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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    24 June 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    11 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum
  • Other leadership roles

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Subject

Music

Working pattern

Term time: 32.5 Hours a week

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS/UPS

Additional allowances

IIA Allowance

What skills and experience we're looking for

Studio School & Sixth is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hardworking teacher to lead our music curriculum.

About Studio School & Sixth

Studio School & Sixth is a specialist 14-19 non-selective school and founding member of The Mercian Trust.

Located in the heart of Walsall town centre, our unique small school and sixth form offers an immersive professional experience; supporting academic, vocational and personal excellence for students starting Year 10 or Year 12 who seek a creative curriculum.

Vocational learning is important here, but it would be wrong to think that this means our students focus purely on practical work. There’s plenty of theory to learn and we strike a good balance between the academic and the vocational. Above all, we challenge our students to be the very best they can be in their chosen fields.

Back in the Renaissance, more than 400 years ago, ‘apprentices’ studied under the guidance of ‘masters’ and it’s this model that has influenced the way Studio Schools operate today. Of course, much has changed, and now, thankfully, those ‘masters’ and ‘apprentices’ are just as likely to be women and girls, as they are men and boys.

Studio School & Sixth has almost 300 such ‘apprentices’. It’s one of only a handful of Studio Schools in the country and opened its doors in 2013. Its students go on to universities, conservatoires and high-quality apprenticeships. The school focuses on creative industries, specifically music, performing arts and media.

Join our team

  • Do you want to work in a school that champions creative industries?
  • Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity to develop a specialist music curriculum?
  • Are you ready to pass on your technical and specialist knowledge/ skills to the next generation of budding musicians?

Whether you have experience of teaching Key Stage 4 and 5 (Level 2 and 3 qualifications, or you are completing your Postgraduate Certificate of Education (or equivalent teaching qualification) in secondary education, we are looking for people like you to join our highly successful team.

If you wish to learn more about the school and this post, please get in touch via: d.perry@studio.merciantrust.org.uk

Applications should be made using the The Mercian Trust’s application form and you are required to provide two referees on your application. CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date: Monday 24th June, 12pm

Interviews: Commencing Wednesday 26th June

Studio School & Sixth is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A copy of the ‘Safeguarding Policy’ is available to view or download by logging onto the School website: https://walsallstudio.school/

This position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Further details regarding this check are available from the school or by visiting www.crb.gov.uk.

What the school offers its staff

About Studio School & Sixth

Established in 2013 and located on the edge of Walsall Town Centre, Studio School and Sixth is a unique school that offers high-quality academic and vocational curriculum to 14–19-year-olds across the Black Country.

Students choose to join our school in year 10 (expanding their opportunity to study a personalised set of KS4 GCSE and vocational options) or in year 12 (choosing to immerse themselves in one of our specialist pathways); creating a community of likeminded young professionals who are keen to express their aptitude, aspiration, and passion for ‘what we do’.

As a working studio, our students benefit from:

  • Hands-on experience: Students gain practical experience by working on authentic projects alongside experienced teachers and industry professionals.
  • Relevant education: Our curriculum is tailored to the creative, health and digital industries, providing students with the skills and knowledge that are relevant and in-demand.
  • Industry connections: Students build relationships with a wide range of industry professionals, adding true value to their learning experience and future job opportunities.
  • Access to equipment and resources: As a studio, students have access to a wide range of equipment and resources to support learning and enhance skills.
  • Career preparation: By working in a real-world environment, students better prepare themselves for careers in their field and understand the expectations and demands of their chosen profession.

By having the opportunity to study with us at the beginning of their year 10 or 12 journey, students develop a competitive advantage for the following reasons:

  • Personalised approach: Although able, not all students want to be limited by traditional EBacc subjects, and would prefer a choice to select a personalised range of option choices
  • Balanced education: By promoting the benefits of strong academic, vocational and personal curriculums, students follow a balanced educational approach that prepares them for a variety of careers.
  • Career focus: Our specialist approach allows students to develop skills and knowledge in their chosen field and gain a better understanding of their future career options.
  • Early specialisation: By choosing to study at a specialist school at the end of year 9, students can start specialising in their chosen field earlier, which can give them a competitive advantage.

Commitment to safeguarding

Studio School & Sixth is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A copy of the ‘Safeguarding Policy’ is available to view or download by logging onto the School website: https://walsallstudio.school/

This position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Further details regarding this check are available from the school or by visiting www.crb.gov.uk.

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About Walsall Studio School

School type
Free School, ages 14 to 19
Education phase
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School size
188 pupils enrolled
Age range
14 to 19

Studio School & Sixth is a specialist 14-19 non-selective school and founding member of The Mercian Trust.

Located in the heart of Walsall town centre, our unique small school and sixth form offers an immersive professional experience; supporting academic, vocational and personal excellence for students starting Year 10 or Year 12 who seek a creative and digitally rich curriculum.
Vocational learning is really important here, but it would be wrong to think that this means our students focus purely on practical work. There’s plenty of theory to learn and we strike a good balance between the academic and the vocational. Above all, we challenge our students to be the very best they can be in their chosen fields.

Back in the Renaissance, more than 400 years ago, ‘apprentices’ studied under the guidance of ‘masters’ and it’s this model that has influenced the way Studio Schools operate today. Of course, much has changed and now, thankfully, those ‘masters’ and ‘apprentices’ are just as likely to be women and girls as men and boys.

Studio School & Sixth has almost 300 such ‘apprentices’. It’s one of only a handful of Studio Schools in the country and opened its doors in 2013. Its students go on to universities, conservatoires and high-quality apprenticeships. The school focuses on the creative, health and digital industries, which means students have careers as paramedics, therapists, software engineers, actors, dancers, teachers and much else besides.

Arranging a visit to Walsall Studio School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email bonnie.burns@merciantrust.org.uk.

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