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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    31 January 2022 at 5:00pm

  • Date listed

    5 January 2022

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Part time
Contract type
Annual or full time equivalent (FTE) salary
Actual salary
£18,568.00 - £28,972.00 (Part Time at 0.6FTE)

Job summary

The Reach Free School is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Subject Leader of Music to join our team of talented, energetic and visionary teachers.

Music forms part of the Creative Arts department, which also includes dance, drama and art and design. The initial focus of this role would be to deliver music to pupils at Key Stage 3 with the aim of generating interest in the subject and looking to promote it across the school, establishing a suitable curriculum at Key Stages 4 and 5. There is also scope for you to work with our local primary feeder schools delivering music to pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2.

The school values the opportunity that an interest in music can have on a young person and, along with other elements of the creative arts curriculum, forms a core part of the enjoyment ethos. Pupils actively engaging in a suitable and accessible music curriculum will be a core aspect of this role. We have the facilities; a dedicated music classroom and two peripatetic teaching spaces and now we need an individual to take on the role of Subject Leader - Music and inspire our pupils in the subject. There is interest across the school and we currently have a well established and popular peripatetic music programme, offering private lessons in an array of instruments and vocal practice.

In order for the success of this department to grow, it is an expectation that music, dance, drama and art work closely together on both the curriculum and extracurricular offer. Collectively there is an expectation that the department will put on musical and dramatic performances which raise the profile of the subjects and inspire future cohorts to take up the subject.

This position is a new role in the school with great scope and potential to further elevate these subjects. The Subject Leader for Music will report to the Head of Creative Arts. This is an excellent career opportunity offering valuable leadership and management experience that would provide the ideal preparation for further middle or senior leadership roles.

We are looking for an expert practitioner with successful teaching experience across the age and ability range, and someone who demonstrates a good understanding of the potential of technology to enhance learning.

You will have a passion for music and a track record of excellent teaching, collaboration and creativity. You will hold and embody the highest expectations of your pupils and will have the drive and ambition to create an outstanding environment for learning, in both disciplines and beyond.

The Reach Free School is looking for its Subject Leaders to:

Be outstanding practitioners who inspire pupils and colleagues
Be creative in delivering a rigorous, academic curriculum
Believe that every child can and will succeed
Be committed to securing the best outcomes for all pupils at the school with an understanding of how data can be used to maximise progress
Have a passion for education and be open to innovative approaches in everyday aspects of school life
Be excited about helping to design and create every aspect of the school, including the curriculum, policies and the extended day programme
Be flexible, collaborative and resilient
Support and mentor colleagues who are training

In return we will offer you:
The opportunity to be a key member of staff and help build on the school’s successes to date
A happy and supportive working environment with high expectations and standards
Access to the latest technology to assist in developing your teaching and learning
Competitive salaries, based on skills and experience
A network of outstanding practitioners to collaborate with and learn from
Access to a BUPA cash plan to contribute to medical care

The Reach Free School is a successful and rapidly growing secondary Free School, which opened in September 2013. The over-subscribed school is a popular choice for families. In September 2018 the school moved into a brand new purpose built building right in the heart of the community that it serves.

If the challenges of working to develop a local school appeal to you, then we would like to hear from you.

Further information is available from our website: www.thereachfreeschool.co.uk

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact The Reach Free School with any questions on 01923 711517 or via email to Mrs S Berman, Headteacher’s PA at sberman@reachfree.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Apply by 31st January 2022
Interviews to take place: February 2022

The Reach Free School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and expects all staff to share this commitment. In accordance with our Safer Recruitment Policy we are unable to process applications without a fully completed application form. The successful applicant must obtain DBS clearance at enhanced level. The school will also carry out a prohibition from teaching check. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of your employment.

Applying for the job

Candidates may apply for this position through our website or by emailing Mrs Samantha Berman at sberman@reachfree.co.uk with the school's application form.

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School overview

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
School size
666 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01923 711517

About The Reach Free School

The School

The Reach Free School is an 11 to 18 school in Rickmansworth, which serves pupils of all backgrounds and abilities. Opened in September 2013, the school was founded by a group of teachers and local parents in response to a significant demand for more secondary school places in the area.

All involved with the school have high aspirations for our pupils and high expectations of them. As such we expect all pupils to:
Commit their best efforts to all that they do
Support each other to achieve their potential
Work with their teachers to exceed their goals
Demonstrate exemplary behaviour in all that they do
Take pride in their school and its community within its walls and beyond
Enjoy learning
The Reach Free School plays an active role in the community, working with local businesses, supporting local events and providing a hub for local services. Pupils are very much involved in the school’s wider responsibilities, developing skills in leadership and decision making, communication and collaboration and independent, self led learning.

A sense of purpose and responsibility pervades lessons and activities at The Reach Free School and it is important that our pupils recognise their own responsibilities as members of the community. It is this that underpins The Reach Free School’s ethos; Achievement, Community, Enjoyment – ACE.

School location

Long Lane, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 8AB

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