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The King’s School

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The King’s School
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Assistant Director of Music


Line Manager: Director of Music

The Headmaster is looking to appoint an ambitious, dynamic, high-achieving graduate to assist the Director of Music in the Senior School, within this thriving department. The successful candidate will have genuine enthusiasm for Music and be capable of teaching bright A-Level pupils. They should be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, and to help to lead the Music staff in providing and delivering excellent teaching. As befits a cathedral School, the aim is to ensure that Music at King’s is of the highest quality. King’s is already widely known for a strong choral tradition and have extensive use of the Cathedral and Chapter House for many of its concerts. It should be noted that we are a diverse, inclusive School and we welcome applications from all candidates regardless of their own background and personal beliefs.

Whilst the position has some flexibility depending on the skills and experience of the candidate, the Headmaster is looking for someone to take on a major role with the department focusing on instrumental music and liaison with our Visiting Music Tutors. A good keyboard player is essential, though organ skills also highly desirable. Experience in directing (instrumental/choral) is also essential and there are many opportunities for the successful candidate to engage and organise musical ensembles. The successful candidate will be required to teach all aspects of KS3, GCSE and A level. The Headmaster is looking for someone with a good sense of humour but at the same time qualities which will enable to get the very best from our pupils. This position is suitable for an experienced teacher or an early career teacher.

The School
The King’s School Gloucester has a rich academic tradition dating back to its founding in 1541. It houses the longest serving classroom in Europe and is held in high esteem amongst the local and wider community, winning Gloucestershire Independent School of the Year in 2020. The School strives for excellence in all areas: the academic results are strong with student value added being equivalent to half a grade at GCSE; there is a wide-ranging sport provision and pupils reach national levels every year; in Music, our links with Gloucester Cathedral provide an ideal location for high quality orchestral and choral music; finally, the creative arts enjoy much success with DT and Art having their own dedicated design spaces.

The Department
The Music Department is housed in its own building which comprises a large flexible classroom (with grand piano) and its own ICT Suite of 16 PCs running Sibelius Ultimate. Both of these rooms contain TV style monitors. There is a music library, six large practice rooms (each equipped with a piano) and a music office with kitchenette. There is also a digital practice organ. The Music Department building is a grade II listed building which was one a Probate Court, designed in the ‘Picturesque Gothic Style’ was converted into the Music Department three years ago. The department holds a variety of concerts from small informal recitals in the Ivor Gurney Hall, musicals in the School Hall, to large-scale concerts held in the Cathedral. We also have use of the Mission Hall for ensemble rehearsals and the Cathedral’s Chapter House.

Our curriculum focuses on each area of performing, composing and listening with KS3 classes following schemes from musical contexts. We have 12 keyboards, a set of ukuleles and a Samba set for practical music making, with singing also being a strong activity. We have healthy pupil numbers at GCSE and always a good uptake of pupils for A-Level. We have success in pupils gaining places at top universities and music conservatoires. Our recent results of As and A*s is testament to the quality of candidates and teaching that enable pupils to pursue music as their chosen profession.

We currently run the following groups:
 Chapel Choir
 Chamber Choir
 King’s Harmonists
 King’s Chorale/KS3 Choir
 Swing Band/Orchestra
 Brass Ensemble
 String Ensemble
 Pop & Rock Band Club
 Theory Club
 Flute Group/ Cello Group
 Student led groups
 Community Choir

Class teaching is shared between the Assistant Director of Music and the Director of Music.
Responsibility for leading aspects of KS3 would be the responsibility of the Assistant Director
of Music. Recent developments have focused on practical music making, including singing and
the use of keyboards, Samba instruments and ukuleles. Year 7 currently have three lessons
per fortnight whereas Year 8 have two. Music in Year 9 is an option (four lessons per
fortnight). The teaching of GCSE and A level is shared between composition and historical
topics. ICT is used in the production of compositions and recording (Sibelius). The teaching
of music theory is undertaken by all full-time staff.

Visiting Music Teachers
An important aspect of this position is to liaise with our Visiting Music Teachers. We currently
have 13 VMTs. Each VMT draws up their rota for each half term in advance. They are
employed by the school and the administration for billing is undertaken by the Bursary
Department. The successful candidate will work closely with VMTs with regard to entering
pupils for practical examinations, organising exam timetables and preparing pupils for such
examinations (e.g. accompanying/aural test preparation).

The Candidate
The Assistant Director of Music will:
 Be a first-rate musician (with excellent keyboard skills) and a committed teacher able
to play a full part in all aspects of the department.
 Be capable of enthusing pupils and able to achieve high standards both in the classroom
and in extra-curricular musical activities
 Undertake administrative duties
 Be willing to play a full part in the School’s wider life, including its pastoral work

Overview of Key Responsibilities
 First class teaching of Music throughout the School at KS3, GCSE and A-Level including
assisting with the development of Schemes of Work
 Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you
are responsible and with whom you come into contact
 To be an exemplary teacher, clearly demonstrating effective planning, teaching and
organisation skills, as well as expecting high standards of achievement and behaviour
in Music lessons
 To administer, coach and where necessary accompany pupils for ABRSM/TRINITY
examinations and concerts
 To take responsibility for directing some of the School groups (instrumental/choral)
as agreed with the Director of Music
 To continue to develop links with the Junior Music Department
 To assist in supporting and monitoring the progress of Music Scholars
 To assist in supporting our team of VMTs
 Be willing to share good practice within and beyond the Music Department
 To ensure a high standard of care and education for all pupils, so that they are looked
after in a happy, safe and stimulating environment
 Establish and maintain a happy, positive working environment when working with
individual pupils or with small groups of pupils
 Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of
pupils, having regard to the School’s curriculum and procedures
 Provide or contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating
to individual pupils or groups of pupils
 Taking part in the pastoral life of the School as a Form Tutor
 Promoting an awareness of relevant Career opportunities and experiences for
students, in Music subjects
 Assisting with Musical / Drama / Stage productions
 Support the Director of Music as directed in all areas of the department

Knowledge and Experience
 Subject knowledge compatible with teaching Music to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
 Experience or interest in developing resources to support teaching at all levels
 Competence in the use of ICT and multimedia, including remote learning platforms to
creatively support and enhance learning

 Appropriate skills to work with children of all ages and abilities
 Ability and willingness to plan in order to deliver a curriculum to all Key Stages
 Achieve high standards both in the classroom and in extra-curricular musical activities
 Inspire gifted and talented pupils and to prepare them for university level studies
 Play the piano/organ to a high standard

Personal Qualities
 A passion for teaching
 A personal love of music (including an appreciation of the many different styles and
genres), a love of learning and ability to inspire the same in others
 Be fully committed to supporting pupils to achieve their potential
 Have a passionate commitment to the academic, personal and social development of
children whilst being understanding and being empathetic towards their needs,
concerns and challenges
 Have high expectations for pupils, setting realistic but challenging, engaging and
inspiring activities that meet their individual needs
 A commitment to promoting equal opportunities to all pupils and meeting the needs
of individual pupils
 Able to promote and advocate the learning needs of pupils
 Ability to work in a team. Develop strong positive, supportive relationships
 Be a confident, effective communicator on all platforms (verbal, written) to all levels
of the school community including parents, staff pupils and external agencies
 Excellent interpersonal skills
 Ability to establish effective communication and partnership working with external
agencies e.g. Visiting Music Teachings, Music Examiners etc.
 Display energy and imagination with the pupils
 Be able to inspire, challenge and motivate pupils
 Strong organisational and time management skills
 Able to work efficiently and under pressure with competing demands
 Sense of humour
 Commitment to continuing professional development
 A willingness to be fully involved in the co-curricular life of the School
 An understanding that the work of the Music Department is not limited to the hours
of the School day
 An understanding of the nature of independent Schools and of the high expectations

The Selection Process
Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and to meet the Head and both the
Deputy Heads and Assistant Heads as well as the members of the Music Department in both
Senior School and Junior School. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the
selection process.

 An excellent degree and/or postgraduate qualification in Music or a relevant subject
 Additional Music or professional qualification

The King’s School offers its own salary scale, details of which can be discussed at interview.
The salary will be commensurate with the significance of this role in a leading HMC School
and will depend on qualifications and experience.

 Accommodation may be available if required
 A contributory pension through Aviva APTIS is now offered instead to all staff
 Generous fees remission
 Access to a Doctor for advice and short consultations
 Cycle to Work Scheme / Electric Car Scheme
 Lunches
 Parking

Candidates should apply by completing the application form and a letter of application. A CV
is not required. 

Closing date is 16th November at 12 noon, with interviews taking place on 23rd November.

The King’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.


Applications are to be made using the School’s application form, available from the School website by clicking on Apply Now. 

Closing date for applications: 16th November 12 noon

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