Vacancies

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Academic Vacancies

Head of Religious Studies - From September 2019 (or earlier if possible)

The Department

The Religious Studies Department comprises of one full-time member (the Head of Department) and currently three part-time members, two of whom (the Chaplain and the Head of Lower School) teach extensive timetables across all year groups. It is situated centrally in the School and teaches in its own suite of three classrooms. The Department follows a broad-based curriculum in the first three years, studying aspects of all six major world faiths as well as introducing students to a wide range of ethical and philosophical issues. The optional, and popular, GCSE course currently follows the OCR J625 course in Christianity, Islam and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian Perspective. At A Level we follow the WJEC Eduqas course in Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics.

Religious Studies is a popular and well-respected subject at Dauntsey’s. Take-up at examination level is good; currently there are 54 students at GCSE and 18 at A Level. Last year 82% achieved A* or A at GCSE and 81% achieved A*-B at A Level. We regularly prepare a few students for entrance to Oxford or Cambridge, as well as taking part in, and organising, Sixth Form subject conferences. The Department has also led trips to Jordan, India, Rome and Krakow in the last few years.


Job Description

Summary of the role:

  • The successful applicant should be a suitably qualified and experienced graduate who is able to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy & Ethics at all levels from First Form (Year 7) to Upper Sixth (Year 13) and lead a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Head of an academic Department is responsible to the Head Master for the organisation of the staff, resources and teaching programmes within the Department. He or she is expected to work closely with the Deputy Head (Academic), who is responsible to the Head Master for the overall running and development of the academic curriculum and the academic welfare of the school. The main responsibility of the Head of Department is to ensure that the Department is effectively managed and led. Particular responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring equitable and effective delegation of responsibilities within the Department.
  • Organising and chairing regular, well-managed Departmental meetings, which enable all staff to contribute to planning and policy making.
  • Monitoring the quality of lessons through lesson observation and the sharing of good practice.
  • Promoting an enthusiasm for academic study and increasing the awareness of, and interest in, the subject throughout the School.
  • Making the Departmental area attractive and welcoming to pupils.
  • Contributing to teaching within the Department.
  • Promote and develop the use of the VLE within the Department.
  • Preparing Departmental timetable requests and thus allocating staff to year groups and ensuring a fair teaching load and spread of sets across members of the Department.
  • Being fully aware of the range of Examination courses available and guiding the Department in the selection of specifications.
  • Liaising with the School’s Examination Officer, Examination Boards and Examiners as required.
  • Providing schemes of work for the Department for each year group.
  • Overseeing the professional development of Departmental staff.
  • Allocating staff to the preparation of pupils for Oxbridge entrance.
  • Monitoring both internal and external examination results.
  • Providing opportunities beyond the classroom, as appropriate.
  • Promoting links and co-operation with other Departments.
  • Monitoring Health and Safety issues.
  • Preparing, and controlling, the Departmental budget.
  • Developing future plans and targets for the Department.

No list of responsibilities can really encompass all that is asked of a Head of Department; at the heart of his or her task is an active enthusiasm for the subject and an equally active enthusiasm for the young people being taught.

All members of Staff are expected to play a full role in the life of the School outside the classroom


Further Details

Dauntsey’s has its own salary scale. In addition, tuition is provided for any children of academic staff, at a significantly reduced rate, subject to the appropriate entry qualifications being satisfied.

Accommodation, within a boarding house, may be available for the successful applicant.

A completed Application Form should be sent, by post or email, as soon as possible to:

The Head Master
Dauntsey’s School
West Lavington
Nr Devizes
Wiltshire SN10 4HE
Telephone: 01380 814500
e-mail: headmaster@dauntseys.org
Website: www.dauntseys.org

If sent by post, the envelope should be marked ‘Head of RS’.

Interviews will be held in September. The Deputy Head (Academic), Jon Tyler, will be pleased to answer any questions:

Telephone: 01380 814509 (Office)
e-mail: j.tyler@dauntseys.org

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and protecting 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

Bursarial Vacancies

Facilities Vacancies

Evening Cleaners

Evening Cleaners
Monday to Friday 17:30 – 20:00 and Saturday 17:00 – 19:00

Term time with the exception of 3 days at the beginning of each term and 3 days at the end of each term

Please contact the HR Department for an Application Form on 01380 814514 or by email: m.williams@dauntseys.org. Alternately, you may download the application form here - Application Forms

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Music Teacher Vacancies

Part-Time Visiting Music Teacher (Oboe)

An enthusiastic Part-Time Oboe Visiting Music Teacher is sought to help foster the School’s strong musical tradition. The number of pupils will be dependent on the uptake of lessons in September.

For further details, please contact the Director of Music, Mr Gareth Harris on 01380 814546 or e-mail g.harris@dauntseys.org

Please contact the HR Department for an Application Form on 01380 814514 or via e-mail to m.williams@dauntseys.org. Alternately, you may download the application form here - Application Forms

Closing date for applications is Friday, 4 May 2018

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and as such successful applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service

The Department

The Music Department successfully combines a traditional and a modern approach to Music Education. Currently three full-time and twenty-two visiting Music Teachers teach class Music lessons, provide instrumental tuition and organise a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular music, featuring a vast array of styles and opportunities. The subject is taught at all levels from First Form (Year 7) to Upper Sixth (Year 13), with both Music and Music Technology being offered as separate A Level subjects. GCSE and A Level results are excellent and many pupils continue to study music at university. Approximately 500 weekly instrumental lessons are scheduled and up to 20 musical ensembles meet regularly to rehearse and perform. The accommodation consists of 23 teaching/practice rooms and three performance venues, with seating capacities of 80, 150 and 450. There is also a well equipped recording studio and numerous audio workstations running Sibelius and Cubase, along with a mobile performance and recording rig for bands to rehearse and perform. There is a large collection of orchestral instruments, 29 pianos, a harpsichord, three organs and a chromatic harp. A number of Music Awards are available for pupils entering the School at First Form, Third Form and Sixth Form, and the vast majority of pupils play at least one musical instrument. We have a full-time Musician in Residence, who serves as an accompanist for examinations and concerts. The Director of Music is assisted by a full-time secretary, who also co-ordinates the billing and administration for the visiting Music staff.

Musical events are scheduled at least once per week, ranging from informal recitals to Rock Band extravaganzas, as well as ensemble concerts and large scale choral performances (eg Verdi and Mozart Requiems, Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ Mass). Music is also an integral part of School worship, with the Choirs providing music for Services on a regular basis, in addition to the major School events such as Remembrance Day, the annual Commemoration Service and the ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ at Christmas. In recent years, through close co-operation between the Drama and Music Departments, the School has gained an exceptional reputation for its productions of fully staged musicals.

Job Description

Visiting Music Teachers should work closely with the Director of Music in order to promote the subject throughout the School community and create the framework within which pupils can enjoy an active pursuit of Music at all levels and in a variety of forms.

Visiting Music Teachers are required to:

  • Teach pupils, ranging from complete beginners to those of a high standard, the technique and musicianship required to play an appropriate musical instrument, offering encouragement, support and guidance as necessary
  • Organise and display timetables of lesson schedules, adhering to the School policy (of lesson rotation etc.)
  • Communicate pupil concerns or successes to the Director of Music
  • Prepare pupils as appropriate for Associated Board Trinity Guildhall & London College of Music examinations
  • Prepare pupils as appropriate for the practical component of GCSE, AS and A level examinations
  • Where appropriate, and following consultation with the Director of Music, organise, promote, rehearse and direct specialist ensembles
  • Prepare pupils for concerts, festivals and competitions (as appropriate) and encourage pupils to take the available opportunities to develop all aspects of their musicianship.
  • Assess, record and report as required on the development, progress and attainment of pupils in accordance with the School reporting periods
  • Promote the general progress and well being of any pupil assigned to her/him.
  • Attend the annual Music Department Evening and discuss the progress of pupils with their parents.
  • At the end of every term, submit to the Director of Music’s Secretary details of lessons taught during that term, and of any extras to be charged to pupils.

  • Act in the professional manner of a School Teacher, maintaining good order and discipline among the pupils and safeguarding their health and safety, both when authorised to be on the School premises and when engaged in authorised School activities elsewhere.

A completed Application Form should be sent, by post or email, as soon as possible to:
The Head Master
Dauntsey’s School
West Lavington
Nr Devizes
Wiltshire SN10 4HE
Telephone: 01380 814500
Facsimile: 01380 814501
e-mail: headmaster@dauntseys.org
Website: www.dauntseys.org

Closing date for applications: Friday 4 May 2018

The Head of Department, Mr Gareth Harris will be pleased to answer any questions:
Telephone: 01380 814500
e-mail: g.harris@dauntseys.org

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and protecting 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 & Barring Service.

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