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Head of Instrument (Singing)

Oundle School




East Midlands

Ref: JN006386

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Head of Instrument (Singing)


Oundle School is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools, with 860 boarding and 250 day pupils. A further 250 day pupils attend Laxton Junior School.


Oundle School enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence as the core of an all-round education and supported by outstanding pastoral care. It is renowned for the quality of its teaching of music, and for being one of the leading and largest departments in the country. Developments over recent years have sought among other things to support the love of learning in all pupils by developing the non-examined curriculum.


The school is developing its strong singing tradition further with the creation of this new post. We are seeking to appoint a Head of Instrument for Singing for January 2019. The successful candidate will be an outstanding choir-trainer with experience of training voices to the highest standards. It is likely that they will have worked in a Cathedral or Collegiate environment. This post will suit a musician of the highest calibre who will relish the responsibility for overseeing singing throughout the school, creating new opportunities for all pupils wishing to sing, running three of the five choirs, leading musicals, and teaching an allocated number of pupils. They will demonstrate a positive working style with enthusiasm and commitment, leading their team by example. They will be responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority and that the highest possible standards in work and conduct are achieved throughout the department.


The Head of Instrument will advise the Director of Music on specialist issues and developments relating to the teaching of lessons in their department, including the suitability of music for concerts, conservatoire entrance, Music Scholars, and any other matters in which the Director of Music may seek assistance.


Applicants must have a Performance Diploma or Music degree and display evidence of continuing professional development. Specialism in the field of choral singing is essential. You must have previous teaching experience of 1:1 and larger choirs of all ages and standards and be able to teach beginners through to Diploma standard.


The Music Department presently consists of; the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music and School Organist, four Heads of Instruments specialising in Wind, Brass, String and Piano, a Music Technician, Academic Music Teacher and Music Fellow. It is supported by a large team of part-time visiting instrumental teachers and a full time secretary.


Music is taught in classes to all first and second forms (11 – 13 years). Pupils in the Third Form choose to study the subject as one of three practical choices out of six. GCSE, A Level and Music Technology A Levels are courses offered, along with a 6th form Diploma course option. The Music School has good facilities for technology in music and these play an important part in studio work, the music tech academic options and compositional work for GCSE/A level. There are weekly classes in theory and aural training.


All members of the academic staff contribute to the School’s extensive co-curricular provision and are expected to fully participate in the boarding school life that encompasses some evening and weekend duties.


An application pack and job descriptions can be downloaded from our website


Application closing date: 3rd September 2018 (9am)

Interview date: 19th September 2018 (afternoon)


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Closing date: 03 September 2018


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