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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 March 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    6 March 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to UPS3 Plus TLR 1.3 (£12,720 per annum)

What skills and experience we're looking for


A leading UK State School for boys aged 11-18 with a national reputation for academic excellence

'An outstanding school' - OFSTED 2021

Required for September 2023

Director of Music

M1 – UPS3 (£29,344 - £44,919) plus TLR 1.3 £12,720 per annum

After 33 years of service to the School, our exceptional Director of Music is retiring. This provides an opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented successor to build on an extraordinary legacy. We are seeking a well-qualified and inspirational individual to lead the curriculum (including GCSE and A Level) and extra-curricular provision for music. The successful candidate will have a commitment to music for all and the achievement of excellence in line with our school values. An ability to lead and coordinate multiple ensembles and a team of peripatetic music teachers is essential. Good keyboard skills would be advantageous, but not essential.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with our students, many of whom are phenomenal musicians. We select 10% of our cohort each year on the basis of music aptitude. Recent alumni from the school have gained places in conservatoires and one student won an organ scholarship at a prestigious Cambridge College. WBGS has an excellent reputation for music and has enviable facilities in the Clarendon Muse, with a purpose built concert hall, recording studio, classrooms and practice rooms.

For a successful candidate we are able to support the completion of an MA.

Our Admissions Policy prioritises children of staff.

Further information is available on our website at https://www.watfordboys.org/48/job-vacancies. Completed application forms to Ian Cooksey, Headmaster, head@watfordboys.org. The school is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS Check. The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 20th March 2023.

What the school offers its staff

We are always seeking to improve staff wellbeing: Low academic curriculum contact time (80%) An admissions policy that prioritises children of staff Flexible approach to leave Increased holiday through disaggregation of INSET days Governors' contribution of £1,500 to staff common room Free biscuits, tea/coffee and milk Dining allowance for parents' evenings and INSETS Free flu jabs Cycle Scheme, free use of gym, free counselling service, free yoga sessions Cover supervisors and external invigilators employed Subsidised staff accommodation next to the school

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About Watford Grammar School for Boys

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1516 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01923 208900

A leading, partially selective UK State School for boys aged 11-18, with an enviable national reputation for academic achievement and excellence across a broad range of sporting, musical and artistic pursuits. Expanding from 7 to 8 form entry from 2018. Outstanding Ofsted - October 2021

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