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Head of Music

Hoe Valley SchoolSurrey


“Hoe Valley School is an inspiring environment at the heart of its community where every student’s experience is personalised. Our students will learn to think independently, pursue their ambitions and achieve to their highest potential.”

Hoe Valley School is:  

  • An oversubscribed secondary school which opened in September 2015 to serve the local community of South Woking  
  • In a state of the art new School completed in September 2018 on Egley Road, Woking, with a dedicated Music area   
  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in June 2018  
  • Delivering innovative and exciting lessons to years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11  
  • Committed to ensuring our students leave us with excellent academic outcomes, the skills to be ‘work-ready’ and the traits of excellent global citizens  
  • Following the national curriculum offering an extended day allowing time for additional Maths and English along with time for all students to complete their homework during the compulsory day  
  • A Google School with ICT fully embedded in all curriculum areas  
  • Committed to learning which is relevant with links to the ‘real world’ of business, higher education and the local community 
  • Opening a STEAM focussed academic 6th Form in September 2023   
  • Committed to supporting our staff to have a good work / life balance by offering longer school holidays, bespoke CPD programmes, minimising paperwork and meetings and ultimately by trusting our staff to deliver excellent outcomes  


We are looking for a passionate, talented and rigorous Head of Music to join our dedicated team in leading the School on its journey to becoming an established and outstanding community school. 

This is a crucial appointment both pastorally and academically; the successful candidate will have the exciting and unique opportunity to shape a KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum which is bespoke, challenging and fit for the needs of 21st century life.  

Our Head of Music will be an inspirational teacher with a proven track record of leading students to achieve outstanding results. They will embrace creativity, innovation and always look for the very best practice in teaching.  They will share the School's vision and the belief that all young people can achieve at high levels.  


Leading Teaching and Learning  

  • To teach Music at any level, within the age range of 11-18  
  • To design the KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum for Music in terms of long, medium and short term planning, to ensure it is exciting, relevant, challenging and personalised   
  • To ensure that all students are making good or outstanding progress and that teaching and learning is of a high standard   
  • To contribute to CPD across the School and share best practice via coaching, sharing planning and resources and following an 'open door' teaching policy  
  • To ensure Music has a high profile across the School through offering vibrant and exciting learning opportunities  
  • To ensure that resources are organised and available to promote a purposeful environment for teaching and learning to take place, through a mix of traditional teaching techniques, integrating ICT where appropriate and via project based learning  
  • To ensure that classrooms within the faculty present a stimulating environment through the display of students’ work and other exemplar materials  
  • To lead intervention programmes during the School holidays, before / after School or during weekends as required  
  • To deploy other adults effectively within the classroom, involving them, where appropriate, in the planning and management of student learning

Leading Progress and Attainment  

  • To ensure assessment, feedback and monitoring is SMART, accurate and clearly moves students’ learning on across all teachers within the faculty   
  • To standardise marking with colleagues both within the School and with partner schools  
  • To rigorously analyse student data to inform planning and intervention programmes   
  • To lead and attend internal and external meetings as required  
  • To feedback to students and parents / carers in line with the School policy 

Leading Behaviour and Safety   

  • To collaborate closely with parents to ensure that they are aware of their child's progress, engaged in their development and in supporting them in their vision for the future  
  • To ensure the absolute safety of all students on and off site   
  • To model and enforce excellent standards of behaviour within and beyond the faculty    
  • To monitor students’ achievement, attendance, uniform, punctuality and behaviour and to respond promptly to issues in line with the school’s policies  
  • To participate in the School’s pastoral system as required 

Leading School Improvement   

  • To support the School’s marketing and recruitment plan through attending events, contributing to marketing materials and via high quality interactions with feeder primary schools   
  • To embody the School’s values both on and off site   
  • To contribute to the School’s Development Plan (SDP)  
  • To monitor allocated budgets and ensure value for money at all times  
  • To coach and mentor colleagues as appropriate   
  • To take on any other duties as reasonably required by the Senior Leadership Team

The above list is not exhaustive and maybe subject to amendment in due course in discussion with the relevant employee.

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