We are looking to appoint a Teacher of Music for 1st January 2023. We are seeking someone who will be ambitious for our students and has a vision for the development of Music in our curriculum. Music sits within the Performing and Creative Arts faculty (along with PE, Drama and Art). The challenge for the successful applicants will be to contribute to further developing an already strong subject and continue to raise standards at both KS3 and GCSE.
In 2021 the department's GCSE results were a real success with 95% of students securing a grade 4 or better with 47% securing 7+.
The Performing and Creative Art (PCA) faculty is a leading faculty across both campuses. The Achievement Leader of PCA is talented, enthusiastic, approachable and highly supportive. He works with the faculty to promote collaborative planning, enhance teaching and learning and to drive up standards of achievement and attainment.
The faculty has a clear focus on developing students' extended writing to enhance the performance of Key Stage 4 students this year as well as focusing on the development of skills and knowledge for the transition of students from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 to ensure all students are well prepared and successful in their subjects.
The faculty comprises an Achievement Leader working with two Assistant Achievement Leaders, and 13 main scale teachers. It is an exceptionally upbeat, forward-thinking and innovative faculty which is cohesive, team spirited and very well led. We are looking for someone who can play an active role in contributing to the already high standards within the department. Option choices at GCSE across the faculty are moderate, with Music results consistently strong, a sign of strength of the subject within the school. Student participation is high with students valuing the opportunities offered by staff.
There are dedicated music rooms on each campus, with PCs running Cubase and a small number of Macs running Logic. There are pianos, keyboards, classroom percussion, samba percussion, guitars, amps, ukuleles, drum kits, orchestral instruments etc. One of the key parts of music at Crestwood is our amazing and nationally regarded steel bands. We have enough pans on each campus for them not only to be used after school, but as part of the curriculum, to great effect. We also regularly stage productions in conjunction with the drama department.
As a new member of staff you will be well supported: we have a comprehensive induction process, and you will be given an Induction Mentor and a ‘professional buddy’.
For the successful candidate, a commitment to raising standards and a passion for developing young adults is essential: this entails a commitment to all learners, to excellence for all, and a belief that a good school makes a significant difference to learners’ life chances, levels of attainment and the well-being of the community as a whole.
Your application should comprise a completed Hampshire teaching application form, and a letter in which you should outline your experience to date, the reasons for your interest in the post and your suitability for it. Please include a paragraph on your philosophy of Music teaching and what specialisms you could bring to Crestwood Community School. You can find an application form and further information in the school website under School Information/Vacancies.