TEACHER OF MUSIC (part-time)

for January 2021 (or sooner if possible)

We are seeking an inspiring, creative and adventurous part-time Music Teacher to teach this key area of student life at Ashford School. This is a fantastic opportunity to assist in shaping our musical future as we seek to build a national reputation for music.

The Music Department is led by the Director of Music within the Faculty for Creative and Performing Arts. The Music Department is proud of its Steinway status and its facilities include an organ, as well as a range of practice rooms which are used by a large team of visiting music teachers. The co-curricular programme within Music is wide-ranging and has particularly strong links to the Drama Department. The successful candidate will have the thirst and vision to grow and enhance our musical provision, harnessing the talents of all our pupils and giving them opportunities to both perform and enjoy music of all genres.

As a Teacher of Music, the successful candidate will need the imagination, commitment and ambition to challenge students to enjoy the study and performance of music, as well as the insight and enthusiasm to convey its intricacies. The department teaches the Edexcel GCSE and A Level Music courses; a position of responsibility to lead on the academic programme may be available for a suitably experienced applicant.

An understanding and experience of quality in performance music is essential, along with high levels of energy and excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate should be academically well-qualified with a degree in music and performance-level proficiency in at least two instruments; the ability to accompany pupils on the piano would be a distinct advantage.

In addition to advanced keyboard skills, the successful candidate will have experience of leading and conducting orchestras, choirs and ensemble groups. The Teacher of Music will also be expected to assist with developing co-curricular music in the School, supporting our vision for music to be integral in the educational lives and development of our pupils. Building upon opportunities to engage with the local community are a key priority for the music and other departments. With many talented Ashford School musicians in its ranks, Ashford School is synonymous with Ashford’s flagship jazz ensemble the Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO). Similar initiatives to provide opportunities for music making to a wider audience also include Primary school workshops and a Primary school music day held in Brake Hall.

Candidates should be familiar with computer technology as a tool for learning, teaching and administration. All teaching rooms are equipped with permanent internet access and interactive whiteboards; all students in KS3 and KS4 have access to a Surface Go in their lessons which they use to access a variety of learning platforms.

Teachers at Ashford enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and well-resourced environment and are provided with assistance from a range of support staff, including an Administrator who is dedicated to the organisation of events for Music and Drama within the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty.

Single person accommodation may be available in return for boarding duties.

The teaching allocation for this post is 0.8 of a full-time contract. For candidates with an interest in Academic Music leadership, this post will also attract a teaching and learning responsibility allowance.

Salary by negotiation and dependent on skills, attributes and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Deadline for applications: 09:00 on Monday 15 June

Note - We reserve the right to interview and offer to a strong candidate prior to the closing date. It is strongly recommended that candidates submit their applications as soon as possible.

Ashford School is one of the UK's leading coeducational, independent day and boarding schools, having twice been voted Independent School of the Year. The School was endorsed as excellent in every category during the most recent inspection.

Ashford School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life-changing education across England. As a group, we achieve more by sharing than any single school could.

Ashford School is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.