Teacher of Music, Surrey

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The Ashcombe SchoolSurrey

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Start date: Sept 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Teacher of Music

  • All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Music for one double lesson per week (70 minutes) in their mixed ability tutor group, with the emphasis on practical music-making and acquisition of skills through use of music technology, instruments, and ensemble work 
  • The department runs courses in both GCSE (2 groups in Year 10) and A-level Music (using Edexcel syllabuses). 
  • There is a flourishing extracurricular scene with a full programme of lunchtime activities leading to performances of both a formal and informal nature.  We have 2 orchestras, 5 vocal ensembles and a brass ensemble leading to main concerts, performance evenings and a variety of events in the annual Festival of Music 
  • 2 large teaching rooms.  One has a full class of workstations running both Sibelius and Cubase.  The other performance classroom has keyboards and other musical equipment, including drum kits, electric guitars, bass guitars and ukuleles. Attached to this classroom are 3 practice rooms and a recording studio, plus further 4 practice rooms which are primarily used by peripatetic staff.  Shared with Drama are a third teaching room and the Bradley Arts Centre, a performance area for concerts equipped with lighting, amplification and projection facilities

Excellent NQT programme, commended in Investors in People Report "a great place to work". NQT salary backdated to 1st August 

This is one of many positive comments in the Report reflecting the strong support for all staff. “The content and pace of the school’s NQT programme and the support provided by mentors is rated highly” with one NQT confirming “You felt supported, not overburdened or pressurised”. The Report continues: “People value the breadth of opportunities for development - 'They've progressed me so far since I've been here'"

The Ashcombe School is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school for pupils of all abilities.  There are approximately 1390 pupils on roll (with nearly 300 in the Sixth Form).  The school is highly sought-after, with around 230 pupils in each year.   The school's academic success is widely recognised.  We continue to have a broad & balanced GCSE based curriculum for all pupils (80% entered for EBacc). A fifth of pupils gain 2+ A* GCSE, 75% gain 9-4 in English + Maths, similarly 70-80% A*-C in the other core subjects, and there is strong subject value-added The Sixth Form has nearly 300 students offering 25 subjects at A-level, where the average points score per student is around 300 UCAS pts but with a very open approach to entry. 

We gained Language College Status in September 1998.  The school’s approach has been one of “extra opportunities” and sharing.  We became a Leadership Partner School in 2009 and the school continues to have a strong outward-facing approach and offers help to many schools.  This spirit of cooperation and partnership working is fundamental to South East Surrey Schools Education Trust (SESSET), the MAT we have formed as a partnership with 2 other like-minded schools to keep the ethos of the school the same.  

Our extensive extra-curricular opportunities range from sporting events to local and international trips (incl Build Africa in Uganda) to European exchanges to musical groups and our highly acclaimed dramatic and musical productions.

We are a high achieving genuinely comprehensive school with a strong 6th Form, praised in the recent Ofsted report for the exceptional pastoral care and high levels of attainment across the ability range

See website www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk > "About the School" > "For prospective staff" for more details and an application form or use downloadable TES form or e-mail: HR@ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk

Closing date is 4pm on Monday 15th January 2018

     Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1LY
     Tel: 01306 886312

   Day nursery facilities on site 

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More about The Ashcombe School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1LY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1306 886312
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