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Head of Music

Kettering Science AcademyNorthamptonshire

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and creative Head of Music to join the performing arts team at Kettering Science Academy. 

The music department is at the beginning of a very exciting journey of development and expansion. We are now looking for the right Head of Music to join our enthusiastic and highly creative department, and to take the lead in ensuring the music department reaches its full and extensive potential.

We are very blessed with physical resources: As well as a large collection of orchestral and pop instruments, we have a class set of keyboards, djembe drums and ukuleles, and also dedicated music technology suite. Our two main classrooms are varied and suitable for different activities; both within the core curriculum and for extracurricular opportunities. Our facilities are complimented by 4 purpose-built practice room spaces, each with instruments.  We have a fully equipped recording studio, specifically designed with recording opportunities in mind, as well as a trust appointed technician to support with technical elements within performing arts.

Our students are enthusiastic, creative and always keen to participate in enrichment activities. Currently we support students in their pursuit of Music through a mixed music club (offering keyboard, choir and ukulele opportunities), a beginners and intermediate guitar club. Our BTEC Music students have regularly both organised and performed in concert opportunities as part of their studies and continue to do this in new and exciting ways in the current climate. We are looking to expand our current provision of extra-curricular opportunities for our students and develop the subject’s visibility across the Academy.  

Working with our established Drama department, the Music department will be contributing to large scale performances across the year. The technology in the 450-seat purpose built main theatre is also of a high standard, meaning performances can be produced to a very good level, and enhanced effectively by lighting and visuals. The Brooke Weston Trust shared AV resources can also add to all performance opportunities for the students.

The Brooke Weston Trust is committed to supporting the development of Arts subjects within their schools. There are two SLE Music leads within the trust who are available to offer support and guidance as well as providing opportunities for subject networking, combined performances, and extended Music CPD.

The successful candidate will:

· Be able to lead, manage and develop the curriculum of Music across the Academy.

· Be able to set aims and objectives for the subject in consultation with the rest of the performing arts team and senior leaders.

· Be a highly motivated individual and an enthusiastic teacher with the desire to inspire students to achieve, succeed and exceed in their learning of Music.

· Have experience leading music across Key Stage 3 and KS4 Music GCSE or vocational qualifications.

. Experience teaching at Key Stage 5 would be advantageous although not essential, however the ability to develop the curriculum to allow our students the ability to progress onto level 3 qualifications would be desirable.

· Be able to run and develop a programme of enrichment activities in conjunction with other performing arts staff.

· Organise regular opportunities for students both within the academy and in our local community. 

· Coordinate the weekly peripatetic lessons in cooperation with Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

What we can offer you:

· Daily allowance for breakfast and lunch.

· A modern building with fantastic facilities and resources.

· A supportive and friendly community of staff and students.

· A full induction programme.

· Access to BWT Teaching School Alliance training programmes.

About Kettering Science Academy:

Kettering Science Academy is an improving academy on its journey towards ‘outstanding’. We have made rapid improvements and we are now relentlessly focussed on providing stimulating learning experience for all our students. We actively encourage students to participate in all areas of academy life, motivating and inspiring them to unlock their potential and realise their ambitions. We believe education is about more than achieving success in exams; it is about preparing students for the challenges and demands of life beyond education. Staff have an uncompromising commitment to this and work closely with one another to support and develop students as well as one another. 

We are a thriving community of equals dedicated to creating a great place to work and learn; students and staff are happy and proud to be part of Kettering Science Academy's journey to being the best that we can be and we would like to offer you the opportunity to jump aboard and join us for this journey! 

If you think you can contribute to our organisation we welcome your application. Applicants are required to complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted. 

For further information about how to apply, to arrange a visit or an informal discussion about this role please contact Ashley Conroy, HR Administrator, on the below details: 

T: 01536 532700


W: Brooke Weston Trust Careers

Closing date: 4th January 2022.

Please be aware that if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. 

Care and respect for others are the values that lie at the heart of our Trust. The Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. It expects all staff to share this commitment. All posts working with children and young people will be subject to an enhanced disclosures barring service check.

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