United Learning

  • Kingston Upon Thames
Job Purpose: To lead the Preparatory School’s Music Department in achieving outstanding teaching and learning, and to inspire, encourage and empower our students to achieve their very best in the subject of Music.The Head of the Preparatory Schools’ Music will work across Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School and Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School.



Reporting Line: Head of Girls’ Preparatory School



Tenure: Permanent, Full time





Key Responsibilities:


Lead by example - model outstanding teaching and learning, and be fully involved in curricular and co-curricular Music. Monitor the quality of teaching and learning through regular observations of department staff, work scrutiny and pupil feedback.
Coach and support members of your team to ensure skill/knowledge base along with willingness to improve/develop is high.
Track and monitor student progress and achievement within the subject area across all Key Stages using baseline data.
Consult with the Director of Music and SLT at both Preparatory Schools on suitable content for focus on year to insert into curriculum review.
Keeping abreast of, and communicating to the Department, changes in policies, guidelines and other national initiatives.
Arrange and participate as appropriate in the promotion of co-curricular activities to enhance the learning and development of the subject(s).
Engage in on-going personal and professional development in order to provide high quality and innovative educational leadership.
Be aligned to the School’s values and be a respected and well informed conduit to whole school change.
Promote the School’s ethos of May Love Always Lead Us and the Best in Everyone
Promote the School and its courses and activities, including participation in external and internal marketing activities.
Uphold the good reputation of the School and of United Learning with students, parents, other schools and in general.
Advise SLT on staffing requirements, the deployment of Department staff (including technical support staff) and the timetabling of courses, classes and rooms.
Ensure effective Department communication, both informally and through regular Departmental meetings.
Manage the following aspects of the Preparatory Instrumental Programme (providing free instrumental lessons to pupils in Years 3 and 4): 1. all communication with parents, 2. hire of school and external instruments, 3. maintenance of school instruments (in liaison with the Head Instrumental Music)
Monitor and develop/support the contribution made by members of your team and relevant VMTs (Visiting Music Teachers) to co-curricular activities.
Ensure Department compliance with agreed school policies for assessment, recording, contacts with parents etc.






The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:




Good Honours degree
A postgraduate teaching qualification, including QTS would be an advantage
Evidence of further relevant professional development
The ability to lead, inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into reality
The ability to work in a leadership team in a successful and dynamic school
Excellent organizational, communication, administrative and ICT skills
A proven track record of delivering on musical attainment
Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
Experience of leading and collaborating with colleagues
Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
Positive rapport with pupils and personal warmth to gain confidence of pupils, staff and parents
High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
An enthusiastic team player with a reflective and flexible approach
High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct




Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting 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.



Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.