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Teacher of Drama

Rye St Antony SchoolOxford

We are seeking to appoint a part-time Teacher of Drama (approximately 0.7) to our thriving all-through school community.  The post is initially for a fixed term of one academic year.

Our school has a strong Christian Catholic ethos which puts the development of children’s talents at the centre of all we do, and we are looking for a teacher who enjoys helping pupils to develop their potential in and out of the classroom. The successful candidate will be passionate about their subject area, sharing this with pupils in lessons, and through the organisation of a busy extra-curricular programme including whole-school productions and the recently established inter-house drama competition.  Throughout each school year, Drama staff, often with colleagues from other departments, arrange theatre visits to local theatres and further afield, in particular to Stratford and London, and visiting theatre groups are frequently invited to bring workshops and performances to Rye.

In our 90th year of educating the individual at Rye, we are continuing to build a diverse, enthusiastic, and highly supportive community of teachers with a commitment to academic excellence. Our school is made up of academic staff who are fully committed to the teaching process and who want to make a real difference to children's lives.  Every teacher has both academic and pastoral responsibilities and will be expected to contribute actively to the extra-curricular programme.  We are fully committed to the professional development of all members of our school community.

The successful candidate will be able to teach classes in the Senior School to GCSE and A Level.  The Teacher of Drama is accountable to the Head of English and Drama.

Teaching and learning

  • Teaching Drama as a main curriculum subject for pupils in Key Stage 3, with the possibility of work with younger pupils if needed, following schemes of work currently used by the department, and helping with the development of theses schemes of work.
  • Planning, developing and implementing the main drama curriculum throughout the senior school and the extra-curricular drama programme.
  • Teaching GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies according to the AQA specification.  This work includes preparation for the written examination and guiding pupils through practical assessments which are performed to an audience of friends and family two or three times a year, and taking part in moderation and examination procedures as necessary.
  • Teaching A Level Drama according to the AQA specification.
  • Organising or overseeing arrangements for senior school productions.
  • Liaising with Prep School staff in relation to prep School productions as required.
  • Organising and accompanying visits to plays and other external productions.
  • Overseeing the teaching of Speech and Drama according to LAMDA requirements by an external teacher and overseeing the administration and management of the examination day.
  • Liaising with the Music department with regard to the use of rooms and resources within the performing arts area.
  • Developing the department’s use of technology
  • Promoting excellence in teaching and learning, embedding The Rye Way in all lessons, and ensuring that pupils develop their potential, are ambitious in their learning, and are equipped for life beyond school.
  • Exemplifying in own practice outstanding skills of teaching and learning which enable pupils to make excellent progress and further build on the culture of success.
  • Monitoring pupils’ work, tracking and analysing pupil progress to ensure high levels of attainment for all pupils.
  • Ensuring that schemes of work are followed, reviewed, and modified to enable the development of high standards of teaching and learning.
  • Keeping up to date with developments in teaching Drama to ensure that best practice is adopted within teaching.
  • Initiating and leading opportunities to develop pupil progress outside lessons.
  • Contributing to the broader life of the school by supporting and leading curricular and extra-curricular events such as activity days.
  • Ensuring the safety of pupils at all times when working in the Drama studios and working with the Bursar who is responsible for Health and Safety to develop safe practices.
  • Preparing written reports and data for Snapshots for all pupils in line with the school’s assessment policy and writing other reports as required.
  • Attending weekly departmental meetings.


  • All teaching staff undertake a pastoral role in the school whether as Form Tutor, Head of House, or Auxiliary Tutor.  All teachers are responsible for:
  • The use of the Development/Form Time including registration and administration.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date working knowledge of safeguarding practices and reporting all concerns through the appropriate channels in school and locally.
  • Attending assemblies with the form group and overseeing the organisation of the form assembly.
  • Participating in the school’s assembly rota and delivering assemblies that uphold the school’s Christian and Catholic values.
  • Co-ordinating information on the academic, extra-curricular, and pastoral programme of   pupils in their care, and liaising with subject teachers, Heads of Department, the Chaplain, Activities Co-ordinator and Senior Leads as appropriate, keeping records and ensuring the central pupil files are always up to date.
  • Encouraging the engagement of pupils in the Activities Programme and supporting the Activities Co-ordinator in the uptake of this.
  • Attending Parents’ Meetings, arranging individual meetings with parents as necessary, and putting records of individual meetings on the central pupil files.
  • Attending Tutor Meetings as appropriate with the Deputy Heads or Prep School Leads.
  • The condition of the form and or teaching room and appropriate displays in it.

Marketing and external links, including public occasions

All staff are expected to contribute to the positive promotion and marketing of the school in the local and wider community, where possible, by:

  • Actively participating in educational outreach and promoting the key stage, phase, or department within the school community, to encourage pupils’ interest in the subject area or school.
  • Promoting the whole school in a variety of different contexts, including attending marketing events where appropriate, and in interactions with parents and prospective parents and pupils.

Please see the full job description for further information about the post, including the person specification.

How to apply

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be addressed to the Head, Miss Joanne Croft, and sent by email to the  Human Resources Manager, Ms Ellen Phelips (; 01865 229227).

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 13 April 2021.  Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21 April 2021.


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

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