2012 with the vision to create a centre of excellence in the community.

We empower our teams by valuing the individual and ensuring personal development. This is delivered through weekly CPD sessions, frequent line management meetings and allowing staff to have their voice and develop their own ideas and projects. Our staff’s wellbeing is key to creating a friendly supportive community within the school. Guided by our internal wellbeing committee we have a wide range of initiatives designed to improve the motivation and lives of our staff. 

The Role 

As Head of Department in a music-specialist school, you will lead, develop and manage the effective delivery of an outstanding curriculum across Music provision, which enables the highest level of student progress and attainment from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 5. Bolingbroke’s unique music curriculum offers free group instrumental tuition to every pupil in Year 7 as well as an extensive peripatetic timetable, so as Head of Department you will work with the Lead Music Teacher to lead the professional community of peripatetic Music Tutors and promote outstanding teaching and learning and a strong school culture within a nurturing and rigorous environment. You will oversee a number of music events over the course of the year, including concerts on site and in local churches, the school production, as well as the opportunity to coordinate a number of more informal music events linking with the local community.

Reports to: Assistant Principal 

Start date: April 2022   

Salary: £32,960 to £53,341 (Ark MPS to UPS A1 to AUPR5)  + TLR 2b £4,784

Closing Date: Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 8am

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Key Responsibilities

• Responsibility for all aspects of curricular and extra-curricular Music in school.

• Lead a vibrant and varied programme of extra-curricular musical activities within school to contribute to the wider school community 

• Empower and develop the department team and peripatetic tutor provision to embed and extend an exceptional Music curriculum.

• Monitor, evaluate and continually improve the quality of planning, teaching and assessment. 

• Lead the assessment process ensuring accurate measurement of subject standards in all year groups at all summative assessment points.

• Analyse student performance data and respond to the outcomes of assessment to ensure appropriate planning, teaching and interventions are in place to keep all pupils on track to achieve their targets.

Leadership and Management

• Lead the professional development of the Music team to be highly effective practitioners.

• Through regular observation and feedback, mentor subject teachers to ensure excellent teaching and learning in all lessons in line with academy expectations.

• Manage allocated budget effectively and stay within set budget allocation.

• Create and sustain a positive department culture, where teammates feel collectively supported and developed. 

• Lead behaviour management in the department, securing strong routines for learning, consistent with the academy’s policy, and liaising with tutors and parents when necessary

• Develop strong partnerships and ensure regular communication with parents and carers

Teaching and learning 

• Model excellent teaching and lead collaborative planning and development, including the sharing of resources and best practice within the department 

• Be responsible for tracking student progress across the department, analysing all relevant data to make data-driven changes to the curriculum design and intervention strategies and using the data to monitor the performance of subject staff 

• Be accountable for student progress in Music across the school at all key stages, ensuring that all students achieve results in line with, or better than, value-added predictions 

• Monitor the work of the department through rigorous and regular lesson observations, and provide detailed, constructive feedback 

• Lead joint practice development across subject teams, ensuring that outstanding practice is shared with all staff in the department and the wider school, and work with other department heads to exploit cross-year and cross-curricular links 

• Plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate the curriculum provision and enrichment for all year groups within the Music department

• Monitor the identification of and provision for students with individual needs, and develop differentiated learning and teaching methods and schemes of learning 

• Participate actively throughout the network by attending relevant meetings, and, as appropriate, delivering network-wide training and initiatives 

• Work with colleagues, students and families to develop a strong school community

Person specification


• Degree in Music or related subject

• Mastery of and enthusiasm for Music

• Experience teaching Key Stage 3 and GCSE Music

• Demonstrable experience in managing behaviour and motivating children with a passion and belief in the potential of every pupil.

• Excellent interpersonal, planning and organisational skills

• Commitment to regular and ongoing professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice


• Previous experience as a line manager 

• Experience running regular school music ensembles

• Experience overseeing school music events

• Piano to at least grade 5

• Experience teaching A Level Music

• Experience teaching BTEC Level 3 Music Performance


• Right to work in the UK 

• Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students 

• Willingness to undertake training 

• This post is subject to an enhanced DBS

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