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Employer Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Location Bristol, City of
Salary QTS
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent Suitable for NQTs
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts 20 February 2017

Required from 20 February 2017 and will terminate 23 March 2018 or on the return of the post holder, whichever is earlier.

Applications are invited from charismatic, enthusiastic and suitably qualified musicians and teachers for this exciting, rewarding and demanding post.

Founded in the 12th century and then re-established by Henry VIII in 1542, the choir school has traditionally educated boy choristers. Bristol Cathedral Choir School is an academy with music as the lead specialism. The school became part of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) in 2016. It accepts students from all over Bristol. 10% of the intake is selected on musical aptitude as well as the eight chorister places allocated in each year. BCCS is the most over-subscribed school in Bristol. The school received an overall judgement of outstanding from Ofsted in January 2016. Results at KS4 (2016: 84% students obtaining five A*-C grades including English and mathematics) and KS5 (2016: % A*-B grades 70%) are outstanding.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School has a long and proud tradition of music-making and the department enjoys a high profile within the school and Bristol as a whole. This teaching role has arisen due to the current Head of Music taking maternity leave but does not include her leadership role. The expansion of the Trust means that there may well be opportunities to be involved in developing music across other schools.

The Music Department

The outstanding facilities include a recording studio, two music technology suites, ten practice rooms, a performance area and Concert Hall. The curriculum staff includes the Director of Specialism (Eiron Bailey), Head of Music (Elizabeth Gleed), a third full time music teacher (Ed Shellard), a music technology teacher (Thomas Perryman) and a music administrator (Claire Wisener).

As well as the music staff, we pride ourselves on excellent visiting instrumental teachers. Currently 30% of the school have instrumental/vocal lessons and 50% of the school participate in a choir/orchestra/band. We have thirty two visiting teachers offering all major instruments for study, and there are numerous extra-curricular groups including five large orchestras, six choirs, two jazz bands, 15 chamber music groups and a number of rock/pop bands.

There is a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme with concerts ranging from formal orchestral works to jazz and rock concerts in a variety of venues including Bristol Cathedral, St George’s Concert Hall and the Colston Hall. This academic year sees the department putting on 26 performances including a Gospel Choir tour to Salzburg.

In its vision statement, the school states it will develop music beyond the requirements of the Cathedral choir and become a musical centre of excellence. Singing will be a major feature of the Academy’s life as will Music Technology.

The Role

The post may suit a full time or part time (minimum 0.6) appointment. You will be an excellent classroom practitioner with creative ideas for developing pedagogy within the department and school at all key stages. You will be expected to teach at all Key Stages and therefore experience of teaching exam courses is an advantage. We welcome applications from all musical backgrounds.

You will be expected to participate fully in the extra-curricular life of the school. Please be very clear in your application about the particular areas you feel you could contribute to and your experience.

There is an outstanding programme of continuing professional development and in-service training in the school.


QTS. We welcome applications from NQTs and more experienced teachers.

Method of application

Further information and an application form are available from TES Hire Wire  or from our website

Applications should be received as soon as possible and by midday on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at the latest.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible after this date.

Please note that all posts at the School are subject to initial and periodic checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service as the school takes every measure possible to ensure the safeguarding of its students.

About the employer

The Cathedral School was founded in 1140 and refounded in 1542, the older buildings form part of the monastic buildings of St. Augustine's Abbey. It lies in the historic heart of Bristol, close to College Green, the University, the Central Library,...

Information about Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Org type Mainstream School
Phase Secondary
Funding status State - Academy
Gender Mixed
Age range 11 - 18 years
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Locations and contacts

College Square
United Kingdom
+44 117 353 5001