Director of Drama

The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9PG

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  • Expected start date

    31 August 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    9 May 2022

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Director of Drama job summary

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic teacher, with the ability to teach bright pupils from Key Stage 3 to A level, to lead a dedicated and successful department.

Drama is taught to all pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, and is an option thereafter. In Years 7 and 8, pupils have a single hour long lesson per fortnight. They develop specific skills, a general historical understanding and an ability to use drama as an explorative strategy. In Year 9 there are two lessons a fortnight and the department takes on the delivery of part of the PSHE programme, through Drama.

At Key Stages 4 and 5 we follow the AQA syllabuses at GCSE and A level. Uptake is impressive, with two GCSE groups and an A level group. Results are strong (three year average of 80% A*-B at A level, and 65% 9-7 at GCSE).

The Drama department shares Byng Hall, our performing arts centre, with the Music department. This collaboration between Music and Drama teachers encourages an exchange of ideas and crosscurricular opportunity on a significant scale. In terms of facilities, Drama has one specialist classroom, a specialist teaching space which is shared with Music, and the Thomson Theatre, a 180 seat theatre renovated to a very high specification in 2008, with raked seating and a hydraulic lighting system.

The successful candidate will also be expected to lead the department’s extra-curricular work. This involves at least two performances a year, one senior production and one junior: these are shared between Drama teachers. There is also a high demand for rehearsal of A level and GCSE practical work. The department is also involved in supported a number of linked projects (eg. the National Theatre’s New Views writing competition). Theatre trips are common and we support a vibrant LAMDA programme.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding teacher with excellent subject knowledge supported by a good honours degree in Drama or a related subject. The ability to form good working relationships with colleagues and students is essential.

Additional allowances

TLR - £6,738

Applying for the job

Candidates should submit a completed application form, including details of key achievements and responsibilities, along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the job description and person

Completed applications should be emailed to the Headmaster’s Secretary, Mrs Wendy Dray at

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About The Skinners' School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1114 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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Skinners’ School was founded in 1887 and is a thriving boys’ grammar school. There are currently 1119 pupils, 325 of whom are in the Sixth Form. A friendly and hard-working community, the school is amongst the highest achieving in the country, both academically and in terms of extra-curricular provision. Pastoral care is also a real strength.

Skinners’ School is situated on the northern side of the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in West Kent, with 20 acres of sports pitches. Surrounded by countryside, Tunbridge Wells has excellent
transport links by rail to London (approx. 45 minutes to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross, 60 minutes to Victoria), and Hastings. The M25 and M20 are a short drive from the School. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports are easily reached, as are the Channel Tunnel and ferry
terminals. It is a short drive to the neighbouring towns of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

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