Music department at St Bede’s
Our vacancy is for a Teacher of Music to join us in September 2020.
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.
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 recently 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 un-tuned 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 Y9 students opt for two arts subjects from Art, Drama and Music and students receive 3 hours per fortnight: we currently have six classes of Y9 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.
In Key Stage 4 there are 38 pupils studying GCSE Music in Year 10 and 28 students studying the course in Year 11. At KS5, music is a popular A level option. The Edexcel specification is followed at both KS4 and 5 and a high proportion of KS5 music students go on to study music at a university or college.
Performances are a regular occurrence at the school. The main concerts fall in the Spring and Summer terms and are always sold out. Other events include the carol service, GCSE concerts, recital evenings, assemblies both at school and at our partner schools, Primary school workshops, performances within the local community and further afield.
Extra curricular music making is very strong: The groups currently on offer are Senior Orchestra, Wind band, String Orchestra, ‘Slide’ (senior jazz band), ‘415 Jazz’ (junior jazz band), Lower school band, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, 'Man Up' (Y7 - Y10 all male singing ensemble) and other informal groups. Students are also encouraged to form their own ensembles.
Surrey Arts provides music instrumental lessons for a significant number of pupils on a wide range of instruments. These take place throughout the school day as well as after school. The school is also a centre for instrumental teaching for the area and welcomes students from other schools in the area for instrumental lessons after school and on Saturdays.
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.
We welcome visits prior to application (but appreciate that it is not possible for everyone to do so). If you would like to arrange a visit please email us using the details provided in the information pack.
Our school is committed to the safeguarding of children so all appointments are subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. We will only consider applications made on our standard forms and references will be taken up before interview.