Abbey Gate College is the longest-running coeducational independent school in the Chester area, catering for circa 490 pupils aged 4-18 years. Set in the idyllic rural villages of Saighton and Aldford on the outskirts of Chester.
Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. We believe education is about building self-esteem, a love of learning and igniting a desire in all our students, to ensure they fulfil their academic and personal potential. We strive to guarantee our children leave Abbey Gate College as confident, articulate, respectful and happy young high achievers.
From the youngest in Foundation to our Sixth Formers, we aim to develop skills for life; core values such as respect and compassion within the framework of an excellent education. Developing talents and skills in a wide range of areas are encouraged, success is celebrated and endeavour is recognised.
Abbey Gate College is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, caring and committed teacher of Music, to join our thriving department to start in September 2021 on a 12 months fixed term basis. The successful candidate will teach across the year groups in the Senior School. The role would be to teach 7 lessons across the whole range of year groups.
The department includes the Head of Music and this part time position, together they will work to enthuse pupils as well as encourage them to become independent learners. The candidate will build on the outstanding reputation of the department in delivering a wide range of opportunities for all pupils to be involved in the musical life of the College and will help to nurture the talents of top musicians in delivering performances of the highest quality.
The teaching facilities here assist these aims – each classroom has a 70 inch Clever touch screen; pupils have access to tablet sets across the College; and each member of staff is loaned a Windows Tablet (with integral keyboard). We also have an imac suite specifically for the music department and an ICT room along with other smaller rehearsal spaces and teaching rooms.
Lessons at Abbey Gate College are 55 minutes long and there are six per day. In Year 9 Music is taken as an option and there are two 55 minute lessons per week. At Key Stage 4 Music is taken as an option and there are three 55 minute lessons per week.
In the Sixth Form, students study at AS Level and have five 55 minute lessons a week and at A2 pupils have six 55 minute lessons per week.
Key qualities and person specification:-
The person appointed should show and demonstrate the following skills and qualities:-
Enthusiastic, caring, innovative and creative
Ability to teach across the curriculum including A Level and GCSE
Committed to raising standards and monitoring pupil progress
Have outstanding professional and personal qualities
Caring, supportive and willing to adapt their teaching to suit the needs of the pupils
Act as a good role model to staff and pupils
Proficient with the use of ICT in the classroom (and remote teaching if required)
Ideally with experience on apple technology and in using Logic Pro X
Confident in using new technologies to share and promote good practice.
Experienced in piano accompanying with good piano playing ability
Experience of choral or orchestral conducting with a good understanding of rehearsing to perform at a high level
Willingness to be involved with and assist in furthering the department’s existing outstanding extra-curricular program and to lead extra-curricular sessions
Knowledge of audio and video recording and editing desirable but not essential
Show good planning skills
Calm under pressure
The salary for this position will depend upon the qualifications and relevant experience of the successful candidate.
Abbey Gate College regards as paramount the welfare and safety of children. Whilst criminal convictions are not necessarily a bar, this safety consideration will be key to all decisions regarding the employment of staff, approval of volunteers and standards of external contractors. An enhanced DBS and children’s barred check will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks.
We are committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, ethnic background, nationality, colour, gender, transgender status, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We therefore welcome applications from all segments of the community.
Candidates should complete an Abbey Gate College Application Form and submit this together with a letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the post addressed to Mrs Tracy Pollard, Headmistress, outlining their suitability for the post.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 19 April 2021 interviews scheduled for the week commencing 19 April/26 April 2021.
The interview process will be confirmed before interview.
References will be taken up prior to interview, please inform your referees.
Please send your application electronically by email to: - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details regarding the College please go to www.abbeygatecollege.co.uk
Abbey Gate College
Cheshire West and Chester
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Secondary School
- Students of mixed gender, age 11 - 18 years