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Visiting Teacher - Head of Singing (Classical)

Forest SchoolE17 3PY, Waltham Forest

We seek an inspirational and suitably well qualified Visiting Teacher for the role of Head of Singing (Classical) from October 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a well-established and thriving Music Department with a full co-curricular music programme. Choral music at Forest is strong and includes a full SATB Chapel Choir, Boys’ and Girls’ upper voice choirs, a Year 7 Choir, and Close Harmony group.  There is busy schedule of concerts and services in addition to the annual House Music, and Solo Singing Competitions. The role currently offers one full day of teaching (Mondays), with plenty of scope to increase this, the direction vocal ensembles, and choral coaching.  The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and dynamic team-player with a desire to promote and develop singing in the school context.

There are around 40 visiting music staff at Forest School teaching a wide range of orchestral, keyboard and band instruments as well as voice. Pupils elect to take weekly lessons in either 20 or 40 minute units and all music pupils are involved in some form of ensemble music-making as part of their musical and social development.

Music at Forest School is a highly successful and important part of the experience of pupils, all of whom study music in the classroom to Year 8 and many of whom elect to continue with classroom music all the way through to A Level, a number then going on to study Music as a tertiary subject at Oxbridge and Conservatoire level. 

The Forest School Ethos

Forest is a humane, open-minded school with both feet on the ground, in which the pupils’ all-round personal development is outstanding and academic attainment is high.  It is, above all, a happy school which understands the rich inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral.  There is boldness in the School’s character, a readiness to be forward-thinking and adaptable, with pride in what we are and excitement for what lies ahead.

Our Values


About Forest

Forest is a large, vibrant school, with more than 1,430 boys and girls in equal proportion, from 4 to 18. Our traditional House structure means that each pupil is treated as an individual, of whom we have the highest expectations, while our size enables us to offer breadth and depth of opportunity.


Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station.

Why work at Forest?

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset. Key benefits include:

• Generous CPD budget

• Comprehensive Professional Development Review system

• Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme

• Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day

• All teaching staff currently enrolled in the national Teachers’ Pension Scheme

• 20% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13

• Free membership of the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre during school hours and heavily subsidised membership outside those hours

• Free death in service cover and subsidised AXA PPP healthcare insurance

Don’t just take our word for it

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Closing date for applications,15th September, 08:00 am

Interviews will be on the 21st September 2021

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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