We are seeking a committed and motivated classroom teacher to support this important curriculum area. The post would suit a NQT or an experienced colleague with the ability to teach to A level and BTEC Level 3 essential.
Highcliffe is a thriving over-subscribed 11 to 18 Academy.
Music Curriculum Area Information
Key Stage 3:
In Year 7, 8 and 9 all students follow a Music curriculum aimed at developing performance and confidence skills. Students then make their option choices in Year 9 and are expected to audition as a soloist or a group to demonstrate their performing ability.
Key Stage 4:
GCSE Music is an option choice for students entering Year 10. GCSE Music (OCR) has two practical portfolios consisting of performance and composition (60% in total). There is also a listening and appraising examination which takes place at the end of year 11 (40%). Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources and music technology to aid performance and composition, particularly with rock instruments. We also have a number of traditional instrumentalists too. It is a requirement that GCSE students take part in extra-curricular clubs and concerts. Students are also encouraged to become involved in school productions either in a performing role or helping with backstage tasks.
Key Stage 5:
In Key Stage 5, students can follow Music Performance (BTEC Level 3) and/or Music Production (Edexcel A Level). Students are encouraged to take a leading role in productions and work with younger students. Students often progress to take Music University courses; recent leavers have been accepted to Surrey University to study composition using Music technology, ACM to study performance skills in their chosen instrument(s), and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Facilities and resources
The Music Curriculum area is very well resourced. We have 4 classrooms in total, 2 of which are dedicated Music Technology rooms, 2 practical music rooms (equipped with keyboards and a variety of percussion and ukuleles), a recording studio and a wide variety of instruments. Students who study music utilise Cubase (studio 9) starting in KS3, and Sibelius 6 software for our more advanced students.
In collaboration with other departments, the Music department is involved in producing a variety of events during the school year. During the Autumn term a Christmas Concert takes place in school. The school production (a bi-annual event) takes place during the Spring Term in addition to several studio events across all art areas. During activity week, in the final week of the Summer term the choir go on a Music tour to a European city (Germany 2016; Belgium 2018).
Students from all Key Stages have the opportunity to attend breakfast and lunch-time Music clubs which often involves working towards involvement in school concerts. Some of these clubs are run by specialists, including peripatetic teachers and industry professionals (music production courses/exams). Students also have the opportunity to have instrumental lessons in drums, guitar, voice, piano, strings, woodwind and brass (beginning September 2020).
Some of our students audition to earn a position on the Head Teacher’s Music Scholarship Scheme, which started in September 2019. This has increased our uptake of students learning more traditional/orchestral instruments and contributing to Music both in and out of school.
Highcliffe School is ideally situated minutes from Highcliffe and Avon beaches, Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Harbour. A few minutes’ drive or cycle away are the beaches of Bournemouth while Poole Harbour, a mecca for watersports, is approximately 12 miles away. As a result, sailing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and beach life are prominent parts of life in the area.
Highcliffe is also on the doorstep of the New Forest, meaning that equestrian sports, cycling, walking and running are also prominent features of local life. There is an extensive range of top-class pubs, cafes, clubs, theatres and cinemas throughout the area catering for people of all ages and tastes.
Highcliffe School is easily accessible from the urban centre of Bournemouth and Poole. With its large student population Bournemouth uniquely offers a multicultural city buzz combined with the relaxed South Coast surfing and holiday culture. London, the South East and the South West are easily reached by road or rail links. The European mainland is easily reached by ferry from Weymouth, Poole, and Portsmouth, while Bournemouth and Southampton airports offer continental and worldwide flights.
We encourage potential applicants to explore in depth the School’s website which includes recent publications and a prospectus. Potential applicants are also encouraged to read both the most recent Ofsted reports which are available via the school website or directly from www.ofsted.gov.uk and the published performance data available on the DfES performance tables site. www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance