An exciting opportunity has arisen for an excellent secondary music teacher to lead the music department at Townsend Church of England School in St Albans and to be part of an innovative school / Hertfordshire Music Service partnership. The position would ideally be full time, but the school may consider a part time request or a candidate who could offer the teaching or provision of another subject or area of the curriculum.
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We are looking for someone to lead music education at Townsend, delivering high quality and engaging lessons and offering a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities. The successful candidate will also need to liaise effectively and creatively with the St Albans Music School (part of Hertfordshire Music Service), where a thriving mutual partnership will benefit the school community and the Music Service. The extended role with the Music Service could include a range of opportunities from instrumental teaching to partnership work with local schools.
As a Church school, Townsend holds four Cathedral services a year and, as Head of Music, the candidate would be expected to play a lead role in these, by sharing the planning with the Head of Worship and by organising and preparing the musical content. Leading, developing and monitoring the work of the peripatetic music teachers in the school would also be an expectation of the role.
Townsend Church of England School is an inclusive and small secondary school that has 5 forms of entry. The school has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and we are keen to build a thriving, innovative and successful music department that meets the needs of all its students. Please look at the school website to see how lovely this school is and why we believe music could and should be a central part of school life. Currently music is taught at Key Stage 3 to all students and is a GCSE optional subject, although at present it is only a year 10 GCSE group that is viable. The school is committed to protecting the arts subjects at GCSE and is very keen for the development and growth of music at GCSE level and the possible future introduction of A Level music as numbers build.
This exciting position provides a fabulous opportunity for someone who is passionate about bringing music into the lives of young people and who has the vision to recognise the values and benefits of music in a young person’s life. The school would be supportive of a candidate willing and keen to look at how music can be used to engage reluctant learners and/or offer something special and embracing for children with SEND who may struggle to engage with parts of the school curriculum. The candidate would play an active role as a member of the teaching staff at Townsend and be accountable to the school for the quality of school music teaching and its music provision. We would hope that, as a middle leader, the Head of Music would take a full and proactive role as part of the whole school leadership, working with other Subject Leaders and Heads of Year to promote and build the status and value of music in every young person’s life.
The successful candidate should have good communication skills with children and adults, have expertise and passion for music, be creative and innovative, be energised, resilient and committed to making a difference to young people, and be willing to play an active role within the communities of Townsend and Hertfordshire Music Service.
For more details contact the school 01727853047 email@example.com .You are also very welcome to visit the school and to talk with the Headteacher, Andrew Wellbeloved, or his Deputy Caroline Lingwood and/or with Rachel Curson, Head of St Albans Music School (01438 845299 Internal: 87234) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans Music School relocated its base to Townsend School in 2015 and, as a result, there has been substantial investment in the school’s music facilities. The refurbishment included the creation of 12 dedicated music practice rooms; main teaching spaces and ICT facilities were updated; plus substantial provision for instruments and associated musical resources are accessible from the Hertfordshire Music Service. It is intended that the St Albans Music School’s provision is accessed by Townsend pupils as their extra-curricular music, as well as serving the wider community.
Hertfordshire Music Service is the largest Local Authority Music Service in the country, employing 520 teachers, delivering 6000 hour tuition per week to 28,000 children. Hertfordshire Music Service is proud to be the Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub, securing funding form DfE/Arts Council England. HMS provides a network of music centres and specialist team, such as Music Therapy, The Funky Pie Team (SEND) The MIX (informal and family music) and County Activities (including the nationally acclaimed County Youth Orchestra).
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How to Apply
Contact the school: 01727 853047
Contact Rachel Curson: