Music03Teacher of Music Required

September 2019 or Janurary 2020

MPS/UPS (currently £27,594 - £43,347)

We have an opportunity for a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and innovative teacher to join our forward thinking and successful music department. The ideal candidate will be expected to teach music across key stages 3, 4 and 5 and be committed to raising the achievement of all students. We expect a strong commitment to the running of extra-curricular activities and whole school productions. The post would suit an ambitious teacher and someone who would like the opportunity to teach A level. We have excellent training and career progression opportunities for NQTs and more experienced teachers.

Highams Park School is a very successful co-educational 11-18 mixed Academy converter comprehensive school. There is a strong culture of traditional values like school uniform and good behaviour coupled with an emphasis on high quality, forward thinking teaching and learning.

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Head of Department

The Professional duties of teachers, (other than the Principal) are set out in the School Teachers Pay & Conditions Document and describe the duties required of all teachers. In addition, the specific requirements of the post of classroom teacher, along with the particular duties expected of the post holder have been set out below.


To teach music at KS3, KS4 and KS5

Main (core) Duties

  • Teaching music to KS3, KS4 and KS5 as required
  • General teaching duties as expected for a Classroom Teacher
  • Being a positive and proactive member of the music team

Teaching and Learning

  • Teach music to KS3, KS4 and KS5 as required.
  • Contribute to the department’s bank of resources for the teaching of music and assist in the production of materials which take into account students of all abilities and levels.
  • Contribute to the drawing up, evaluation and reviewing of Schemes of Work in relation to KS3, KS4 and KS5.
  • Plan and evaluate work in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Work effectively with colleagues, providing support and help as required.
  • Build positive working relationships with students in your care, implementing the school’s rewards and sanctions consistently.
  • Contribute to developing enrichment activities in the department. Running of extra-curricular activities during and after school as necessary. Assist in maintaining high quality displays in music classrooms and areas

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

  • Maintain records of achievement and progress of all students in accordance with statutory requirements and departmental policy
  • Mark and return work set, including homework, in line with school and departmental policy
  • Adhere to the school’s Assessment and Marking Policy
  • Complete student data entry and reports in line with school policy
  • Attend Parents’ Evenings as required and keep students and parents informed about current performance and ways in which to improve.

Any other reasonable duties as directed by the Principal

 Person Specification

 Qualifications and Experience  

1. Good degree in the relevant subject or subjects

2. Qualified Teacher Status + right to work in the UK

3. Experience of teaching the subject to GCSE level and the ability to teach to A level (where relevant)

4. Experience as a tutor and/or in pastoral work

Skills and Attributes in Teaching and Learning 

5. Clear understanding of what constitutes good and outstanding lessons

6. Ability to produce high quality experiences and outcomes for students

7. Ability to develop differentiated lesson plans and Schemes of Work

8. Collaborative teaching methods and ability to work with colleagues in the preparation, assessment and monitoring of work

9. Practical understanding of National Curriculum requirements (where relevant) in terms of content, classroom practice, differentiation, assessment and reporting to parents

10. Ability to use data effectively to evaluate student progress and achievement

11. Demonstrable experience of improving student outcomes in the last three years (except NQTs)

Professional Skills and Attributes  

12. Ability to organise and prioritise workload and work on own initiative

13. Ability to work constructively as part of a team, understanding School roles and responsibilities and the post holder’s position within these

14. Ability to communicate well in writing and face-to-face to all stakeholders

15. Administrative and organisational skills

16. Ability to identify own training and development needs and to take responsibility for addressing these

Personal Qualities

17. Respect for all members of the school community

18. Responsibility and attention to detail

19. Resilience in the face of challenge

20. A strong, flexible and proactive work ethic

21. Honesty and trustworthiness

22. Sense of humour and a sense of fun

Commitment to

23. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people

24. Equal opportunities for all in a comprehensive environment

25. Extra-curricular activities to enhance the student experience


Highams Park School's quick guide to the Music Department

The Music department consists of two full-time members of staff along with ten peripatetic teachers and a technician. The department delivers courses across the Key Stages including both GCSE and A level. Current GCSE uptake is above the National Average with 21 in Year 11 and 24 in Year 10. There are 7 students taking A level music in Year 12. The successful candidate will be expected to teach to these levels. All lessons last one hour.

At Key Stage 3, a different model applies to each year. In Year 7, students carousel with drama and will have the equivalent of two terms worth of lessons over the academic year. In Year 8, dance comes into the carousel and students spend the equivalent of two fifths of an hour each week on music, spread across the year. In Year 9, students choose to study two of the three subjects, music, drama and dance, for 1 hour each week throughout the year. The majority of the year continue with music.

At Key Stage 4, students who opt for music receive 2 one hour lessons each week and we currently deliver the EDEXCEL course.

At Key Stage 5, students receive 9 one hour lessons over two weeks and we currently deliver the EDEXCEL course.

The Music Department’s accommodation is housed in a separate block shared with art and drama. Music is contained on the ground floor with two large teaching rooms and a suite of five practice rooms. Each teaching room contains an acoustic piano (one upright and one grand), 15 Yamaha PSR 443 keyboards, numerous percussion instruments from LP, half class sets of djembe and balafons, electric guitars, amplifiers and computers. Each teaching room contains a proper hifi playback system with one room having a full 5.1 surround system. Both rooms have blu ray playback as well as LED screens. The practice rooms all contain electric full weighted Yamaha Clavinovas with some also containing an acoustic piano. The drum room contains a Pearl Export kit. One room has a dedicated proper hifi system for examination students to listen to music. It also contains a range of CDs and books. For concerts, additional equipment is stored near the stage in the school hall. This includes two drum kits by Yamaha and Pearl and numerous guitar amplifiers by Marshall and Blackstar (valve and transistor). We have a variety of sound mixing desks by Studiocraft and Yamaha, including a 32 channel desk used for whole school productions. Recording equipment includes CD/Minidisk/hard disk and various radio microphones by Sennheiser, AKG and Shure. We are well resourced to put on shows and record GCSE and A level coursework.

We offer instrumental and vocal tuition via our ten peripatetic teachers. Currently about 120 students take up this opportunity. Students are regularly entered for ABRSM/Rockschool/Trinity grades from Prep test to Grade 8. For the summer session, examinations take place at school with a visiting examiner from ABRSM.

There is a good variety of clubs and activities at various times throughout the academic year for students to get involved in, some delivered by teaching staff and some by peripatetic teachers. This ranges from wind ensemble, choir, guitar, show band/orchestra, a listening to music group and Grade 5 Theory.

There are numerous opportunities for students to perform throughout the year. These include evening concerts as well as those at lunchtime. The school show runs for a week with a matinee performance for a local school and five evening performances. Recent musicals include “Little Shop of Horrors” (2017), “Wizard of Oz” (2015), “Grease” (2014) and “Les Miserables-School’s Edition” (2013). We work very closely with the Drama/Dance department on these events. Music enjoys a high profile in the school and is well supported by the Principal and SLMT.

Applicants for this post should indicate what instruments they play (with the grade studied to) under the qualifications section of the application form.

Mr Sanjay Mehta
Head of Music

Please Email the school on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., HR Manager. Go to our downloads page for an application form and return by  midday 3rd September 2019. Early applications will be considered on receipt and interviews scheduled accordingly

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