- £26,948 - £42,780
Teacher of Music job summary
Music department at St Bede’s
Please note applications will be reviewed upon receipt and as such, this vacancy may close earlier than the date advertised.
St Bede’s has a vibrant, thriving and extremely successful music department and is in the privileged position of being able to work with some highly talented musicians. The school was designated a music specialist school from September 2008 which brought many opportunities for the students, including community outreach. Even though the concept has ended, the department still regularly works closely with its partner primary and secondary schools and is a member of the Surrey Music Hub. In 2011 the department had an Ofsted subject inspection and was graded outstanding.
Pupils’ participation in music throughout all key stages is strong and the school places an extremely important emphasis on music in the curriculum and in the wider life of the school. Students are encouraged to participate in all kinds of music at all levels and examination results are excellent. Both formal and informal concerts are a regular feature of school life.
The music department is a strong team and currently consists of 4 members of staff. It is situated in a purpose built performing arts block, which was opened at the end of 2004 and added to in 2019. The facilities are fabulous, comprising three fully equipped teaching rooms plus a large rehearsal room. The department is extremely well resourced with a wide variety of electronic and acoustic instruments. The three classrooms are fully equipped with keyboards, sound systems, projectors, interactive whiteboards and computers (2 rooms with Macs running Logic and Garageband), as well as a full range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments including drum kit. There are 12 practice rooms equipped with upright pianos and a Steinway grand, with the one practice room being a recording studio. The main school hall has been fully refurbished to a high standard and contains a lovely Blüthner grand piano.
In both Year 7 and Year 8, music is taught twice per fortnight to mixed-ability tutor groups of 30 students. In Year 9 students opt for two arts subjects from art, drama, music and PE and students receive 3 hours per fortnight: we currently have six classes of Year 9 students.
In Year 8 students take part in an ‘elective’ programme where they can opt for extra lessons in a subject area in the form of a half termly project; currently the department offers a very popular elective in music technology.
Why work for us?
St Bede's is a good place to work. Staff are friendly and supportive of one another: relationships between staff and pupils were recognised by Ofsted as 'exceptionally strong'.
NQTs benefit from a well developed and comprehensive induction period programme. More experienced teachers are given the opportunity to participate in training which will help them to develop skills needed for middle and senior management roles.
There are good on-site catering facilities. Staff are able to use the fitness facilities free of charge and to participate in sports activities.
Music is a big part of school life and staff are welcome to join our senior choir and instrumental groups.
We have a social event at the end of each term as well as occasional staff trips to the theatre.
The school is situated in Redhill, a commuter belt town in the Surrey Fringe area. We are close to the M25 and there are good transport links to London and the South Coast from Redhill station which is about 15 minutes walk from the school. We also benefit from being within walking distance of beautiful countryside . Many staff live locally, others commute from Guildford, South London, Kent and East & West Sussex.
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About St Bede's School
- School type
- Local authority maintained school, Church of England/Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
- School size
- 1860 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 18
St Bede's is a voluntary aided school located in Redhill, Surrey. We are proud to serve roughly 1,850 boys and girls of all abilities, age 11-18, from Reigate, Redhill, Caterham, Horley and the surrounding areas. This includes over 300 studying academic courses in the sixth form. The school will be gradually expanding over the next few years. The school has an Anglican, Catholic and Free Church foundation and we work hard to create an inclusive ethos. Our aim is to ensure that pupils thrive academically, socially and spiritually within a Christian Framework.
Staff well-being is considered very important at St Bede's. During the current pandemic we are working hard to ensure that staff feel supported, connected and valued. A senior member of staff has been appointed to lead in this area.