Head of Performing Arts - Music and Drama, Guernsey, Channel Islands

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States of GuernseyGuernsey, Channel Islands

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Grade: Main Pay Scale/Upper Pay Scale- £30,249 - £43,435 / £45,872 - £48,791 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

La Mare de Carteret High School is seeking to appoint as soon as possible an experienced, dynamic and well-qualified, specialist graduate teacher with the experience to lead and take responsibility for the work of the Performing Arts Department, and to make a full contribution to the ethos, identity and life of the school and to the Guernsey Federation of Secondary Schools.

The three island 11-16 High Schools, the Guernsey Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre (11-18), and St Anne’s School in Alderney work in a federated model of partnership working led by the Director of Education.

The drivers in secondary phase education for this collaborative approach are:

  • Quality of educational experience and outcomes
  • Equality of opportunity and access
  • Efficient and effective use of resources

The person appointed will be employed by the States of Guernsey and will be based at La Mare de Carteret High School. They will be required to maximise opportunities for collaborative working, teaching and learning across key stages and shared professional development across schools. There is an expectation that they will engage in cross-school initiatives which may require working on more than one site to meet the needs of the Education Service.

The post holder will be required to teach throughout Key Stages 3 & 4 and lead the performing arts area. You will be able to excite and challenge young people and will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and will be expected to contribute to school improvement. 

You are also expected to have excellent communication and management skills, a strong commitment to team work and the ability to maintain productive relationships with staff and young people. We are looking for someone who is passionate about raising learners’ individual achievements and you will have a proven track record in equipping learners to make excellent progress, and the determination to make a difference to the lives of young people.

The person appointed will have excellent communication skills and the ability to maintain productive relationships with staff and a commitment to achieving high standards of teaching and learning. They will need to demonstrate strong qualities of leadership, management and administration, to have a thorough knowledge of current developments in the teaching of the performing arts (in particular Music and Drama) Music throughout the 11-16 age range, to be committed to high standards of achievement and contribute to the teaching Performing Arts (Music and Drama) throughout the school including at School events and Extra Curricular activities. 

Experience in, or strength in, Performing Arts and multimedia technologies would be an advantage. The successful candidate will have the ability to model good practice and will be expected to make a full contribution to the life of the school, particularly at middle manager level and should also be able to commit to the programme of extra-curricular events which takes place during the school year.

Please view a full job description for this role here.

Further details on the transformation of secondary and post 16 education in Guernsey can be found here.

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Relocation Directive 2018 

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Contact: Victoria Godley, Headteacher. Tel: (01481) 256588. Email: vicky.godley@lamarehigh.sch.gg 

We strongly advise that applicants speak to the contact named above before applying for this role.

Closing Date: 24 February 2020

Shortlisting Date: 25 February 2020

Interview Date: 2 March 2020

Candidates should upload supporting information to demonstrate how they meet the key criteria for the role.  This should be in addition to any CV supplied and should have clear examples of how each is met.  The key criteria can be found within the job description which is available by clicking the job description link above. The information provided by candidates will be used by the shortlisting panel when selecting candidates for interview.Note - Internal applicants are required to inform their Line Manager before applying for any States of Guernsey positions. Internal references may be taken up prior to interview.

Appointment to this role will be subject to the following pre-employment checks which will be completed following an offer of employment:

  • Satisfactory references which must include one from the candidate's current line manager
  • Occupational Health Clearance
  • Satisfactory, Enhanced, Disclosure and Barring Service Check with Barred Listing Check.  Convictions likely to be considered relevant to this post include crimes involving, but not limited to, theft violence, dishonesty, fraud, vulnerable individuals and children
  • Confirmation of required qualifications / registrations
  • Possession of a valid Employment Permit

Should the successful applicant not meet the requirements sufficiently he/she may be appointed at a lower grade than stated. The successful applicant would then have the opportunity to progress to the grade advertised once the necessary skills and knowledge have been developed and they have demonstrated the ability to undertake the duties at the higher level.



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