Subject Leader - Music, Surrey

Closing date:

Banstead Preparatory SchoolSurrey

Date posted:
Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scales
Contract term: Permanent

Salary: United Learning Pay Scales

Closing Date: Noon, 13 November 2019

Interviews: 21 November 2019

Start Date: ASAP

The role

An exciting opportunity to lead in the design of an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children to appreciate Music and its application.  This role requires an outstanding and confident classroom practitioner of Music who is able to demonstrate the very highest standards of teaching.

Reporting Line:            Senior Leadership Team

  •   Part-time post, minimum 3 days a week
  •   Permanent Role

Banstead Preparatory School is a co-educational prep school and nursery, educating around 250 girls and boys aged 2-11.  Set on the outskirts of the village of Banstead, Surrey, there are good transport links to London and the South East. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to offer the broadest range of opportunities as part of an engaging, innovative and exciting curriculum, helping us to set the highest possible ambition for every child, and get the best from everyone.

Education with character is the ethos that sits at the very heart of our school and forms the core of what we believe. There’s more to a good education than learning – we work to develop our children’s characters, build their tenacity, foster courage and above all, inspire them to achieve excellence.

Banstead Prep isn’t a feeder for any particular senior school, we work to help parents identify aspirational but realistic school choices.  We prepare the children through broad curriculum teaching within the normal school timetable to ensure every child leaves us for their senior school of choice feeling valued, prepared, confident and ready to thrive.

Main Duties

This job description indicates the range of duties involved, it is not intended to be all-inclusive and requires the post-holder to be flexible and show initiative. The post holder may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the school.


Ensure that the vision for the School is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon

Attend all major school events and those within the wider community

Display a high standard of professional behaviour and integrity, at all times

Actively establish excellent relations and build a professional rapport with parents and visitors to the school

Demonstrate excellent organisational skills

Foster the development of a positive and supportive ethos for learning, including social responsibility

Key Responsibilities:

To lead and develop a vibrant and successful music department, teaching all year groups including Nursery to Year 6, using a variety of resources

To provide a nurturing classroom and environment, setting the highest standards for pupils to develop a love of learning and music

To contribute to the effective working of the school

To support and prepare pupils to apply for music scholarships at senior schools

To manage, and recruit when necessary, a team of visiting peripatetic music teachers, liaise on timetables and maintain consistently high standards of tuition and exam results

As a Music Lead Teacher you will lead on the following areas:

Disseminating Subject Knowledge

Devise and maintain an exciting, innovative and inclusive curriculum for Music, including whole class instrumental teaching.

Integrate the use of Music Technology for example, using Soundtrap and iPads with KS2

Attend relevant training sessions and network meetings to keep up to-date-with any curriculum or assessment changes, and to disseminate new information to colleagues accordingly

Use the classroom as a place to innovate and try new ideas which can then be later shared with colleagues

Subject Development

Manage and lead a diverse range of extra-curricular activities in Music, for example Orchestra; KS2 choir; Pre Prep choir; Ukulele; Rock guitar; Acoustic guitar; Music theory and Recorder club.

Ensure that all ensembles are prepared and confident to perform at concerts, assemblies and whole school events on a regular basis

Lead singing assemblies and provide musical items, and singing for whole school assemblies

Organise school trips, including participating in large scale United Learning music events; participate in music events at local senior school's music days and visits to see professional performances

Develop a curriculum skills map across the whole school for Music

Develop Schemes of Work for Music



Good honours degree in Music

Qualified to teach and work in the UK


Experience of raising attainment of all pupils

Experience of reflecting on and improving teaching practice to increase student achievement 

Evidence of continually improving teaching and learning in their year group through schemes of work, assessment and extra-curricular activities etc


Up to date knowledge in of the curriculum, including the EYFS

Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour


Banstead Preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.  All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other relevant pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and medical clearance.

United Learning

Banstead Preparatory School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

More about Banstead Preparatory School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 11 years
Address: Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3RA, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1737 363601
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