Teacher of Music, Surbiton

Closing date:

Surbiton High Senior SchoolSurbiton

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Maternity Cover
Suitable for NQTs: No

Key Responsibilities:

  • To possess and maintain a deep and secure knowledge of your subject and the pedagogy associated with its teaching
  • To create a challenging and stimulating classroom climate that will motivate pupils to learn, think independently, take risks, empathise with others, and perform to the best of their abilities
  • To support every pupil in his/her learning, making him/her feel included, secure and valued
  • To be consistent, fair and create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect
  • To be aware of the learning needs of the pupils you teach and ensure that each pupil is given every opportunity to fulfil his/her potential
  • To monitor progress against prior attainment and employ effective intervention strategies when required
  • To follow the guidance and schemes of work provided by the Director of Music/Assistant Director of Music
  • To plan lessons carefully and keep a record of your planning
  • To undertake the preparation, marking and report writing, in line with the School policies, required to ensure that pupils achieve the highest possible standards
  • To conduct yourself in an appropriate professional manner at all times and support and foster the aims and safeguarding policies of the school
  • To be a Tutor, if requested. The role of the Tutor is academic, pastoral and administrative. The Tutor has oversight of his/her tutees’ general well-being and academic progress, and is the main point of contact for parent
  • To contribute to the organisation and running of co-curricular and enrichment activities
  • To uphold the School’s code of conduct and the values of Surbiton High School
  • To maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils and be active in implementing the School’s policies on rewards and sanctions
  • To attend formal parents’ evenings and communicate with parents, at other times, as necessary
  • To attend staff and departmental meetings as required
  • To undertake supervisory duties as required
  • To carry out any such duties as reasonably requested by the Principal

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification (QTS desirable but not essential)
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development
  • Be an enthusiastic teacher, with the ability to teach Music at all senior school key stages
  • Excellent keyboard skills desirable
  • A choral specialism would be desirable, but not essential
  • The ability to lead, inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Excellent keyboard and conducting skills would both be advantageous
  • A proven track record of delivering on academic performance
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
  • A dynamic leader and effective manager
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • Positive rapport with pupils
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • A team player with leadership qualities and a reflective and flexible approach

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email recruitment@surbitonhigh.com 

To Apply: 

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Closing date: 8:00am, Friday 19 April 2019 

Interviews to be held week commencing: 29 April 2019 

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More about Surbiton High Senior School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8546 5245
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