Head of Music Blenheim High School, Epsom, Surrey

Job description

Job Purpose:
• To ensure that all students make maximum progress. The successful candidate will work closely with senior colleagues.
• To ensure students of all ages are supported and challenged as necessary and achieve optimum levels of engagement with school life.
• To support and challenge members of the department as necessary thus ensuring that the student experience and progress is maximised.
• To help maximise student attendance by the department delivering creative, innovative and rewarding lessons.
• To role model excellent practices, actively encouraging other members of the department to do the same, going ‘above and beyond’, intervening with students outside the curriculum so they ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible.
• To support and challenge Heads of Year so that underachieving students have barriers removed from their learning and regularly show good learning behaviours including being properly equipped for lessons.
• To effectively lead the department so protocols are consistently followed e.g. deadlines are met, registers are taken, iPads are dropped off at the front of the class at the start of each lesson, students’ have challenging starter activities, the main parts of lessons involve students applying their newly acquired skills or knowledge regularly and expediently etc.
• To ensure lessons are well planned and follow schemes of work with regular and consistent assessments providing students with high quality feedback which they are accountable for acting upon via DIRT marking.
• To encourage a culture of shared practice in the department where resources are shared, practices are discussed and peer lesson observations take place on a regular basis; typically half termly.
• To communicate with parents on a range of issues, particularly where students are underachieving.
• To communicate appropriate information to teaching and support staff.
• To contribute to a confidential record of issues affecting the educational progress of students.
• To be highly visible and a point of contact for students.
• To keep abreast of national developments in specifications, examination requirements and teaching processes within the Department.
• Regularly review specification taught, initiating and leading change as required, thereby ensuring that pupils within the Department follow appropriate specification and schemes of work that meet legal requirements and provide challenge to enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
• To be familiar with school policies, in particular safeguarding procedures, and promote the welfare of children.

Key Responsibilities:
• Be a champion for the department advocating its place in the curriculum and the benefits it will provide students once they leave school.
• Ensure vulnerable and pupil premium students can succeed through differentiation and stimulating lesson delivery.
• Be a highly visible point of contact for students and families when they require assistance or information relating to the department.
• Lead department meetings.
• Ensure school uniform is worn correctly.
• Produce internal and external reports as necessary.
• Work within school systems to inform teaching and non-teaching staff about students’ progress.
• Communicate effectively and purposefully with parents so they are well informed about the department’s procedures, expectations and upcoming events.
• Promote positive attitudes to learning and behaviour for learning with vulnerable students.
• Liaise with the SEND Department to ensure students with unique needs are effectively catered for.
• To analyse student data and to intervene swiftly, as necessary, communicating with parents of underachieving students on a regular basis.
• Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the school.
• The post holder will be expected to run after school, each week, at least one voluntary 60 minute academic ‘clinic’ on their own subject to a group of KS4 or KS5 students as identified by the Head of Department, Deputy Head (Curriculum) or Headteacher. This clinic will not be part of the role of Head of Department rather it will be part of a wider, whole school, extended day.
• In addition, the Head of Music will be expected to run extra-curricular activities at least three times a week.

Essential educational requirements

Posses a degree or equivalent qualification in subject area.

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status/ PGCE Qualification ideally in subject area.

Essential skills and experience

A motivated individual who can inspire.
The ability to ‘absorb’ the challenges of the day and still maintain high standards of professionalism.
A team player putting students first and working with colleagues efficiently and effectively; recognising the ‘greater good’.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing.
A genuine interest and enjoyment in working with students, educators, schools and learning.
Ability to demonstrate flexibility and tenacity.
Confident, assertive and able to thrive in a challenging environment.
Ability to motivate pupils through a variety of methods, including competition, rewards, sanctions and the setting of SMART goals.
Ability to interpret and track student progress through the use of data.
Ability to successfully encourage students to achieve their academic and recreational potential.
Students taking GCSE Music may need accompaniment for their performance, therefore piano skills are desirable.

Employee benefits

There is the potential for an annual recruitment and retention allowance of up to £5000 for this post.

About Blenheim High School

Comprehensive state funded academy secondary school [mixed], based in Epsom, Surrey.

Longmead Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9BH
Blenheim High School website (opens in a new window)