Music Teacher, Newham

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School 21Newham

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Inner London (competitive based on skills and experience)
Contract term: Permanent

Music Teacher

Apply by: Friday, 20th May 2019 by 9am
Likely interview date: Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Job start: September 2019 (with earlier planning, training and induction)
Salary: Inner London (competitive based on skills and experience)
Location: Stratford, Newham
Contract type: Full Time
Contract term: Permanent

School 21 is a pioneering 4-18 school that opened in September 2012 in Stratford, East London. We are looking for a music teacher to join an inspirational department, who can take on a diverse role working across our school community. There will be opportunities to teach secondary students a range of engaging subject-specific and cross-curricular projects, teach music to our primary school children and support and strengthen our pioneering middle school band project, in which all students embark on a journey as part of a Big Band, Wind Band or String Orchestra. There will also be an opportunity to work with GCSE and A Level music students.

Music has a central place in the life of School 21 – not just in the core curriculum, but as part of project based learning, the enrichment programme, celebration assemblies and whole school exhibitions and events. Our Festival of Light concerts, which involve every child across the school, showcase the outcomes of Year group music projects and a range of ensembles and are a central part of the school culture, celebrating not only the students, but teachers and parents as part of a staff and recently established community choir. We believe in nurturing every member of our school community by including every child in such events, whilst driving the highest standards of performance and creativity possible. Music and drama also combine each year to produce a high quality Musical, and we run a Recital series across the school calendar to celebrate the work of individual and small group ensembles. Across all four schools, a culture of music is being nurtured both in and out of the classroom, and we are looking for someone dedicated to the growth of their own practice, as well as that of the department and school music culture.

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in. All of us are striving to become pioneers (rethinking key aspects of education practice), multipliers (growing others and building teams) craftsmen and women (who think deeply about their practice) and people with integrity and humanity (driven by a strong sense of values and purpose). This is what we are looking for in new members of staff. We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. All staff have more planning time than most schools and a tailored programme of professional development which results in strong outcomes for the students. We offer multiple routes to progression and leadership. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff.

Since we opened in 2012 we have put learning and teaching at the heart of everything we do. We have developed a unique approach to oracy including setting up a charity, Voice 21 ( which is already working with several hundred schools. We have also pioneered real world, interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with a network of extraordinary organisations: creative, artistic, high tech, professional.

At School 21, we believe that the purpose of education is to develop the whole child: head (academics), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, creating extraordinary authentic outcomes).
School 21 has established a strong track record - an outstanding ofsted, excellent GCSE results and a growing reputation, for example being the first and only international case study chosen by US educators, Edutopia

There was strong recognition in the Ofsted for the ethos and approach of the school:

"Pupils across the school make exceptional progress."
"Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, impeccable manners and show respect for everyone.”
“Staff morale is exceptionally high. Teachers at the early stages of their career value the ‘fantastic’ professional development and opportunities to learn from each other. Those with more experience said that they have become much better teachers since joining the school.”
Through project-based learning "pupils achieve remarkable standards of work and demonstrated knowledge and skills at levels beyond those expected for their age group."
“Pupils talk and discuss with a maturity and confidence that is remarkable for their years."

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent teacher
  • A creative and deep thinker about pedagogy
  • Innovative in using new technology to enhance learning
  • A collaborative planner, able to work across subject disciplines
  • Interested in developing the growth of every child – head, heart and hand
  • A deep subject knowledge and the capacity to translate the complexity and beauty of maths for all learners


  • 4 to 18 mixed, inclusive school in the heart of Stratford, Newham
  • Cutting edge pedagogy and curriculum
  • Small - only 75 children in each year group.
  • We have plans to set up two new schools in close proximity to School 21 which will give staff more opportunities to grow and develop.
  • Voice 21 is a charity we set up to develop oracy skills in schools across the country.


  • Outstanding career development and exceptional CPD
  • Generous TLRs based on experience and skills
  • The chance to network with outstanding practitioners and learn from the best
  • Collaborative working across the 4 to 18 school
  • Leadership training and development opportunities
  • A strong feedback culture so that teachers can develop in areas of their practice that are important to them
  • Every teacher being part of a team/circle that develops strategic practice

For more information see: or e-mail Anne Shaker at or call 020 8262 2121.

Early application is encouraged. School 21 reserves the right to close applications early and make an appointment at any stage. 

To apply: 

Please visit the careers pages at and complete an online application form.

School 21 is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding children.

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More about School 21
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Pitchford Street, Stratford, London, E15 4RZ, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 8262 2121
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About School 21

School 21 is a pioneering 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London, for girls and boys and children from all starting points and backgrounds. We are looking for the next cohort of teachers who want to continue to shape the school so t...