Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in working at Dauntsey's. Current employment opportunities are listed below

Academic Vacancies

Teacher of Learning Support (required from September 2019)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to provide learning support for pupils throughout the School.

Further details, together with an application form, may be obtained from the School. Alternatively you may download an application form here

Closing date: 09:00 Monday 20th May 2019

Telephone : 01380 814500       
e-mail: headmaster@dauntseys.org
www.dauntseys.org

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such the successful candidate will need to be DBS checked before being confirmed in position.

The Department

Dauntsey’s is not a specialist school, but a small team of qualified specialist teachers support those of our pupils who experience, for the most part, relatively mild specific learning difficulties. Pupils are provided with strategies for development of their skills in literacy, numeracy and wider study. The Department also supports a number of pupils who are on the autistic spectrum in developing the social skills required for success both academically and in the wider life of the School.

Support lessons are once (or, in a small minority of cases, twice) a week, lasting 35 minutes, and are on a one-to-one basis. These lessons are charged on the School bill and pupils do not miss any other lessons to attend them. An assessment report from an appropriate practitioner (e.g. educational psychologist, specialist teacher, paediatrician, speech and language therapist), providing evidence of a pupil’s specific learning difficulty, will, in the vast majority of cases, be in place before a pupil becomes eligible to receive support lessons. The Department regards itself as very much an integral part of the School. It regards liaison with mainstream colleagues as vital to the success of its activities and contributes where appropriate to the wider academic life of the School. The Department also draws, where appropriate, on expertise from practitioners outside the School.

Job Description

The candidate will be expected to:

  • teach pupils from the full 11-18 age-range.
  • prepare and/or provide documentation (e.g. IEPs) as required in relation to the pupils that he/she teaches.
  • liaise with mainstream subject teachers over the progress of pupils whom he/she supports
  • provide parents and teaching colleagues with information regarding the progress of pupils, as required.
  • attend weekly departmental meetings
  • contribute to discussion and development of departmental policy, teaching materials and schemes of work
  • contribute, where required, to reviews of pupil work with a view to identifying those with potential problems

The ability to teach, or support, pupils in Mathematics or a Science subject would be helpful, but not essential.

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
Facsimile: 01380 814501
e-mail: headmaster@dauntseys.org
Website: www.dauntseys.org

If sent by post, the envelope should be marked ‘Teacher of Learning Support’.

Closing date for applications: 09:00 on Monday 20 May 2019

The Head of Department, Mrs Jo Leeming, will be pleased to answer any questions:

Telephone: 01380 814648 (Office)
e-mail:  j.leeming@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

Senior Science Technician

A Senior Science Technician is required to join the school from September 2019.

The successful applicant will be responsible to the Head of Science, and will be required to provide support to the teaching staff in the Science Department, as well as specific responsibility to manage Technicians and Health & Safety across the Science Department.

Experience of chemical handling and laboratory work is essential for this role and prior experience of technician work is desirable.

Hours of work (term time only)
08:30 – 17:00     Monday to Friday
08:00 – 13:30     Saturday

For further details of the post, please contact Andrew Crossley, Head of Science – a.crossley@dauntseys.org

Please contact the HR Department for an Application form - m.williams@dauntseys.org  Alternately, you may download an application form here

Closing date for applications is Friday, 17 May 2019

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

Key Areas of responsibility

  • Flexibility to work across all three Science Departments
  • To have an overview of the three Science departments and the systems currently in place.  To consolidate workflow by reviewing and rationalising procedures, (this could include standardisation of practicals), ensuring the best use of the technicians’ time.
  • Work with the Head of Science to manage Health & Safety across the Science department, ensuring that all equipment, storage, practices and procedures are in line with advice from CLEAPPS, including use of risk assessments for all practical activities and demonstrations.
  • Manage training of technicians, both current staff and new recruits, including overseeing the development of apprentice technicians.
  • Helping to oversee and co-ordinate the Science outreach programme.  This will include liaison with local primary schools, designing and trialling experiments for the visiting pupils and providing equipment and hands on support during the visits.
  • Helping to oversee and co-ordinate the Science enrichment programme, including Science Club and Science Week.  This will include working with teaching staff to develop new, innovative ideas, the design and trialling of experiments as well as sourcing and provision of equipment will be required.
  • To coordinate the resources held within the Science department and be responsible for overseeing the asset management place, with the Head of Science

This job description is intended as a guide and is not an exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of this role.  Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of level of responsibility entailed.

Lifeguard

We are currently looking to recruit a reliable, flexible and enthusiastic permanent Lifeguard to assist us in our busy indoor Swimming Pool and Sports Complex.  

You must have a current NPLQ qualification and be available to work 40 hours per week on a shift rota during term time which will include one Sunday on a monthly basis, and 6 weeks during the school holidays to cover the Easter and Summer Lets.

For enquiries and an Application Form, please contact the HR Department on 01380 814514 or via email: m.williams@dauntseys.org  Alternatively you may download an application form here

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.

Girls' Boarding House Matron (required from September 2019)

We are looking to recruit a School Matron in Jeanne House from September 2019 to oversee the domestic provision in the house, with particular responsibility for clothing and ensuring that the boarding accommodation is kept clean and tidy. Duties will also include the supervision of cleaning staff as well as assisting House Staff with the pastoral care of pupils and contributing towards the supervision and well being of the boarders.

Hours of work: Monday to Friday 08:15 – 17:15 during term time with the exception of 3 days at the start and 3 days at the end of each term.

Please contact the HR Department for an Application form - m.williams@dauntseys.org. Alternatively you may download an application form here.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 3 June 2019.

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

Job Description

To ensure the smooth running of the domestic provision within the Boarding House and the well being of the pupils with particular responsibility for clothing and ensuring boarding accommodation is kept clean and tidy; assisting with the pastoral care of those in the House and contributing to the supervision and well being of the boarders.  To work closely with the House Mistress/Master who has overall responsibility for the care of boarding pupils.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Pastoral Care
  • Help pupils settle in to School life by providing a sympathetic ear and support.
  • Work with the House Mistress/Master and other members of staff to help pupils enjoy their school life.
  • Take responsibility with other House staff for supervising pupils when they are not in lessons.
  • Liaise with the Medical Centre as and when required.
  • Take children to medical and dental appointments and calling for emergency treatment, as required.
  • Sorting of post following delivery from the post room to the matrons’ room and collection by pupils.
Domestic
  • Ensuring that pupils have clean clothes, which are repaired and replaced when necessary.
  • Ensuring pupils bring laundry to laundry bags.
  • Organise and sort laundry, to include removing items from children’s pockets prior to the laundry being despatched to the Laundry Department and put clean laundry away when its returned.
  • To ensure that all bed linen is changed, as required.
  • Supervising boarding house cleaning staff and communicating the housekeeping standards, workflow sequences and work schedules to cleaning staff.
  • To ensure that all Domestic House staff dress appropriately in the uniform provided.
  • Ordering cleaning and domestic supplies.
  • Carrying out an inventory of fixtures and fittings and reporting the need for repairs and replacement.
  • Accompany the person responsible for PAT testing, as and when required.
  • Undertake Fire Alarm tests every week in the Boarding House.
  • Prepare the house in the 3 days at the end of each term and the 3 days at the beginning of each term, to ensure that the house is ready for when boarding pupils return.
  • Ensure that pupils leave their rooms clear at the end of term.
  • Ensure the House is ready for external commercial lets at the end of term.
  • Prepare the House at the end of the commercial lets ready for the next academic year.
  • To ensure that all Domestic House staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974.  To ensure that they adhere to all relevant regulations; for example, Fire Precautions, Manual Handling, C.O.S.H.H. etc.
  • To ensure that all Domestic House staff are aware of safeguarding and child protection procedures, implications of strangers on campus, and all staff are conscious of their security responsibilities.
  • To ensure that the Facilities Manager is informed of all personnel matters and recruitment needs.
  • To undertake any other reasonable task as directed by the Facilities Manager.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of forthcoming school events i.e. Open Day etc.

Person Specification

  • People management experience
  • Experience of working with children or within a school environment
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in response to pupils, parents and staff
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of professional Housekeeping requirements.
  • Ability to adapt, show initiative and be flexible in approach
  • Able to drive own car (on occasions required to take a boarding pupil to medical appointments, A&E etc.)
  • A strong team player who is well organised and efficient, with a strong attention to detail
  • Good IT skills, particularly word-processing
  • Tactful, diplomatic and discreet
  • A sense of humour and cheerful disposition
  • Firm, but fair and even tempered when dealing with situations
  • Sensitive to other people’s needs and respect for their opinions

Facilities Vacancies

Music Teacher Vacancies

Teacher of Music

Applications are invited from well-qualified and talented musicians, who will be able to teach at all levels and will be expected to play a full and active role in a busy and vibrant Department. Additional responsibilities may be available, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Further details, together with an application form, may be obtained from the School. Alternatively you may download an application form here

Closing date: 09:00 Tuesday 14 May 2019
Telephone: 01380 814500       
e-mail: headmaster@dauntseys.org
www.dauntseys.org

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such the successful candidate will need to be DBS checked before being confirmed in position.

Summary of the role

  • The successful applicant will be required to teach the subject throughout the School from First Form (Year 7) to Upper Sixth
  • Additional responsibilities may be available; these will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate

Main duties and responsibilities

The subject teacher has the main responsibility of encouraging pupils to learn by making the subject taught both interesting and accessible.  The subject teacher is responsible to the Head of Department for playing a part in the work of the Department and for the efficient teaching of groups assigned to him/her.  Particular responsibilities include:

  • Planning and teaching lessons in keeping with the Departmental aims and objectives, Schemes of Work, External Specifications and Reporting policy, as provided by the Head of Department;
  • Giving due consideration to the needs of individual pupils and thus ensuring that all pupils are working at an appropriate level and pace;
  • Setting prep in accordance with the School/Departmental policy and ensuring that all pupils meet their deadlines and maintain the highest levels of achievement consistent with their ability;
  • Monitoring pupils’ progress by regular marking and testing, and keeping a record of marks and assessment;
  • Being acquainted with the School’s approach towards ICT and ensuring the effective use of it in the classroom;
  • Contributing to extra-curricular support sessions and Departmental-related enrichment activities; this includes the leading of ensembles and music activities as required, following discussion with the Director of Music;
  • Providing parents, House Staff and Senior Management with full information regarding the progress of pupils, as required;
  • Promoting sound standards of punctuality, discipline and work within teaching groups, taking appropriate action where necessary;
  • Engaging in personal professional development by attending relevant courses and meetings as agreed with the Head of Department;
  • Sharing with Departmental colleagues in undertaking the administrative tasks necessary to ensure the effective running of the Department;
  • The organisation of the Lower School Music Concert/Competition;
  • Assisting with piano accompaniment for practical examinations, recitals, concerts and shows.

No list of responsibilities can really encompass all that is asked of the Subject Teacher; 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
Facsimile:        01380 814501
e-mail:             headmaster@dauntseys.org
Website:          www.dauntseys.org

If sent by post, the envelope should be marked ‘Teacher of Music’.

Closing date for applications: 09:00 on Tuesday 14th May 2019

The Director of Music, Mr Gareth Harris, will be pleased to answer any questions:
Telephone:      01380 814541 (Office)
e-mail:             g.harris@dauntseys.or

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

 

Graduate Accompanist in Residence (Required from September 2019)

We are seeking a graduate musician who will play an active and full role in the life of the busy Music Department. This post would suit someone considering a career in teaching, but also could include someone seeking to broaden their performing, teamwork, communication and logistical skills for a range of different careers in Music. 

The main responsibility is to accompany pupils and ensembles for rehearsals, recitals and exams. Each term we hold a series of instrumental recitals during the day and in the evening. Examinations take place each term, along with large ensemble concerts.  The role would also include teaching aural and theory in preparation for exams. 

The post holder will become involved in the many different ensembles and events which run each term, according to their instrumental specialisms and will be able to bring their expertise to the school to help create new projects in the Department. No job description can encompass fully all the tasks and skills required as each week is different.

The position is initially for one year during term time, but could be extended to two years depending on the needs of the school. Accommodation may also be available for a suitable candidate in return for evening and weekend duties.  Meals are provided for staff when they are on duty and staff have access to the sport facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool.

For further details, please contact the Director of Music, Mr. Gareth Harris - g.harris@dauntseys.org

Please contact the HR Department for an Application Form - m.williams@dauntseys.org 

Alternatively, you may download an application form here

Closing date for applications is Friday, 3 May 2019

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.

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

Dauntsey’s School seeks a talented musician to play a full role in the busy life of the Music Department. The post offers the chance to develop your own musical skills, enhance the lives of developing musicians and establish personal career paths for the future.  The Music Department is thriving, with pupils ranging from beginners up to those seeking entry to top university and music college degrees. Ensembles are provided in all styles of music and many compete successfully at regional and national level.

Necessary Skills
  • An excellent sight reader and accompanist.
  • Able to work in an empathetic way which enables pupils and ensembles to achieve their best performance, regardless of their experience and confidence.
  • A team player, working well with academic staff, visiting music teachers and in other areas of the school.
  • Support both pupils and teachers in enabling all to achieve the necessary musical goals.
  • Be aware of the needs of pupils in terms of safe-guarding and well-being and help to discover new talent.
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills.
  • The ability to work in a school where no two weeks are the same and to help bring new ideas to the Department. 
  • The post holder will need to ensure they maintain personal practice and may also wish to pursue some professional commitments outside of school. Any commitments outside of school should enhance rather than detract from the position and should only be undertaken by prior agreement with the Director of Music.
Key Responsibilities

Accompany Pupils in:

  • Informal recitals during the day - often younger pupils.
  • Evening recitals - more experienced pupils up to diploma standard.
  • Occasional concerts for community events or for charity concerts. Most are in school, but we also perform in the local community or occasionally further afield.
  • Termly ABRSM, Trinity and LCM exams.
  • Rehearsals for the instrumental exams, concerts and recitals - arranging these in pupils’ free time.
  • Work with Music Scholars and award holders on their repertoire.
  • Accompany for scholarship and prospective staff interviews.
  • Individual lessons as agreed with visiting music teachers and the Director of Music.
  • Choir rehearsals as directed.

Working as a Musician:

  • Making a significant contribution to ensembles, including the Dauntsey’s Choral Society if appropriate and dependent on instrumental specialism.
  • Teaching Music Theory and Aural
  • Alongside the Director of Music, other music academic staff and 20 visiting instrumental teachers in the preparation of performances.
  • Any other work as reasonably requested by the Director of Music
  • Working with the music staff to devise programmes for concerts.
  • Helping with rehearsal administration - laying out ensembles and preparing repertoire.

Part-Time Piano Visiting Music Teacher (required from September 2019)

An enthusiastic Part-Time Piano VMT 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; given the current situation it would be envisaged that the successful candidate would be required initially for approximately two days of teaching.

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. Alternatively, you may download an application form here.

Closing date for applications is 3 June 2019

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 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 and Head of Instrumental. They co-ordinate billing and timetabling of instrumental lessons and assist in the preparation of concerts and exams.

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, and Rossini’s Petite Messe).  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.  Through close co-operation between the Drama and Music Departments, the School has gained an exceptional reputation for its productions of fully staged musicals. The School ensembles have also gained many awards in recent years, including winning instrumental and vocal classes in the Mid Somerset Festival and achieving second place in the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition.

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 examination
  • 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.

 

Part-Time Singing Visiting Music Teacher (required from September 2019

An enthusiastic Part-Time Singing VMT 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; given the current situation it would be envisaged that the successful candidate would be required initially for approximately two days of teaching.

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. Alternatively, you may download an application form here.

Closing date for applications is 3 June 2019

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 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 and Head of Instrumental. They co-ordinate billing and timetabling of instrumental lessons and assist in the preparation of concerts and exams.

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, and Rossini’s Petite Messe).  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.  Through close co-operation between the Drama and Music Departments, the School has gained an exceptional reputation for its productions of fully staged musicals. The School ensembles have also gained many awards in recent years, including winning instrumental and vocal classes in the Mid Somerset Festival and achieving second place in the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition.

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.

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