Head of Music (Senior School), Singapore

Closing date:

North London Collegiate School (Singapore)Singapore

Date posted:
Start date: July 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £Competitive
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of Music (Senior School)

Start date: July 2020

Closing date:  15th November 2019 12:00 GMT

NLCS (Singapore) is looking for an enthusiastic, highly qualified and committed Head of Music, with an outstanding track record of examination success, to lead teaching and learning within the Music Department at the School from August 2020. The role of Head of Music at NLCS (Singapore) is a unique and incredibly rewarding leadership challenge. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the development of a new school, drawing on the significant educational expertise and resources of NLCS International. 


North London Collegiate School (UK) was founded in 1850 by Frances Mary Buss; her aim was to offer an academically ambitious education to girls, similar to that available to their brothers. The School has pioneered women’s education for over 160 years and remains among the highest achieving schools in the UK. Exam results regularly top the UK league tables and the School has repeatedly outperformed other prestigious schools in terms of Oxbridge success rates. 


In 2011, NLCS opened its first international ‘branch’ school in South Korea: NLCS Jeju. The School, now entering its ninth year of operation, has nearly 1400 on the roll. NLCS Jeju offers the IB Diploma to all in the Sixth Form and has achieved outstanding results since its first cohort of graduating in 2014. The average IB Diploma score in 2019 was 37, with two achieving a perfect 45. 

In September 2017, NLCS opened its second branch school in the UAE: NLCS Dubai. The School is now in its third year of operation and is a co-educational, day school. This year, the first school cohort will graduate and take the IB Diploma. 


Founded in partnership with Sobha, North London Collegiate School (Singapore), will offer an academically ambitious education in keeping with the aspirational ethos of NLCS (UK). The School will provide the same impressive range of extra-curricular activities for which NLCS (UK), NLCS Jeju (South Korea) and NLCS Dubai are well known, and to foster well-rounded individuals who are capable of becoming leaders.  

This selective co-educational day school for students aged 3-18 years, will be built and funded by NLCS International’s partners, Sobha. The school will be purpose built, boasting impressive, state-of-the-art facilities.


The ethos of NLCS (Singapore) echoes that of NLCS (UK) – every effort is made to recreate the ethos of the UK ‘parent’ school, whilst taking into account and remaining sensitive to the local culture and context. 

The School aims to provide a first-rate ambitious academic education for every child, which inspires a life-long love of learning and gives the knowledge, attitudes and confidence to flourish. 

At North London Collegiate schools, academic success is gained, not through an emphasis on results, by creating an atmosphere of rigorous scholarship; students are encouraged to study beyond the examination syllabus in order to develop their intellectual independence and love of their subjects. The pastoral well-being is of the utmost importance and good relationships are fostered between students and staff, as well as between the students themselves. 

The extra-curricular life of NLCS schools is vibrant, both in academic and non-academic fields.  Students participate in a wide range of subject-focussed clubs and societies, from weekly book groups to Debating, to ‘Mad Scientists’ and ‘Model United Nations’. In the UK School, over forty academic clubs and societies operate weekly meetings and events, in order to give every opportunity for students to develop their intellectual curiosity, independence of thought and genuine love of subject; there are a large number of student-produced academic journals which reflect the particular interests of these societies.

Non-academic activities also thrive as NLCS schools aims to create an environment in which the whole personality can grow. Extra-curricular Sport, Music, Art and Drama are all of excellent quality and over seventy activities take place at lunch times and after school each day, with large numbers involved. 


The curriculum will reflect the academic ambition and aspirations of NLCS (UK), and schemes of work will broadly reflect the curriculum of NLCS (UK). This will be supported by an extensive extra-curricular programme of Sport, Music, Drama and other activities, which closely reflects that at NLCS (UK), are provided to enrich and broaden the education offered, developing the talents and confidence of students. 


Singapore is a thriving hub, and intriguing blend of Western modernity and traditional Asian culture. With a population of 5.6 million, Singapore is lauded for its rich culture and vibrant entertainment, and is a prime location for expatriates seeking a high quality of life and beautiful environment.

The Singaporean Government has invested in the education sector as a key priority to support the country’s economic development. With two universities in the top 100 in the world, Singapore’s higher education offer is considered to be one of the best in Asia. The international outlook within Singapore has led to international partnerships with universities offering joint degrees, research programmes and research collaboration; it also attracts 75,000 international students annually from around the world to study at their institutions.


The appointee will lead and manage the teaching and learning within the Music Department, delivering lessons throughout the Senior School. The appointee will have a demonstrable passion for their subject and a commitment to the development of Music more broadly.  The appointee will have responsibility for designing and implementing effectively a comprehensive Music programme that advances the academic education of the pupils at the school and is engaging and relevant to every student at every level.

All members of staff are also expected to be involved in pastoral care within the School community, usually in the role of form tutor or co-tutor, and also to contribute actively to the extra-curricular life of the School. 


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A competitive package will be offered to the successful candidate, which will include the following:

• Competitive salary

• Initial three year contract

• Accommodation 

• Relocation costs

• Annual return flights to home country 

• Health insurance

• Tuition fees for eligible children

Whilst we enjoy excellent facilities in a prime location, it is our people that will make our School such an inspirational place. If you are interested in joining our team please submit a completed application form, an up to date CV, and a covering letter of application that focuses on your personal educational philosophy.  Applications should be emailed to singaporerecruitment@nlcs. org.uk

The deadline for applications is 15th November 2019, 12:00 GMT However, please note that an appointment may be made prior to the closing date if an exceptional candidate is found.

NLCS [Singapore] is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory enhanced background checks.

More about North London Collegiate School (Singapore)
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Depot Road, Singapore. View in Google Maps
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Since 1850, North London Collegiate School (UK) has maintained its reputation for providing an outstanding education. With two international campuses successfully established in Jeju, South Korea and Dubai, UAE, the school plans to open its third in ...