Head of Preparatory Schools’ Music, Kingston upon Thames

Closing date:

Surbiton High SchoolKingston upon Thames

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scale
Contract term: Permanent

Closing Date: 8:00am, Monday 12 March 2018
Interviews to be held week commencing 20 March 2018

Job Purpose: To lead the Preparatory School’s Music Department in achieving outstanding teaching and learning, and to inspire, encourage and empower our students to achieve their very best in the subject of Music. The Head of the Preparatory Schools’ Music will work across Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School and Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School.

Reporting Line: Head of Girls’ Preparatory School

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead by example - model outstanding teaching and learning, and be fully involved in curricular and co-curricular Music. Monitor the quality of teaching and learning through regular observations of department staff, work scrutiny and pupil feedback.
  • Coach and support members of your team to ensure skill/knowledge base along with willingness to improve/develop is high.
  • Track and monitor student progress and achievement within the subject area across all Key Stages using baseline data.
  • Consult with the Director of Music and SLT at both Preparatory Schools on suitable content for focus on year to insert into curriculum review.
  • Keeping abreast of, and communicating to the Department, changes in policies, guidelines and other national initiatives.
  • Arrange and participate as appropriate in the promotion of co-curricular activities to enhance the learning and development of the subject(s).
  • Engage in on-going personal and professional development in order to provide high quality and innovative educational leadership.
  • Be aligned to the School’s values and be a respected and well informed conduit to whole school change.
  • Promote the School’s ethos of May Love Always Lead Us and the Best in Everyone
  • Promote the School and its courses and activities, including participation in external and internal marketing activities.
  • Uphold the good reputation of the School and of United Learning with students, parents, other schools and in general.
  • Advise SLT on staffing requirements, the deployment of Department staff (including technical support staff) and the timetabling of courses, classes and rooms.
  • Ensure effective Department communication, both informally and through regular Departmental meetings.
  • Manage the following aspects of the Preparatory Instrumental Programme (providing free instrumental lessons to pupils in Years 3 and 4): 1. all communication with parents, 2. hire of school and external instruments, 3. maintenance of school instruments (in liaison with the Head Instrumental Music)
  • Monitor and develop/support the contribution made by members of your team and relevant VMTs (Visiting Music Teachers) to co-curricular activities.
  • Ensure Department compliance with agreed school policies for assessment, recording, contacts with parents etc.

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification, including QTS would be an advantage
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • The ability to lead, inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
  • Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into  reality
  • The ability to work in a leadership team in a successful and dynamic school
  • Excellent organizational, communication, administrative and ICT skills
  • A proven track record of delivering on musical attainment
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Experience of leading and collaborating with colleagues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Positive rapport with pupils and personal warmth to gain confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • An enthusiastic team player with a reflective and flexible approach
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email: recruitment@surbitonhigh.com




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More about Surbiton High School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8546 5245
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